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Joy Arana

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

Active, healthy, and free of cardiac symptoms.

Describe the symptoms and the timeline of the reaction.

It would be difficult to capture what happened to me in this small space but here is the overall story. I had a religious exemption in NY. My hospital tried its best but a judge granted the state to mandate. I was mandated to be injected by 11/22/21 @ 9 am for face termination. I received the J&J (one and done were my thoughts). First day, asthma attack after finishing my spin class (never ever happens), next day was the bronchial inflammation (that has never gone away). About 1.5-2 weeks later my blood pressure started to spike with bad headaches (I have 105/70 BP normally). Then the heart/chest pain came with vengeance. First ER visit-rule allergy to vaccine. Second ER visit-TIA. Followed by abnormal Echo. Then I spent 12 weeks in cardiac rehab. I have two nodes in my lungs. Bronchial inflammation that increases with exercise. I had 6 months of choking on my mucus. I was unable to walk from couch to couch. Unable to lift anything. Chest felt like someone stabbed me over and over. I had projectile vomiting for 8 months.

Today, I am about 80% better. I can exercise gently. I am not unable to have my heart rate go above 146 or I will have SD depression, chest pain.

I continue to have bronchial inflammation. It has never gone away.

Describe the solutions that helped your symptoms

Rest, vitamin D, quad magnesium, L-arginine, aspirin, nitroglycerin, zinc, vitamin C, cardiac rehab, coming to terms with my changed self, ginger/lemon water, yoga, vagus nerve exercises, stress reduction (mindfulness), support from my family, validation from my cardiologist/PCP, support from my supervisor and self love

Which solutions were not helpful?

Prescriptions from cardiologist (except nitroglycerin); prescriptions from pulmonologist.

What would you like others to know?

Please way the vaccine pros and cons before you become injected, sometimes the risks outweigh the benefit.
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