Vaccine Injury of Philip Butler
Describe the symptoms and the timeline of the reaction.
Typical 74 year old man, have COPD from years of smoking,(haven't smoked in over 10 years). Had PMR in 2019 and was given Prednisone which was weaned off of and then given Leflunomide which I reacted badly to (Seborric Ezecma) which stopped when stopped that med.
When Pfizer Covid 19 vaccine came out in Feb 2021 I immediately received the vaccine and all follow up boosters as they became available. At the time there were no side effects noticed. My final booster before the adverse event was 2022/09/09.
Active exercise, backpacker. Moved back from Arizona to Nebraska in 2020 to avoid the hot COVID pandemic in the Phoenix area and then from Nebraska to Arizona in Oct 2022.
Reestablished with a clinic I previously went to in Queen Creek, Az for general care.
In late Jan. 2023, I went to the GO to reestablish my use of a clinic in Queen Creek, AZ. In Feb. 2023 I started getting severe headaches and strong sinus pressure. My doctor thought that it may be a sinus infection so prescribed Levaquin and as the pain became worse prescribed Oxicodone for pain.
I then went to an optometrist in early February for a routine eye exam for evaluation of a developing cataract. About 2 weeks later, I started getting double vision along with the headaches. I also noticed that my vision in the left eye was out of central focus. I went back to the optometrist to get a referral to an Ophthalmologist. At that time he gave a preliminary diagnosis of Giant Cell Arteritis and sent me to the ER for treatment. The ER Dr. confirmed bilateral GCA of the temporal artery and prescribed massive doses of Prednisone. He recommended a biopsy which was done a few days later. The histology confirmed GCA.
I was then sent to an Ophthalmologist who did several tests and confirmed that there had been temporary obstruction of the temporal arterioles in both eyes. On the right eye there was some damage to the optic nerve. On the left eye there was central focal retinal cell death. Both arterioles however were patent at the time of the exam.
Research on the matter of Covid19 Vaccines and its relationship to GCA shows that the usual occurrence of GCA is about 1% and found in older white females of northern European descent. The studies have shown that the occurrence rate is 7% in patients who have had the Covid vaccine and no Covid infection.
So the impact is that I have no central vision in the left eye and reduced vision in the right eye. I am on Prednisone, Boniva and Actemra on advice of my Rheumatologist for the foreseeable future.
Describe the solutions that helped your symptoms
Educate the public that this vaccine my have a causative relationship with Giant Cell Arteritis.
Which solutions were not helpful?
What would you like others to know?
There are risks to this vaccine that was not exposed at the time of the vaccine rollout and that the situation has not improved. Even after my event I was given clearance to get another Covid bivalent booster April 2023!
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