First Dose of Moderna on 07/23/2021
Second Dose of Moderna on 08/20/2021
19 yrs old
Q: What was your life like before you got the vaccine?
I was working two part time jobs, balancing a full time college course load and working on my original music in the recording studio every week.
Before I got my first dose of the vaccine, I was a perfectly healthy 19 year old with absolutely zero medical history.
Q: Would you like to share your reasons for getting vaccinated?
I decided to get the Moderna vaccine due to it being mandated by my university, and I so longed to attend in person classes again: so I did what I thought was “my part”.
Q: What was your reaction, symptoms, & timeline?
In July 2021, I got the Moderna vaccine. After the first dose, I felt slightly fatigued and had a sore arm, but within a few days I was experiencing dizziness and extreme nausea, along with visual disturbances and leg numbness. I brushed this off as I thought it was anxiety, and my primary care provider assured me this was safe.
A month later, it was time for my second dose, and since I had been led to believe that my reaction was not in correlation with the vaccine, I got it. Less than 3 days later, I could not breathe, I had extreme chest pains and could not walk more than a few steps without gasping for air. My legs went numb, and I could not feel my face.
Horrified, I booked an appointment with a cardiologist but still expected nothing to be wrong with me because THIS WAS “SAFE”. To my surprise, my cardiologist found I had an irregular heartbeat and fluid around my heart, which was diagnosed as pericarditis.
I wish I could say that was the end of it, but that was only the beginning to my nightmare of an experience with the vaccine. I began losing clumps of hair every time I ran my fingers through, I was becoming extremely malnourished and lost over 20 pounds without trying and a million other neurological symptoms followed. I am over a year out from getting the vaccine and have now been diagnosed with POTS Syndrome, which has left me housebound and unable to attend school or work.
Q: Share your experience with any medical care and any diagnoses you have received:
I have been to 15+ specialists. Cardiologist, Neurologist, Hematologist, Neuropsychologist, Vascular Surgeon, Electrophysiologist, Etc.
I had 5 rounds of iron infusions, every type of lab you could think of, EKG, ECG, 3 types of MRIs and so many more.
I was diagnosed with Pericarditis and POTS Syndrome.
Q: Are there any treatments we should know about that helped or hurt your health?
Haven’t found anything effective yet.
Q: Have you had Covid before?
Q: What do you wish others knew?
To always go with your gut feeling. Life is so precious, and we are all so susceptible, so never take your health for granted.
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