Heather Szalay // New York, USA // Moderna
Date of vaccine: 9/30/2021
Date of injury: 1/20/2023
What was your life like before you received the COVID-19 vaccine?
I was a fully functional single mom if 3 teens. Moved my 80 yr old mom in to care for her. Physically capable to work, socialize and care for family and home.
Describe your symptoms and the timeline of your reaction
Following morning woke up couldn’t move or speak. I was able to get up after several minutes and felt like I had been hit by a truck for several weeks. went to urgent care several times treated for sinus infections. No positive covid tests. Feeling persisted with new symptoms occurring but I wrote them off as sinus infections . Fevers, chills, weakness in knees to the point they were collapsing on themselves. I grew weaker and was in bed full time end of December.
My symptoms were fever, chills, full body vibrating, numbness started in feet and worked up to my face withing one week. Twitching, dilutions, head pain base of neck, fatigue, brain fog, tinnitus, shooting pains through body, sweating, joint pain,. My numbness continues today full body, can not function at all Cognitive, neuro problems, year long infection; 16 rounds of antibiotics. Still vibrating, double vision, gi not functioning, irregular heartbeat sitting and upon exertion. There is so much going on daily i probably missed things. My energy and Cognitive function makes things like this difficult. The only diagnosis I have received from tests is MS Oct 2022. Doctors won’t look past to understand full body attack for 15 months all day every day.
Describe the solutions that helped your symptoms
I haven’t found any. Doctors have offered none other than MS meds ( appointment in April 2023. Due to infections not able to take steroids, one 5 day ivig in 8 day hospital stay.
Which solutions were not helpful?
Herbal remedies for uti, many combinations of supplements. Vit b dif.
Tried amiteytaline and one muscle relaxer both gave me horrendous flu like symptoms.
What would you like others to know?
Feel helpless and alone. Usable to care for myself or family. This is progressing in a frightening way and I do not see any medical urgency to even try to get me to some level of functioning. Life as I knew it and my personality as I knew it is gone. I’m scared that I won’t live much longer or if I do it’s not going to be pleasant.
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I’m in a similar boat. I took the J&J vaccine in October of 2021 and I am having similar symptoms. Tingling in my limbs, headaches, dizziness, numbness in face, weakness in limbs, chest pain and irregular heartbeat. It’s scary to be going through these things and feel like you are alone and no one wants to believe what might have caused these symptoms for an otherwise healthy person. I hope all goes well for you. You are not alone.