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Swayzeen Medina

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

Before the J&J Covid-19 Vaccine I was a healthy young 30 year old woman, who exercised daily and ran every other morning in the park. In my leisure I frequently went out with my friends, where I would enjoy a glass of wine or go zip-lining and do something adventurous. By day I worked in media on ad sales, a job that requires great cognitive skills, analytical skills and critical thinking. Before the Covid-19 Vaccine I would wake up my naturally bubbly, goofy, happy self. My natural state was normally giddy and happy go lucky, always making my family & friends laugh, as my best-friend use to say "the life of the party". I loved to go out dancing and go for long hikes. My quality of life, and my relationship with my boyfriend, friends, and family was a lot healthier. My mental health was far better than wear I am today. My physical health was far better than where I am today. Today I struggle just to get out of bed and do simple things. I mourn my self every single day, missing my runs in the morning, going out for a drink spontaneously, or even just being able to cook my food and stand up for a long period of time without feeling like i'm going to faint.

Describe the symptoms and the timeline of the reaction.

I received my J&J Covid-19 Vaccine on April 7, 2021. I will NEVER forget that day, because that is the day that changed my life. It was at a local Walmart Pharmacy in Bayonne, NJ.

Six days later on April 13, 2021 I was rushed to the hospital by my boyfriend. I was in agony pain, screaming, crying, and yelling for the pain to stop. The left side of my chest, my left arm, and left leg were enflamed in pain.

When I got to the Emergency Room they did a whole work up of blood work, they did an X-Ray, and checked for a blood clot. The hospital diagnosed me with an enlarged heart, and my partial thromboplastin time result came back with an elevated marker. The hospital said that wasn't enough to keep me and sent me home with pain killers. This day was the beginning of it all.

Since I have been to the hospital eight times, and to doctors, and specialist a countless number of times at this point. I have lost faith in the medical system, because many ER doctors and specialist have turned me away saying I am having high anxiety, and that my symptoms are all in my head, and they've told me having side effects from the vaccine is extremely rare and that there was no way that it effected me in the way I was saying.

Within these two years I have experienced:

Extreme nerve pain in my limbs (arms & legs)

Extreme muscle spasms in my back

Muscle weakness

Extreme right side neck, head, back, and shoulder pain

severe eye pain behind the right eye

Severe abdominal pain on left side of body

chest pain (tightness, burning, sharp pains 24/7 - that I still have)

Feeling faint when standing for long periods of time

high heart rate

low blood pressure

Getting easily winded when I walk up stairs

feeling nauseous all the time, when my head hurts


pins & needs in my limbs

pain in my finger tips


brain fog


speech issues

memory issues

I'm sure there are more symptoms I am missing.

Official Diagnoses:

*Neurologist - Occipital neuralgia, Trigeminal neuralgia, cervical Radiculopathy (Found by Cervical MRI scans)

*Cardiologist - Supraventricular Tachycardia, low blood pressure, high heart rate (Found by Holter Heart Monitor). I suspect I may also have Pericarditis because of the pain level I am feeling and how frequent.

Still need to be tested for POTS, Pericarditis and Myocarditis. I need to find the right doctors to test me for these. My current doctors unfortunately feel they need to look no further.

Describe the solutions that helped your symptoms

*For my Occipital neuralgia, Trigeminal neuralgia, and cervical Radiculopathy (Physical Therapy has helped, but it's not a cure, it temporarily helps reduce pain. Right now i'm looking into having a Nucca chiropractor, i've read they may be able to help with Occipital neuralgia pain.) Home remedies for this is - heating pad, Ice packs, essential mint oil, at home therapy, over the counter pain killers like advil. My doctor prescribed me 500mg magnesium at night, which does help. He also prescribed me nortriptyline for pain. * I have NOT found relief for my Supraventricular Tachycardia, low blood pressure, high heart rate (Found by Holter Heart Monitor

Which solutions were not helpful?

For my Supraventricular Tachycardia, low blood pressure, high heart rate my cardiologist told me to eat lots of salt and drink lots of water. She said it should raise my blood pressure, which could help me feel better. However, I have been drinking TONS of water and eating the saltiest foods, and see no result. My low blood pressure and chest pain have really become a problem because it is 24/7, it scares me.

What would you like others to know?

I am a woman of faith and I know that GOD is on our side! This fight for our lives have been tough, long, and we are SOOOO tired. But please keep fighting the good fight. We need to fight for ourselves and each other. I ask GOD why me, almost every day. I cry almost ever day. My mental health has deteriorated. The life I once knew is gone. FOR NOW! I WILL NOT LET THIS BEAT ME! I have read success stories right on the react19 instagram page! GOD HEALS! Nothing last forever, everything has to come to an end and our suffering will too. I know it's hard to stay positive, but stress kills. Say at least one positive thing a day about your self, even if it's little. Inspiration scripture: “I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears. Behold, I am healing you"
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