Cameron M

Prior to the COVID vaccinations I was an exceptionally fit and healthy person. As an airline pilot of over 16 years I was routinely expected to meet higher than normal health standards and I never had any issues doing that. I was looking forward to at least another five or six years of active work within the industry.

When the vaccines were first mooted, I was not specifically averse to getting them as I was concerned about the pandemic and its impacts on the overall community.
The airline did not mandate them initially but made it clear that they were highly recommended. For that reason, I was an ‘early adopter’ and got my first vaccination on the 16th of May 2021.

Immediately after my first vaccination I had no initial symptoms aside from a slightly sore arm and a low-grade fever. After about eight days however, I suddenly developed devastating full body joint pain, muscle stiffness and acute brain fog. I felt as though my entire body was seizing up with incredible pain in my joints, tendons, and muscles. This caused me to be pretty much bed ridden.

As I was in so much pain, I went to see my family GP. He ran numerous blood tests looking for arthritis markers and things such as lupus, but all the tests came back normal.
He prescribed anti-inflammatory drugs and also gave me a referral to a rheumatologist. I asked if it was possible that the vaccine had caused this based on the timelines, but after conferring with other doctors in the clinic, he said that it was merely a coincidence. The overwhelming opinion of these doctors was that the benefits of the vaccine far outweighed other considerations.

I saw the rheumatologist a few weeks later. He did more blood tests looking for inflammatory markers. When the results came back, the markers were very high, so he prescribed prednisolone. Later he also prescribed methotrexate which I continued to take until May 2022. He diagnosed psoriatic arthritis even though several of the classic symptoms such as pitted fingernails and psoriasis were not present. He said that my inflammatory markers were very high, so his primary goal was to get them down. Eventually, in time they dropped to about five, but they have never returned to zero. In essence, he was treating my symptoms with no real thought for the root cause of the problem. Like my GP, he denied that the vaccine could have anything to do with the sudden onset of this condition.

On the recommendation of both the GP and the rheumatologist, I arranged to have my second vaccine on 5 Aug 2021. Like the first one, this was AstraZeneca. The doctors told me that because I now had an auto-immune condition, being fully vaccinated was critical for me. However, within a few days of this second vaccine, I noted a sharp increase in my arthritis-like symptoms. They had become never ending.

At this stage, I was still technically working for the airline, but I needed so much time off that I had to use all my sick leave and annual leave. I was unable to fly due to my symptoms, but as I was also a union rep, I was able to work in that capacity for a time. Due to my union involvement, I also knew by now that the vaccines did not prevent me from getting COVID-19, nor did they prevent transmission. This caused me to have concerns, but these were dismissed by my GP and rheumatologist.

After the second vaccination, my life continued as it had been. I was suffering regular flares of the arthritis. These flares involved massive all-over joint pain, a foggy brain and fuzzy head, irritability, and a general feeling of just being ‘off’. I was getting flares that would last 8-14 days, every month. The periods in between seemed brief in comparison. The cycle just seemed endless. When I was not in a flare state, the joint pain was still there, but somewhat reduced and the brain fog cleared a little. Too soon though, another flare would arrive and I would start the horrible cycle all over again. Other drugs that the rheumatologist prescribed included Plaquenil, Humira and Rinvoq. Many of these caused other side effects so in the end I was just taking Enbrel.

On the 6th of January 2022, I took my third vaccine — this time Moderna.
Again, I was convinced by my doctors that getting it was very important but also, my employer was now mandating it. Even though I was no longer flying, I was still able to do some work with the union, so I still needed to keep my job.

After this third vaccine I did not notice any appreciable change in my body, although all my symptoms remained the same, which I took as a positive. For the next few months, I soldiered on with the same symptoms and regular visits to both the GP and the rheumatologist. I also continued with my prescribed medication even though it did not appear to be making any difference.

