Ebony G

Prior to September 2021, I was a fit, healthy 23-year-old. I was never ill, aside from the odd cold from the kids at my childcare job, and I took no medications. I enjoyed life and regularly went bush walking and hiking with my partner. Life was good.

I was initially very skeptical about the COVID vaccines as I feared that it had all been rushed and that there was insufficient data to support it. My family and partner however, all got vaccinated and encouraged me to do the same. I probably would have still held out against it but then the mandates came in and I was required to get it to keep my job.

I had my first Pfizer vaccine on the 25th of September 2021. Immediately after I suffered debilitating headaches and fatigue and I slept for three days.

I had my second Pfizer vaccine on the 16th of October 2021 and the symptoms were exactly the same.

Following these two vaccinations I became constantly ill with acute gastro, nausea, and diarrhea. For just over three months, I could barely eat or drink as the vomiting and diarrhea were so bad. The pain and distress of this was the worst I had ever suffered in my life up to that point.

I lost fifteen kilos in that period of time.

I did not correlate these symptoms with the vaccine as there had been little, if any information coming out at that time about vaccine injuries.

I saw multiple GPs who simply put it down to reflux and prescribed drugs such as Nexium which provided little or no relief. I was referred to a gastroenterologist who arranged for me to have a gastroscopy. This procedure revealed nothing wrong and all I could do was continue with reflux medications and soldier on as best I could.

This went on for around three months, from late October 2021 through to the end of January 2022. I ended up taking time off work from mid-December to early February. By the end of January, the symptoms started to ease a little. By the time February was well underway, I was starting to feel close to normal again.

During that time, I was in an extremely poor emotional state as I’d missed Christmas and New Year and was pretty much unable to leave the house.

When I started feeling better in February, I was very happy, thinking that it was now all behind me. I lined up to get my booster (Moderna) on the 3rd of June 2022 with no real fear as I still did not realise that my previous symptoms were in fact related to the two Pfizer vaccinations.

Immediately after the booster vaccine, the intense headache, fatigue and nausea all returned with a vengeance.

This time, I would have two to three days of feeling okay followed immediately by one to four days of the same intense nausea that I had in late 2021. I was devastated and finally started to realise that the vaccines were the common denominator in my bouts of extreme illness.

Two weeks later, my world turned completely upside down when I was hit with the following list of excruciating and debilitating symptoms – all at the same time.

These included:

  • heart palpitations
  • increased heart rate (often up to two hundred simply from standing up)
  • irregular heartbeat / pounding
  • severe numbness and tingling in both arms and legs
  • constant pins and needles
  • extreme fatigue
  • internal tremors (like having a seizure but with nothing visible externally)
  • gastrointestinal issues (acute nausea and vomiting)
  • extreme muscle weakness
  • chronic head pain
  • dizziness
  • fainting attacks
  • sharp chest pains
  • shortness of breath
  • nerve pain throughout my whole body
  • loss of feeling in all my limbs

Essentially, I became bed-bound and unable to care for myself. This debilitating range of symptoms now defines my life and is my “New Normal”.

In the past two to three months these symptoms have become even worse with unbearable nerve pain throughout my entire head and tachycardia so bad I feel I am about to die.

I have spent the last twenty-plus months trying to get answers from a multitude of doctors and specialists.  My regular GP just keeps telling me that it is all caused by anxiety and she has prescribed Valium (which I do not take). She also arranged for a nerve conduction test and multiple blood tests, but the results all came back normal. As she seemed unable to diagnose anything else, I have stopped seeing her.

In this period, I also had an MRI which was all clear.

In frustration, I started doing research of my own and discovered a condition known as POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome) and found that 99% of my symptoms fitted this condition. I asked my GP to refer me to a cardiologist who got me to wear a Holter monitor and have an electrocardiogram. He also did a ‘sit/stand’ test which showed that when I stood up, my heart rate went up and my blood pressure dropped. He confirmed my self-diagnosis of POTS. His treatment suggestion was to drink lots of fluids and to exercise. I explained that I could not exercise as most days I could not even get out of bed and if I did, a walk to the letterbox wiped me out for the day. He gave me medications to lower my heart rate which worked for a while but no longer help me.

Interestingly, the cardiologist said to me that he and the other doctors really do not know how to treat me and other patients with the same symptoms and they just do not know what to do for us. That was a pretty scary confession, but at least he was being truthful instead of gaslighting me.

I saw him in March 2023 and he diagnosed me with the following conditions:

  • POTS
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Occipital neuralgia
  • Small fibre neuropathy

He then gave me a total of seven different prescriptions, saying, “If this one doesn’t help, try this one and so on”.  I was overwhelmed. I did try a couple of them, but they did not help and I was very much over taking more medication.

