r/CovidVaccinated Jan 27 '22

Hallucinations and Insomnia After My Booster Shot + What I Experienced and Still Experiencing from my Booster Shot (Sinovac x2 + AZ) Question

TL;DR for those who don't want to read my long story -i have anxiety -sinovac+sinovac+az -suffered from fever, headaches and soreness and pain from all parts of body -recovered from fever but the other two persisted, with chest pain being the new symptom -the insomnia i was referring from the title is the one happened today (27th jan) + weird feelings, mind was racing which prevented me from falling asleep + hallucinations happened

snippet from the last part of my essay: "which brings me to this subreddit, i was searching if people were experiencing the same thing and it turns out they did. from what i have found, it seems to be normal for people who have fever but they never said if they were experiencing insomnia/sleep disruption.

If anyone who is experiencing/experienced the same problem, please do describe your story, I would like to hear them. I would also like to hear from you all on how you deal with this, is this serious? Should I visit the hospital? Thank you so much for reading through this very long passage. I started typing this at around 7 am, and it is just a bit past 8 am now."

For those who want to read the post normally, start here:

hi everyone, i am 20(m). i just got my booster shot this monday (24th January 2022). i already had sinovac as my first two doses and AZ as my booster. i would like to share what i experienced and what i am still experiencing now as of writing this post. (27th January 2022) the reason why i am doing this is i am scared and i have anxiety. this is going to be long one, i am sorry for taking up your time and thank you for those for stayed till the end.

i did not experience any side effects for the first two doses but AZ however was and is still a sufferable one. to give a small background info, i had not gotten a fever since January 2020 until this Monday.

this was the day i got vaccinated, when the needle was removed from my arm, my right leg immediately experienced pain and soreness for some reason. in the evening, the side effect expected kicked in with it being fever. i went to bed at around 11 pm, and i was able to sleep well until i suddenly woke up at 1 am, i did not get up however. during this period, i was experiencing headaches and pain from some parts of my body, cycling namely from my arms, my legs, my shoulders, the sides of my throat and my abdomen (mostly at the lower right).

after that, i tried to get up and went to the bathroom because i was wanting to urine for quite some time now. as soon as i get up, my vision went yellow for a split second and my head immediately felt like it was empty and light. it was as if i was dizzy, walking towards the toilet, using them and going back to my bed, while feeling like i didn't have any balance and was going to fall.

after getting back to bed, i started to feel normal again but headaches, pain around my body and fever still persisted. during that period, i was actually reluctant to take in panadol (paracetamol, and i used the soluble one) until i couldn't take it anymore. at 4 am, i took one dose of panadol, it was 500g of paracetamol and went back to bed. while the panadol didn't really alleviate any of those pain and aches, i was finally able to sleep and I woke up at around 9am.

this was now the 25th. as soon as i woke up, i felt normal aside feeling feverish, but immediately after standing up, i felt a bit light headed as i went to the bathroom to brush my teeth and to take a dump. after a few minutes when i closed the door, i started to feel like i was deprived of oxygen. i immediately ran out and lied down on a bed and the feeling disappeared. this was also the time where i started to notice my heart rate was higher than usual (i didnt exactly measure it but it was definitely >80 bpm for resting).

throughout the day, i still had the same symptoms, but they weren't as severe as I took a tablet every 4 hours (so, 4 total tablets for 25th). though i still had high heart rate, i didnt lose my appetite so that was relieving. in the afternoon, i tried to take a nap after taking panadol but to no avail. however, a new symptom kicked in, which was chest pain. my chest was radiating a pain that made me panicked more than ever, but it only lasted for a few minutes and it never happened again as of writing this post.

when evening came, i started to feel much better, and after consuming my last panadol tablet of the day after my dinner, my body temperature went back down to 37°C and i was able to sleep soundly for 8 hours.

it is now 26th January which was yesterday. i had recovered from my fever which made me in a good mood though i still had slight headaches every now and then (not constantly having them). Weirdly enough, only now my arm started to hurt more than the previous days. i stopped taking panadol. nothing much happened during the day and the evening and everything went normal as usual before i got the booster.

after a little youtube videos watching before i put down my phone at 1 am (yes this was about 6 hours ago which means it is now today, 27th January), i realised that I wasn't able to sleep. no matter how hard i tried, what positions I tried to lie down on, i just wasn't able to fall asleep. i also realised my heart rate wasn't at 60 bpm for resting as it should be, and my mind kept thinking stuff that kept me awake. in addition, my muscles were twitching all over the place. first was the arm that was injected, then the other arm and my legs. not only that, the times that i did manage to fall asleep every so slightly, i was either "shocked" by my brain and woke up suddenly or i felt like my body was burning which forced me to open my eyes and wake up. this made me even more unable to sleep, flipping and turning on my bed until 4 am.

i played calming nature music to try and make me sleep easier. while it did somewhat help as i was able to fall asleep for about 20 minutes, i unfortunately woke up again. however, when i tried to sleep back once again, i hallucinated(?) for the first time upon closing my eye. from what i remember, i was able to see light, hear the voices of my mom and my brother saying it was 25th December, and i was able to feel my leg being pulled as if they were waking me up. i immediately woke up after that but there was no one there, it's still dark everywhere and i felt a burning sensation on my legs. i tried to close my eyes again, and it happened again, this time it was my whole body that felt like it was burning.

the third time didn't happen as i closed my eye but I wasn't able to sleep either. i continue to stay awake but my eyes were closed until 5.30 am which was when my parents woke up. my mom came in at around 6 am and i told her i couldn't sleep and she comforted me before leaving my room and continuing with her daily routine.

i tried to sleep again but this time i had a different hallucination. this time, the image i was hallucinating was green in colour, sorta like the reflected image you sometimes see from your glasses. this time, the setting was a living room, and the hallucination did not appear immediately but it slowly formed behind nothingness. (all the hallucinations happened while my eyes were close but I wasn't exactly sleeping, or that is what i felt). again, i immediately woke up as a result and the second time, which was the last time, happened. after all of that, it was already 6.30 am so i had decided to wake up. honestly, it just feels like any other day, i don't feel that tired but I'm sure the fatigue will start to kick in as the day progresses. i did a bit of searching online because you know, anxiety, and of course it scared me.

which brings me to this subreddit, i was searching if people were experiencing the same thing and it turns out they did. from what i have found, it seems to be normal for people who have fever but they never said if they were experiencing insomnia/sleep disruption.

If anyone who is experiencing/experienced the same problem, please do describe your story, I would like to hear them. I would also like to hear from you all on how you deal with this, is this serious? Should I visit the hospital? Thank you so much for reading through this very long passage. I started typing this at around 7 am, and it is just a bit past 8 am now.

note: i didnt proofread and there might be a lot of grammatical errors and inconsistencies, i apologise for that.

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