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- Muscle or Joint Pain
- Head Pain
- Brain Fog
- Sleep Issues
- GI Issues
What was your life like before you received the COVID-19 vaccine?
Describe the symptoms and the timeline of the reaction.
I received the Pfizer booster on June 2nd at 8AM, about 9 weeks ago.
In the first two weeks after the booster, I experienced nausea, chills, headache, brain fog, nerve pain, muscle weakness, fatigue, light headedness and dizziness, HUGE spikes in anxiety, loss of taste, and an overall malaise I could only describe as feeling "poisoned" or "hungover." The nerve pain and muscle weakness were especially pronounced in my limbs, especially my legs. I experienced pins and needles in my feet and would occasionally have my legs give out while walking. My partner Carl would have to assist me in getting to my feet and getting to the nearest chair. Taking my temperature did not reveal a fever. I was confined to bed most days.
In those two weeks, I was unable to see my primary care physician due to her being out of town. I took several rapid tests to rule out the possibility that I’d contracted Covid at the same time as having had the booster, and every test was negative. On one particularly bad day, I had a telehealth call with a physician at an urgent care who suggested I have lab work done to test my organ function.
When my doctor returned from vacation, she ordered a bunch of tests be performed and I completed those on June 13. As I understand the interpretation of these labs, there was nothing in the results that indicated any major infection or issue with organ function. I was told that if I wasn’t presenting as symptomatic, that the labs would indicate I was, “perfectly healthy”.
Due to the rapid onset of these symptoms following my receiving the Pfizer booster, my primary care doctor believes the symptoms were triggered by the booster itself. As such, over the last 6 weeks, I have followed her instructions to adhere to the FLCCC protocols which has included Ivermectin & low dose naltrexone, amongst a slew of vitamins and minerals.
In weeks 3-9, I have experienced a very slow diminishment of some symptoms, though on a bad day I still experience pronounced fatigue, extremely low mood, nausea, and malaise that prevents me from doing much activity.
On a good day, I am fairly functional and am able to perform my job duties, help around the house, engage in exercise and occasionally run errands by myself, all while having steady levels of energy (though still lower than what I consider my normal). I require very little bed rest and, outside of a lower than normal mood, I have very mild symptoms if at all. I have noticed that I will have a sudden resurgence of symptoms (nausea, malaise) if I exert myself too much (via attempted exercise, hikes, walks, etc) but I usually rebound in about 24 hours.
Despite the slow progress (for which I am grateful), I remain curious about any underlying immune conditions that I may have, as well as the degree to which I should remain vigilant against future exposure to COVID with respect to spending time in public & traveling. Until this booster reaction, I would have described myself as extremely healthy and active, diligent to get bloodwork done quarterly with my physician, and as maintaining a very high level of nutrition. The mystery surrounding this condition and its emergence has resulted in some considerable anxiety on my behalf.
One last thing to note – my mental health has been completely overthrown. The levels of anxiety and depression that have almost instantaneously manifested in me, have been close to unbearable at times. I cry most days and struggle to motivate myself to do anything -- even fill in a form like this. I struggle with feelings of hopelessness, especially this week as my primary care doctor has declared my case too complex for her and asked me to find another provider to help me. I'm really not sure what next steps are possible -- but at 10 weeks now, I am becoming desperate.
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