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What was your life like before you received the COVID-19 vaccine?
Describe the symptoms and the timeline of the reaction.
The evening following my covid booster I had a severe flareup affecting my right leg and right arm, low grade temperature and severe inflammation. I didn't go to the emergency room because I couldn't drive and covid at emergency rooms was common. I took 3mg prednisone and a muscle relaxant which after an hour allowed me to get to the restroom with the aid of a walker which I owned from 15 years prior when I had one knee replaced. I kept the shoulder iced and stayed at home unable to walk without the walker. I previously had RA flareups with these symptoms but nothing like this one which lasted 7 days and back-to-back flareups, severe weakness in both legs. My Rheumatologist told me it was safer to stay home so I did. It was 5 weeks before I was able to walk without a walker or holding onto objects. I suffered severe weakness in both legs and struggled for over a year only recently feeling more stable while walking. the 2nd flareup affected my left leg and right shoulder, and my 3rd flareup affected my right shoulder and neck. This severe inflammation has caused my joints to become much worse. I reported my reaction to the reporting website but never heard anything and my doctors didn't know what to think. The last time I saw my Internal Medicine physician she asked me if I felt the vaccine caused the severe issues, I experienced over the last 14 months I told her absolutely I did and will never take another in fear I won't survive another shot. I am slowly gaining some strength back improving maybe 50% over the 14 months and feel more confident walking again. I still tire easy after any sustained physical activity. I believe the vaccine is responsible for the reaction since it occurred within 8 hrs. after receiving the booster and I have never experienced anything so severe or lasting. Any previous flareups I had from the RA only lasted 1-2 days never a week and never several affecting different joints. Interesting I haven't had a flareup since then which hasn't happened in 40 years. My Rheumatologist is perplexed but believe it is real.
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