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John Smith

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

Very fit and active. Run 10km plus 6 days a week. Swim and surf multiply times a week.

Describe the symptoms and the timeline of the reaction.

Within 10 minutes I had numbness into forehead which over the span of a few hours moved down my cheeks. Also in the same time span developed a low grade fever and muscle weakness. Almost unable to walk unassisted.

Heavy and very taxing breathing followed within a few hours.

The fever went away after a few hours along with the numbness.

The muscle weakness and the difficulty in walking/breathing persisted for 2-3 weeks.

During that time I developed chest pain.

Also started to have episodes of where I would feel like I’m about to pass out and become dizzy. It was as if my brain was starved of oxygen.

3 weeks post vaccine i still felt a lot of fatigue and was unable to work/exercise and still had the chest pains.

I booked into a GP who performed a range of bloods and referred me to a cardiologist for and echocardiogram. Everything came back relatively normal. No diagnosis was given. One thing I noticed personally was a huge change in my blood pressure. Prior to the vax every time I went to the doctor it was 120/60 now post vax it is 140+/70.

It was up until week 6-7 post vax before I could return to work. I couldn’t return to my normal job as an electrician as I wasn’t capable of lasting a full day at work. Luckily I have a friend who is a landscaper and even though the trade is more labour intensive he allowed me to take it easy and work at my own pace. I still had the fatigue but the chest pains were mostly gone.

Around week 9 post vax I still had the same fatigue levels. One day in particular I was feeling terrible all day. I was really struggling to focus on anything, I was dizzy, it felt like I was going to pass out more than usual my blood pressure was 145/30. I had partial vision loss in my right eye which lasted about 20 minutes. That prompted my partner to drive me to emergency. They took bloods and did a CT of my brain which didn’t show anything.

Another week or so after the vision loss incident I began getting chest pains again but this time they were different and felt more painful. I went to emergency for the pains for which they did an ECG and took bloods everything came back “normal.”

I got referred to a cardiologist again where he performed a stress echo and whilst he said it wasnt visible from the test but that my symptoms matched a pericarditis diagnosis.

Post this I seem to have waves of different pain levels in my chest some days are worse than others and my better days are usually when I have rested for a few days prior.

Still unable to exercise properly, the massive levels of fatigue are mostly gone but the pass out feeling comes from time to time.

To sum me up would be the following:

Pre vax: incredibly fit active happy and healthy.

Post vax: unfit, a lot less active, higher blood pressure, chest pains, easily fatigued, feelings of going to pass out, brain fog, lower level of awareness, high levels of anxiety/depression, moody, untrusting of the medical establishment, relationship issues( my partner feels like they’re dating someone completely different)

Describe the solutions that helped your symptoms

Time is the only thing so far. I haven’t had any supplements or medical treatment that has suddenly made me feel better.

Which solutions were not helpful?

Taking a whole range of vitamins/minerals.

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