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Cathy McCarthy

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

Normal. No health problems.

Describe the symptoms and the timeline of the reaction.

Severe vertigo. Within first hour my temperature spiked up 9 degrees above my normal temperature and I felt dizzy and weak, and went to bed. When I woke up, the room was spinning and my ears felt blocked. My body swayed in a clockwise circle when I stood still. I waited a few days and sought medical care. I was treated with prednisone, which helped only a tiny bit to relieve the pressure in one ear. Eventually I saw an ENT doctor, and I had extensive testing by the American Balance Institute. Ears tested normal. After about 3 months, the room stopped spinning, but my body still rotates. I am always dizzy and queasy if I move, and the low barometric pressure makes my vertigo worse. At some point, I started experiencing periodic brain fog. Visual stimuli increase my dizziness. I close my eyes when there is movement in front of me. I cannot watch most tv programs or movies. I can sit and read a book without being dizzy.
ENT doctor said my problem is in my brain, not my ears. My physical therapist has concluded that the Covid booster affected my intracranial pressure.

Describe the solutions that helped your symptoms

Haven’t found it yet. Vestibular physical therapy has had minimal effect. I am due to see a neurosurgeon next month (July 2023).

Which solutions were not helpful?


What would you like others to know?

ENT docs told me that other patients had adverse effects on ears from the Covid shots

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