What was your life like before you received the COVID-19 vaccine?
Describe the symptoms and the timeline of the reaction.
One week after I received my third booster shot - which was the Moderna bivalent booster - I developed a severe headache. I normally would have systemic reactions to the Covid vaccine/booster shots (chills and mild headaches mainly) so I didn't think anything of it and took aspirin which relieved it somewhat. But the headache returned and persisted for the next couple of days. I took aspirin to hedge against the possibility that I was having a clotting issue thinking that may help. When the severity grew and persisted, I went to the ER where I was diagnosed with a Dural Venous Sinus Thrombosis and admitted to the hospital. I was treated with IV blood thinner and, after many tests and scans, was released 3 days later and prescribed Xarelto to take daily. However, from that point on for the next 6 weeks, I had severe, unrelenting pressure in my head along with headaches, shooting pains (all over my cranium), stabbing pain/pressure in and behind my eyes, daily attacks of brain fog (I would feel like I had been drugged) that affected my daily life, heart tachycardia and palpitations, and tingling in my limbs (which later developed into tremors and weakness which I am still having). At the 4 week mark, I woke up with my severest headache yet, my hands were shaking and legs unsteady and I was nauseous - I thought I was having a stroke and went back to the ER. The did a brain MRI and said that it was not a stroke. After 6 weeks, the pressure in my head and the headaches, brain fog, stabbing pains started to subside - never completely going away but much less severe. However, about every 5-7 days, they would return for a day or two then subside. This went on for about 3 weeks after which the normal 5-7 day resurgence didn't occur. It was at this time I started having daily bouts of pounding, rapidly beating heart with palpitations and occasional severe stabbing pains in my chest. Several times I thought I was going to have a heart attack. I had a CT scan and echocardiogram which showed I have a pretty healthy heart. A 2-day heart patch monitor showed I was having excessive PVCs. These attacks went on for about 5-6 weeks and then subsided. It was at this time that my head pressure started to return. It's not as severe as it was at its peak but it comes and goes and I am noticing that the tremors in my hands and the perceived weakness in my legs (I feel at all times like I just ran a 10k) have become persistent and are increasing. That's where I'm at currently.
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