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Heather Upchurch

First Dose of Pfizer on 09/23/2021 Lot #FF2589

Second Dose of Pfizer on 10/14/2021 Lot #FF8839

White Pine, TN


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

I had fatigue and a little depression and anxiety from cfs/fibromyalgia/pcos/insulin resistance. I worked 60+ hours 7 days a week running my once successful art and graphic design business,, and remodeled my entire house and redid all of my landscaping myself during my breaks from the computer another 30+ hours per week.

Q: Would you like to share your reasons for getting vaccinated?

Coerced into it by a doctor at children's hospital, despite my better judgment, in order to protect my preemie nephew who was coming to live with me once released.

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

After the first dose I couldn't move or do anything for myself for a week. I had a normal vaccine response PLUS constant migraines, dizziness, vertigo, motion sickness without moving, nausea, stomach pain, confusion, fever symptoms and chills, sweating inappropriately with and without low grade fever, balance issues, inappropriate reactions to bug bites, neurological/numbness issues, weakness/shakiness and dysautonomia especially upon sitting upright or standing, plus worsened pain/nerve pain/burning and severe anxiety/depression.

I improved after that week but began having bad days here and there with the same symptoms where I couldn't get out of bed.

By the time the second dose rolled around, I was doing a little better, and I didn't want the first dose to be a waste so I got it. Worst decision I ever made.

I didn't have a bad response immediately after like the first dose, but I immediately began having more and more bad days with those same symptoms and they were worsening. 3-5 days per week I couldn't get out of bed and barely made it to the bathroom.

Within 4 months I was completely bedridden, my hands and arms from the elbows down were completely numb for a week, as was my face. I was having hypoxia symptoms with normal o2 levels and vitals, and severe dementia/confusion.

I hadn't put it all together yet and thought my fibro/cfs was getting worse so I made an appt with my PCP.

She tested me for everything including lupus, lyme, etc.. She told me she thought it was MS and wanted me to double my 30mg cymbalta for fibro. I declined and asked her to lower it based on the fact that the best I had felt the last few months was in the 2-3 hours before my next dose - then it always got worse again so I thought it was too strong for me. She gave me the crazy look lol, but lowered it to 20mg. After one lowered dose, I woke up and could feel my arms and face again and all of my scariest symptoms like the hypoxia had eased up a little bit.

So I let her know and started researching that medication and realized I had presented with every single symptom of serotonin syndrome. Unheard of on only one low dose serotonergic drug. The only other medication I was on was ortho cyclen.

So I make it through the cold turkey withdrawals of the cymbalta, thinking that it was the culprit. Although I knew I had taken it without issue for 6 months prior to the vaccine. But I still had the same lingering and disabling symptoms 4 months after cold turkey and stabilizing from the cymbalta. I thought this was permanent damage from having serotonin syndrome, until upon researching, I found out that it doesn't cause permanent damage. Back to square one lol.

Then I suddenly started reacting with hives and/or intense itching to everything I ate or drank or came into contact with, despite having no allergies my entire life other than the normal mold and seasonal stuff. And a touch of asthma that was strenuous exercise induced but I rarely ever needed an inhaler for. Bug bites were turning into huge half-dollar sized welts that itched intensely for weeks and never seemed to heal.

So I started digging more and realized that all of my symptoms were similar to mast cell activation and histamine intolerance, and was strangely similar to what people with long covid were experiencing.

I decided to try the protocol for mast cell activation syndrome and histamine intolerance. I saw an immediate and profound effect after only one day of a low histamine diet and antihistamine and mast cell stabilizer regimen.

That is when I first connected it all back to the vaccine. I realized that no changes at all had been made in the 6 months before or after the vaccine.

I promptly saw an allergist/immunologist who was stumped after testing me for everything and finding no allergies except shrimp and I don't eat any seafood at all. Typical mast cell activation syndrome testing did no show any abnormalities and he said it was unlikely despite the dramatic response to the MCAS protocol and low histamine and literally every clinical presentation of it. He had no explanation for any of it and referred me to a rheumatologist. My drs have still not been able to find one who will see me that accepts my insurance, despite a referral from 3-4 different drs now.

