Do you have long Covid? Thoracic pain is one of the most 'frequent persisting' signs

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Thoracic pain is back pain that occurs in the “thoracic spine”, which is located at the back of the chest (the thorax), mostly between the shoulder blades.

The NHS explains: “The thoracic area is designed for stability, to anchor the rib cage and to provide protection for vital organs within the chest.”

The study also found the following signs to be be indicative of long Covid:

  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Cough
  • Joint pain.

In nineteen studies conducted in a majority of out-patients, the persistence of these symptoms was lower and three percent to 74 percent of patients reported prolonged smell and taste disorders, the researchers noted.


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