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Tiffany Howard

First Dose of Pfizer on 06/11/21 Lot #ER8736

Austin, Texas

27 yrs old

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

My life was very busy. I was extremely active managing my family business and homeschooling my toddler and four step kids. I played tennis, biked 20+ miles several times a week and did lots of yoga. I felt that I was pretty healthy and normal.

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

I was told repetitively that it was safe and effective. I saw my friends and family had gotten it with no issues. And as a very active, mixed family, I thought that getting vaccinated was the answer to being able to resume life with a sense of normalcy.

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

I stayed at the pharmacy where I received my vaccine for thirty minutes to make sure nothing major happened as I had had allergic reactions to IV medication in the past. I did not have what appeared to be a typical allergic reaction but was almost immediately feeling a tingling/burning sensation going down my arm. As I drove home, I started getting a headache and I was not feeling right at all. The first couple days were filled with the expected, "normal" symptoms but very intense. They did not let up either. I was incapacitated. I couldn't eat, had the worst headache I've ever experienced in my life and felt like I was possibly dying. I thought these were normal symptoms that would subside, but the problem was that they did not. I was experiencing chest pain, joint pain, piercing headaches, head pressure, tinnitus, vertigo, and nausea that didn't go away, so on day ten I went to the ER. I was told there that it was "just inflammation and pericarditis" and sent home with a naproxen prescription that couldn't begin to touch my head ache. My symptoms became constant and sometimes suddenly changing. I had numbness in my head and face that was concerning, extreme vertigo that I've never experienced and I could not eat anything. When I tried to eat, my heart rate would shoot up and I would have to go lie down. I started feeling internal vibrations or tremors and would have random tingling all in random parts of either my head or body. I was spending most of my life in bed, feeling awful. By the second month of symptoms I had lost 25 pounds and felt as if I was literally dying. These symptoms and more lasted until about four months after getting the vaccine when I finally found someone and a regimen that started helping me. I still get symptoms that come and go now and seem to be triggered by either environmental factors or possibly something I've eaten. My most recent symptoms are vestibular migraines that last for several weeks without letting up. I also still have extreme fatigue, insomnia, random muscle spasms, chest pain and food sensitivities.

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

My life has changed greatly. I've been told that I'm at a greater risk of dying if I get Covid, so my family is strictly quarantined for the moment. I don't have a lot of energy and still spend several days a week not able to get out of bed. My role in my business has changed and my husband is now doing a lot of the work that I was before. I haven't been able to ride my bike in over 6 months and I can only do light exercise or yoga as my body and vertigo allow me to. I have spent thousands of dollars on treatments and therapies to try to heal and am still trying. I'm now just patiently waiting on guidance for what to do next in order to get back to some kind of a normal life now that I cannot be vaccinated and have been told to stay quarantined.

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

I was first diagnosed with Pericarditis in the ER. Since then I have been diagnosed with Vestibular Neuritis, vestibular migraines, iron overload, immune insufficiency, adrenal insufficiency, and nutritional anemia.

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

Reported to VAERS, Pfizer, CDC, CICP, FDA

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

I did some vestibular therapy in the beginning that helped a bit. I was prescribed a dexamethasone by my first doctor which took away a lot of the head pressure and tinnitus that I was experiencing. What has helped the most was doing a paleo reset diet and sticking to a strict supplement regimen that is customized based on my bloodwork that I have taken every 8 weeks and eating an anti histamine/paleo diet. I am now trying out an infrared sauna to see if that will help, but it seems to be working.

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

I did not have covid that I am aware of. All of my antibody tests have been negative, though I was sick in March 2020 with something that I never seemed to fully recover from and I did not take an antibody test until July of 2021.

Q: What do you wish others knew?

The thing that has helped more than anything was finding a functional medicine doctor. He has been so kind and the first doctor that hasn't told me that my symptoms have nothing to with the vaccine. He has been able to order and analyze bloodwork that shows exactly what is going on inside of me and recommend a course of action to best help my body heal itself. I truly don't know what I would be doing right now in life if I hadn't of found him. I am not 100% healed, but I am getting better and I have someone who listens to me and is actually trying to help me rather than deny what I am telling them.

When the medical doctors tell you that you just have anxiety, do not settle for that opinion as it is not based on science or facts. Find someone that will help you and not make you feel hopeless and like you are alone in this. There are so many people dealing with this alone who have no idea what to do and are trying everything they hear to just feel a bit better. There are alternative medicine doctors out there that will actually help you.

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