Lorena – Pfizer 11th January 2021

Severe Ongoing Adverse Reactions

Lorena is an RN of nine years, and spent 2020 working the frontlines. In January 2021 she received the Pfizer Vaccine and, since her second dose, it has been an ongoing health battle and it’s now been almost one year since she has been unable to work.

Below is her story, in her own words:

I have been dealing with symptoms that’s prompted many doctor’s visits, ER visits, and hospitalizations. It all started after I received my 2nd dose of the Pfizer Vaccine. I want to share my experience with hopes of bringing awareness to what some of us have experienced from this Covid-19 Vaccine, and in doing so will bring forth research to help us find treatment to relieve us of these side effects we are suffering from.

On January 11th, I got my 2nd dose of Pfizer vaccine. Fifteen hours later, I woke up with chest pain, fever, HR 160s, numbness, near syncopal episode, and shortness of breath. I was hospitalized for 2 days and was told it was my immune response to the vaccine. During this hospitalization I had labs, scans, echocardiogram, IV fluids. A few labs were abnormal including my DDimer and Lactic acid. CT chest was negative for PE. I was discharged home and my heart rate was still high, but not as high. I also started to experience internal tremors. Took it easy after my hospitalization, but then on Jan 30th, it happened again. Same exact symptoms. This time I was hospitalized for 4 days. My DDimer was higher so I had more workup done. They weren’t sure what was going on, but I got put on propranolol since my heart rate wouldn’t go down this time. This lowered my already low blood pressure so that got changed to Corlanor outpatient by my cardiologist. Since then I have had multiple ER visits due to high heart rate, near syncopal episodes, appointments with my pcp, cardiologist, EP cardiologist, neurologist, gastroenterologist, pulmonologist and waiting for my appointment with the autonomic neurologist at Stanford. I’ve had many tests done which include echocardiogram, 2 week cardiac holter, stress test, labs, loop recorder implanted, CTs, MRI, etc.

Since all this began my side effects have been and still are: tachycardia, intermittent chest pain, PACs/PVCs, shortness of breath, internal tremors, muscle spasms/twitching, constant vertigo/dizziness, headaches, brain fog, near syncopal episodes, on and off loss of appetite(I’ve lost over 30 pounds since January), fatigue, random intermittent joint pains, etc. My cardiologist in Modesto says it’s possibly inappropriate sinus tachycardia, but I haven’t been officially diagnosed. I will be seeing the EP cardiologist at Stanford in November. I have in the past had vertigo and headaches but nothing as severe or as consistent as this is debilitating now. I got COVID a few weeks ago and it has definitely aggravated my side effects.

My next step is to maybe find a functional/naturopathic doctor to do extensive labs and think outside the box because we still aren’t sure how to get relief of these side effects.

I’m just so tired and frustrated of feeling this way. I haven’t felt like myself since January 12th. My life has completely changed. I miss my life. I miss feeling like me. I miss not feeling unwell every day. I hope that these side effects some people are experiencing get researched and that answers are found as to why and how to help with them.

Some recent Updates:

October 14, 2021 – I went to Stanford and was seen by a neurologist in their Neuroscience Movement Clinic. The neurologist I saw is thinking I have POTS and/or an autoimmune disorder of some sort that was triggered by the vaccine. She ordered more labs which got done today. She referred me to her colleague there at Stanford who is an autonomic neurologist to get tested for POTS and have an EMG test done. She also referred me to a neuro-immunologist at UCSF who is working with patients post vaccine who have long term side effects. She thinks he can really help me figure some of this out. I’ll also be starting vestibular therapy at Stanford and a new prescription was ordered to help with the constant dizziness I’ve been since my current medication isn’t helping.

November 15, 2021 – I had a consultation with an Autonomic Neurologist at Stanford. He ordered for me to have autonomic testing for suspected POTS in December as well as a repeat echocardiogram. For now, he told me to increase my Corlanor dose, salt and water intake to help my low blood pressure and high heart rate. Once we get results he will update the plan of care.

November 22, 2021 – I went over some labs with another specialist of mine and got some overwhelming news on my health. My labs showed that my immune system is not functioning optimally, my body has inflammation and I have several illnesses/co-infections my body is currently trying to fight. I have Lyme, active candida, reactivated Epstein Barr and mold. I will be starting treatment for those soon

November 23, 2021 – Had constant chest pain, tachycardia and shortness of breath so I went to the ER. CT was negative for PE.

November 24, 2021 – I saw neurologist and he went over my brain MRI results. He is unsure what the lesion is that was found. This lesion was not there in my MRI from February of 2020. The lesion is thankfully in the lateral optic area. I will be having a repeat MRI with contrast this time in April 2022 to try to see what it is and to see if it’s grown.”

Salida, California, USA