“Long COVID, is the term used to describe when people start to recover, or seem to recover, from COVID-19, but then continue to suffer from symptoms. For some, it’s gone on for 2 years or longer. There’s no approved treatment, & the causes are not understood. But evidence shows: Long COVID is a post-viral condition affecting a large percentage of people who become infected. It can be utterly debilitating, or mildly annoying” 
The Countless Symptoms
As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), note: symptoms of long COVID can include:
• Fatigue or tiredness that impede day-to-day living
• Symptoms that are exacerbated after mental or physical endeavours (also referred to as “post-exertional malaise”)
• Shortness of breath or trouble breathing
• Pain in the chest
• Heart palpitations (pounding or fast-beating heart)
• Brain fog (having trouble concentrating or thinking)
• Feeling dizzy when standing up
• Experiencing pins-and-needles
• Changes in taste or smell
• Anxiety or depression
• Pain in the stomach
• Muscle or joint pain
• Back pain
• Menstrual cycle changes [1, 2].
The Long Hard Road
“People with post-COVID conditions may develop or continue to have symptoms that are hard to explain & manage. Moreover, long COVID can substantially limit a major life activity. For example: a person with long COVID who has lung damage that causes shortness of breath, fatigue, & related effects, is substantially limited in respiratory function, among other major life activities” 
The Centers for Disease Control estimate that 19% of American patients who have ever contracted COVID-19, suffer long COVID symptoms. Further, a September 2021 University of Oxford study, determined that over a third of UK patients experienced long COVID symptoms for a period of 3 to 6 months post-COVID-19 diagnosis. Moreover, as recorded by the medical journal, Lancet Respiratory Medicine, one Chinese study showed that 55% of COVID-19 patients, experienced one or more lingering symptoms 24 months later .
The Age Factor
“Older adults are less likely to have long COVID than younger adults. Nearly three times as many adults ages 50-59 currently have long COVID than those age 80 & older, & women & racial & ethnic minorities are more likely to be affected 
One in five people experiencing COVID-19, suffer from back pain. It is thought that this could be due to the fact that COVID-19 generates inflammation, which, together with muscle pain, results in back pain . If you are experiencing back pain, contact a Pain Specialist. Pain doctors are highly experienced in determining the root of the problem, and are very familiar with COVID-19 symptoms.
. Fox. M. (2022). “What We Know About Long COVID So Far.” WebMD.
. Joi, P. (2022). “Why does COVID-19 cause back pain?” Gavi.