London woman searches for help with long-term COVID-19 symptoms

Posted at 11:46 PM, Dec 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-31 13:04:52-05

LONDON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Two months after she experienced her first COVID-19 symptoms, Donna Davis Doneghy says she's still in constant pain.

It started with a sore throat, fever and body aches. She said the fever and sore throat have subsided, but she faces continued body aches and headaches and brain fog.

"I have not had one day, literally not one minute without a headache. No relief whatsoever," Davis Doneghy said. "It doesn't matter what I take, what I do, it's always right there."

She said her symptoms may be made worse by her fibromyalgia, and they're beginning to take a toll on her mentally as well.

"Every day I wake up and I want it to be gone but it's not and so I'm trying to deal with it... the best that I can and I just need to reach out and try to get some kind of help," she said.

She's not alone. The CDC reports long-term symptoms of coronavirus can range from shortness of breath to heart problems. Several online support groups have popped up across the country.

But so far, Davis Doneghy said she hasn't been able to find any relief for her symptoms.

"I wish there was someone that had all the answers but what I'm seeing is that there is no one that has all the answers," she said, "that COVID is so new that they don't even know what to tell you."

She hopes someone who can help will see her story, she said, or at least someone who can relate to what she's going through.

"I would love to connect with other people who are going through this just to, you know, say to each other "Hey, how you feeling today?""

Her hope is just to feel normal again.

"I feel like I haven't even been able to enjoy and do the things that I was doing before I got sick," she said.