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  • MarieBuch10
    MarieBuch10 Posts: 25 Member
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    Just want to share a personal experience with Covid and the vaccine:
    I’m 28, F, healthy BMI, active and generally healthy. I had Covid in January, 2021…I was pretty sick for 1-2 weeks but definitely didn’t need medical attention. I’ve felt sicker before. (Some symptoms were weird though, it was definitely a rollercoaster of sorts where one symptom would resolve and another would begin. Also, 9 months later my taste/smell are still NOT the same). Recovered fine (I thought).
    Once I was able to (April 2021) I received my first dose of Moderna. I was SUPER SICK for a day or two, like at least as sick as I felt when I had Covid if not worse. I was surprised (my logic had been that since I’d had Covid already the vaccine wouldn’t really have any symptoms; apparently the opposite is true). But I felt better after after a few days.
    In May I had the second shot…again felt terrible but it passed much more quickly this time.
    However, not long after getting the second vaccine I started having some symptoms that were kind of concerning. My heart would start pounding to the point where I felt like I was going to blackout, and I’d get dizzy and need to put my head down. These symptoms have progressed to where I’d wake up in the middle of the night with my heart racing and pounding, with actual pain in my chest. Needless to say I’ve now stopped drinking almost all caffeine (prior to this I used to be able to drink 4-5 cups of coffee a day with no negative effects). If I have just a cup I feel like I might have an actual heart attack. So I’m honestly very concerned.
    It’s would be impossible to say at this point whether this is due to having had Covid, or the vaccine, or some combination of both… but I just want to share this because beforehand I was very frustrated with the “vaccine hesitant,” but honestly now that on a daily basis I feel like my heart might arrest I think I’ve changed positions and am a little more understanding of those who are still a little hesitant (due to health concerns, not political reasons, etc.)
    Anyway I’ve been following this thread for awhile and just wanted to share a personal
    account. I’m trying to get an appointment with a GP so I can get this checked out asap.

    You started to experience these additional symptoms in May or not long after? But is is only now you want it checked out ASAP? Or did I misunderstand?

    You haven’t misunderstood 🙂 In trying to make a long story short, I didn’t mention that my doctor has been on a leave of absence for several months. I’ve spent years looking for what I would consider a good doctor in my area so was really hoping to see her. But anyway, the office scheduled me with another doctor, who tends to emphasize mental health (which is not a bad thing, unless there are actual physical problems creating symptoms). She referred me to counseling and a neurologist…..so now I’m trying to get in with a doctor that will refer me to a cardiologist (I would assume this would be the specialist who would deal with these issues).
    I also tend to have the mentality of “it’s nothing, you don’t need to see a doctor.” I was raised in that sort of environment. So it’s taken me some time to get to the point of being alarmed, especially since the symptoms haven’t cleared up yet.

    ETA: I placed a lot of emphasis on the dizziness, and also have a history of migraines so the neurologist referral wasn’t totally out of left field, just not the one I think I needed. I admittedly need to be a better advocate for myself when it comes to doctor’s appointments.

    You are very young, but my husband went to work one afternoon in late May. He’d been having chest pains, and trouble breathing. His coworkers took him to the hospital. We had our 2nd Moderna shot in April. Turns out, he had developed blood clots in his left knee area that traveled to his lungs. The doctor didn’t come right out and say the vaccine caused it, but the very fact that he asked is concerning. He asked right after he asked him if there was any family history of blood clots, and no there isn’t. He’s got (had, he retired 2 weeks ago) a very active job, and isn’t sedentary, so another no for reason for blood clots. BTW, he was seen by a cardiologist first. When they determined his heart was fine, the hematologist took over.

    My daughter had covid too. She was diagnosed 3/29/21. Her taste and smell haven’t returned yet either. She’s a runner, and her lung capacity isn’t what it was pre-covid.

    Wise of you to get it checked out by your GP. You absolutely have to be your own best advocate. Hopefully they will be thorough, and because you are so young, not overlook anything. Covid is such an unknown. Best wishes for you❤️

    Oh no, that must have been scary. I hope your husband and daughter are getting better every day. I’m definitely going to be sure this is thoroughly checked out. I got an appointment tomorrow with a different doctor. Thank you!! <3
  • paperpudding
    paperpudding Posts: 9,111 Member
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    yes, interesting difference.

    Even back in March/April when flu vaccines were at their peak here - ie just before southern hemisphere winter - one week gap was the thing.

    was 2 week gap initially but then reduced to 1.

    Sometimes inconvenient for people but that's what it is.

    (shingles vaccine may be different in US recomendations because it is a live vaccine - the others are not)
  • Dnarules
    Dnarules Posts: 2,081 Member
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    yes, interesting difference.

    Even back in March/April when flu vaccines were at their peak here - ie just before southern hemisphere winter - one week gap was the thing.

    was 2 week gap initially but then reduced to 1.

    Sometimes inconvenient for people but that's what it is.

    (shingles vaccine may be different in US recomendations because it is a live vaccine - the others are not)

    Our shingles vaccine (US) is inactivated.
  • paperpudding
    paperpudding Posts: 9,111 Member
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    Dnarules wrote: »
    yes, interesting difference.

    Even back in March/April when flu vaccines were at their peak here - ie just before southern hemisphere winter - one week gap was the thing.

    was 2 week gap initially but then reduced to 1.

    Sometimes inconvenient for people but that's what it is.

    (shingles vaccine may be different in US recomendations because it is a live vaccine - the others are not)

    Our shingles vaccine (US) is inactivated.



    In that case I can't think of any reason why other vaccines are considered OK with covid vaccine but shingles vaccine is not.
  • spiriteagle99
    spiriteagle99 Posts: 3,696 Member
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    I got my first shingles vaccine together with the flu vaccine. It was painful and I had a sore arm for about a week. This was a few years ago. Getting the second shingles shot wasn't as bad since I didn't have the double hit to my immune system.
  • lemurcat2
    lemurcat2 Posts: 7,885 Member
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    yes, interesting difference.

    Even back in March/April when flu vaccines were at their peak here - ie just before southern hemisphere winter - one week gap was the thing.

    was 2 week gap initially but then reduced to 1.

    Sometimes inconvenient for people but that's what it is.

    (shingles vaccine may be different in US recomendations because it is a live vaccine - the others are not)

    Have they said why the gap? I've been trying to decide which to get first in case I want a gap between them (I just became eligible based on the 6 months for the booster).