A CORONAVIRUS survivor has been left with hands that have changed shape and can constantly taste blood in her mouth.
Roweena Russell, 45, from North Shields, Tyne and Wear, remains plagued with long-term effects of Covid-19 after first showing early symptoms of the virus on April 9 when she struggled to catch her breath and began to feel exhausted.
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She suffered from memory loss, vomiting and felt constantly dizzy before she became so exhausted that she had to call an ambulance.
“Long Covid” is not officially recognised by doctors but up to 60,000 people have been left suffering with symptoms such as fatigue, breathlessness and chest pains for more than three months after contracting the virus, according to a study from Kings College London.
Roweena told Chronicle Live: “Every day I suffer from chest and kidney pains, my heart rate is all over the place and I can constantly taste blood in my mouth which makes me feel nauseous all of the time.
“I’ve had inflammation in my hands and feet and my hands have now changed shape and I’ve had to completely change my diet as any white carbs now leave me in agony,” she said.
Prior to contracting coronavirus, Roweena could do handstands and cartwheels. She could also cycle over 60 miles and recover within 10 minutes.
Last week, Roweena walked 6,000 steps – the most that she has been able to walk since having the virus – and it took her three days to recover.
In September, the 45-year-old woke up at 4am as she was suffering serious chest pains before being rushed to hospital showing symptoms of a heart attack.
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Roweena is in pain every day and has recently undergone tests on her heart and lungs to determine the extent of the damage done by the virus.
The 45-year-old, who is unable to work due to her symptoms, said: “My bigger concern is what impact it has on the people around me.
“Will I be able to live independently because I couldn’t do that now.
“Would I be able to exercise again and feel healthy ever again?”