Since the serotonin syndrome, I had been researching ssris/snris and how they actually work and how serotonin, histamine, and our mast cells/immune system were linked. I continued this research cross referencing with case studies, trials, and research papers on both covid/long covid and the vaccine.

I found that both covid and the vaccine cause platelet degranulation, which releases serotonin and histamine. This, in turn, activates mast cells to release even more serotonin, histamine, and many other mediators like inflammatory cytokines and chemokines. Researching the function and destruction caused by too much of these things explains every symptom and reaction I have experienced since immediately after the vaccine.

There are case studies of people who wound up with severe serotonin syndrome after covid on NO serotonergic drugs. This was stated as being due to platelet degranulation, which I then found happens with the vaccine as well, so that is how I followed that trail back and linked every single issue from the serotonin, histamine, and mast cells back to it. I have documentation and supporting evidence from every step.

I also found that both, by these processes and the inflammatory cytokines and chemokines, can indeed mimic or trigger various demyelinating diseases like MS and cause serious neurological issues.

All of this completely explains everything I have been experiencing both scientifically and anecdotally. Yet finding anyone to listen or take action has been a nightmare, even armed with all of this information. I have been dismissed, ignored, disrespected, marginalized, and given the crazy look repeatedly.

They keep trying to find any other explanation and can't. My new PCP actually does listen, is open to it, and hasn't treated me that way at all, but she doesn't know what to do and keeps trying to get me to a rheumatologist and neurologist who may, but has been receiving strong resistance on both fronts for months. I am still so disabled that I cannot do anything for myself, including meal prep and basic household tasks. The few things I can do I struggle immensely with, like basic personal care. Yet disability is taking their sweet time while I have barely survived and am on the verge of homelessness.

I received pfizer FF2589 and FF8839. These two are ranked 1st and 5th out of all 371 US FF batches, and 97th and 152nd out of all 32,848 US batches, for disability (similar for deaths and adverse events) in the VAERS system, which even they admit only accounts for a small percentage.

The least our government could do is fast track those with vaccine injury for disability, especially since they lied to us and coerced and forced many of us into getting it, while simultaneously removing any chance of help or recourse. CICP is impossible to get and a joke at best.

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

I've had every blood test multiple doctors can think of.

Heterozygous c677t MTHFR, figured out on my own and tested. Linked to worsened response from the vaccine and covid due to the immense amount of methylation they require.

Barbaric nerve conduction test and EMG this past week. Awaiting results.

Q: Was your reaction reported?

yes. To VAERS

Q: Are there any treatments we should know about that helped or hurt your health?

Low histamine diet and MCAS protocol of antihistamines and mast cell stabilizers helped a lot. Cannot take many of them due to increased serotonin/neuro issues or extreme anxiety unfortunately.

Naltrexone prescribed for unexplained chronic itching unexpectedly helped the numbness and confusion. I found this was due to its action of reducing inflammatory cytokines and increasing the anti-inflammatory cytokine, as well as having an anti-inflammatory effect on the microglia in the brain. I cannot take it either, unfortunately, due to increased anxiety.

Q: Have you had Covid before?


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AntHill CA
AntHill CA
Jan 07, 2023

I'm sorry to hear about you vax injury. I work in QHHT (Quantum Healing Hypnosis Technique). If you like to try it out, I do it for free. I'm happy to see what we can do. Please test me if you are interested: 850-529-9293.


That the government and many medical people who supported all this are walking away from the injuries they have caused should make people cross.

Thank you for the pointer on "mast cell activation" having had covid and thought because of itching I had a persitent allergy.


Amazing write up Heather. You have been through so much! beware of gofundme. I hope you find healing ahead 😊


Dec 29, 2022

I know Dr. Pierre Kory is focusing his practice on treating COVID-19 vaccine injured patients. His website is


Erin Bergman
Erin Bergman
Dec 29, 2022

Acupuncture and functional medicine helped me so much! I hope they can help you too!