First Dose of Moderna on 03/14/21
Second Dose of Moderna on 02/15/21
Third Dose of Moderna on 11/28/21
69 yrs old
Q: What was your life like before you got the vaccine?
I was a typical middle aged woman who did housework like mopping, changing beds and cooking. I loved going shopping…was a bad habit. I do foster care for kiddos with disabilities. I was always coming and going.
Q: Would you like to share your reasons for getting vaccinated?
My employer mandated it
Q: What was your reaction, symptoms, & timeline?
Five hours after my first vaccine, my lymph nodes swelled in my armpit. I was nauseous and my body ached. I had the chills and was sick for about five days. I did get better. I had the second shot one month later, and again got sick and had swollen lymph nodes in my armpit. I was fatigued and sick like the first time except it only lasted about three days. Fast forward to November when I had the booster. Within hours I was exhausted. My body was aching and my lymph nodes swelled again. As the week went on, my fatigue worsened and my body aches and pains did as well. I tolerated this for about two months and then I called my doctor and demanded to be seen. It took some persuading but she agreed. She ordered a bunch of labs, and my labs came back positive for autoimmune disease. My numbers were sky high for inflammation. My kidney numbers are high. I have an appt with an rheumatologist the beginning of March and I hope we can figure out what is going on. Oh, and I’m am not eating as much at all, but am gaining weight.
Q: What is your life like now, after getting the vaccine?
I am exhausted all the time. I can barely do any housework. My body's joints and muscles have dull aches constantly and there are actually times where I can feel my whole body throb…even my ears. I am frustrated and cannot take anti-inflammatories until they figure out why my kidney numbers are high.
Q: Share your experience with any medical care and any diagnoses you have received:
Blood work and positive test for autoimmune disease as well as extremely high inflammation markers. Have been referred to an rheumatologist and will follow up with them.
Q: Was your reaction reported, and what was the response?
Just to my doctor
Q: Is there anything that has helped, and have your symptoms improved?
Not at this time.
Q: Have you had Covid before? What was your experience if so?
Every time I thought I had Covid, I tested negative.
Q: What do you wish others knew?
I’m not sure what causes the reaction to the vaccine. I just turned 69. I am A- blood type. A natural redhead as I know that we carry different pain genes. I am overweight at 230 lbs. I have high blood pressure but it is controlled with medication. I have perfect cholesterol and triglycerides, and have been pretty healthy all my life. This has kicked my butt.
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