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Gemma Lamont

First Dose of AstraZeneca in 04/2021

Scotland / United Kingdom

Q: What was your life like before you got the vaccine?

I was a healthy happy 36 year old. I am a wife and mum of 2 girls. I had no previous health conditions.

Q: What was your reaction, symptoms, & timeline?

8 weeks after my 2nd dose of AstraZeneca, I went to bed one night and suddenly out of no where had this blasting loud buzzing in my ear. I didn’t think it was connected to the vaccine at the time then came a host of other symptoms

Q; What is your life like now, after getting the vaccine?

For 7 weeks I had nausea and severe vertigo. Then came burning and parathesia which feels like it’s inside my head on the left side. I also have numbness of the left side of my face, head and the upper palate of my mouth. My hands and feet tingle and burn, and I have strong and painful fasiculations. You can see the skin being pulled taught as if something is crawling under the skin. My vision issues come and go. Out of all the symptoms, the only ones that have gone away are the nausea and vertigo. The rest have remained.

Q: Share your experience with any medical care and any diagnoses you have received:

I visited my GP on several occasions about the debilitating symptoms, only for them to give me antibiotics for an ear infection even though they couldn’t see anything wrong with my ears. Of course, the issues did not resolve. They prescribed more antibiotics which did not help. I visited the emergency room who had a look in my ears and sent me away with ibuprofen. I was disheartened and disappointed that after several doctor visits and an ER visit, that doctors weren’t willing to help or at least investigate. They didn’t want to know and no one admitted that the vaccine might have played part in my symptoms. I battled on for a few more weeks with debilitating symptoms and went back to my GP. I basically had to demand for a referral to an ENT 3 months out from symptoms starting. The ENT was less than helpful. The doctor was very dismissive about the vaccine having anything to do with my symptoms. She was very rude and told me I was young, and I had a life to live so live it. I was so disheartened at her advice when I was at the lowest point. I was in despair with debilitating symptoms. How could anyone tell someone to go live their life, when quality of life is not what it once was. I was debilitated by the symptoms, and this was the least helpful advice. The ENT sent me away with no information, no advice or anything helpful. My confidence in the medical professionals now is non existent. They gave me anti-anxiety medications. I know they think it’s in my head which is disappointing. If we can’t get validation from the medical professionals then how can we get help for our symptoms; especially when they don’t want to know or acknowledge the vaccine injuries.

Q: Was your reaction reported, and what was the response?

I reported the symptoms to the yellow card scheme in Scotland. It's just another system not fit for purpose. It came as no surprise that there was no communication from them.

Q: Is there anything that has helped, and have your symptoms improved?

I still have symptoms 7 months out. The only symptoms that have gone are the nausea and vertigo. Sadly the rest remain and I am no further forward with any help. Doctors have not referred me to any other medical team for investigation.

Q: What do you wish others knew?

I hope others find useful resources allowing them to make informed decisions before getting any covid vaccines. I would advise people not to get them. If I knew what I do now, before I got vaccinated, I would not have had any. These vaccines have destroyed lives, and the governments and health professionals continue to downplay what is happening. They are allowing suffering to continue and no help for those of us vaccine injured.


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15 jul 2022

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