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Ricardo Moreno

First Dose of AstraZeneca on 03/26/21


43 yrs old

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

I was healthy, loved swimming, biking, gym, walking, loved going out to eat and to the cinema, too. I loved my life.

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

I work in a hospital, and I thought at the time it was the right thing to do to keep me and others safe and healthy, but it's done the opposite.

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

So I had my vaccine on the 26th of March, and on the 9th of May, I started to get a weird pulsating headache like nothing I had experienced before. I took some tablets, but it did not go away. Then I felt pain in my eyes followed by dizziness, and from that day forward all different symptoms started to happen, including earaches, sensitivity to light to the point I have to wear sunglasses indoors, extreme fatigue, feeling faint on and off, off balance, insomnia, head zapping, pain in my legs and numbness, breathlessness, chest pains, palpitations, high bpm, random tremors, pins and needles in random places, especially head, feet, hands, muscles spasms mainly in my legs and anxiety. All these symptoms would come and go, sometimes better sometimes worst, although it got much better around month 9. Its been just over a year and still struggling with tachycardia mainly after dinner in the evening when I relax .

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

I am 99% better but still a daily struggle sometimes. I still get palpitations on and off, normally in the evening after dinner as soon as I relax. Not sure if I am left with PTSD or still the vaccine causing issues, but I want to be back to how I was fit and healthy and loving life before.

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

I have been to the doctor many times. I had tests done on my blood a few times, MRI, ECG, and all come back normal. My doctor kept telling me it's anxiety, when I know it's not all anxiety. I have been to A+E 3 times, and I was dismissed by doctors telling me it was just a panic attack, but I know I have not been right since the vaccine. My GP sent me over to the long covid clinic, and they have been not much help either, so I am completely disappointed with the medical profession. As soon as you mention the vaccine, they get all defensive and don't want to help or at least try to help .

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

I reported it to yellow card, AstraZeneca and my GP. I got a letter from my GP saying I had long covid and after the vaccine I got worse, but she refused to give me an exemption, so I can travel to see my family in Spain that I have not seen in 3 years .

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

So all I did was light exercises, taking breaks in between all through the day, vitamins C and D, zinc, B12 and magnesium, only drink water, cut down on fats and sugars, no alcohol either, fasting sometimes too.

Q: Have you had Covid before? What was your experience if so?

Yes I did. 15th Dec 2021, I was sick for 20 days and left with a cough that lasted 3 months on and off.

Q: What do you wish others knew?

Listen to your gut before go ahead with it.

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