Is gut pain a symptom of long-COVID-19?
Long-COVID-19 (also known as post-acute COVID-19) is a condition that may cause certain patients to continue developing symptoms even after recovering from an initial, acute bout of the virus.
Along with other long-COVID-19 symptoms, like breathlessness, joint pains and a loss of taste or smell, gut pain has been reported across certain individuals.
Pain in the gut may be accompanied by other symptoms like diarrhoea, vomiting and intestinal bleeding.
Causes of post-COVID-19 gut pain
While COVID-19 is a respiratory illness, it can affect the gastrointestinal tract as well.
When the virus enters the body, it may start destroying healthy cells, including the cells in the gastrointestinal tract. According to data gathered across recent patients, about 53% of them have the potential to develop gastrointestinal issues in addition to their other symptoms.
When COVID-19 attacks the cells in the lining of the gastrointestinal tract, it may break down these linings and cause the onset of gastrointestinal issues like gastritis and peptic ulcers—gut diseases that are known to cause abdominal pain.
Organs like the gallbladder and pancreas, both of which are part of the gastrointestinal tract, may be damaged by the virus as well.
Aside from damaging cells in the gut, certain theories suggest that COVID-19 may damage nerves in the stomach and other parts of the gastrointestinal tract, causing recurring pain.
Why should you visit a gut clinic?
While COVID-19 primarily affects the respiratory system, it has the potential to damage your gastrointestinal system. This may lead to former COVID-19 patients developing serious gastrointestinal conditions later on in life.
If you are experiencing gut pain following your recovery, speak to a specialist for treatment and relief.
Get in touch with the Sydney Gut Clinic
The Sydney Gut Clinic is run by a team of gastroenterological specialists who are trained to treat various gastrointestinal conditions.
If you are experiencing abdominal pain following your recovery from COVID-19, schedule an appointment with us to find out more about your treatment options.
We are located in the Alexandria Specialist Day Hospital.
Abdominal pain is pain felt in the region of your body between the chest and the pelvis. Pain in the abdomen is usually a dull, aching pain but in some cases, people may experience sudden sharp pains.
Common symptoms that accompany gut pain while recovering from COVID-19 may include:
These symptoms, along with gut pain, may affect a person’s nutritional intake when recovering from COVID-19. Proper nutrition after suffering from COVID-19 is vital for a patient’s recovery.
Even after recovering from COVID-19, there is a chance that the virus could pass on to organs like the gallbladder or the pancreas and cause serious medical conditions, like pancreatitis and cholecystitis. The damage caused by the COVID-19 virus to the linings of the digestive system may worsen gastrointestinal conditions like Crohn’s disease.
Consult our gastroenterology specialists for treatment for gut pain