On the 25th of May 2022, again at the insistence of my employer and my doctors, I went to get my fourth vaccination. I wanted to get the Moderna one again as it did not seem to have any serious impact on me last time. Sadly though, when I arrived at the clinic, I was told that they had run out, so they offered me Pfizer instead.
This was my biggest mistake. I should have simply left and waited for replacement stock to arrive, but I figured that as I was there, why not just get it done. I regret that decision immensely.

Within a few days, I started experiencing stroke like symptoms. I developed a racing heart and acute pain over the liver area (under the rib cage on the right-hand side).
I also started suffering from a severe limp in my left leg, a strange walking gait, a blurry left eye, fingers that would not work properly, poor hand/eye coordination, poor memory recall, memory loss, acute confusion, brain fog, issues with concentration, blood noses and irritability. This was all on top of my existing rheumatic pain which remained unchanged. I returned to the GP who conducted a liver function test as well as more blood tests. I informed him that I was also now having to get up several times in the night to go to the toilet. He had no answers for that.

In September 2022, I contracted COVID. I suffered the usual cough/cold style symptoms that are expected, but I also developed a weird and inexplicable brain sensation that lasted for three or four months. It felt like a thunderstorm in my head. There was no pain and no sound, but it caused an inability to think or do anything. My limp also came back.
My GP diagnosed it as a migraine and referred me to a neurologist. He also referred me for a CT scan and MRI, but the results of those were negative.

When I saw the neurologist, I told him my story, including my vaccination history. But as soon as I mentioned the possibility of a vaccine injury, he completely shut me down.
He told me that I had been referred as a migraine patient and that he would not discuss any other issues. He asked me how bad the pain was, but I reiterated that there was no pain. Nevertheless, he proceeded to issue me a prescription for pain medication. That just showed me that he was not truly listening and that his care factor was really very low.
These strange brain sensations suddenly stopped at the end of 2022 as quickly as they started, and they have never returned.

Eventually, I decided to take matters into my own hands and I located a Long COVID clinic via an online forum. I attended this clinic and the GP I saw there was very sympathetic and helpful. She had no more answers than the previous doctors did, but at least she took me seriously.
She had not previously seen a vaccine injured person as she dealt only with people who have previously had what is euphemistically known as Long COVID…..
She recommended that I see two occupational therapists. One was for the brain/neurological issues and the other for my walking issues.
The OT for the brain issues refused point blank to see me, but the OT for the walking issues accepted me and was able to help my walking somewhat. It is not back to normal, but it is greatly improved.

Since the fourth vaccine and my experience with getting COVID, everything has continued in the same way. The only minor change is that my arthritis flares although slightly fewer, are lasting much longer. The periods of relative peace in between are getting a lot smaller but slightly more frequent. I am also only seeing the rheumatologist on a six-monthly basis now instead of monthly. I think he is just out of answers.

As for my job with the airline, I eventually had to resign in October 2023. I spoke to my colleagues in the union area and explained that due to my increasing memory loss, frequent confusion, brain fog and issues with concentration which arose after the Pfizer vaccine, I could no longer keep doing the work.

To date, I still have no answers. I have done research and found relatively few people with a vaccine injury of psoriatic arthritis although, having said that, I recently learned that my cousin is suffering from it as well. I have lost faith in doctors, as my life has been turned upside down and I cannot see how this will change in the foreseeable future.
A month ago, I had the flu vaccine on the recommendation of my doctor. Two days later, I contracted the flu and I have been hideously sick ever since. It seems that I just cannot get a break of any kind.

I am fortunate to be able to do some work in my wife’s business, as it is available, but in essence, the COVID vaccinations have destroyed my life and certainly my career.

I am keen to talk to anyone who has experienced similar symptoms, as I have not been able to find many other sufferers with the same diagnosis.

My vaccine injury has been devastating for me and my immediate family. However, dwelling on what I have lost will only cause stagnation and isolation.
I refuse to live that way, and instead, embrace life’s challenges by looking for opportunities that achieve my goal of fulfilment through love, purpose and peace.

