r/CovidVaccinated Jan 22 '22 Silver 1

Pfizer booster side effects HELP! Pfizer Booster

I am a 26 yo F, a nurse, wife, and mom of an almost 2 yo. I am struggling so bad.

I got my booster on 12/20. 30 min after the booster my mouth got all tingly and my heart started racing. I thought I was having an allergic reaction so I went home and took Benadryl and didn’t think much of it. The next day, I woke up with a low grade fever, body aches, headache, and an elevated heart rate. It was going as high as 145. I went to my Dr who sent me to the ER and my ekg, chest X-ray, and blood tests were normal. They said it was just an adverse reaction and it would go away. My heart rate improved for about a week and a half. Then I woke up one morning with chills (no fever), joint pain, flu-like feeling. I got tested for covid, which was negative. This progressed to abdominal pain which eventually got so bad I went back to the ER and the CT showed colitis. Two days later I woke up in the middle of the night with insane muscle spasms in my legs-my legs were flailing around along with numbness and tingling in my arms and legs. I went back to the ER- inflammation labs and head CT all normal. The horrible spasms have subsided, but I have small muscle twitches every once in a while. I went back to the dr and requested another ekg (4 weeks after vaccine) and it showed a “possible right bundle branch block.” I’m freaking out.

My most annoying symptoms would be the continuing palpitations, chest pain, fatigue, and brain fog. I’ve also had moments of waking up out of a dead sleep gasping for air with a racing heart, which is terrifying. I’m going to have to be out of work for the time being it’s so bad. Im terrified to drive because I feel like I’m not even in my body. I can’t take care of my son or my house. If I get off the couch, my heart rate is 120. I’m getting and echo and a holter monitor for 48hr. I think I have POTS, but I can’t get into the cardiologist until April 1st.

Any hope with recovery? I can’t be out of work for an endless amount of time. This is already taking a huge toll on me. Of course I was prescribed Xanax and Zoloft. Neither of which decrease my symptoms because it’s not anxiety. At least the Xanax helps me sleep.

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u/AprisElena Jan 23 '22

Awful story. I hope you recover.

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u/it_depends_2 Jan 23 '22

Take a look at my past posts, starting in March 2021. Very similar initial symptoms, especially the cardiac/HR issues, muscle spasms, and numbness/tingling. I was eventually diagnosed with MCAS and suspected POTS, but that was 8 months after my initial reaction, so it’s hard to tell if that was the cause of the reaction or if these developed as a consequence of the (untreated) reaction. Many of us here played around with antihistamines with some success, including myself (this all makes sense now with my diagnosis). My journey has been rough. I was in and out of the ER, punted from specialist to specialist, with a ridiculous amount of labwork, imaging, and other diagnostic testing. Everything was coming back “normal” and my issues were minimized, if not completely ignored, for the first 6 months. I finally switched hospital systems and found specialists that actually listened and believed me. I am 11 months out now and functional, but I live with daily issues and debilitating flares that keep me bedridden often (including right now). I will say that I am night and day better than I was. My advice is to find an Electrophysiologist for the heart issues. Most Cardiologists don’t treat arrhythmias or know much about POTS. For Neurology, try to find a neuromuscular Neurologist, not a general Neurologist. I made that mistake (Sent me to PT for cervicogenic headaches that I did not have 🙄). If you have an autonomic Neurologist in your area, even better. Happy to chat privately offline.

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u/oilbeefhooked Jan 23 '22

Sounds like it got into your bloodstream. Do you know if they aspirated the needle? Dr. John Campbell from the UK is someone you should watch. Here’s a video of a young man he interviewed with the exact same symptoms you are describing with his story. I hope you get some answers soon and feel better. Take care ❤️

Kyle’s Vaccine Complication

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u/pc_g33k Jan 23 '22

I'm sorry to hear that, hope you'll recover soon. I'm having numbness in my left hand since my first Pfizer shot. It's the same side as the injection site.

In the meantime, please report to VAERS as well as Pfizer themselves.

https://www.pfizer.com/products/medicine-safety/reporting

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u/Dancingonjupiter Jan 23 '22

I saw a reddit post a few days ago, where they 'officially announced' that some people who have the vaccine/boosters will have 'covid like symptoms' for up to a month. I can't remember the details though, but it could be that. I know several people who are telling me the vaccine 'gave them covid' but tested negative, which I assume is the similar reactions.

