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Rocco Ruiz

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

I was physically active with loads of energy, working out 5 days a week, running 3 miles 6 days a week. I issued to get a satisfactory, average amount of sleep.

Describe the symptoms and the timeline of the reaction.

My most overwhelming symptom is severe myoclonic jerks. They happen every single night, without exception. I didn’t immediately correlate the jerks with the vaccine.

After I got the first Pfizer vaccine, I had 2 nights of jerks and then they went away. So, I thought nothing of them. Then, a week after getting the 2 vaccine, it was like a switch turned on and hasn’t shut off since. I’m now going on 13 straight months of myoclonic jerks. They’re so intense sometimes that they completely prevent me from sleeping, so I stay up for 48 hours straight.

I also noticed that I started breaking out in random rashes but, just on my hands and wrist areas. They last 15-20 minutes, then subside.

It seems now I also get rashes on the undersides of both my arms. This seems to occur as a reaction to be hot and sweating. I’ve never in my life experienced this.

The last most notable symptom is an overall lack of energy; this overwhelming sense of fatigue. Running and working out is so difficult now, and almost impossible at times. I forced myself to run a 5k in May and it was a big mistake. It took me an entire week for my body to recover.

Describe the solutions that helped your symptoms

To date, there have been no solutions that have actually helped me. I have to take sleeping pills regularly so that I can sleep past the myoclonic jerks.

Which solutions were not helpful?

So far, I’ve taken black seed oil, magnesium, calcium, and I was prescribed Gabapentin. The Gabapentin does absolutely nothing for me.

What would you like others to know?

Everyone’s symptom vary and it seems some have more sever than others. I’m in two vaccine autoimmune support groups which have helped see find others experiencing similar symptoms. Others should join groups like this for support, or even just to know you’re not alone.
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