First Dose of Pfizer on 02/19/21 Lot #EL9624
Second Dose of Pfizer on 03/12/21 Lot #EN6203
Third Dose of J&J on 10/25/21
73 yrs old
Q: What was your life like before you got the vaccine?
I am a 74-year-old woman. I own my house, and I do my own yard and garden work, cooking, and cleaning. I have a cat and a dog.
Q: Would you like to share your reasons for getting vaccinated?
Due to my age, diabetes, and asthma, I am in the high risk group for Covid.
Q: What was your reaction, symptoms, & timeline?
I got my first dose of the Pfizer vaccine on February 19. It was OK with just a little arm soreness.
I got my second Pfizer dose on March 12. For the first 3 days I had the arm soreness and a headache. By the fourth day the headache had become migraines, and I had nausea, body aches, and debilitating fatigue. At this time the body aches were very bad, and it felt like someone had hit me in the head behind my right ear.
These flu-like symptoms gradually diminished, until I felt pretty normal at the end of July.
My primary doc advised me not to get another MRNA vaccine, but that I should get a booster. So on October 25, I got the J&J vaccine as a booster. I was OK for the first 5 days but, again, the headaches were growing into migraines, and the brain fog was closing in. I had so much dizziness that I dared not use a step stool around the house.
In March I developed a thrush throat, and it infected my sinuses. Then I developed a vaginal Candida infection and a bacterial urinary tract infection simultaneously with vaginal bleeding. I had to take fluconazole for 14 days and then an antibiotic for 12 days. This has never happened to me before. I have had thrush throat after taking antibiotics for strep throat, but it has always been self-limiting and not required treatment. My immune system is not functioning normally.
Q: What is your life like now, after getting the vaccine?
I am still (April 2022) having debilitating nausea, headaches, fatigue, and dizziness. I don't know if I will be able to put a garden in this year. I have chronically been behind on the laundry and cleaning the house. I have not been able to walk my dog every day.
Q: Share your experience with any medical care and any diagnoses you have received:
I called my primary care doc in March 2021 to get help, but they didn’t call back, so on April 1st, I went to the ER. The ER did a bunch of blood tests and a CT scan. They gave me IV Toradol for the constant migraines. It helped for 2 or 3 days. My blood results came back with elevated liver enzymes.
I finally got in to see my primary doc on April 21. More blood tests and a urine test. My micro-albumin level was 1239. Normal tops out at 30. This doc put me on a Medrol dose pack, and said I appeared to be having a massive inflammatory reaction. The Medrol helped while I was taking it, but my symptoms came crashing back as soon as I was off it.
On May 4, I had an appointment with a new primary doc. More blood and urine tests. He put me on a second Medrol dose pack. I felt better until the evening of May 25. At 9:30pm, my symptoms came crashing back, and I started vomiting. On May 26, I woke up with a fever of 101.8. I felt too ill and woozy to drive to the doctor, so I tried to rest.
I went to the nearest urgent care center the following afternoon. They did an influenza A and B test and a Covid test. All were negative. They did more blood tests looking for an elevated white blood cell count that would indicate a bacterial infection. Nope. White cell count was normal.
In September, I developed and infection in my right jaw and had to have a root canal done on a tooth that had a root canal and crown more than 10 years ago. In March, this is when my head hurt like I had been hit.
After the J&J booster on October 25, I was OK for the first 5 days but, again, the headaches were growing into migraines, and the brain fog was closing in. I have adrenal insufficiency and take daily cortisone, so I went online to look up stress dosing for cortisone. I doubled my cortisone dose to 40 mg./day for several days and it helped, but I still felt ill and fogged in. I tripled my dose, and I felt pretty normal. The triple dose of hydrocortisone made me feel really cushingoid with raging hunger, so I dropped back to a double dose. In mid-December, I saw my primary doc and tried to talk to him about all this, but he was in a hurry and said: "We are very busy before Christmas." and cut me off. I have done pretty well on this dose, but do still have breakthrough headaches, nausea, foggy brain and bad fatigue. Some days I do manage to do the work I need to get done around the house, though.
Q: Was your reaction reported, and what was the response?
I responded to all of the post-jab VSAFE messages and didn't hear anything back until late March, 2022. The woman who called said that they are way behind in their follow-ups and asked me to submit VAERS reports. I submitted 2 VAERS reports in early April 2022.
Q: Is there anything that has helped, and have your symptoms improved?
Increasing my daily hydrocortisone dose has helped, and it has helped more than taking a high-dose burst of steroids (Medrol dose pack). My symptoms are diminishing very slowly.
Q: Have you had Covid before?
No, I have not had Covid. When I was tested for it at the urgent care center, the test was negative.
Q: What do you wish others knew?
I understand that the government is trying to end this pandemic and protect the hospital capacity, but that is no reason to lie to the public. Health officials at all levels keep saying the vaccine is "Safe and Effective". How effective is it if we need to get another jab every 4 months? How safe is it when people around the world are having such bad reactions? They need to be more honest with us and themselves. We cannot get decent help with these adverse reactions, if they just keep denying that adverse reactions are happening. The CDC really screwed up in 2020 when they contaminated the Covid tests they were making and would not allow universities and health centers to manufacture Covid tests. I thought that was a "one off" and that they would do better as the pandemic went on. But lying to us about the vaccine side-effects is not doing better.
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