Shortly after seeing the dysautonomia specialist, in April 2023, my symptoms deteriorated so dramatically that I was taken by ambulance to the Wesley Private Hospital in Brisbane. When the ambulance turned up, I specifically asked them to take me to that hospital as I knew that the dysautonomia specialist worked there. I was there for a week and the specialist saw me daily but he was unable to offer any additional help.

Over recent months, I have also been seeing a pain specialist and a psychologist — at the recommendation of my GP. They have not helped me at all.

In all this time, no doctor, specialist, or hospital staff member has ever admitted that my ill health is related to the COVID vaccine even though I have asked that question multiple times. A couple of random, nice nurses have confided to me that I am not the only one suffering with this, but they have no power, so it is not helpful.

I had these vaccinations in order to keep my job, and in the end, due to the health issues I am experiencing because of them, I can no longer work anyway. In November last year, I dropped my workdays down to three, then two then one and finally had to go on permanent sick leave. I cannot see myself getting back to work at all at this stage.

A few months ago, I had a frightening fainting attack, drifting in and out of consciousness with a massive nosebleed and shockingly low blood pressure. My partner called an ambulance, but the hospital just brushed me off as I already had a diagnosis of POTS and sent me home the same day.

I have been going to hospital once a month as a minimum, since April, driven there by my mum. I have had a total of seven hospital Emergency Department visits so far, and I am sure there will be more going forward. On one visit in June, they did a CRP test (C-Reactive Protein) aimed at identifying any infection or inflammation. Normal levels are meant to be about five and my result was forty-five. They were shocked at this result but still did not have any answers for me.

After that visit in June, I noticed what I thought was a pimple on my chin. When I got up the next day it had spread. It turned out to be cellulitis (bacterial infection).  I then had to have that cut out by a plastic surgeon leaving a big scar on my chin.

My next step is to find a good naturopath in Brisbane as I wish to try a more natural approach.

I am happy to share my details in the hope that someone in the injured community can perhaps recommend someone to help. I also want to show others that they are not alone in this vaccine injured journey.

I just want my life back and to stop being sick. This entire two-year saga has completely drained me and destroyed my faith in government and the medical fraternity.

Prior to September 2021, I was a fit, healthy 23-year-old. I was never ill, aside from the odd cold from the kids at my childcare job, and I took no medications. I enjoyed life and regularly went bush walking and hiking with my partner. Life was good.

I was initially very skeptical about the COVID vaccines as I feared that it had all been rushed and that there was insufficient data to support it. My family and partner however, all got vaccinated and encouraged me to do the same. I probably would have still held out against it but then the mandates came in and I was required to get it to keep my job.

I had my first Pfizer vaccine on the 25th of September 2021. Immediately after I suffered debilitating headaches and fatigue and I slept for three days.

I had my second Pfizer vaccine on the 16th of October 2021 and the symptoms were exactly the same.

Following these two vaccinations I became constantly ill with acute gastro, nausea, and diarrhea. For just over three months, I could barely eat or drink as the vomiting and diarrhea were so bad. The pain and distress of this was the worst I had ever suffered in my life up to that point.

I lost fifteen kilos in that period of time.

I did not correlate these symptoms with the vaccine as there had been little, if any information coming out at that time about vaccine injuries.

I saw multiple GPs who simply put it down to reflux and prescribed drugs such as Nexium which provided little or no relief. I was referred to a gastroenterologist who arranged for me to have a gastroscopy. This procedure revealed nothing wrong and all I could do was continue with reflux medications and soldier on as best I could.

This went on for around three months, from late October 2021 through to the end of January 2022. I ended up taking time off work from mid-December to early February. By the end of January, the symptoms started to ease a little. By the time February was well underway, I was starting to feel close to normal again.

During that time, I was in an extremely poor emotional state as I’d missed Christmas and New Year and was pretty much unable to leave the house.

When I started feeling better in February, I was very happy, thinking that it was now all behind me. I lined up to get my booster (Moderna) on the 3rd of June 2022 with no real fear as I still did not realise that my previous symptoms were in fact related to the two Pfizer vaccinations.

Immediately after the booster vaccine, the intense headache, fatigue and nausea all returned with a vengeance.

This time, I would have two to three days of feeling okay followed immediately by one to four days of the same intense nausea that I had in late 2021. I was devastated and finally started to realise that the vaccines were the common denominator in my bouts of extreme illness.

Two weeks later, my world turned completely upside down when I was hit with the following list of excruciating and debilitating symptoms – all at the same time.

