Post-COVID Neuro Care Clinic
While most individuals with COVID-19 get better within a few weeks, an estimated 10-30% experience lingering symptoms after the infection has cleared. Post-COVID symptoms can happen to anyone who has had COVID-19, even if the illness was mild and even if there were no symptoms initially.
Post-COVID symptoms may interfere with daily life, work, relationships and more. Edward-Elmhurst Health established a Post-COVID Neuro Care Clinic to support individuals with neurological symptoms related to a previous COVID-19 infection.
Our team of neurology experts is here to help ease your symptoms, or resolve them when possible, so you can put COVID behind you and get back to life.
Long-term, post-COVID symptoms
After recovering from COVID-19, some individuals may experience a range of ongoing or new neurologic symptoms, including:
- Brain fog
- Headache, migraines
- Disorder of taste or smell
- Pain/muscle pain
- Blurred vision
- Tinnitus (ringing in ears)
Individuals may also experience non-neurologic symptoms, including:
- Fatigue, tiredness
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
- Insomnia, difficulty sleeping
- Variation of heart rate and blood pressure
- Gastrointestinal symptoms
We can help
If you experience long-term (greater than six weeks after initial infection) neurological symptoms associated with COVID-19, your doctor may recommend an evaluation at our Post-COVID Neuro Care Clinic.
Schedule an appointment
To schedule an appointment at the Clinic, call 630-527-7730, option 1. Make sure to mention “Post-COVID Neuro Care Clinic” when you call.
If your doctor referred you to the Clinic and submitted and order, you can also schedule through your MyChart® account — also available on the MyEEHealth™ app.
Don’t have a MyChart account? It’s easy to sign up.
Preparing for your appointment
When you schedule an appointment at the Post-COVID Neuro Care Clinic, you’ll be asked to complete an online assessment questionnaire prior to your visit. Your responses will help our team better understand your neurologic symptoms and COVID-19 recovery.
We also recommend you keep a diary of your symptoms, including when symptoms occur and how you felt, as well as what makes symptoms better or worse. Bring this information with you to your appointment as well as your current medications, including the dose and frequency.
Initial evaluation at the Clinic
When you first come to the Clinic, you’ll receive a full evaluation by a multidisciplinary team of neurology experts. Our team will:
- Spend time talking with you, ask further questions about your COVID-19 diagnosis, and review your symptom diary (if you have one).
- Complete a physical and cognitive exam. We’ll use this information to guide our treatment recommendations.
- Possibly recommend diagnostic testing to provide more insight into your symptoms, assist with diagnosis and rule out other conditions.
This initial evaluation helps the Clinic team individualize our approach to your care.
Individualized treatment plan
Once our neurology team conducts a full evaluation, we’ll recommend a treatment plan. Your individualized treatment plan may include medications, supportive therapies and lifestyle recommendations.
We may also refer you to other specialists, such as pulmonologists, cardiologists, gastroenterologists, rehabilitation therapists, behavioral health therapists and nutritionists, to ensure you receive comprehensive care for every aspect of your recovery.
Find a neurologist near you
At the Post-COVID Neuro Care Clinic, you’ll benefit from an expert team of neurologists that takes a collaborative approach to help you in your recovery.
Find a neurology expert
Experts are still learning about the short- and long-term health effects of COVID-19, who gets them, and why. For additional information or questions, call the Post-COVID Neuro Care Clinic at 630-527-7730.
There is a group, unofficially known as “long-haulers,” who experience lingering health problems after they recover from the coronavirus infection. Read our blog to learn more: What are the long-term effects of COVID-19?
For physicians: How to refer a patient
Do you have a patient you would like to refer to the Clinic? Please choose "EEH Post COVID Neuro Clinic Referral" from the Epic list. Your patient can then schedule by calling 630-527-7730 (option 1).