Post Covid EEG Monitoring – Neurological Center for Epilepsy and Seizures

One of the most puzzling things about COVID-19 is that it can affect people in so many different ways. At first onset, COVID-19 symptoms can range from nonexistent to deadly. Some people only have symptoms for a few days, while others suffer much longer. Some people are even developing something we call lung COVID, so we recommend a post-COVID EEG monitoring.

What is Long COVID?

Long COVID, also known as post-COVID conditions, is an umbrella term we use to describe various health problems that people may experience after a COVID infection. To qualify as long-term COVID, these symptoms must persist or occur more than four weeks after a person is first infected with COVID.

Doctors see three subcategories of long COVID. First, there are those who never seem to recover from the direct effects of the virus. They simply have a longer period of time with the first symptoms of their COVID infection. A second group of people have what we consider secondary effects of COVID that result from chronic hospitalization for the disease. These effects include muscle weakness, cognitive dysfunction, depression and other symptoms. In a third group of people, new symptoms appear after apparent recovery.

What are the symptoms of long-term COVID?

Not surprisingly, the symptoms of long-term COVID vary from person to person. That’s because COVID targets every organ system. If you have a pre-existing condition, it can make these conditions worse. Some common symptoms of long-term COVID include:

  • fatigue
  • Headache
  • brain fog
  • Loss of taste and smell
  • Insomnia
  • Depression
  • tachycardia
  • bradycardia
  • shortness of breath
  • Kidney injuries
  • Gastrointestinal symptoms

What are the chances of me getting COVID for a long time?

Each variant brings new possibilities. Our current estimates are that 10% to 30% of patients with COVID will develop long-term COVID.

Can long-term COVID have neurological effects?

Absolute. Some of the most notable effects of long-term COVID are neurological, and COVID-19 hasn’t been around long enough to determine how it will affect brain function in the long run. Headaches, fatigue, brain fog, confusion, mood disturbances, changes in sleep, myalgia, dysautonomia, and sensorimotor disturbances are all common neurological manifestations of long-term COVID. Even one of the most recognizable COVID symptoms, the loss of taste and smell, is a neurological symptom.

Can EEG monitoring help with neurological symptoms after COVID-19?

Electroencephalograms (EEGs) are an important part of COVID monitoring, especially for those experiencing neurological symptoms after COVID-19. EEGs are more effective at identifying COVID-19-related brain damage than CT scans or MRIs.

Identifying changes can help your medical team manage your treatment. While there is no “cure” for COVID-19 or long-term COVID symptoms, there are several treatments that can help with the neurological symptoms.

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