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COVID-19 Headaches and Neurological Symptoms

Lone Star Neurology
Medically reviewed by Lone Star Neurology
Lone Star Neurology
Medically reviewed by Lone Star Neurology

As of March 13th, 2021, the total confirmed cases of COVID 19 in the US stood at about 29.4 million and 534,000 deaths. On average, it takes between 6 to 14 days from the time you are infected with the virus for the symptoms to show. Some of the disease’s typical symptoms include fever, dry cough, headaches, and difficult breathing.

Headaches, however, are a critical symptom reported both early and late in the infection phase. It’s worth noting that currently, lead COVID 19 researchers are associating persistent headaches in patients with the virus’s clinical evolution.

This piece will look at how the headache is becoming a source of concern with COVID 19 patients and whether it is related to neurology issues.

Is Headache a Common Symptom of COVID 19?

There is no doubt headache is a significant symptom of COVID 19. However, what point in the infection typically occurs has not been determined yet. A recent study to determine how common a headache is with COVID 19 reveals that around 11 to 34 percent of people hospitalized with COVID 19 suffer from headaches.

Additionally, a WHO report of confirmed cases reveals that a headache was reported in 13.6 percent of 55000 confirmed cases under study. Importantly, headache is a prevalent symptom of COVID 19 in people with migraines and COVID19 patients under 65.

How Can I Tell If My Headache Is Due to COVID 19 Or Something Else?

The specific characteristics of a COVID 19 headache are currently not well defined and may make it difficult for you to differentiate a COVID 19 headache from the other types of headaches. However, several reports give hints on how you can differentiate a COVID 19 headache from the other common headaches. A headache with the following characteristics can be a COVID 19 headache:

  • If it is moderate to severe in the intensity
  • If it is causing a pulsing or pressing sensation
  • If it is a bilateral headache(headache that occurs from both sides of your head)
  • If it gets worse when you bend over

Is There a Difference Between Migraines and COVID 19 Headaches?

A COVID 19 headache can be moderate to severe for people who have migraine attacks. However, unlike the typical migraine headaches, COVID 19 headaches don’t occur with other common migraine symptoms like sensitivity to light and sound.

A COVID 19 headache may also occur with fever. If you developed a headache and are worried about COVID 19, you can take a temperature test and assess whether you have a fever. Fever is typically uncommon with migraines. If you have a headache accompanied by other symptoms of COVID 19, it may be a good idea to get tested for the virus.

What are the Long-Term effects of COVID 19?

COVID 19 symptoms can persist for several months. The virus can damage your lungs, heart, and brain, thus increasing the chances of long-term health issues. Studies reveal older people and those with serious medical conditions are more likely to experience long-term effects of the disease. However, even young and otherwise healthy people can experience lingering symptoms several weeks and months after the infection.

Some of the common signs and symptoms that can linger for a longer time include:

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

Other long-term signs and symptoms include:

  • Headache
  • Muscle pain
  • Loss of smell and tastes
  • Fast or pounding heartbeats
  • Memory, concentration, or sleep problems
  • Rash or hair loss

COVID 19 and Neurological Symptoms

Recent studies reveal neurological symptoms such as headache, dizziness, and impaired taste and smell are prevalent in patients with COVID 19. The results of a study published in JAMA Neurology reveals neurological symptoms are more prevalent in patients with COVID 19 who have a severe infection. These findings suggest that COVID 19 could affect the nervous system and the respiratory system.

The study also shows that for some patients, the only signs of COVID 19 were neurological in nature as the virus is expressed in neural and skeletal tissues. Neurological symptoms that are common in patients with COVID-19 include:

  • Symptoms involving the central nervous include dizziness, headaches, and impaired consciousness
  • Symptoms involving the peripheral nervous system include loss of taste and smell, vision impairment, and nerve pain
  • Acute cerebrovascular disease
  • Skeletal muscle injury

Contact Lone Star Neurology for All COVID 19 Neurological Issues

With reports that up to 80 percent of COVID patients suffer from neurological symptoms, you can’t afford to take chances. If you are experiencing muscle pain, headaches, dizziness, encephalopathy, and brain fog, schedule an appointment with a neurologist as soon as possible.

At Lone Star Neurology, we provide state-of-the-art diagnosis, management, and treatments of neurological disorders. We are certified GA neurologists featuring a dynamic team of medical personnel with vast experience handling various brain conditions. We are located in different cities in Texas, including Dallas, Richardson, Allen, Frisco and others.  For more details contact us today.

