Season of Long COVID Part 3- MCAS and Long COVID

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Hi everybody Dr. Julie McLaughlin here with Functional Medicine Friday. So, you know, we are here at McLaughlin Care and we want to share a little bit of functional medicine with you this week. And what we're going to be talking about is our topic that we've been talking about for the last few weeks. And that's long COVID and this is part three, right?

So as you know, if you've missed some of my other shows, I myself have long COVID and I've been dealing with this for going on six months. And so I know these symptoms very well, and I know the treatments as well, because I have been through it, I've researched it, I've done it. I've done everything.

So that's why I want to share with you because maybe you've had COVID and you have long COVID or maybe someone, you know, friends, family; it's very, very possible because it is really, really more common than we think. So I'm going to give you a little bit of overview of what the timeline of COVID is.

So with acute COVID, the symptoms are in the first two weeks. That's acute COVID. So if you get better in two weeks, you know, you had acute COVID. If you're still sick, after those two weeks up to 12 weeks, they call it post acute COVID. And so those symptoms can persist, but then it turns into chronic COVID, long COVID, post acute COVID sequella. That's if you've had COVID symptoms for longer than 12 weeks. Now exactly what are those symptoms?

Well with long COVID, there's actually more than 50 symptoms. And one of the most common symptoms is that your symptoms are going to change. So the symptom in the beginning is where you lose your taste and smell, down the road with me, that changed to smelling burnt cigarettes. It changes to your heart rate being fine, and then your heart rate goes crazy. You could have no gastrointestinal problems and then they come on.

And so these things are always, always changing. So the idea that COVID hits 39 million plus people in the United States is crazy, but with long COVID no one's talking about this, approximately 30% of those 39 million are affected with long COVID and it doesn't matter. Some people think you had to be sick in the hospital on a ventilator to get long COVID and that's not true.

You can be asymptomatic and get long COVID. You could have a mild disease and get over it. And then two months later, you're so extremely fatigued or your brain fog, you can't function and that's long COVID. I went through all the different symptoms already, we're going to be talking more specific today.

So if you have symptoms of long COVID like we talked about, and you can't attribute it, or you can't have it diagnosed with anything else. Then I want you to really think it could be long COVID. So the American heart association says that one of the biggest problems with COVID is not the virus itself, but the inflammation or the cytokine storm that occurs. And the reaction of our immune system to that storm caused by the virus. So what is a cytokine storm?

And are they triggering dysfunctional mast cells? Could that be causing long COVID now, since I have it myself, I have been searching high and low for all the causes. I didn't have any pre-existing conditions. I wasn't taking any medication. I had nothing wrong, but prior to getting COVID and long COVID. So let's see cytokine storms. Think of them as a giant storm of inflammation.

Now here is a study from the internal journal of infectious disease, and it says that COVID-19 hyper inflammation and post COVID-19 illness long COVID right. May be rooted in mast cell activation. Hmm. So what does that mean? So here's some of the highlights from that study, much of the COVID-19 hyper inflammatory reaction is consistent with a mast cell driven inflammation.