First Dose of J&J on 03/27/2021
Snow Hill, North Carolina
45 yrs old
Q: What was your life like before you got the vaccine?
Normal. I suffered from maybe 4 to 5 migraines a year, seasonal allergies, and high blood pressure that was controlled with one medicine and had been controlled since my son was born. He was 20 years old at the time I took the vaccine.
Q: What was your reaction, symptoms, & timeline?
On March 27th, 2021 at 5:20 PM, I took the Johnson and Johnson Covid 19 vaccine. 45 Minutes after taking the shot, I felt a feeling I have never felt in my life. I felt that like I had been drugged. At this time, I began to get head pressure in the back of my head near the bottom of my skull. I felt tired, sluggish, and a feeling of not being in my own body. Since this day, the head pressure has not gone away at all. I have days that are better than others. In the days and weeks after, I became dizzy from time to time and had ringing in my ears. I never related these two symptoms with the vaccine. I also could feel my heart beating so hard and fast at times. None of this became clear, and I did not go see my general family doctor until June 19th, 2021. I completely passed out on this day. The dizziness was unbearable. I was scared to death to drive anywhere by myself.
I went to my family doctor who ran blood work and CT scans of my head, which were all normal. She referred me to a neurologist. The visit with the neurologist showed that my blood pressure and heart rate had spiked. Neuro ordered an MRI with contrast, which all came back normal as well. They said the pain I was having was migraines, but I know deep down this is not like any migraine I had ever experienced. I then was referred by a neuro to see a cardiologist, because they thought my BP was triggering migraines. Went to the cardio who gave me a heart monitor to wear for 10 days that showed no problems. Blood pressure and heart rate still spiking. They added a beta blocker twice a day, and said my BP and HR were high due to my head hurting. Cardio also did a EKG and Echo that they said were all normal, so they blamed all symptoms on anxiety. I have not been back to see them, because to me they seemed useless and not helpful at all. I went back to family medical doctor and told her everything that had happened. She diagnosed me with long Covid and POTS. At this time, I had not tested positive for Covid. All of this was in year 2021. They prescribed different meds for dizziness that only made me more dizzy, so I was unable to take them. Head pressure is still very strong. I asked my family Dr. to run an ANA test, after doing some research of my own in September of this year. This test came back positive with high Centromeres, so she referred me to a rheumatologist who has also done lots of blood work. At this time, a new symptom had come into my life, as the tips of my toes and soles of my feet, along with the tips of my fingers started to turn blue with temp change. My blood work came back showing I may have Scleroderma, but I did not show enough markers to diagnosis. She referred me to a vascular doctor, who tested me for PAD which was negative. So here I am today, still with head pressure, have been on 5 different migraine meds that have not helped at all, along with 2 beta blockers every day. Nothing helps. Blood pressure and heart rate are still up and down on a daily basis, not to mention some days when the head pressure is really bad, I am in a fog like I am drunk. Dizziness is still an ongoing symptom, as well.
Q: Have you had Covid before?
Only tested positive for Covid 1 time, in May of 2022
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