I ran a sporting business for the last eight years, and actively participated in competitive soccer for the last twenty years. I’ve never had ANY issues with my heart or respiratory system prior to the vaccine mandate.
On January 10th, 2022, I received my second Moderna vaccine. I initially felt no side effects and was able to enjoy my life as usual. Five days later the heart palpations began, along with the constant stinging sensation in the left side of my chest. I persisted on, working and enjoying my social life, whilst looking more into possible side effects. I knew I fell into the higher-risk category for pericarditis due to being a young fit male, so I began to take my own anti-inflammatories, and desperately tried to book into a GP (all were booked out on the Coast because of staff shortages due to vaccine mandates).
It was on January 19th that I managed to finally secure a booking with a GP, but between the 15th and 19th my symptoms worsened. I began having a tingling sensation in my legs, similar to restless legs syndrome. I was reduced to constant diarrhoea along with hot and cold sweats, I felt like my throat was closing over and I began having breathing issues (constant shortness of breath, along with a stinging sensations in my ribs).
After having an ECG at the GP, nothing was found and I was asked about stress in my life. I was told that this heart pain could probably be attributed to anxiety and other factors, and that I should book an echocardiogram to be safe. I was also prescribed ibuprofen to help reduce any possible inflammation, and then fobbed off.
Fast forward to today, January 24th. My symptoms have worsened. I haven’t slept properly in a week over fear I won’t wake up. My breathing has become so bad I can barely walk up a flight of stairs before clutching at my chest. I currently don’t sleep more than four or five hours a night and am not socialising or partaking in any physical activity out of fear, and having to sit down.
I admitted myself into hospital this morning. After my ECG today they found pericarditis immediately and I was sent for extra x-rays and ultrasounds. I am now booked in again for regular heart scans, that over the next week will determine the severity of the damage.
The financial strain this has put me under is immense, as I am self-employed and have been told I am not eligible for any of the vaccine adverse reaction schemes. Overall the hospital staff were great, but the general practice whom also administered my vaccine seemed unconcerned by my symptoms and complaints.