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R.W. – Indiana

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"I had the Moderna shot. After the first injection, I felt off for a few days-- tired, headache, foggy. It went away. When I got the second shot, about 12 hours after, I had a slight fever, felt like I had flu. That went away pretty quickly and I thought I'd navigated everything okay. Then 4 days later, I woke up with stiff fingers in my right hand. I thought it was from doing yardwork a few days previously. It didn't go away and moved into my left hand.

Eventually, the stiffnes moved into most of my joints-- toes, elbows, knees, even my jaw and voice box. It was so bad I couldn't open door knobs or a bottle of water. I was fatigued, foggy headed, had a constant headache. At about 5 weeks, I was very worried about the directions things had gone.

My family doctor took some blood and discovered I had markers for an autoimmune disease. More testing came and at 8 weeks, a rheumatologist diagnosed me with rheumatoid arthritis. I'd never had any symptoms previously to this. Now I'm facing a lifetime of taking medicines and keeping flares at BAY.

My family doctor has been very supportive. The rheumatologist not so much. Family doctor is very sure the vaccine caused the RA. Wishing I had a time machine to go back and head to the coffee shop instead of the health department.

-R.W. - Indiana"

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