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Excessive Mucus Build up And Unexplained Symptoms

Hello!

My girlfriend has been struggling with her health ever since she had COVID in October of 2020. We've done so many tests and nothing seems to work, and there is no improvement yet.

Her details:
Female
31
Predominantly Plant-Based diet
Allergic reactions to dairy
Been on antibiotics at least once a year since she was a teenager
Excessive urination (Between 8 and 15 times a day)
Elevated heart rate when exercising (+- 180 bpm for a slight jog)
Increased body heat (Always feeling hot, even in moderate temperatures)


Here's a few of the things we've learnt over the last year:
1. She has an allergic reaction to Alternaria alternata. Treatment for this has not yet delivered the results we expected or what the allergy specialist expected.
2. She had a skew septum, that has been adjusted.
3. Her turbinates were reduced in size because they were too large, along with the septum adjustment.
4. She had a severe allergic reaction when having aspirin for the headache and smelling sanitiser that contained salicylates. Eyes swelled up, but had no respiratory symptoms.  
5. Asthma had returned after being gone for most of her life.

Morning Symptoms:
1. Excessive Mucus build up
2. Excessive coughing 10 minutes after waking up
3. Fuzzy sinus headache every morning
4. Sore throat every morning
5. Bloated stomach
6. Extremely tight chest (Has an inhaler for the asthma)

Mid-day Symptoms:
1. Fuzzy headache throughout the day
2. Extreme fatigue around 3pm every day

End-of-day Symptoms:
1. Headache increases to be unbearable.
2. Chest is worst this time of day

General Symptoms
1. Constant Post-nasal drip
2. Constant build up of mucus (probably because of the post-nasal)
3. Fatigue
4. Gets flu-like symptoms the next day when any hard physical exercise has been done
5. Any change in season starts a flu cycle.

Any help or advice with regards to this will be helpful.
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Well, that sounds flat out terrible. Sorry she is having such a hard time!  My suggestion is to post this on the coronavirus forum here at MedHelp. To me, it sounds like she may have LONG Covid which is a post covid issue.  https://mhealthfairview.org/blog/what-is-long-covid-19-and-what-are-the-symptoms.  I also have long covid it seems. I have yet to have normal taste and smell (I hate it) and am fatigued and have a high level of inflammation in my body. But what you describe with your girlfriend is all on the list of symptoms that can occur with long covid.  https://allergyasthmanetwork.org/news/covid-long-haul/  and https://www.blf.org.uk/support-for-you/long-covid  There is more and more being written about long haulers.  I strongly suspect your girlfriend is one of them.
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I have been experiencing the EXACT same symptoms and suspected the same after reading up on it. But the infectious disease specialist I saw thinks an ongoing respiratory irritant is more likely. I, too, had asthma (mine was acquired due to repeated occupational exposure to fungal enzymes, mostly derived from Aspergillus), and it had died down until around December 2019. Two things happened then: one, I believe Covid came through California sooner than was reported, as I and a number of others attended a two-day indoor Christmas party with lots of visiting DJs from the major port cities, and shortly afterward a number of us — who were all healthy people in our 30s and 40s — came down with the worst “flu” of our lives; and two, right around this time, a new strain of Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis) was approved for aerial mosquito eradication spraying over the sloughs a block from my house, and it had only been studied for acute ingestion exposure in humans and for effects in the target insect species. Well, guess what? Now, they’re finding the cumulative respiratory exposure is much, much worse than had previously been assumed … especially in people who already had asthma, and especially if it wasn’t “regular” asthma but regular sensitization exposure asthma to airborne chemicals.
Two comments.  One, Covid is an ongoing respiratory irritant for many who had it.  Second, the question of when covid broke out is an interesting one.  I have a friend who lives on the coast south of San Fran and believes he might have had it around Thanksgiving that year and knows others.  There have been reports like this around the world, and also in China.  Though investigatory experts do not believe it was around that early, who knows?  There are more than a few reports from patients and physicians of an odd influenza or influenza-like disease earlier than the official story because the evidence isn't strong, but again, with a new disease, who knows?  Nobody yet.  Peace.
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