Building Your Long Covid Care Team
Are you or someone you know suffering from Long Covid?
You're not alone. Millions of people worldwide are experiencing ongoing symptoms of Covid-19, even months after their initial diagnosis. While Long Covid is a new and complex condition, it's essential to have a multidisciplinary team of medical professionals to manage your care effectively. In this article, we'll explore who should be on your Long Covid care team, how they can help you manage your symptoms, and what to expect from them.
Who Should Be on Your Long Covid Care Team?
Primary Care Provider: Your primary care provider is often the first point of contact for medical care. They can help you manage your symptoms and provide ongoing support throughout your Long Covid journey. Your primary care provider can help coordinate care with other specialists and provide referrals for additional medical care.
Infectious Disease Specialist: An infectious disease specialist is a medical doctor who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases such as Covid-19. They can help manage your symptoms, monitor your progress, and provide guidance on any potential complications associated with Long Covid.
Pulmonologist: A pulmonologist is a medical doctor who specializes in the respiratory system. They can help manage any respiratory symptoms you may experience, such as shortness of breath, coughing, and chest pain. They may also perform lung function tests and provide guidance on how to manage your breathing difficulties.
Cardiologist: A cardiologist is a medical doctor who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of heart-related conditions. Covid-19 can cause damage to the heart, leading to a range of cardiovascular symptoms such as chest pain, palpitations, and arrhythmias. A cardiologist can help monitor your heart health and provide guidance on managing any cardiovascular symptoms.
Neurologist: A neurologist is a medical doctor who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of neurological conditions. Long Covid can cause a range of neurological symptoms such as headaches, brain fog, and memory loss. A neurologist can help manage these symptoms and provide guidance on how to manage any potential long-term effects of Long Covid.
Mental Health Professional: Living with Long Covid can be challenging, both physically and emotionally. A mental health professional, such as a psychologist or psychiatrist, can provide support and guidance on managing any psychological symptoms you may experience, such as anxiety, depression, or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
How can I find a Long Covid care team near me?
If you're looking for a Long Covid care team near you, here are some steps you can take:
Talk to your primary care provider or specialist: Your primary care provider or specialist may be able to refer you to a Long Covid care team in your area.
Check with local hospitals and health systems: Many hospitals and health systems have established Long Covid clinics or programs. Check with your local healthcare facilities to see if they offer Long Covid care.
Search online directories: There are several online directories that can help you find healthcare providers who specialize in Long Covid care. One example is the Survivor Corps Clinician Directory, which allows you to search for healthcare providers by specialty and location.
Join a Long Covid support group: Long Covid support groups may have information on local healthcare providers who specialize in Long Covid care. They can also provide emotional support and help connect you with other patients who are going through similar experiences.
Got questions? Schedule an appointment with Aila Health’s care team and together we will work on managing your Long Covid symptoms so that you can reach your goals and the life that you want.
You can also join Aila Health’s weekly Long Covid Circle here.