An estimated one in three Americans infected by COVID-19 have persistent symptoms that last long after their initial infection. At Healing Family Functional Medicine, specialized post-COVID care services are available to support your physical and mental health. Seema Patel, MD, MPH, IFMCP developed the functional medicine Post COVID care groups at The Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine to address fatigue, shortness of breath, brain fog, anxiety and other ongoing post COVID symptoms. Call the Pepper Pike, Ohio, office to learn more about the available post-COVID care services or book a consultation online today.

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What is post-COVID care?

The post-COVID care services at Healing Family Functional Medicine support the health and recovery of individuals experiencing ongoing symptoms after their COVID-19 infection.  Symptoms may start immediately after the initial infection to three months later.  Moderate to severe symptoms can profoundly affect the quality of life.

Dr. Patel created the post-COVID group visits for moderate to severely ill patients at The Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine.  She presented the findings about the importance of shared medical appointments in post-COVID care to the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Why would I need post-COVID care?

Healing Family Functional Medicine’s post-COVID care services focus on managing persistent symptoms after the initial COVID-19 infection.  You may benefit from post-COVID care if you experience the following symptoms:

  • Fatigue
  • Persistent cough
  • Dizziness
  • Joint or muscle pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Abdominal pain or irregular bowel movements
  • Brain fog
  • Heart palpitations
  • Sleeping issues
  • Chest pain

Women may also experience changes in the menstrual cycle as a result of COVID-19 infections.

Dr. Patel provides various diagnostic testing and treatment services to improve your health due to long COVID symptoms.  She offers individual visits as well as group visits for post-COVID patients.

What’s involved in post-COVID care?

The post-COVID services at Healing Family Functional Medicine focus on decreasing inflammation and restoring balance and energy.  Dr. Patel customizes a care plan to manage long COVID symptoms using a functional medicine approach.  She can provide extensive laboratory testing to evaluate the cause of persisting symptoms which include but are not limited to:

  • Advanced cardiovascular testing
  • Blood clot risk
  • Gut microbiome balance
  • Chronic viruses like Mono
  • Autoimmune testing
  • Hormone testing
  • Mitochondrial function testing
  • Environmental toxins as well as mold toxins
  • Histamine reactions

Dr. Patel offers both individual visits for long-Covid as well as group visits.  During the individual visits, she does a comprehensive review of your health history, lifestyle, stressors, nutrition as well as environmental exposures.  She provides a personalized, holistic plan to help you recover and reduce future health complications.

In the group visits, Dr. Patel along with the health coach and dietician work with you to help you better understand how long COVID affects gut function, how persistent inflammation increases the risk of other chronic illness and how long COVID impacts the energy production in your body by causing mitochondrial dysfunction.  Each session provides hands on tools to incorporate in your daily life to help restore balance and vitality.  Dr. Patel can also refer you to specialist if needed.  Call Healing Family Functional Medicine to schedule a post COVID care appointment or book a consultation online.

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