TOKYO: A 77-year-old man in Japan reported ‘deep anal discomfort’ just days after recovering from coronavirus disease, possibly the first such example of a post-Covid consequence (Covid-19). He was diagnosed with ‘restless anal syndrome’ by doctors at Tokyo University Hospital.
Doctors noticed that the man’s symptoms were consistent with those seen in patients with restless leg syndrome, according to Business Insider, which reported the case quoting BMC Infectious Diseases (RLS). He was also able to gain some alleviation from exercise, which is a frequent aspect of RLS, according to the report.
However, tests revealed that, except for a few haemorrhoids, the senior citizen was in perfect health. There were no abnormalities in the brain or bladder, for example. According to the Business Insider report, the only health difficulties he had after recovering from Covid-19 were restlessness, anxiety, and insomnia.
It went on to say that the ‘anal discomfort’ was alleviated by a course of Clonazepam, a seizure medication.
Previously, the man had been admitted to the hospital with mild Covid-19 symptoms such as sore throat, cough, and fever. After ten days of low-grade fever, he was treated for moderate pneumonia. After 21 days in the hospital, his respiratory functions had returned to normal, and he was discharged.
Restless leg syndrome:
Restless leg syndrome is a ‘common neurological, sensorimotor’ condition caused by central nervous system malfunction, according to BMC. The most prevalent sign of this illness is a strong need to move. When the body is at rest, the symptoms worsen.