Prior to the COVID vaccinations I was an exceptionally fit and healthy person. As an airline pilot of over 16 years I was routinely expected to meet higher than normal health standards and I never had any issues doing that. I was looking forward to at least another five or six years of active work within the industry.

When the vaccines were first mooted, I was not specifically averse to getting them as I was concerned about the pandemic and its impacts on the overall community.
The airline did not mandate them initially but made it clear that they were highly recommended. For that reason, I was an ‘early adopter’ and got my first vaccination on the 16th of May 2021.

Immediately after my first vaccination I had no initial symptoms aside from a slightly sore arm and a low-grade fever. After about eight days however, I suddenly developed devastating full body joint pain, muscle stiffness and acute brain fog. I felt as though my entire body was seizing up with incredible pain in my joints, tendons, and muscles. This caused me to be pretty much bed ridden.

As I was in so much pain, I went to see my family GP. He ran numerous blood tests looking for arthritis markers and things such as lupus, but all the tests came back normal.
He prescribed anti-inflammatory drugs and also gave me a referral to a rheumatologist. I asked if it was possible that the vaccine had caused this based on the timelines, but after conferring with other doctors in the clinic, he said that it was merely a coincidence. The overwhelming opinion of these doctors was that the benefits of the vaccine far outweighed other considerations.

I saw the rheumatologist a few weeks later. He did more blood tests looking for inflammatory markers. When the results came back, the markers were very high, so he prescribed prednisolone. Later he also prescribed methotrexate which I continued to take until May 2022. He diagnosed psoriatic arthritis even though several of the classic symptoms such as pitted fingernails and psoriasis were not present. He said that my inflammatory markers were very high, so his primary goal was to get them down. Eventually, in time they dropped to about five, but they have never returned to zero. In essence, he was treating my symptoms with no real thought for the root cause of the problem. Like my GP, he denied that the vaccine could have anything to do with the sudden onset of this condition.

On the recommendation of both the GP and the rheumatologist, I arranged to have my second vaccine on 5 Aug 2021. Like the first one, this was AstraZeneca. The doctors told me that because I now had an auto-immune condition, being fully vaccinated was critical for me. However, within a few days of this second vaccine, I noted a sharp increase in my arthritis-like symptoms. They had become never ending.

At this stage, I was still technically working for the airline, but I needed so much time off that I had to use all my sick leave and annual leave. I was unable to fly due to my symptoms, but as I was also a union rep, I was able to work in that capacity for a time. Due to my union involvement, I also knew by now that the vaccines did not prevent me from getting COVID-19, nor did they prevent transmission. This caused me to have concerns, but these were dismissed by my GP and rheumatologist.

After the second vaccination, my life continued as it had been. I was suffering regular flares of the arthritis. These flares involved massive all-over joint pain, a foggy brain and fuzzy head, irritability, and a general feeling of just being ‘off’. I was getting flares that would last 8 -14 days, every month. The periods in between seemed brief in comparison. The cycle just seemed endless. When I was not in a flare state, the joint pain was still there, but somewhat reduced and the brain fog cleared a little. Too soon though, another flare would arrive and I would start the horrible cycle all over again. Other drugs that the rheumatologist prescribed included Plaquenil, Humira and Rinvoq. Many of these caused other side effects so in the end I was just taking Enbrel.

On the 6th of January 2022, I took my third vaccine — this time Moderna.
Again, I was convinced by my doctors that getting it was very important but also, my employer was now mandating it. Even though I was no longer flying, I was still able to do some work with the union, so I still needed to keep my job.

After this third vaccine I did not notice any appreciable change in my body, although all my symptoms remained the same, which I took as a positive. For the next few months, I soldiered on with the same symptoms and regular visits to both the GP and the rheumatologist. I also continued with my prescribed medication even though it did not appear to be making any difference.

