As we enter the next phase of pandemic response, physiotherapy services are looking to support people recovering from Covid-19. One of the most prevalent problems is fatigue. Fatigue following a viral infection is common, but for some people the symptoms may persist for months and impact on their quality of life. We asked Physios for ME (Karen Leslie, Dr Michelle Bull, Natalie Hilliard and Dr Nicola Clague-Baker) for the low-down on post viral fatigue syndrome.
What is post viral fatigue syndrome (PVFS), and how do I recognise it?
PVFS is a persistent state of ill health following a viral infection. Symptoms include fatigue, loss of energy, muscular aches and pains, intermittent flares of viral symptoms and an inability to return to previous levels of activity. PVFS is not the same as being deconditioned. Ignoring or exacerbating the symptoms may worsen them.
If there has been a sustained change to daily life and if rehabilitation isn’t progressing as you think it should, consider PVFS.
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