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Has anyone initially felt like this but not gotten worse?

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Missandra Sun 25-Oct-20 01:17:30

I tested positive a week ago. I had no symptoms other than feeling tired.

The last couple of days I’ve had a headache that won’t go and this morning my chest started feeling tight. The tightness has got worse throughout the day and it hurts a bit when I breathe.

I’m really worried that I’m going to keep getting worse and will end up really poorly.

Has anyone felt like this but didn’t get worse? I need to hear some positive stories.

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Aquamarine1029 Sun 25-Oct-20 01:25:05

I'm so sorry you're feeling poorly. I had covid near the end of September and I'm still feeling a bit run down. I started with a horrible headache and body aches that lasted for days, a runny nose, and a scratchy throat. I didn't have any issues with my chest. Hopefully, you won't get any worse and will turn around soon.

HollysBush Sun 25-Oct-20 01:32:58

I had the strange chest tightness first, like you were taking a deep breath on a frosty morning or wearing a top tight bra. Then exhaustion and body aches for a few days(spent mostly in bed).

Sorehandsandfeet Sun 25-Oct-20 07:25:47

Hi, as someone who ended up in hospital, please call your doctor if you are feeling worse after a week of symptoms.

Missandra Sun 25-Oct-20 08:55:17

Thank you all x

@Sorehandsandfeet what were your symptoms when you were taken into hospital? My breathing isn’t too bad but my chest is sore and tight even though I’ve not had coughing as a symptom.

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Sorehandsandfeet Sun 25-Oct-20 09:15:30

Hi, I left it late, I had been ill for 2 weeks when I went to A and e. In the second week my temperature was spiking, I was coughing blood and couldn't breathe for tickly cough. The first week was headache, aches and pains, cough. I don't want to scare anyone but I should have gone to hospital earlier, I just kept thinking that I'm young and healthy so would get over it myself. Didn't want to be a drama llama! I'm sure you will probably be ok but that second week is where problems arise.

mcgonagalscat Sun 25-Oct-20 09:19:04

I hope you'll start to feel better soon- I'm sure you will with plenty of rest. Try not to worry too much about what might or might not happen, and just feel comforted in the fact that if you do get any poorlier the NHS are there and you'll be seen and be helped xx

Kitcat122 Sun 25-Oct-20 09:27:17

I got a tight painful chest about day 10. It felt like my lungs were very sore and burning. I felt breathless going up stairs and talking too much. When I took a deep breath I felt like I wasn't getting enough oxygen. I had bacterial pneumonia from Covid so just keep an eye on how you feel. I didn't need to be hospitalized so I'm not trying to scare you. Maybe speak to your doctor if you still feel the same on Monday.

Missandra Sun 25-Oct-20 14:17:24

@Sorehandsandfeet it sounds like you’ve been through a really rough time. I hope you’re through the worse of it.

@mcgonagalscat thank you. I am resting lots. You’re very right about the NHS. We’re so lucky to have it.

@Kitcat122 that’s sounds rough. I’m on day 7 of symptoms. I’ve read it can be the second week when people can deteriorate. It’s scary stuff. I think I’m going to call 111 and get some more advice.

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MonsterMashh Sun 25-Oct-20 14:28:01

@Sorehandsandfeet sorry to hear you were hospitalised. Are you fully recovered now? What happened at hospital? Did you require oxygen?
I am on day 5 and feeling okay but feeling scared/anxious

everythingisginandroses Sun 25-Oct-20 14:42:28

I felt like utter shit from days 8-13, went downhill which was scary, then slowly felt better. Shortness of breath receded, but lingering low-grade fever and heavy tiredness went on for some weeks. Recovery can be frustratingly slow, but all you can do is rest as much as possible, drink plenty of water, take vitamins. If you google 'Queens Hospital breathing exercises' there is a very simple clip on Youtube, I found this very helpful. As @mcgonagalscat said, the NHS is incredible and you can rest assured that you will get care if you need it. flowers

Sorehandsandfeet Sun 25-Oct-20 15:42:23

Hi MonsterMashh, I'm not recovered yet, still in bed at home but have to go back to hospital for more blood tests tomorrow. I didn't get oxygen, however, it said on my notes that I did?? An oversight, so don't know whether I was meant to. I was told it would be a long haul, just exhausted and weak and still feel effects of pneumonia. I don't want to cause anxiety but I just want to say to seek help if you are worried. Especially in that second week, even if you don't feel that you would be vulnerable.

