Founder of Health Rising and Phoenix Rising
A doctor who'd apparently recovered from Ebola. He showed up in the hospital with severe eye problems and ....fatigue, joint and muscle pain and hearing loss. Other survivors report headaches. The eye problems were due to Ebola - but what about the other issues? Does he have post-viral syndrome (i.e. ME/CFS?). They speculate it may be the result of brain inflammation caused by Ebola. (The Ebola is gone but the brain inflammation remains?). It sounds so much like ME/CFS....
Dr. Crozier, 44, ruefully calls himself a poster child for “post-Ebola syndrome”: Besides eye trouble, he has had debilitating joint and muscle pain, deep fatigue and hearing loss. Similar problems are being reported in West Africa, but it is not clear how common, severe or persistent they are. There have even been reports of survivors left completely blind or deaf, but these accounts are anecdotal and unconfirmed.
At ELWA Hospital in Monrovia, Liberia, run by the missionary group SIM, Dr. John Fankhauser, the medical director, said chronic pain, headaches and eye trouble were the most common physical problems among the hundred or so people attending a special clinic for Ebola survivors. Some have such severe pain that they find it hard to walk..
“We’re seeing symptoms in patients who’ve been out of the treatment unit for up to nine months,” Dr. Fankhauser said. “They’re still very severe and impacting their life every day.” These patients will need medical care for months and maybe years, he predicted.