WATSON CLINIC INTERNAL MEDICINE PHYSICIAN INTRODUCES POST COVID-19 CLINIC
Kathleen Haggerty, MD, a board-certified Internal Medicine specialist at Watson Clinic Main located at 1600 Lakeland Hills Blvd. in Lakeland, has established a post-COVID clinic to address the lingering symptoms faced by many patients in the aftermath of their infection.
Ongoing research has shown that these prolonged side effects often include fatigue, dizziness, chest heaviness, brain fog, malaise, poor concentration and nausea.
“Approximately 1 in 10 people who have been positive for COVID-19 are going to experience week after week of severe lingering symptoms even after they are clear of the infection,” Dr. Haggerty explains. “They may not be able to get back to work, get off supplemental oxygen, or return to an acceptable quality of life.”
In treating these patients, Dr. Haggerty is assuming a comprehensive, no holds barred approach. “We ask everything, we look at everything, we test everything,” Dr. Haggerty continues. “In accordance with their individual symptoms, they may receive a series of lab tests, radiology evaluations, pulmonary function tests, and additional tests designed to diagnose issues related to depression, cognitive ability, physical maladies, nutritional deficiencies and neurological disorders.”
Dr. Haggerty’s clinic welcomes patients who might have been told previously that they were “just imagining” their symptoms or instructed to “wait them out”. “I’m trying to find solutions that will return patients to the optimum level of health they enjoyed prior to contracting COVID-19,” Dr. Haggerty asserts.