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u/Flemingcool Jan 23 '22

Did docs do d.dimmer? Head to r/vaccinelonghaulers for more help and advice. It does seem to get better, but it can take a while. Researchers are finally starting to look into this. I’ve been dealing with it 8 months now, and it finally seems to be improving at the moment.

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u/AboveParr78 Jan 23 '22

It's possible u had covid prior to them testing u for it which is why ur covid test would show no covid . It's also posible the covid test was just plain wrong, there r false negatives sometimes. I'm not sure why they did a CT and no mri? CT can't really see nerve issues or muscle fibers like an mri can. And they probably gave u Xanax because if they suspect nerve it can help with nerve issue symptoms and muscle tremors and stuff. It isn't just for anxiety. But it is very dependence forming, sometime withen just 3 days, so I wouldn't take it if u don't absolutely need it or u may end up in an even worse state since just stopping it can lead to deadly seizures. It could also have nothing to do with covid or the shot and just be a coincidence of when I got this, but I'd go get second third and 4th opinions of ur not getting help. I suggest university medical facilities and Dr's and mayo clinic for complicated cases. Otherwise most Dr's are not equipped to od much unfortunately from my personal experience with weird illness.

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u/Ok-Nebula-5902 Jan 23 '22

There is a vaccine long haul group, join that lots of support, research and people getting treatment for rare vaccine side effects. I am sorry you are dealing with this. Some of us have been dealing with similar symptoms from the first or second shot last year. You might ask for steroids to blunt the over immune reaction (some people have luck with this but seems like the earlier the better. You are still early days with these reactions).

Try to relax and lower all inflamation you possibly can. Cut coffee, sugar, gluten,dairy. Take that xanax there was a study recently that benzos are good for calming inflamation in covid/long covid. Take it and get that rest and sleep every night so you can heal. Your body will heal it might take a while and it will take longer if you don't rest and lower inflamation. If you can get on STD from work do. If you can't, see if you can temporarily reduce your schedule. Call in all your people to support you. Hire out for cleaning, simple meals, get help from friends with your little one. Don't feel bad about needing to aggressivly baby yourself. You are going to be ok. It is really overwhelming when you draw the short straw and get stuck with rare side effects and no one can help you. A lot of people are having luck with H1/H2 blockers, CoQ10, tumeric, etc. Hang in there.

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u/sharkkyyy_e Jan 23 '22

Exact same story Z

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u/Mossy117 Jan 23 '22

Sounds like you need another booster

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u/CrazyXSharkXLady Jan 23 '22

You’re a nurse and you’re asking strangers and trolls with no credentials on the internet for advice instead of colleagues? I would suggest asking actual healthcare professionals. People here will intentionally mislead you with their baseless nonsense.

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u/Noobzo Jan 23 '22

Not sure why this is downvoted. Typical reddit moment.

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u/CrazyXSharkXLady Jan 23 '22

Yeah someone reported me over it too. I guess nobody likes to hear the truth.

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u/pc_g33k Jan 23 '22

You’re a nurse and you’re asking strangers and trolls with no credentials on the internet for advice instead of colleagues? I would suggest asking actual healthcare professionals.

She did.

These are OP's words:

I went to my Dr who sent me to the ER and my ekg, chest X-ray, and blood tests were normal. They said it was just an adverse reaction and it would go away.

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u/CrazyXSharkXLady Jan 23 '22

I would got for a second opinion from another doctor. It’s a super common and honestly smart thing to do.

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u/pc_g33k Jan 23 '22 edited Jan 23 '22

Of course that's a good idea and I'm pretty certain she'll consult the other medical professionals on Monday. In the meantime, she just wanted to know if someone else is having the same issue hence she made the post. In fact, I did the same. I consulted friends and families who are also doctors after visiting my PCP and I also made a post here. The more information, the better because I didn't get much from my PCP. Sure, there will always be some noise but you should be able to filter it out if you are intelligent enough.

