Updated: Aug 26
Updated Aug. 24, 2022
(Previously published February 2021)
If you have had a SARS-CoV-2 infection and have been left dealing with memory issues you will want to read this!!
Before I tell you, I must insert a disclaimer that you apply this solution at your own risk and discretion and/or consult your medical professional. I am not your medical doctor and cannot make this decision for you. Just because I am giving it a try does not mean that it is best for you!
As stated in a previous post - I had SARS-CoV-2 back in May of 2020. Keep in mind that I am physically active, have a healthy diet and minimal stress. I do think that my diet and lifestyle helped my cognitive recovery to a certain degree, but those close to me know that I'm still not back to my pre-covid "normal" - umm...whatever normal is - my family has always considered me to be a little "abby-normal"
After having tried a multitude of supplements for brain health with minimal change for over two years - today - I quite literally stumbled across a study posted in Science Direct, and guess what!?!?
A possible solution to the problem has been in my cabinet this whole time!
Ready for the solution?
Antihistamines! Yup! An inexpensive fix to a complex problem.
Nice to know it's not just me....
The study, which describes the the kinds of cognitive problems experienced by patients who had been treated at the Mount Sinai system in New York, adds to the growing evidence that Covid "long haulers" can experience myriad ailments weeks and months after recovering from the initial illness. As many as 24 percent of people who have recovered from Covid-19 continue to experience some sort of cognitive difficulties, including problems with memory, multitasking, processing speed and focusing, researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai reported Friday in JAMA Network Open.
“We’re seeing long-term cognitive impairment across a range of age groups and disease severity,” said study author Jacqueline Becker, a clinical neuropsychologist and associate scientist at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
I wanted to update you on how things are going since the relative mild case of the SARS-CoV-2 infection that caused my fatigue and short term memory issues. As mentioned in a previous post I am a long-hauler, however I have continually been looking for healthy solutions to both issues.
As of a few weeks ago I noticed that things were turning around. My short term memory has been improving and so has my energy. I still have some brain-farts occasionally, but things seem to be processing a little faster these days. I recently did a trauma recovery session with a client and my mind had no problem keeping up - YAY!
My energy is also on the upswing. I can keep a pretty steady pace throughout the day without crashing mid-afternoon or needing a long nap. I have been taking short "power-naps" since my 20's so that is not new to COVID. Post COVID I was sleeping for longer periods of time. My sleep wake cycle is back to normal - in bed by 10-pm and up by 5 or 6 am.
So I'm going to share with you what I think has helped besides simply giving it time.
There is a product called Methylene Blue that is known for helping with brain fog. I've been pretty consistent with it first thing in the morning and before bed.
Another big contributor of late has been using the hormones - Progesterone - Estrogen - Testosterone via a prescription on a daily basis instead of the 3 days per week that I had previously been using them.
So, just thought I would share in case these might be helpful for those of you that are suffering from long-haulers!