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Post COVID Syndrome

Several protocols have recently been established to prepare the immune system to defend against COVID-19. Outpatient medical providers have observed many patients who have recovered from COVID-19, go onto experience a post-viral type syndrome. These patients experience debilitating fatigue, headaches as well as a delayed overall recovery. We have had several clients dealing with these post-syndrome issues after overcoming COVID-19 which we utilized Immune boosting IVs as well as Vitamin D3 injections.

The following case study not only describes a common experience of post COVID-19 Syndrome but also provides lab test results, which objectively identify resurgent inflammatory markers, which strongly correlate to a recent SARS CoV-2 infection.

The subject is a 59-year-old female who contracted COVID-19 in March of 2020. She was able to convalesce at home with symptoms including body aches, fever, and severe coughing, which lingered until the first week of April. Although tired, she reported feeling better and tried to resume her normal activities. The subject is normally a non-smoking, healthy, pescatarian, skier and cyclist. Her plan was to cycle Vail Pass, Colorado in June as she does every year.

In April she donated convalescent plasma. In May the fatigue had still not abated, and she was taking almost daily naps while still working a full time executive tech job from home.

While at her home in Vail in mid May she began experiencing almost debilitating fatigue and sudden fevers spiking to 102’. A few days of this was followed by sudden chills, a severe headache and syncope (fainting episode) in her home. She immediately sought medical care, was tested for COVID-19 (SARS- CoV-2 RNA), which was negative. Lab tests came back with high levels of CRP (C-reactive Protein) and elevated Sedimentation rate; both significant markers for inflammation as well as some white blood cell irregularities including a low white blood cell count.

She was told to visit her primary care provider; she then called her functional medicine provider.

She was infused with 2 IVs in 7 days containing 10,000mg of Vitamin C, B-Vitamins, Magnesium and Zinc. Her first infusion was followed by a 100K-unit injection of Vitamin D.

Repeat labs 1 week later showed absolute reduction in both CRP and SED rate as well as normalization of her white blood cell irregularities. She reported feeling better than she ever had and successfully biked Vail Pass less than 3 weeks later.

Vitamin C or Ascorbic acid is crucial for immune responses. It has important anti-inflammatory, immunomodulation, antioxidant, antithrombotic, and antiviral properties. Vitamin C has an important homeostatic role as an antioxidant. It is known to demonstrate direct virucidal activity and augment interferon production.

Among many of the benefits of Vitamin D3, it is incredibly important for the immune system as an immunomodulator. Deficiencies in Vitamin D3 are often observed in people with autoimmune disorders. In other words it modulates the immune systems reactions and assists in identifying pathogens or self to the immune system. People with poor outcomes had well below normal levels of Vitamin D3 in comparison to those with better outcomes.