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John Ondesko

First Dose of Moderna on 01/07/21 Lot #012L20A

New York

52 yrs old

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

My life was great. I had no health issues. I was very energetic for my age. In fact, I frequently had days where I’d play golf in the morning, play ice-hockey in the afternoon, and went fishing in the evening. I had never been hospitalized nor had any broken bones.

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

I trusted the government agencies because they said it was what was needed to end the pandemic.

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

Three hours after my first Moderna dose, I had an intense burning, pressure pain in the right upper quadrant of my abdomen. I felt as if my abdomen was being squeezed by a vice and electrocuted at the same time. The next day my urine was brown, I had twitching and spasms in my abdomen and my torso was extremely stiff. I could not turn my torso to the right. All I could do for some comfort was to lay in bed on my left side. The intensity of the pain was unbearable. I did not get any noticeable relief until two months later after being put on steroids, muscle relaxants, and neuralgia meds. During that time I was basically bedridden and lost a substantial amount of weight. In the last year, I’ve seen many specialists including gastroenterologist, immunologist, neurologist, rheumatologist and infectious disease specialist. I have been diagnosed with neuritis due to post-covid vaccine syndrome. As of today, I still have pain in my thoracic spine and pain and stiffness in all intercostal nerves on my right side. The pain is constant and so far, never ending.

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

My life has completely changed. I went from being perfectly healthy to chronic pain. I have to watch every movement I make. If I move the wrong way, it could precipitate intense pain. Many things that I could do in the past, I can no longer do.

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

Some of my experiences with healthcare has been good but some has been bad. I had doctors who did not want to have anything to do with anyone who had adverse reactions to the covid vaccine. They wanted to get me out of their office as fast as they could. They did not want to do the hard work needed to figure out what is wrong with me. Fortunately, I have a few doctors who are trying to help and are open-minded. I have a great immunologist, rheumatologist and neurosurgeon.

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

I reported to VAERS and to Moderna. VAERS responded with a phone call and a follow-up case number. Moderna sent a form to my PCP to fill out and return.

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

I continue to take neuralgia medication and muscle relaxants. I also take a low dose steroid daily. In the last three months, I have received thoracic steroid injections which have also helped. Overall, I’ve gotten somewhat better, but I have not returned to my previous level of health.

Q: Have you had Covid before? What was your experience if so?

I have been tested multiple times. I have not had Covid.

Q: What do you wish others knew?

I wish the government would acknowledge that these vaccines can cause a number of adverse events. Some of which can be severe and long lasting. All one has to do is look at the large number of adverse events reported to VAERS. I feel that some doctors’ hesitancy to treat patients with covid vaccine injuries is due to the government’s lack of acknowledgment of such injuries. The main reason that I posted myself on this site today is because I want the word to get out. There are many people suffering from adverse events from covid vaccines around the world.


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3 commentaires

14 juil. 2022


Cat Parker
Cat Parker
19 juin 2022

John, I just want you to know you are not alone. As a fellow vaccine injured victim, I created a FB support group. If you need anything, please let me know. I hope to help as many people as I can just like us through support, resources, education, and anything else to help them through this journey with so many others that I am bringing together to support those like us. Sending prayers and hugs. Cat


Justin Krijnen
Justin Krijnen
05 mai 2022

Hi Jon, am sorry you are going through with this. Your symptoms sound quite similar to mine (I also have thoracic spine stiffness which affects my nerves). My story should be published soon so maybe we can stay in touch. Have you had gastroinestinal issues? I have pretty bad constipation at the moment, although I eat healthily. I am quite sure it has got to do with the nerves that control the bowel movements etc. No formal diagnosis for me as of yet!