On the 25th of May 2022, again at the insistence of my employer and my doctors, I went to get my fourth vaccination. I wanted to get the Moderna one again as it did not seem to have any serious impact on me last time. Sadly though, when I arrived at the clinic, I was told that they had run out, so they offered me Pfizer instead.
This was my biggest mistake. I should have simply left and waited for replacement stock to arrive, but I figured that as I was there, why not just get it done. I regret that decision immensely.

Within a few days, I started experiencing stroke like symptoms. I developed a racing heart and acute pain over the liver area (under the rib cage on the right-hand side).
I also started suffering from a severe limp in my left leg, a strange walking gait, a blurry left eye, fingers that would not work properly, poor hand/eye coordination, poor memory recall, memory loss, acute confusion, brain fog, issues with concentration, blood noses and irritability. This was all on top of my existing rheumatic pain which remained unchanged. I returned to the GP who conducted a liver function test as well as more blood tests. I informed him that I was also now having to get up several times in the night to go to the toilet. He had no answers for that.

In September 2022, I contracted COVID. I suffered the usual cough/cold style symptoms that are expected, but I also developed a weird and inexplicable brain sensation that lasted for three or four months. It felt like a thunderstorm in my head. There was no pain and no sound, but it caused an inability to think or do anything. My limp also came back.
My GP diagnosed it as a migraine and referred me to a neurologist. He also referred me for a CT scan and MRI, but the results of those were negative.

When I saw the neurologist, I told him my story, including my vaccination history. But as soon as I mentioned the possibility of a vaccine injury, he completely shut me down.
He told me that I had been referred as a migraine patient and that he would not discuss any other issues. He asked me how bad the pain was, but I reiterated that there was no pain. Nevertheless, he proceeded to issue me a prescription for pain medication. That just showed me that he was not truly listening and that his care factor was really very low.
These strange brain sensations suddenly stopped at the end of 2022 as quickly as they started, and they have never returned.

Eventually, I decided to take matters into my own hands and I located a Long COVID clinic via an online forum. I attended this clinic and the GP I saw there was very sympathetic and helpful. She had no more answers than the previous doctors did, but at least she took me seriously.
She had not previously seen a vaccine injured person as she dealt only with people who have previously had what is euphemistically known as Long COVID…..
She recommended that I see two occupational therapists. One was for the brain/neurological issues and the other for my walking issues.
The OT for the brain issues refused point blank to see me, but the OT for the walking issues accepted me and was able to help my walking somewhat. It is not back to normal, but it is greatly improved.

Since the fourth vaccine and my experience with getting COVID, everything has continued in the same way. The only minor change is that my arthritis flares although slightly fewer, are lasting much longer. The periods of relative peace in between are getting a lot smaller but slightly more frequent. I am also only seeing the rheumatologist on a six-monthly basis now instead of monthly. I think he is just out of answers.

As for my job with the airline, I eventually had to resign in October 2023. I spoke to my colleagues in the union area and explained that due to my increasing memory loss, frequent confusion, brain fog and issues with concentration which arose after the Pfizer vaccine, I could no longer keep doing the work.

To date, I still have no answers. I have done research and found relatively few people with a vaccine injury of psoriatic arthritis although, having said that, I recently learned that my cousin is suffering from it as well. I have lost faith in doctors, as my life has been turned upside down and I cannot see how this will change in the foreseeable future.
A month ago, I had the flu vaccine on the recommendation of my doctor. Two days later, I contracted the flu and I have been hideously sick ever since. It seems that I just cannot get a break of any kind.

I am fortunate to be able to do some work in my wife’s business, as it is available, but in essence, the COVID vaccinations have destroyed my life and certainly my career.

I am keen to talk to anyone who has experienced similar symptoms, as I have not been able to find many other sufferers with the same diagnosis.

My vaccine injury has been devastating for me and my immediate family. However, dwelling on what I have lost will only cause stagnation and isolation.
I refuse to live that way, and instead, embrace life’s challenges by looking for opportunities that achieve my goal of fulfilment through love, purpose and peace.

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