What was your life like before you received the COVID-19 vaccine?
Describe the symptoms and the timeline of the reaction.
My first dose of Pfizer was on 08 August '21.
I awoke at 4am the next day with a really sore arm. This wasn't alarming in itself, but I had hot and cold chills, a severe headache, Vertigo & I could not get out of bed for 5 days. My 14yo Son had to care for me.
After the 5 days I felt better, but the Vertigo persisted and I was still chronically fatigued.
It is worth mentioning that both these symptoms can be attributed to my POTS & lung capacity, but my POTS was never this bad even as a Teenager, which is when symptoms peak usually in hEDS Patients. The fatigue was far worse than pre Pfizer shot no# 1.
My 2nd dose of Pfizer was on 01 September. This time my arm was not sore at all the next morning, so I was hopeful that this would be easier. Unfortunately another 5 days in bed was necessary, with the same symptoms, same severity.
The Vertigo & fatigue continued.
On Friday 17 September I went to bed as normal, woke up at around 11.30pm needing to go to the bathroom. I got out of bed, made it to the kitchen doorway & realized I was 'whiting out'. I remember trying to grab the door frame.....I woke up covered in blood. Not sure how long I was out for, but my Son called an Ambulance. I stayed in hospital overnight & required plastic surgery the following day to close a gash on my forehead that was down to my skull. The medical staff did not believe me when I told them that this was vaccine related.
I did some forensic investigating when I got home. I could conclude that from the kitchen doorway, I had 'dead fainted' from standing upright. My head hit the wall next to my Son's bedroom approximately 20cm above the skirting. My exact body length.
I am still extremely fatigued, but I think the POTS is settling down.
I hate being tired all the time. I want my hyperactivity back.
Describe the solutions that helped your symptoms
Which solutions were not helpful?
What would you like others to know?
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