Lena Dunham says her body “revolted” as she battled COVID-19 in March.
The former “Girls” star opened in a lengthy Instagram post about her positive diagnosis, detailing the debilitating symptoms she endured for 21 days.
“It started with sore joints, which I couldn’t distinguish from my usual diagnoses, so I didn’t panic. But the pain quickly merged with an impossible and overwhelming fatigue. Then a fever of 102, ”Dunham wrote.
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She added, “Suddenly my body just… revolted. The nerves in my feet were burning and the muscles didn’t seem to be doing their job. My hands were numb. I couldn’t tolerate loud noises. I couldn’t sleep but I couldn’t wake up. ”
The HBO actress also said she lost her sense of taste and smell and suffered from a “choppy cough.”
“The inability to breathe after simple tasks like taking a glass of water” was another side effect, the 34-year-old actress said.
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Dunham said she never had to be hospitalized and instead was treated at home by a doctor. She tested negative after a month, but still suffered from symptoms, including “swollen hands” and “relentless migraine and fatigue”.
Doctors have informed the actress that she suffers from clinical adrenal insufficiency, which means that her pituitary gland “has almost completely stopped working.”
Dunham has already spoken about how she suffers from arthritis and endometriosis.
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The star said she considers herself “lucky” and shares her concern for others who may not have similar fates. She said the potential long-term health consequences of COVID-19 are significant.
“It’s not like passing the flu on to your coworker -” Sorry, Brenda! Lunch is on me next time! This is the biggest deal in our country and in the world right now. When you take the right steps to protect yourself and your neighbors, you save them a world of pain. ”