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Janice Mcnatt


What was your life like before you received the COVID-19 vaccine?

I had some issues with Rheumatoid Arthritis, but I had a great Rheumatologist, and it was under control. I also had some lower back issues, but they didn't affect my gait or strength. I was lucky to be retired at the time and received a livable retirement after 40 years working in Cardiology Research otherwise, I would have been in desperate trouble. I am single and live alone in my home. I was still fairly active owning a horse and visiting him daily. I was an active gardener having shown exotic hibiscus for several years. I built my greenhouses and replaced my deck which was extensive when needed without issue.

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.

Describe the solutions that helped your symptoms

3mg Prednisone and 750mg Robaxin bid for 4 days.

What would you like others to know?

I didn't react to the first two initial shots but had a severe reaction to the 3rd. I think the shots are accumulative and receiving too many over 6 months caused the reaction. They are currently reporting mostly in Europe that if you are immune suppressed which I was for Rheumatoid Arthritis you should be cautious and consult your physician before taking the vaccine. I do not believe this vaccine is safe long term and may affect many organs and do not believe any person still in childbearing years should take this vaccine. I am lucky having a great retirement for working 40 years. I have great insurance which covers my expenses and having Rheumatoid Arthritis I see my Internal Medicine, Cardiologist, and Rheumatologist every 3-6 months having blood draws each time. At this time, I am getting around ok and have an electric medical scooter for long distances when I go to the medical center. I do hire all physical work I use to do myself.
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