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Teddi Mellencamp Reveals Lingering COVID-19 Symptoms May Have Led to Her Vertigo Fall

Teddi Mellencamp shared more details about a scary vertigo-related fainting episode she experienced last week—including how the incident may be connected to her past COVID-19 infection.

Last week Mellencamp shared on Instagram that she bruised her eye and cheek and cut her lip after fainting and falling down. (Mellencamp was rushing to her daughter’s room in the middle of the night.) At the time Mellencamp said she wasn’t sure about the cause of her dizziness and fainting. But on the latest episode her podcast, Mellencamp revealed that it may be a lingering symptom of a breakthrough COVID-19 infection.  

“Awhile back, I had COVID,” Mellencamp said on Teddi Tea Pod With Teddi Mellencamp. The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills alum was vaccinated and experienced a milder illness than her unvaccinated husband, who also got COVID-19. The pair had to quarantine from their three young kids (one of whom has an autoimmune disease), which Mellencamp said was “extremely difficult.” 

Mellencamp was pretty sick for about six days (compared with her husband’s 15) and said her main symptom was dizziness (along with “intense sweats,” and chest pain). “During COVID, the entire time when I had it, my biggest thing that I was feeling was what I call vertigo,” Mellencamp said. “I would feel like I was laying on a waterbed and then when I’d get up, I’d feel dizzy.” 

That sensation has “lingered” with Mellencamp post-COVID, impacting her daily life. “Nothing so severe, but enough so that…I used to run eight miles a day. I haven’t been doing that,” Mellencamp said, adding that she’s been going for shorter walks, jogs, and bike rides instead. “My lifestyle has had to shift a little bit because of this lingering dizzy feeling that I was getting.” 

Mellencamp, who noted she gets anxiety about going to the doctor, put the issue on the back burner, and enough time had passed since her illness, she said, that she didn’t make the connection to COVID-19 right away. But Mellencamp’s “severe” vertigo and fainting episode last week was a “wakeup call,” she said. “It was a really scary experience. I’ve still felt really foggy and just not like myself ever since,” Mellencamp said, adding that her facial injuries were pretty painful. 

While dizziness has many causes and Mellencamp said she is consulting multiple specialists about her vertigo, she believes it may be a long-term effect of COVID-19. “Something that I have heard is that this is a lingering effect post-COVID,” Mellencamp said. 

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