My name is Bryden, I’m a 25-year-old male who is relatively healthy and never really got sick. After working in my previous job for eight years, with three years in management, I went into residential disability supported living and quickly fell in love with the job. My mother also works for the same company.
I had been working there for about four months before the Victorian government mandated all healthcare staff and essential workers to have the COVID vaccine. I was very heavily reluctant, as was my mother and family. Both my mother and I were told we must get the vaccine to protect our clients in the best way. We and the rest of my family decided that we were getting the AstraZeneca vaccine, due to my sister passing away at the age of one week. This was back in 1999 and due to heart related issues and following a gene study, my mother and I also found out we have a genetic predisposition for heart issues.
I went to my GP who I have been seeing for about 17 years. We had a great doctor-patient relationship and he told me at my age, there was absolutely nothing to be worried about. Chances are, nothing would happen and I would be fine.
I got my first AstraZeneca vaccination on 8th September 2021 in my left arm, at my local pharmacy around 12pm. My mother also had hers at the same time. Immediately after I felt fine. However, about eight to ten hours later I started getting almost Parkinson’s-like shaking while I was in bed for about six hours. My skin was ultra-sensitive to touch, like it was on fire and my nerves were continually firing. I was home alone that night and I couldn’t use my phone to call for help, or to text anyone, because of the severity of the shaking. It was quite frightening as I didn’t know if I was having a stroke, or something else more serious that I wasn’t aware of.
I went back to my GP two days after this event, asking for a ‘please explain’, as he had assured me nothing was going to happen. He then replied that what I had experienced with the Parkinson’s-like reaction, was a perfectly normal reaction and a lot of people he looked after got this reaction after the AstraZeneca vaccine. I left feeling a bit confused, but I trusted my GP, so I put it aside. With reassurance from my GP, I went ahead and got the second AstraZeneca vaccine on 7th October 2021, in my right arm this time. Thankfully, I had no reaction to that at all and was able to go to work as normal.
Our employer heavily criticised us for getting AstraZeneca over Pfizer. They told us that we were not looking out for our very vulnerable clients and that we were selfish to only think of ourselves. In our minds, we made the best choice for our OWN health.
Fast forward to February 2022 and healthcare workers were mandated to get a booster shot by the state government. As my mother and I got COVID from our work in January, we were concerned about getting the booster so soon after being infected. Our trusted GP was able to give us an exemption. He believed it was the right thing to do and was able to give us one until the 18th May 2022.
Our employer did not accept my mother’s exemption, stating they require the actual form the GP writes out. This is an online document, that cannot be printed out. She was refused to be allowed to work until she got her booster jab. Very strangely they accepted mine and it was exactly the same. In the end she folded and got the Pfizer booster, even though she has a heart condition, called a mitral valve prolapse. Thankfully she is fine.
Fast forward to 16th May 2022, when I received an email stating I would not be allowed to work in any services, until I received my booster. At this point I was panicking. I refused to get Pfizer or Moderna due to the nature of those vaccines.
I scoured government sites and other medical clinics to get a Novavax vaccine, as that was the one not having any heart related side effects. In the end, I had to drive up to Shepperton from the Mornington Peninsula, to get the Novavax. I had it in my right arm on 18th of May 2022. I had no immediate reactions or concerns. Originally, my employer was going to refuse anyone who got the Novavax , because at the time, it hadn’t got proper approval from the ATAGI. However, they accepted it in the end after a heated exchange.
Two weeks later, I was walking my dogs locally on a cold morning and started having trouble breathing. I wasn’t able to catch my breath and had what felt like a typical asthma attack. I stopped for about 15 or 20 minutes for my breathing to come under control and finished my walk, albeit slower than before. Later that week, I made an appointment with my trusted GP, told him what had happened, and he agreed that it sounded like asthma. He prescribed me an inhaler, Symbicort, twice a day. Over the next two weeks, I felt it did very little to relieve my breathlessness and only somewhat stopped the coughing that I was also experiencing.
Two weeks after that, on 15th June 2022, I was at work for a 7am start. I was making breakfast for my clients. At about 7.30am I started having a pain in my left arm. Originally, it felt like a muscle strain, but I wasn’t able to pinpoint where it was. I then noticed I got very breathless, and it became hard to control my heart rate. I also started feeling faint and nauseous. I had a bit of a headache at this time, as well as tightness in my chest and cold sweats. My watch pinged me and asked me if I wanted to start a recorded workout, as my heart rate was around 160bpm for about 10 minutes. It quickly rose to 220bpm and I was thinking, ‘Whatever is going on?!’ I sat down on the couch and I think I may have blacked out, but I can’t remember. My co-worker at this time was in the office, signing off on medications and other forms at the time. He came out of the office and saw the state I was in so called an ambulance. They took about 10 minutes or so to arrive. I left relatively fine, other than extremely lethargic and generally sore all over. The paramedics hooked me up to an ECG. However, they said everything seemed normal, other than a little elevated heart rate. They refused to take me to hospital, even though I had requested it as a precaution. They stated that the hospitals were too busy unless you were basically dying and said I must have experienced a minor heart attack. In my disbelief, I drove home after that shift and made an emergency appointment with my trusted GP for the next day, to get some answers.
