Alexandra Pantelios – Johnson & Johnson 27th September 2021

Severe Adverse Reaction

I was a healthy, active 45-year-old woman with no underlying medical conditions.

I am a Physician Assistant practicing in NY. I took the Johnson & Johnson Vaccine because it was mandated. It was the vaccine or my job. I gave in and took it the night the mandate took effect.

About 2 days after the Johnson & Johnson Vaccine, I experienced a stabbing pain on the inside of my left knee. But other than that I felt fine. Very few side effects.

About 2 weeks after the vaccine I started to notice a mottled appearance, almost bruised, on my lower legs. I showed one of my doctors at work and he blew it off as “varicose veins”. One day after work my legs looked as though they were used as a punching bag and I had pain in my left knee. I went to the urgent care and was told I must have hurt my knee. When I asked how that explained the mottling on both legs he had no answer. He ordered blood work and a venous duplex to rule out clots and after all were normal, he said it was an allergic reaction.

About 2 wks after that, 1 month after the vaccine, the pain in my legs started. At the end of the day I felt as if I had done a heavy workout. I had stiffness and pain from my thighs to the bottoms of my feet. Soft tissue, muscle and connective tissue pain. The pain would wake me up. Sometimes in my knee, then my heels or thighs. Thankfully my PCP acknowledged this was from the Johnson & Johnson Vaccine. He put me on a 1 week course of steroids and I immediately had relief.

About 1 week ago after dancing at a friend’s wedding I woke with severe pain in both knees. I was in tears. Even the slightest physical activity leaves me sore. I had a deep tissue massage and woke up in severe pain. All my labs have been normal thus far but I have to follow up with my MD for further testing.

I am afraid to exercise or exert myself for fear of being in pain. I used to be active, I was a runner. Now I am constantly tired and always have an ache or pain somewhere. I am afraid that a booster will be mandated and I will have to leave my job. I live with the fear that this will be a permanent state and that myself and those like me will not get the answers or the help we need.

New Jersey, USA