These included:

  • heart palpitations
  • increased heart rate (often up to two hundred simply from standing up)
  • irregular heartbeat / pounding
  • severe numbness and tingling in both arms and legs
  • constant pins and needles
  • extreme fatigue
  • internal tremors (like having a seizure but with nothing visible externally)
  • gastrointestinal issues (acute nausea and vomiting)
  • extreme muscle weakness
  • chronic head pain
  • dizziness
  • fainting attacks
  • sharp chest pains
  • shortness of breath
  • nerve pain throughout my whole body
  • loss of feeling in all my limbs

Essentially, I became bed-bound and unable to care for myself. This debilitating range of symptoms now defines my life and is my “New Normal”.

In the past two to three months these symptoms have become even worse with unbearable nerve pain throughout my entire head and tachycardia so bad I feel I am about to die.

I have spent the last twenty-plus months trying to get answers from a multitude of doctors and specialists.  My regular GP just keeps telling me that it is all caused by anxiety and she has prescribed Valium (which I do not take). She also arranged for a nerve conduction test and multiple blood tests, but the results all came back normal. As she seemed unable to diagnose anything else, I have stopped seeing her.

In this period, I also had an MRI which was all clear.

In frustration, I started doing research of my own and discovered a condition known as POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome) and found that 99% of my symptoms fitted this condition. I asked my GP to refer me to a cardiologist who got me to wear a Holter monitor and have an electrocardiogram. He also did a ‘sit/stand’ test which showed that when I stood up, my heart rate went up and my blood pressure dropped. He confirmed my self-diagnosis of POTS. His treatment suggestion was to drink lots of fluids and to exercise. I explained that I could not exercise as most days I could not even get out of bed and if I did, a walk to the letterbox wiped me out for the day. He gave me medications to lower my heart rate which worked for a while but no longer help me.

Interestingly, the cardiologist said to me that he and the other doctors really do not know how to treat me and other patients with the same symptoms and they just do not know what to do for us. That was a pretty scary confession, but at least he was being truthful instead of gaslighting me.

I saw him in March 2023 and he diagnosed me with the following conditions:

  • POTS
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Occipital neuralgia
  • Small fibre neuropathy

He then gave me a total of seven different prescriptions, saying, “If this one doesn’t help, try this one and so on”.  I was overwhelmed. I did try a couple of them, but they did not help and I was very much over taking more medication.

Shortly after seeing the dysautonomia specialist, in April 2023, my symptoms deteriorated so dramatically that I was taken by ambulance to the Wesley Private Hospital in Brisbane. When the ambulance turned up, I specifically asked them to take me to that hospital as I knew that the dysautonomia specialist worked there. I was there for a week and the specialist saw me daily but he was unable to offer any additional help.

Over recent months, I have also been seeing a pain specialist and a psychologist — at the recommendation of my GP. They have not helped me at all.

In all this time, no doctor, specialist, or hospital staff member has ever admitted that my ill health is related to the COVID vaccine even though I have asked that question multiple times. A couple of random, nice nurses have confided to me that I am not the only one suffering with this, but they have no power, so it is not helpful.

I had these vaccinations in order to keep my job, and in the end, due to the health issues I am experiencing because of them, I can no longer work anyway. In November last year, I dropped my workdays down to three, then two then one and finally had to go on permanent sick leave. I cannot see myself getting back to work at all at this stage.

A few months ago, I had a frightening fainting attack, drifting in and out of consciousness with a massive nosebleed and shockingly low blood pressure. My partner called an ambulance, but the hospital just brushed me off as I already had a diagnosis of POTS and sent me home the same day.

I have been going to hospital once a month as a minimum, since April, driven there by my mum. I have had a total of seven hospital Emergency Department visits so far, and I am sure there will be more going forward. On one visit in June, they did a CRP test (C-Reactive Protein) aimed at identifying any infection or inflammation. Normal levels are meant to be about five and my result was forty-five. They were shocked at this result but still did not have any answers for me.

After that visit in June, I noticed what I thought was a pimple on my chin. When I got up the next day it had spread. It turned out to be cellulitis (bacterial infection).  I then had to have that cut out by a plastic surgeon leaving a big scar on my chin.

My next step is to find a good naturopath in Brisbane as I wish to try a more natural approach.

I am happy to share my details in the hope that someone in the injured community can perhaps recommend someone to help. I also want to show others that they are not alone in this vaccine injured journey.

I just want my life back and to stop being sick. This entire two-year saga has completely drained me and destroyed my faith in government and the medical fraternity.

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