What is Long Haul Syndrome?


Long-haul syndrome refers to a condition where individuals experience persistent symptoms following a common viral infection and is also sometimes termed PASC.

Preliminary data shows many similarities between PASC and other chronic illnesses known to be associated with viral and bacterial triggers, including:

  • Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS)
  • Lyme and tickborne diseases
  • Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS)
  • Dysautonomia
  • Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS)

The patient experience with long haul syndrome can include chronic and debilitating symptoms. While some people experience lingering symptoms from their initial infection, others may struggle with new impairments.

Current theories on long haul syndrome include:

Viral Persistence and Viral Ghosts

This theoru suggests that the virus or its components may remian in the body long after the initial infection and even after a person tests negative.

Mast Cell Activation (MCAS) and NAD+ Imbalance

This theory involves a chain reaction of cellular physiology. Evidence suggests that certain viruses can cause abnormal triggering of mast cells, the first line of immune defense.

Autoimmune Response with Widespread Inflammation

This theory proposes failure of the immune system to rest after the overactive stge of the iitial infection.

Mitochondrial Impairment and Cell Danger Response

This theory propses that certain virsus hijack the mitochondria of the immune cells and impairs mitochondrial pathways. This manipulates the functions of the cells for the advantage of viral replication. The virus drains the mitochondrial’s power, leaving little left for the cell to use for itself.

Microbiome Dysregulation

This theory explains that certain viruses may deplete important microorganisms in the gut microbiome, potentially contributing to PASC symptoms.

The Role of Natural Therapies

While there is ongoing research to understand the mechanisms and effective treatments for long-haul syndrome, there are several natural therapies that may help manage the symptoms. It’s important to note that these therapies should be used in conjunction with medical advice and treatment. Here are some natural approaches that may be beneficial:

  1. Rest and pacing: It’s crucial to prioritize rest and avoid overexertion. Listen to your body, pace yourself, and gradually increase activity levels as tolerated.
  2. Balanced diet: Eating a nutrient-rich diet can support overall health and aid recovery. Include a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats. Consider consulting a registered dietitian for personalized guidance.
  3. Gentle exercise: Engaging in light physical activity, such as walking or stretching, can help improve circulation, reduce inflammation, and boost mood. Start slowly and gradually increase activity levels based on your tolerance.
  4. Breathing exercises: Deep breathing exercises, such as diaphragmatic breathing or pursed-lip breathing, can help reduce anxiety, improve lung function, and promote relaxation.
  5. Stress management techniques: Chronic stress can exacerbate symptoms. Practicing stress management techniques like meditation, mindfulness, yoga, or tai chi can help reduce stress levels and promote overall well-being.
  6. Sleep hygiene: Prioritize good sleep habits by establishing a consistent sleep schedule, creating a calm sleep environment, avoiding electronic devices before bed, and practicing relaxation techniques.
  7. Supplement considerations: Discussing supplements with a healthcare professional is recommended, as they can assess your specific needs. Some supplements that may be considered include vitamin D, vitamin C, zinc, omega-3 fatty acids, and magnesium.


How we support you

We use a functional medicine approach to caring for long haul syndrome. This approach focuses on reducing inflammation and supporting your immune system, allowing your body to respond better and decreasing the risk for relapse. We also focus on cellular optimization by working to restore proper energy production and immune balance. When key pathogen triggers are identified, whether new or reacitivated, we use botanical anti-microbiral medicines to provide deeper healing while simultaneously supporting all body systems.

Nutrition can help to reduce inflammation, improve gastrointestinal health, rebalance the microbiome, and support the immune system, to help other therapeutics to be more effective. Using nutritional supplements that target specific bosy systems and support neurological, respiratory, cognitive, energy and immune function.

Remember that it’s important to work closely with healthcare professionals to develop a comprehensive care plan for long-haul syndrome.

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