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Marc-Anthony Nava

First Dose of Johnson & Johnson on 09/03/21 Lot #201A21A

Wasco, California

27 yrs old

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

My life pre-vaccine was great! I was in good health, I enjoyed playing and taking care of my 5yo baby brother, and I was getting ready to get back to work to make an income!

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

I received my vaccine on September 3rd, 2021 at around 3;00 P.M. The next morning, I started to experience a tingling in my left arm, left calf, and face. My left arm became red with a rash and it became incredibly itchy. My scalp also became itchy. Over the following days, I started to experience, muscle spasms, blurry vision, tinnitus, bloated stomach, pain in my kidneys, tingling all over, headache, leg pain, flashes of light in my vision, bursts of heat all over my body, becoming extremely cold out of nowhere, brain zaps, feeling a "fullness" throughout my body and heart pain. My heart would get a stabbing sensation, it would beat very fast, beat erratically, feeling like it would "plunge" or "stop" for a second and my breath would get sucked out and I would get a fuzzy sensation. About a week after vaccination, I was laying in bed one night, when all of a sudden, i felt like I was intoxicated with the largest amount of cannabis ever. My head felt like it was filled with helium, my eyes became bloodshot, I was getting these shivering sensation running up and down my body. I was having extreme body spasms all over, I had a strong metallic taste, my heart felt like a rubber band, being stretched and snapped back. I thought I was going to die. Ambulance was called and they were saying it's just anxiety. I went to E.R. waited for hours and when I was called back, they immediately said anxiety, with no bloodwork being done (although, hearing everyone's experiences, I doubt anything would've come up on blood tests). I went home to my family, who gave me the impression that they thought it probably was just anxiety. I could not believe what was happening to me.

It's been a little over 4 months and and my symptoms still have not gone away. Some days are better than others, but I am terrified of what type of symptoms the day will bring.

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

I feel like I have no life anymore. I've begged to God to either heal me or end it. This is the worst thing I've ever experienced in my life. That is an incredible understatement. I was about to start looking for work after the expected 2 days of vaccine symptoms, but, of course, that is no longer a possibility. I would be unable to work. I can barely perform the tasks needed to take care of my 5 year old brother. I can't play with him like I used to. I think my family has come started to come around to the idea that maybe a vaccine produced in a few months, that's been out for a year, with no long term studies, can have serious side effects on some people. People need to realize, medications like thalidomide and vioxx were said to be safe when they first came out. I am starting to think, that whatever the vaccine did, it created some sort of autoimmune condition in people like me. Just looking at symptoms, to me, it make me think its an autoimmune condition. Autoantibodies attacking various types of cells and tissues, maybe? Immune system out of wack, that could be why I get rashes and itchy everywhere?

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

When I rode in the ambulance to my first E.R. visit, they treated me horrendously. They were practically taunting me for thinking it could be the vaccine. They kept saying it's anxiety. They had a slight change in attitude when the nurse said I did have a fever of 100 (I had a fever of 100 for a few weeks). E.R. doctor dismissed me with anxiety. My primary doctor said I must be under psychological stress. I feel like the majority of medical community is under the impression that we must know everything about a rushed medication and that it cannot have any serious negative effects.

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

I reported my reaction to my primary doctor, who said I must be psychologically stressed.

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

My symptoms have slightly improved. But there are days when my body starts going backwards and the pain in my heart returns, the muscle spasms kick in, and my vision gets blurry. I have tried Ivermectin and that might have helped. But other than that, nothing seems to have helped, nothing but time.

Q: What do you wish others knew?

I really wish others knew that this medication can have side effects on certain people. I wish people knew about websites like this, and stories like mine and others. I wish people believed me. I wish doctors weren't so quick to dismiss this as anxiety. I would have hoped that they would take people like me seriously, since this medication was rushed and is so new, we can't possibly know everything about it.


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I am sorry that EMT's treated you that way. I worked in Health Care (pain management) and trained as EMT (never worked as one after training), didnt like what I saw in either of those professions. my dreams were to help people, but I saw firsthand, patients were just a number and name, no care or concern best wishes for your better future.


Jul 14, 2022

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