First Dose of Pfizer on 01/21/2021
Second Dose of Pfizer on 02/10/2021
66 yrs old
Q: What was your life like before you got the vaccine?
My life was great. I had retired in 2017, after 44 years of working. I joined a local gym and had been jogging and working with weights 3 days a week, four years prior to getting the Pfizer vaccine. I considered myself in good shape with no medical issues.
Q: Would you like to share your reason(s) for getting the vaccine?
Husband and wife died from covid two months apart, and some people I knew got it bad and survived. I thought it was the right thing to do at the time.
Q: What was your reaction, symptoms, & timeline?
I got the first Pfizer shot on Jan 21, 2021 with no problems. 21 days later, on Feb 10, 2021, I got the second Pfizer shot. Within a week, I started having excruciating chest pain on my left side. The pain was unbearable, so my wife took me to the ER at our local hospital. They started treating me for a heart issue and did a couple of tests, EKG and blood work. Both were negative, yet I was having massive chest pain.
They admitted me to do more test the following day, ultrasound of my heart, more EKGs, checked heart enzymes, stress test, more tests and finally a heart cath. Tests came back good or negative.
The pain was so bad I thought of ending my life. No joke. I was depressed and having extreme chest pain, and no one could help.
As of today, June 2, 2023, I am still having moderate to extreme chest pain, and the only thing I can say helps, is the pain killer for a about 6 hrs. Then the pain comes back so bad, I have to take another pain pill.
My last visit to the cardiologist, he told me even though all the test came back negative or good, he thinks I have pericarditis.
I just hope and pray the pain leaves my body, and I get better, because I don't know how much more I can take.
Q: Tell us about any tests, diagnoses, and/or Medical Care received:
I had several EKGs, heart ultrasound, stress test, heart enzymes, cardiac MRI, and heart catheterization, and all tests came back negative. They could not find the reason I was having excruciating chest pain.
Q: Where has your reaction been reported, and what was the response?
VAERS and no response
Q: Are there any treatments that have helped or hurt your health?
I have been on prednisone and colchicine everyday for 2 yrs, and I don't know if its helping or not. I am taking Tramadol for pain everyday, and it helps ease the pain but does not get rid of it.
Q: Have you had Covid before?
I got covid 10 months after I got both Pfizer vaccine shots. My symptoms were a runny nose, sore throat and bad cough. I lost my sense of taste and have never completely got my taste back.
Actually, I thought I had the flu and decided to take the covid test. I tested positive. A week later, tested positive again. The third week, I tested negative.
My covid was mild compared to others that had breathing problems.
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