First Dose of Pfizer on 02/05/21 Lot #EL9269
Second Dose of Pfizer on 02/26/21 Lot #EN6198
Lakewood Village, Texas
Q: What was your life like before you got the vaccine?
Retired 65 male in fairly decent shape, moderately overweight. I was diagnosed in 2008 with LADA type one diabetes. (Insulin dependent) My average A1C has been around 6.3 over 13 year period. All vitals and blood tests over 10 years have been normal. I had minimal numbness in my feet, and previously tested negative for neuropathy.
Q: What was your reaction, symptoms, & timeline?
Two weeks after receiving first Pfizer does, I could not walk when I got out of bed. My legs felt weak and didn’t respond quickly for movement. Both feet were completely numb. Felt very unstable and it took a few minutes to walk. I proceeded to get the second dose on February 26, 2021. (Being high risk, my doctor convinced me this was the best choice.) Slight fever and fatigue, but no additional neurological issues. After third dose, I started experiencing very slight numbness in both hands.
Q: What is your life like now, after getting the vaccine?
Though slightly improved on movement, the numbness, pain, and weakness still prevail. I cannot stand for more than 10-15 minutes before legs are completely numb. Sitting down relieves the numbness in legs. My balance is affected by the weakness. Moderate to severe pain in both feet when walking, primarily the heal. Severity of symptoms comes and goes. Very depressed and concerned about the future. This problem impacts almost every aspect of my life. Dealing with this after retiring in January has been mentally a challenge.
Q: Share your experience with any medical care and any diagnoses you have received:
My doctor originally referred me to a spinal surgeon. Multiple MRI and X rays were taken (Lumbar, Thoracic) Imaging found arthritis at joints, but nothing substantial. Next was rheumatologist. Blood tests were performed that came back negative for auto-immune disorders. Next Cardiologist, to test arteries in legs. Came back normal. Next was neurologists visit. Electrical signal shows no evidence of large nerve damage. (Neuropathy) Due for skin patch biopsy December 20, for possible SNF (Small Nerve Fiber) abnormality.
Q: Was your reaction reported, and what was the response?
I registered one instance in VAERS. Someone from the CDC called, but it was a joke. They gave me the number to Pfizer which I never called. Just a government bureaucrat entering data no one will look at.
Q: Is there anything that has helped, and have your symptoms improved?
Swimming helps. Hot showers help. Trying Turmeric, Quercetin, Magnesium and Melatonin for sleep. The mental part of not knowing is probably the hardest part. Is this the “New” normal?
Q: What do you wish others knew?
Difficult to answer. Because of my age and diabetes, I calculated this was worth the
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