At Yale’s clinic, medical sleuth Lisa Sanders is trying almost everything.
- The article profiles Dr. Lisa Sanders, a physician who writes a column for the New York Times Magazine diagnosing mysterious medical cases.
- It focuses on her recent work treating patients with long Covid, a condition where Covid symptoms persist for months after the initial infection.
- Long Covid presents with a wide range of symptoms including debilitating fatigue, brain fog, headache, heart palpitations, and more. There are theories it may be caused by mini-clots or an autoimmune reaction.
- Dr. Sanders highlights the challenges of diagnosing and treating long Covid, as the symptoms are broad and complex, testing is often inconclusive, and it manifests differently in each patient.
- She takes a holistic approach by listening closely to patients, running multiple tests, considering mental health factors, and developing individualized treatment plans.
- Treatments she has found helpful include anticoagulants, autoimmune drugs, physical therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, gentle exercise programs, and addressing vitamin/mineral deficiencies.
- The article portrays Dr. Sanders as determined to crack the mysteries of long Covid and improve quality of life for sufferers. It ends on a hopeful note as more data emerges and doctors like her make progress.