Long Covid left me exhausted (and my husband is starting to resent me)

Columnist and trained counsellor Fiona Caine answers reader dilemmas.

Last October, I had coronavirus, which has dragged on and on.

At the time, it laid me out for four days with a raging temperature, shivers, headaches, breathlessness, and nausea.

Ever since then, I have felt tired and lethargic and even just walking to the corner to post a letter has become a real chore.

I have had to get my husband and children to do all the shopping and cooking etc, which was no fun over Christmas.

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My husband, who has so far been very supportive, is beginning to show signs of resentment and last week snapped at me to pull myself together.

Believe me, I have tried, but I just haven’t got the energy.



My first and best advice must be ‘go and see your doctor’. From what you say in your letter, it’s possible you may be suffering from what is being called long Covid, which has been found to drag on for some time.

‘Post-viral fatigue syndrome’ or M.E. might also be behind this, and it can drag on for a very long time, but you need a proper diagnosis.

Tell your doctor all your symptoms and details of how long you’ve had them. Don’t leave it and longer before getting help or treatment – this has gone on for far too long already.

If you have a problem you need help with, email Fiona by writing to help@askfiona.net for advice.

All letters are treated in complete confidence and, to protect this privacy, Fiona is unable to pass on your messages to other readers. Fiona regrets that she cannot enter into personal correspondence.

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