Only three months after, Johnson was given an explanation for the gripping sensation.
She was diagnosed with having focal seizures and encephalitis (a form of neuroinflammation) on an electroencephalogram. Her seizures, which have gradually manifested to the surface have been a major contributor to her disability, Johnson told The Epoch Times.
The Main Cause of Long COVID Might Be InflammationClinicians have yet to settle on the cause of long COVID. The disease is complicated and systemic; patients often present with a cluster of symptoms.
Current Ways to Diagnose Long COVIDWithout a concrete and approved diagnostic test, clinicians have yet to reach a consensus on what defines long COVID. Most have relied on the patient's physical examination and medical history to reach a diagnosis.
How Long Haulers Are Describing Their SymptomsThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has listed 19 symptoms commonly reported with long COVID. However, in a 2020 study that surveyed over 3,700 long COVID patients, participants reported more than 200 different symptoms related to long COVID.
FatigueOne of the most common and debilitating symptoms of long COVID is fatigue.
Cognitive ProblemsBesides fatigue, another concerning and hugely debilitating symptom is cognitive decline, colloquially described as brain fog.
Muscle Weakness and PainAround 20 percent of long COVID patients report muscle pain, which often appears as an early symptom. Weakness, as an association with fatigue, has been reported in 60 percent of long COVID patients.
Shortness of Breath and TachycardiaShortness of breath can be due to pulmonary causes and cardiac problems, including tachycardia, a rapid heart rate of over 100 beats per minute (bpm).
Johnson told The Epoch Times on Dec. 17, 2022, that her heart rate can now easily reach 210 beats per minute when she stands up.