First Dose of Moderna in April of 2021
Second Dose of Moderna in March of 2021
41 yrs old
Q: What was your life like before you got the vaccine?
My name is Jose R. Alas, and I’m a 42 year old single father.
Q: Would you like to share your reasons for getting vaccinated?
I took it pretty early on, because I wanted to travel to Central America and visit family.
Q: What was your reaction, symptoms, & timeline?
I took the Moderna vaccine in April and March of 2021. I had the vaccines at a local Walmart pharmacy. After the first vaccine I didn’t experience any side effects, so I had the second in March.
After taking the second I did experience a fever and body aches. I didn’t think any of it, since those are the side effects that were considered “normal”.
Two weeks later the story was different. I started experiencing tachycardia laying down and standing up. I thought it was just a panic attack, so I didn’t paid much attention. A few weeks later the same symptoms returned. I ended up in the ER. In the ambulance, noticed that my heart rate went up and down with barely any movement when driving the truck. I didn’t get any help or diagnosis at the hospital, and I was sent home.
My symptoms are: chest pain, pressure, feeling like my heart is choking, tachycardia, atrial fibrillation, poor circulation, shortness of breath, insomnia, ringing in ears.
In July 2021, the various episodes of tachycardia got worst and they became permanent. I also developed extreme chest pain and pressure. I started having ringing in the ears, brain and spine.
Q: What is your life like now, after getting the vaccine?
I cannot work, bedridden. I have gone 10 months in bed. No income.
Q: Share your experience with any medical care and any diagnoses you have received:
Doctors only tested me for heart attacks. They performed the EKG and blood tests all the times I ended up in the ER. Since July 2021 to May 2022, I have been to multiple ER’s over 60 times. They have done a D-dimer, CT scans, and blood tests. EKGs have been abnormal and they still sent me home. I obtained my medical records, and the records show things that they never told me at the hospital. I had left ventricular enlargement and I was never told anything. I then visited over 9 cardiologists in Arkansas.
All the cardiologists said I didn’t have anything, and they didn’t try to perform tests.
The medical insurance kept refusing to pay for a Cardiac MRI. I ended up paying out-of-pocket, since the last cardiologist I saw agreed with me that I might have a pericardium issue. But he didn’t do anything to get the Cardiac MRI approved.
When the Cardiac MRI was done, it was performed poorly. The Cardiac MRI radiologist said I didn’t have anything. Yet I have a lot symptoms. I had to have something wrong.
The cardiologists who ordered the Cardiac MRI said he agreed with the radiologist and didn’t investigate anymore.
I then obtained the Cardiac MRI images, and I sent the files to cardiologists in El Salvador, Turkey, and Barcelona, Spain. All three cardiologist told me that I have either pericardium agenesis or pericardium rupture with some partial heart herniation. That the treatment for it can cost 31,000 Euros which is around $32-33,000 USD. I’m trying to raise money to go to Spain and get my pericardium reconstruction surgery done.
Q: Was your reaction reported, and what was the response?
I did report it, but it did not seem worth it.
Q: Is there anything that has helped, and have your symptoms improved?
No, it has gotten worst. I need surgery.
Q: Have you had Covid before?
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