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Karen Cairns

First Dose of Pfizer on 10/20/21

NSW, Australia

59 yrs old

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

I have always been interested in fitness and nutrition although I lapse with chocolate and red wine occasionally. I love yoga, sailing and hill walking. My life was interrupted by a severe case of Covid-19 in early 2020. It took me months to get over but I did and was back to walking steep hills on 2 hour walks and my other favorite activities.

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

Where I am in Australia we were in lockdown from 4 August 21. Double vaxxed were let out on 11 October but unvaxxed including single dose were only allowed out for exercise, groceries, healthcare or essentials like fuel until 15 December. There was continuous pressure from the govt and media to get vaccinated so I arranged for my 89 yo Mum and spouse to get Pfizer. I figured millions of Americans had this vaccine and it seemed safer than the AZ which was all Aussies had for months.

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

For the first few days I felt fantastic but on day six I woke up with extremely bad pain in my lower back (SI joints) and calves. I could barely walk with pain. I felt a tight constriction round my chest and had shortness of breath with any mild exertion. It also felt like I had instantly contracted what I imagine is rheumatoid arthritis as all my joints were hurting. I knew deep down it was the vaccine as it felt very similar to when I had Covid but worse but there were no respiratory symptoms. Instead there were heart palpitations and a racing heart beat. For example, I had a 160bpm after blow drying my hair. I had pulse oximeter. For at least two months I was unable to walk far or do any exercise without sending my heart rate skywards

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

I am slowly recovering and am enjoying paddling on my surfski and back to yoga and walking. However I still occasionally have racing heart even walking up steps. Full of regret that I have potentially permanently damaged my health. Upset that nobody here in Oz believes me. Deeply concerned about the hatred directed at anyone who questions or criticises vaccine mandates. The level of suppression and attack on those saying they are vax injured is unbelievable.

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

I believe I had myocarditis and/or pericarditis and other damage although this has not been formally diagnosed. As we were in lockdown the wait time to see a cardiologist was months. There were others here reporting on their social media accounts with proof of their hospitalisations and photos of ECGs and their treatment prescribed was nil - just rest and don't do any high intensity exercise until you feel better. So I did that.

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

I reported to TGA (Therapeutic Goods Administration Australia) but no response as they have hundreds if not thousands of reports of pericarditis and myocarditis that have not been formally diagnosed.

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

Yes I took double strength black seed oil capsules and medicinal cannabis. As I took both at the same time I'm unsure if it was one or both. Before that aspirin, paracetamol or nurofen didn't help.

Q: What do you wish others knew?

I wish others knew it appears dangerous to have Pfizer vaccine after having a bad case of Covid. By the way, my Mum and spouse were OK after the vax but they hadn't had a bad dose of Covid before like me. My spouse had mild symptoms after vax but bad enough he will refuse the booster.


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Jul 14, 2022


Hi Karen, I’m so sorry to hear how unwell you’ve been. I’m just reaching out to the Aussies on this page in case any of our services might assist. I wondered whether you have used any other supplements in your journey to recover? (Black seed oil is great!) The ones that seem to be most helpful include Quercetin, zinc, Vits C and D. They’re readily available in pharmacies. It might be worth a try? I’m a naturopath and I’ve researched protocols for recovery extensively over the past couple of years - though I’m not in practice as I’m also CEO of the Quest for Life Centre in Bundanoon… If ever you feel one of our programs might be useful to…

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