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Edward Medina
Edward Medina
15:34 30 Jun 22
Just such an amazing staff that makes you feel like part of their family. I’ve been going there for over 5 years now... and each visit I get the very best care and treatments that I have ever received in the 20+ years that I’ve been dealing with severe debilitating migraines. Since i started seeing them the number of my migraines has dropped from 15-20 a month to 2-3 every 3 month. I highly recommend them …they will change your life!read more
Daneisha Johnson
Daneisha Johnson
22:20 19 May 22
Dr. Askari was very kind and explained everything so I could understand. The other staff were nice as well. I would... have gave 5 stars but I was a little taken aback when I checked in and had to pay 600.00 upfront. I think that should have been discussed in a appointment confirmation call or email just so I could have been prepared.read more
Jean Cooper
Jean Cooper
16:54 29 Apr 22
I love the office staff they are friendly and very helpful. Dr. JODIE is very caring and understanding to your needs... and wants to help you. I will go back. would recommend Dr. Dr. Jodie to other Patients in a heart beat. The team works well together.read more
Linda M
Linda M
19:40 02 Apr 22
I was obviously stressed, needing to see a neurologist. The staff was so patient and Dr. Ansari was so kind. At one... point he told me to relax, we have time, when I was relaying my history of my condition. That helped ease my stress. I have seen 3 other neurologists and he was the only one who performed any assessment tests on my cognitive and physical skills. At one point I couldn't complete two assessments and got upset and cried. I was told, it's OK. That's why you're here. I was truly impressed, and super pleased with the whole experience!read more
Leslie Durham
Leslie Durham
15:05 01 Apr 22
I've been coming here for about 5 years. The staff are ALWAYS friendly and knowledgeable. The Doctors are the absolute... best!! Jodie Moore is always in such a great mood which is a plus when you are already stressed. Highly recommendedread more
Monica Del Bosque
Monica Del Bosque
14:13 25 Mar 22
Since my first post my thoughts have changed here. It's unfortunate. My doctor and PA were great, but the office staff... is horrible. They never call you back when they say they will, they misinform you, they cause you too much stress wondering what's going on, they don't keep you posted. They never answer the phone. At this point I've left four messages in the last week, and I have sent three messages. Twice from their portal and one direct email. No response. My appointment is on Monday morning at 8:30am, no confirmation on my insurance and what's going on. What the heck is going on, this is ridiculous!I've given up... the stress her office staff has put me through is just not worth it. You can do so much better, please clean house, either change out your office staff, or find a way for them to be more efficient please. You have to do something. This is not how you want to run your practice. It leaves a very bad impression on your business.read more
Ron Buckholz
Ron Buckholz
23:32 23 Mar 22
I was actually pleasantly surprised with this visit! It took me a long time to get the appointment scheduled because no... one answers your phones EVER! After a month, I finally got in, and your staff was warm, friendly, and I was totally impressed! I feel like you will take care of my needs!read more
Steve Nabavi
Steve Nabavi
16:28 16 Mar 22
It was a nice visit. Happy staff doing all they can do to comfort the patients in a very calming environment. You ask... me they are earned a big gold star on the fridge. My only complaint they didn't give me any cookies.read more
Katie Lewis
Katie Lewis
16:10 10 Feb 22
Had very positive appointments with Jodie and Dr. Sheth for my migraine care. Jodie was so fast with the injections and... has so much valuable info. I started to feel light headed during checkout and the staff was SO helpful—giving me a chair, water, and taking me into a private room until I felt better. Highly recommend this practice for migraine patients, they know what they’re doing!!read more
Joshua Martinez
Joshua Martinez
16:02 10 Dec 21
I was scheduled to be checked and just want to say that the staff was fantastic. They were kind and helpful. I was... asked many questions related to what was going on and not once did I feel as though I was being brushed off. The front desk staff was especially great in assisting me. I'm scheduled to go back for a mri and am glad that I'll be going there.read more
Isabel Ivy
Isabel Ivy
21:42 03 Nov 21
I had such a good experience with Lone Star Neurology, Brent my MRI Tech was so awesome and made sure I was very... comfortable during the appointment. He gave me ear plugs, a pillow, leg support and blanket, easiest MRI ever lol 🤣 My 72 hour EEG nurse Amanda was also so awesome. She made sure I was take care of over the 3 days and took her time with the electrodes to make sure it was comfortable for me! Paige was also a huge help in answering all my questions when it came to my test results, and letting me know her honest opinions about how I should go forth with my treatment.read more
