#LongCovid
The story of my #SARSCoV2 infection exactly 1 year after🧵:
Exactly 1 year ago I came back to Rome from Paris for a week cause my dad was having an urgent surgery for cancer, the same days my uncle died in another hospital for sudden complications of lung cancer 1/👇
Exactly 1 year ago I probably had my first encounter with the virus SARS-CoV-2, I was 31 and perfectly healthy. I took 2 flights Paris-Rome and Rome Paris. Then beginning of March 2 other flights Paris-Lisbon and Lisbon-Paris to go attending a workshop with Etienne Balibar 2/👇
and I had dinner with a PhD student just landed from #Bergamo the same day. At the beginning of March my first symptoms were extreme fatigue (I fell asleep during day as well), extremely violent cough even during night, conjunctivitis, headache, stuffy nose. 3/👇
Around mid-march extreme fatigue followed with stabbing in the chest. I did not know about #Covid19 really. I was young and healthy so I did not care in any case. First I thought it was a bad flu then I thought it was stress and anxiety even if my GP in Paris told me 4/👇
my symptoms were the same of his other 90 patients simultaneously and that was Covid19. When fever started rising around 19th March (the day I turned 32 years old) and chest pain got worst I realized I had Covid19. 5/👇
As suggested by my GP in Paris I called the emergency number cause I started feeling shortness of breath. They sent me an ambulance only the night between the 26th and the 27th March, my O2 sat was around 90% so they decided to drive me to the ER of Hopital Bichat in Paris. 6/ 👇
However the sanitary system was collapsing and the very same day all hospitals in the Paris region were saturated. I was sent back home without a PCR test, blood analysis or lung scanner. That night I felt I was having a dead-threatening event. 7/👇
I was having violent nausea and diarrhea, high fever and most of all chest pain was unbearable I coud not breath correctly, I could not even speak but only send some messages. I also had a terrible pain to the heart that was beating so fast to hurt. 8/ 👇
Thanks to @emmecip I took contact with Consolato Generale d'Italia a Parigi, their doctor sent me to a private lab where I had lung scanner. They told me (and they wrote in the report) I had "pneumotis compatible with Covid19" but luckly only <10% attack to the lungs. 9/ 👇
April, May and June I followed with high fever, chest pain, tachycardia, conjunctivitis, headache, fever, kidney infection.Tests were negative later.I had persistent low fever for around 10 months, severe hair loss, rushes, bruises on the legs, burst capillaries in the eyes 10/👇
muscle and joint pain, particularly the left knee where they found internal blood effusion, my auto-antibodies ANA high (1:640), fatigue, dispnea, tachycardia, GI problems. 11/ 👇
Almost 1 year after I still have important dispnea, tachycardia, chest pain (especially on the back) if I speak or walk too long, I am waiting for MRI to the heart, D-Dimer in the blood suddenly raised in month11. Still have pain when I bend my left knee.
#LongCovid #apresj20

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