Omicron can cause back pain long after youve recovered from Covid

The Omicron variant has been causing a variety of symptoms in people, many of which are different from the traditional three.

But new reports have suggested that one of the new signs could persist long after recovery.

Known as long Covid, some unlucky sufferers have been struggling with long-term effects for weeks and even months after their initial recovery.

Recent data from the Office for National Statistics shares that around 1.3 million people in the UK are dealing with long Covid.

But close as the new variant spreads, researchers say we're only beginning to see what the possible long-term effects of Omicron are, Express reports.

The new variant's symptoms have been different from a fever, cough or change to taste and smell.

Back pain is one of these new symptoms, according to reports from South Africa.

And worryingly a number of patients who have recovered from the virus are reporting that they're still suffering with this particular sign.

Dr Ann Mary shared: “Back pain, though common in most viral fevers, but compared to Delta, Omicron patients tend to have more back pain and less loss of smell and taste.

"A significant number of these patients are having back breaking pain in the lower back and severe myalgia which is adding to the patient's woes.”

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Some experts believe that myalgia could be the reason people are dealing with a long-term back problem.

Dr Harish Chafle told Livemint: "It is a possibility that due to inflammatory mediators, this variant is causing more myalgia than any other variant post-recovery.”

Myalgia is a term for aches and muscle pain, Hopkins Medicine said.

Muscle pain has been reported as an Omicron symptom by a range of sources.

Dr Angelique Coetzee was one of the first people to raise this symptom and warn of the new variant.

She said that the symptom can be "intense" for vaccinated patients.

But people who were jabbed are also experiencing this sign.

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