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Stephanie Centeno

First Dose of Pfizer on 09/05/21 Lot #EW0191

New York

updated on 12/22/21:

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

I have been a stay-at-home mom for the past 8 years. After having my second son, I really wanted to focus on my health, physically and mentally in order to be the best mom/wife/person I could be. I was very active, worked out five times a week and ate as healthy as I could and lost 60 pounds and felt amazing! I did not have any preexisting health issues other than asthma which was very controlled. I was happy and just enjoyed being a mom and raising my boys with my husband.

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

My symptoms started around day 3 after being vaccinated. At first, I just had a sore arm but nothing else so I figured I was good. On the third day, I started having intense stabbing chest pains and heart palpitations. I assumed it was from drinking a cup of coffee that day so I completely stopped drinking caffeine and only ate completely bland foods just in case I was having some sort of acid reflux/heartburn even though the chest pains continued days after that. Exactly one week from getting the first dose, I was getting ready for bed and I began to have much more intense chest pain and heart palpitations and my left arm began to feel numb. I was worried that I was having a heart attack so I rushed to the emergency room. The hospital was no help and even after an EKG(that was given to me 2 hours after my arrival) that showed my heart was beating abnormally, they told me it was just anxiety and made me take anti-anxiety medication then sent me home.

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

My life is no longer the same. What was supposed to be the start of me working on my future career turned into constant doctor's appointments with no solutions. What started off as chest pain and heart palpitations has led to several other symptoms that change daily. I now have gastrointestinal issues and have to take a daily medication. In the first month of when all my issues began, I lost 20 pounds do to not being able to eat. Other symptoms were head and ear pressure. Pain in both my eyes that felt as if they were being squeezed. Fatigue, upper back and neck pain as well as pain in my knees that made it difficult to walk, I also had very intense migraines that I have never experienced in my life that made it difficult to be in bright light as well as hearing loud sounds. I am currently still dealing with chest pains from time to time, fatigue, gastrointestinal issues, headaches, and the upper back/neck pain.

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

The worst medical care I had was probably every time I went into the emergency room. The doctors would say it's just anxiety and there's no way the vaccine could have caused any of these issues. I've gone into so many appointments not even mentioning the vaccine because I don't want the doctor to brush me off. I've had doctors acknowledge my issues and admitted to the vaccine causing the problems but they end up not being much help because this is all too new and they don't know what to do. Currently, the only medical condition that came up is arthritis in my neck now.

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

I have not reported anything. From what I've heard, everyone that has reported get no response back so I feel like it is such a waste and disappointing.

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

I have been supplementing but now with my GI issues, I'm currently working with my doctor to fix that first before i continue taking anymore vitamins. I do have a lot of support with some close family members as well as online support groups that I follow. I am currently also speaking to a therapist to help my mental state because there are many days that are extremely difficult but I don't want to give up. I cannot give up on my children, husband and family.

Q: What do you wish others knew?

Please do your research. I based my research off of family members who got the vaccine and were fine. My husband really did not want me to get vaccinated but unfortunately, I went ahead and did it anyway and it is one of the BIGGEST mistakes of my life. I am afraid that I will never be the same again some days but I know I need to stay positive and I really hope everyone who has been injured can find some answers. We deserve to be acknowledged.


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15 Jul 2022

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