When I got to his office he noted that I didn’t look right. After I told him what I had experienced, he stated that he didn’t think I had had a heart attack because of my age. However, because I had all these symptoms, he ran all the tests as a precaution. I asked him whether my Novavax booster could have had anything to do with it. He blatantly said, “No”, and that was the end of that conversation. He referred me to a cardiologist for a 24 hour Holter monitor and an echocardiogram, within the week. After that, I had a full panel of blood works done and an ECG. By this time, it was over 24 hours since that event. All my results came back normal.
I had the appointment with my cardiologist. Before the actual appointment, the cardiac nurse was taking all my information and asked me about my vaccines. I had told her which ones I had and asked why. She had said to me, “I’m not surprised you are here then”. After I questioned her, she stated that she has seen nothing but young males since the roll out of the COVID vaccines. During my appointment, my cardiologist told me I had quite severe myocarditis and pericarditis, with fluid around the heart. The cardiologist explained that what had happened was my heart was on its way to a cardiac arrest, instead of a heart attack, but because of my age it kind of sorted itself out. I was told to take it easy and that it should start to sort itself out after three or so months. I wasn’t allowed to do anything physical as that would increase my heart rate. I asked if the booster had anything to do with it. He replied, “The money is currently on it, yes”. The trust in my GP was starting to crack, as he’d told me I’d be fine.
During the next month or so I would have the odd rapid onset of breathlessness, cold sweats and tight chests. I eventually came across a lovely lady at my local café. Her son was in ICU with clots throughout his brain due to his first Moderna jab. Shocked, I told her my story and how I was still suffering. She referred me onto another GP who was looking after her son and believed that these vaccines are doing more harm than good. I was told that I would need to talk to some people, to make sure my story and symptoms are legitimate. I also had to keep his name and practice confidential, to protect his ability to continue to help others, in my similar situation.
After I spoke to this person, I was able to make an appointment with the GP. He put me on a regime of vitamins, supplements and minor medications, to help detox and get rid of the symptoms I was experiencing. CT scans were done, blood panels were taken. Inflammation markers were through the roof and my liver was through the floor.
After the appointment with the new GP, I went to visit my old GP, as I have my mental health care plan with him and it was up for review. He asked me why it needed to be reviewed and I told him everything that had happened in the last month or so. It had all taken its toll and I still needed some support, physically and mentally. He told me everything that I had been experiencing was all due to my extreme anxiety and I just needed to get over it. I felt like I was being gaslit by him and that I had Munchausen’s or something! After that appointment, I decided I was not going back to see him. After 17 years, I felt he had broken my trust, to say that this was all in my head.
After about two months of this program from the new GP, I finally had the all-clear from him, as of 13th September 2022. My cardiologist thinks I have made a fantastic and miraculous full recovery at 100%, but I’m not able to tell him who I have been seeing, or what I’ve been taking. After all this, him believing in me and trusting in me, I have made him my main GP from now on.
At the lowest point of my injury I wasn’t even able to walk to my front door. Now I am back at the gym three times a week and able to run on the treadmill without pain. I’m walking my dogs almost every day and my quality of life is back to where it was previously.
I have been taking the following medications for six months and am halfway through:
- Magnesium – 300 to 400mg per day
- Vitamin D3 – 5,000 mg per week
- Vitamin K2 – 80 to160mg per day
- Omega 3 – two per day
- Quercetin – 250 to 500mg per day
- N-Acetyl-Cysteine (NAC) – 400 to 600mg, three time daily
- Curcumin – one per day
- Selenium – one per day
- Taurine – usually in powder form
- Coenzyme Q10
- PEA (Palmitoylethanolamide) – 400mg twice daily
- pine needle tea daily
- Spirulina OR Chlorella – 6 – 12 tablets once per day
- colchicine 500mg – one daily
- ibuprofen 400mg – two daily
I have wanted to share my story to reach out and connect with others who have had the same or similar experiences. I want you all to know that you’re not alone. It saddens me that it has got to the point that I can’t even say who my doctor is, so people can get the same help as me. If you know in yourself that you have been injured by the vaccine and your doctor is telling you it’s all in your head, do not listen to them. Also, do not stop looking, because there are good doctors out there who want to help, but are silenced just like we are. Just start talking to people. Everyone seems to know someone who is injured and has something to say, or a connection made.