Leslie Luce
Leslie Luce
17:37 20 Oct 21
The professionalism and want to help attitude of this office was present from the moment I contacted them. The follow... up and follow through as well as their willingness to find a way to schedule my dad was above and beyond. We visited two offices in the same day with the same experience. I am appreciative of this—we spend a lot of time with doctors and this was top notch start to finish.read more
robert Parker
robert Parker
16:38 16 Apr 21
I love going to this office. The staff is friendly and helpful. The doctor is great. I am getting the best... neurological tests and treatment I have ever had. The only reason I did not give them a 5 star rating is because it is impossible to reach a live person at the office to reschedule appointments. Every time I have tried to get through to the office it says all people are busy and I am sent to a voicemail. If they could get their phone answering fixed, I would give them a strong 5 stars.read more
MaryAnn Hornbaker
MaryAnn Hornbaker
00:26 25 Feb 21
Dr. Harney is an excellent Dr. I found him friendly , personable and thorough. I evidently am an unusual case. ... Therefore he spent a Hugh amount of time educating me. He even gave me literature to further explain my condition and how to follow up. This is something you rarely get from your doctors. So I am more than please with my doctor and his staff.read more
Roger Arguello
Roger Arguello
03:05 29 Jan 21
Always courteous, professional. The staff is very friendly and always work with you to find the best appointment time.... The care team has been great. Always taking the time to listen to your concerns and to find the best treatment.read more
Margaret Rowland
Margaret Rowland
01:12 27 Jan 21
I have been a patient at Lone Star Neurology for several years. Now both my adult daughters also are patients there. I... love Jodie. She is always so prompt whether it is a teleamed call are a visit in the office. She takes the time to explain everything to me and answers all my questions. I am so blessed to have Jodie as my doctor.read more
Susan Miller
Susan Miller
03:01 13 Jan 21
My husband had an accident 5 years ago and Lone Star Neurology has been such a blessing to us with my husbands care.... Jodie Moore is his provider and she is amazing! Jodie is very knowledgeable, caring, and thorough. She takes her time with you, making sure your needs are met and she is happy to answer any questions you may have. Lone Star Neurology’s patients are very lucky to have Jodie providing their care. Thank you Lone Star Neurology and especially Jodie for everything you have done for us. Jodie, you are the best!read more
Windalyn C
Windalyn C
01:32 09 Jan 21
Jodie is wonderful. She is very caring and knowledgeable. I have been to over a dozen neurologists, and none were able... to help me as much as they have here. Thanks!read more
Katie Kordel
Katie Kordel
00:40 09 Jan 21
Jodi Moore, nurse practitioner, is amazing. I have suffered from frequent, debilitating headaches for almost 20 years.... She has provided the best proactive and responsive care I have ever received. My quality of life has been greatly improved by her caring approach and tenacity in finding solutions.read more
Ellie Natsis
Ellie Natsis
15:41 07 Jan 21
I have had the best experience at this neurologist's office! For over a year I have been receiving iv treatments here... each month and my nurse, Bobbie is beyond wonderful!! She's so attentive, knowledgeable, caring, and detail oriented. She makes an otherwise uncomfortable experience much more pleasant and definitely puts me at ease! She also helps me with my insurance,ordering this specialty medication and dealing with the ordering process which is no easy feat.Needless to say, she goes above a beyond in every way and I'm so grateful to this office and to Bobbie for all they do for me!read more
Matt Morris
Matt Morris
15:39 07 Jan 21
Let me start by saying that I have been coming here for years. Due to my autoimmune disease, I am in this office... once every three weeks for multiple hours at a time. The office is very clean and the staff very friendly. My only complaint would be there communication via phone. They aren't the best at responding if you leave a voicemail and expect a call back. I understand that this is prob just due to the sheer number of alls they receive daily. What I can say I like the best about the office are the people. Bobby who handles my infusions is great. I never have any issues with her setting up my infusions. She is very quick to reply to messages sent via text and if she were to leave then my whole opinion of the office may change. I also enjoy people like Matt, Lauren, and Jodi. I appreciate all that they do for me and without this team I'm not sure I would be as happy as I am to visit the office as frequently as I have to. Please ensure that these folks are recognized as they are what makes my visit to this office so tolerable :).read more
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