Missandra Sun 25-Oct-20 16:06:48

@everythingisginandroses that does sound like heavy going. Glad you’re on the mend albeit very slowly. I’ll definitely look at that video on you tube.

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Missandra Sun 25-Oct-20 16:08:32

@Sorehandsandfeet I don’t find your posts scary. I want to be as informed as possible and I know not to leave it too late before seeking help.

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Mindymomo Sun 25-Oct-20 16:17:43

There was a post a while ago from someone sharing their covid story. Sounds very much like you are describing. Some days good, some days just needing to rest. By day 14 she was feeling better, but not well enough to go back to work, so stayed at home for a few more days.

Missandra Sun 25-Oct-20 20:53:17


There was a post a while ago from someone sharing their covid story. Sounds very much like you are describing. Some days good, some days just needing to rest. By day 14 she was feeling better, but not well enough to go back to work, so stayed at home for a few more days.

Thank you, I’ll have a look for that. It’s reassuring that she was feeling better by day 14.

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MoirasRoses Sun 25-Oct-20 21:30:33

A couple close friends have recently had covid & both described this back & forth recovery. Feeling better one day & back with exhaustion, tight chest & headaches the next. Predominantly when they were feeling ‘OK’, they’d try to do something such as stand cooking a meal and then be exhausted & feeling awful again. Both have young children so weren’t able to rest much either. One was feeling completely fine after 10 days but the other took an additional week off work to fully recover (teacher). Both totally fine now.

SheeshazAZ09 Sun 25-Oct-20 21:32:53

Yep had same symptoms as you and so did friend of mine. We both used homeopathic remedies (prescribed by a professional) and got better very quickly.

myhobbyisouting Sun 25-Oct-20 21:33:27

Do you have a pulse oximeter? That will reassure you that you are getting enough oxygen or tell you if your levels are low.

About £30 if that on amazon. Good luck

thisyeargoodyear Sun 25-Oct-20 21:40:27

I am on Day 13 and have only started to feel better in the last 2 days. I started with terrible headaches (days 1-3), then total loss of smell (day 3) and then generally just feeling unwell (body aches, tired etc). I only had fever on Day 7. I have had no cough or chest pain. I found the illness to be very up and down, some days I felt awful in the morning, ok in the afternoon and then terrible again at night. Even now, my head is hurting and my joints are aching but I have been ok all day up until the last hour. I think everyone reacts differently and it seems to last a few weeks at least. I think my body needs some more time to recover so I am going to take it easy this week. I hope you feel better soon.

Porcupineinwaiting Sun 25-Oct-20 21:41:57

Hi OP it's very typical to feel worse during the second week of COVID. That doesnt mean you will get dangerously ill but do keep an eye on your breathing. If you swerve pneumonia (most do) I think you should expect to feel really rough until the end of the second week, and very convalescent for a week or two after that. If you are still going at 6 weeks you are into long COVID territory in which case take a look at the lungs threads.

soffiee Sun 25-Oct-20 21:45:48

May I ask how your chest feels tight? I was speaking to a friend earlier and she was saying her chest felt tight and I asked her how it felt and she said that it felt like the bones on her chest were clicked in tight and she couldn't stretch as it hurt, is this how it feels or is it something to do with your breathing were it feels heavier?

Porcupineinwaiting Sun 25-Oct-20 21:51:27

@soffiee tell your friend to Google "ms hug" and see if that fits. Its common w COVID- what is happening is that the virus interfers with your nerves and causing the intercostal (rib) muscles to spasm. It feels nasty but is not dangerous. I wish I'd known this when I was sick.

The dangerous form of breathlessness happens when you get pneumonia. An oximeter is the best thing for checking if that's happening because o2 sat will fall. Any asthmatics with a peak flow meter can also keep an eye on their lung volume.

soffiee Sun 25-Oct-20 21:57:51

@Porcupineinwaiting thank you so much, I've Whatsapp'ed her the link to it. When I used to workout and use weights on my top half, my chest would feel like that the next day sometimes and wondered if it was that she was describing. Looking at the diagram I can see the crushing and constricting descriptions she was on about.

SushiGo Sun 25-Oct-20 22:27:40

I felt like this, it did get a bit worse and I got worried about whether I needed to be assessed by a doctor or not (I think that was about day 5 - back in march!) However it never did get that bad, and I was okay to go back to work after about 10 days. It took another few weeks for me to feel fit enough to try exercise.

I am completely fine now.

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