22 years old - Texas
Victor tested positive for COVID-19 in January 2021. His first symptom consisted of severe
headaches. Soon after, he experienced intense body aches, shortness of breath, excessive fatigue, joint pain, and heart palpitations. As soon as Victor's quarantine period was over and he tested negative for COVID, he felt as though his symptoms began to improve. Over the course of the next few months, however, he began to experience more pronounced heart palpitations, significant shortness of breath, and crippling chronic fatigue. His joint pain became unbearable, and he could hardly move without his joints cracking and suffering from lower back pain. When he consulted a rheumatologist for the pain, they recommended that he partake in more walking and stretching exercises. A few days later, Victor saw a pulmonologist for the first time, and the spirometry test that was administered showed significantly impaired lung function. The results were sufficient enough to classify as an upper respiratory airway obstruction or severe obstructive airway disease.
After several specialists and multiple visits to the ER, Victor's CT scans came back "normal", with no displays of scarring or tissue damage in the lungs. His blood work also came back "normal", with slightly decreased O2 levels. His heart rate has been tachycardic since his initial COVID infection, and over the past few weeks, Victor feels as though it's worsened, especially when he transitions from seated to standing, which leaves him feeling lightheaded and dizzy. His brain fog has also significantly increased, and he has a newfound inability to concentrate, coupled with blurry vision. Though his joint pain has largely subsided, Victor struggles with chest pain, tachycardia, heart palpitations/pounding heart, shortness of breath, gasping for air, lung pain, insomnia, brain fog, blurred/unfocused vision, headaches, excessive daytime fatigue, and anxiety on a daily basis. He hopes that speaking with others in a similar position will help him develop a variety of tools he can use to alleviate his symptoms and hopefully place him on the road to improved health.