Are You A Long Hauler?
A long hauler is someone who manifests and continue to experience symptoms long after they have contracted a virus or developed an acute episode of pain. It makes you wonder why.
Obviously, the more risk factors you have, the more likely you become one. Our baseline mental, emotional and physical health are predictors of how we turn out.
A long hauler is a chronic pain sufferer, constantly fatigued person, sensitive to normal things, depressed, always stiff, tense for no reason, easily hurts with exercises, relies on painkillers, has poor surgical outcome and avoids activities that hurt.
A long hauler tries hard to feel better in many ways. They love their heating pads, ignore the symptoms with an endless hope that it will go away, resorts to quick relief approaches like pain medications or steroid injections and uses topical creams to alleviate the symptoms. These are all wonderful but not good enough. These are all band-aids.
A long hauler needs help in a more holistic manner. A physical therapist who uses an integrative orthopedic and neurological approach will address both the “what hurts” and “why it hurts.” And this type of PT will refer you to other professionals if an interdisciplinary approach is appropriate.
You don’t have to be a long hauler and you don’t have to deal with it all on your own.