I also live in the U.S. I was warned by my Primary and Specialists to be extra careful because of being at high risk due to CHB. I was able to avoid any Covid for 8 months. Then last month, I ended up with almost every symptom associated with Covid. I had to go to the ER and they told me that I absolutely had Covid… or pneumonia. Seriously, they said it exactly like that with a nice pause after they said Covid.
About 3 days later, I received the negative test for Covid. Phew! Right? Well, I still had most of the symptoms at this point and had calls into my primary and hepatologist. The odd thing I found is that the regular medical community (Non ER or hospital) was unprepared to take this seriously even after 8 months of Covid being prevalent. Both doctors wanted me to test for Covid again because they believed I had it regardless of the first test. They felt that I was tested too early? But yet, they did not know how to get me tested, neither of the doctors! I live in a highly populated area of California for God sakes!
I suffered about 2 more weeks before I finally got the second test and it also came back negative. By this time, a lot of the symptoms had gone away. Not much fever or body aches. Mostly wheezing and coughing and I had most of my taste and smell back. Today, I am much better and I think whatever I had is mostly gone.
I still don’t know what I had, if it was Covid and it just wasn’t being detected or pneumonia or some other virus. I had suggested to the doctors that it may be the switch of liver treatments. One week prior to all these symptoms happening, I had been switched from Vemlidy to Entecavir as I had also switched to a new hepatologist. The reason she switched me is because I had so many new conditions since I started Vemlidy about 3 years ago. When I first started Vemlidy, I had some major bad reactions from the beginning. I was bed-ridden for the first 3 months of starting Vemlidy. I had really bad flu-like symptoms and what seemed like brain damage. I lost vocabulary, memory, thought process and had a lot of unexplained emotional reactions (mostly depression like). After the first 3 months of this, it took me another 6 months of hard work to get a lot of my vocabulary back, which helped with my short-term memory loss. I still have some long-term memory loss, where I have no clue about things people will tell me that has happened in the past. Yet, doctors today, think I have good cognitive abilities and respond intelligently, so they aren’t worried about brain issues. Yet, I know the difference between how my brain used to function and how it seems that I am running at a fraction of what I used to.
So, I am confused as to what was wrong with me for those 3 weeks in November and I am even more confused as to how the U.S. is dealing with Covid. Oh and yes, Covid did affect the way I dealt with CHB. First off, doctor’s visits became virtual visits which aren’t near as beneficial or thorough as most in-person visits. Secondly, I did put off as much testing and physically going into hospitals, offices, clinics, labs, etc. I would wait until we had times of improvement in cases and deaths and they would lower the threat level.
I am curious as to your thoughts on all this Thomas, especially about the switch in liver treatment possibly causing Covid-like symptoms. Is that a possibility in your opinion? If not, then I sure wish I knew what the heck I had then, if it wasn’t Covid because my doctors were convinced it was. The ER acted like it was and gave me a steroid (which I warned them that I had CHB and they said that steroids were good for the liver? Really? For liver transplant patients maybe, but for CHB?) They also put me on a breathing treatment and took xrays of my lungs and did the Covid test. It was after the xrays that they told me I absolutely had Covid or pnewmonia. They also gave me prescriptions for an inhaler, cough meds with dextromethorphan (Most of the OTC meds with DM shows a liver warning, so I didn’t take any of the prescription DM), antibiotics and had me get a pulse oximeter. So, if I didn’t have Covid, then the ER over-reacted. If I did have Covid, then my doctors under-reacted… and still, although my symptoms are much better, I have no clue where I stand and what it was or is.
Sorry for the huge post.