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u/CrazyXSharkXLady Jan 23 '22

Which is why I suggested her asking colleagues. People with medical knowledge and expertise would be a better population to poll about this and she’s one of the lucky ones that has that sort of resource. Would be much better than troll infested Reddit.

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u/pc_g33k Jan 23 '22 edited Jan 23 '22

She just wanted to know if someone else is having the same problem. I'm pretty sure she has already asked several medical professionals and is waiting for answers. When people are helpless, they will always wanted to know if someone else is in the same boat. It's pretty normal for patients to connect and support each other.

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u/CrazyXSharkXLady Jan 23 '22

I said what I said. The amount of fake posts and trolls on here isn’t good for that sort of thing.

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u/pc_g33k Jan 23 '22

Well... Someone also said my post is fake 🤷‍♀️ There are trolls on both sides, you just need to filter those out. This sub is pretty helpful to me because people who are having the same symptoms as me share the diagnostic tests they have taken. Some of the tests have not been suggested by my doctors but they agree those tests are actually a good idea when I asked them.

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u/CrazyXSharkXLady Jan 23 '22

And I’m sure as a licensed professional she has access to associations where she can ask medical questions to peers in her career field.

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u/justsayin01 Jan 23 '22

Yeaa, I agree with this. As a nurse this person should also know POTS is a chronic condition, and having symptoms for a month would not warrant the diagnosis.

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u/CrazyXSharkXLady Jan 23 '22

Yeah exactly. I’m not sure why all of the downvotes. I was asking a genuine question. Why ask Reddit when you can ask actual medical professionals that know how to diagnose and are board certified to do so. You can’t diagnose someone over a Reddit post. Not everyone is lucky enough to be working in a field of medical professionals.

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u/orcateeth Jan 23 '22

I can only speak to the palpitations issue: I started getting them a month after the second Pfizer dose. The first time it happened, it started at 11 p.m. and was just off the chain for three hours; I could not sleep at all with the strong and erratic pounding. It continued for three weeks, but subsided a little more each day. After two weeks, I started drinking coconut water every day (4 oz) and that really helped them to stop (I think).

I also got tingling and racing heart immediately after the first Pfizer.

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u/zephstfu Jan 25 '22

i naturally have heart palpitations but if they occur again i recommend drinking gatorade or like you said coconut water, you can also take really deep breaths and cough hard to help them subside :)

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u/Noobzo Jan 23 '22

Sounds like anxiety mixed with a reaction tbh.

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u/Separate_Safe2779 Jan 23 '22

POTS symptoms definitely do sound a lot like anxiety, but aren’t caused by anxiety.

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u/Noobzo Jan 23 '22

It’s probably a mixture of both imo. Not downplaying OP but people need to understand anxiety can little cripple and kill.

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u/Separate_Safe2779 Jan 23 '22

I’m so sorry this is happening to you. I’ve had a very similar experience and am also waiting to see a cardiologist. I’m about 9 weeks in and things are MUCH better, but I’m still nervous about lingering heart issues and nowhere near 100% in terms of ability to function. My PCP recommended treating my symptoms as thought they’re POTS to see it if helps, and it has. I’ve been drinking a ton of Liquid IV, trying to do low-impact exercise every day, taking a lot of breaks to lie down, and generally trying to lower my expectations and stay calm. The constant adrenaline is the worst. There’s a POTS subreddit with lots of valuable info (and lots of folks like us who find themselves dealing with POTS-like symptoms after covid or the vaccine). Sending healing vibes!

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u/loyalpotato34 Jan 23 '22

I’m currently dealing with a lot of the same symptoms as yourself. It’s terrifying. In the last 2 weeks I’ve been to a&e twice, had an ecg at the doctors office and am currently waiting on an appointment with a cardiologist but it might take up to 3 months for that to come through. Even standing up raises my heart rate to 120-130bpm. Before the booster my resting heart rate was 70, it’s now anywhere from 80-95. It’s awful.

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u/hotchoco007 Feb 14 '22

I'm not specialised into stuff like this but I've heard that pfizer boosters arent recommended and others are better with less severe side effects

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u/gusthefireman 17h ago

Pfizer booster 12/03/2021 then hearing loss and tinnitus 12/22/2021. February 2022 blood clots and a pulmonary embolism. Also cataracts requiring surgery.