Kieran N,

My name is Kieran, I am 28 years old, and I live in Adelaide with my partner, Rachel.  I am a FIFO electrician and I work away for three weeks and one week back home.  I am from a family of five boys, and I am a twin.  My health has always been excellent.  I played football and basketball, ran and went to the gym and worked long hours, including overtime without any trouble whatsoever.

At the time COVID-19 was first mentioned in the media, I was working for a small, family operated electrical business, and had done so for a couple of years.  I had worked my way up to a supervisory role and was happy in my work.  Then the talk of COVID vaccines started.

My twin brother was working in northern Australia with indigenous Australians at the time, and vaccination was mandated in order for him to continue working in those communities. He didn’t want to have the vaccine and so was forced to leave his job. He left the country and now works in East Timor, healthily unvaccinated. One of my other brothers lost his very well-paying job because he too refused to have the vaccine.

Along with my two brothers who lost their jobs, my mum was also very against the vaccine. She had seen one of her colleagues become very sick after theirs, and that gave her cause for concern.  However, she and dad both agreed that I could be looking at a loss of work if I didn’t have it, and dad was quite sure it was perfectly safe.  Rachel’s parents were 100% in favour of everyone being vaccinated.

When the COVID vaccines were mandated for entry to nursing homes, my boss took me aside and told me I would be the first to go if I didn’t get the vaccine.  I was shocked at his attitude as we were really good mates and enjoyed a social, as well as working relationship. By this time I had become really frightened about having a reaction, as I had heard of other fit young men who had developed heart conditions after the vaccine.  I was seen by others as a ‘conspiracy theorist’. Who knew I’d be right!

I spoke to my physiotherapist brother, as I trusted his opinion most of all.  He had been vaccinated twice because of his job and he was fine.  He said to me ‘there are smarter people than me who believe it is fine’ and so I felt comforted by that. So, both Rachel and I, after being on the fence about our decision, reasoned that it was important to keep money coming in.  We would probably be fine.

On the 7th of November, 2021 I attended a pop-up clinic at Elizabeth for my first COVID vaccine.  My recollection was thinking it looked dystopian, as there were at least 150 people lining up to go into little cubicles where vaccination staff were waiting with needles.  I got a Pfizer vaccine in my left arm.

Immediately following the procedure I felt very dizzy.  I started to sweat and my heart started racing.  I asked a nurse to take me to a private room where she put a heart monitor on me. Why would they need a nurse and heart monitors if they knew it was close to 100% safe? — just a thought I had afterwards…..

She put it down to anxiety and a panic attack, something which I had not experienced in many years.  Eventually I drove myself home and went to bed.  I awoke a 2am in a bath of sweat and with my head pounding. I had been told a headache could be one of the few side effects.

Two days later I went to see my GP as I had continued to wake at 2am with sweating and heart racing.  She ordered some blood tests to check my heart and they came back clear.  She said I had been experiencing anxiety.

I continued to wake at 2am, sweaty and with a racing heart, and would not fall asleep again ‘til four or five hours later, just in time to get up for work.

Two weeks after my vaccination I went for a run.  When I returned home from the run my heart rate would not slow down.  I was seeing stars and needed to sit on the ground to avoid falling over.  Eventually I took a cold shower to try to stop my racing heart.  It eventually slowed down after about an hour and a half.

At work I told my boss I was feeling pretty ordinary, and that I had a continuous headache and strange tingling sensations, along with lack of sleep, and I felt I was struggling at work. He didn’t offer any comment, so I just kept on working. Soon it was time for my second vaccination.

This time I was extremely anxious about having it, and nearly bolted at the door.  However, because Rachel was with me and we were at her regular GP surgery, I bravely pushed through and had my second Pfizer vaccine on the 26th of November.  This was a Friday, and it was chosen specifically so I could have the weekend to recover.  I went straight home and lay down for an afternoon nap.  After an hour or so I woke with a strange pulsing/spasm sensation in my left temple. It felt like a vice holding my head and you could see a twitch in my temple and feel it if you touched the area.

Over the course of the next few months I experienced tingling down my left arm, spasms in my temples and incredible headaches that felt like a vice on my head. I also had burning and tingling on the crown of my head, chest pains, heart palpitations and skipped beats, and sweating. I also continued to wake up like clockwork at 2am, in a pool of my own sweat.  Then I would still struggle to get back to sleep. I also attempted to attend football training but had the same racing heart that I experienced after my run.  It took over an hour and a half for my heart rate to return to normal after a training run. This meant had to quit all physical activity, which for a sport enthusiast like myself, is shattering.

I have been reluctant to tell my story as there has been ‘no physical evidence’ shown in any of the many tests I have undertaken, and it is assumed that it has ‘all been in my head.’  My brother (the physio) and my dad were empathetic, but were convinced nothing sinister was wrong and it was truly just anxiety.  My other brothers, including my twin, were all convinced the COVID vaccine was the cause of my symptoms and have encouraged me all the way with my tests.  They even suggested I seek legal compensation.

Surely after almost two years of the symptoms and pain it can’t be in my head?

Here is a list of the doctors and treatments I have sought, in no particular order.

I’ve had consultations with three different general practitioners.  One put me on a mental health plan for anxiety and referred me to a kinesiologist.  One referred me to a cardiologist, and one prescribed me medication for anxiety.

The kinesiologist was really empathetic and suggested I might be suffering inflammation of my neurological system as a result of the vaccinations.  She really wanted to help me, but admitted it was out of her area of expertise.

I was seen at hospital emergency on five different occasions for heart related pain and pounding and tingling in my extremities — four times at the Royal Adelaide Hospital and once at a Riverland Community Hospital.  No one was interested in my opinion that I was suffering from a COVID vaccine reaction. Every time I was told I was suffering anxiety.

When I explained my symptoms to the cardiologist she said yes, there was a very small percentage of people experiencing myocarditis and pericarditis as a result of the vaccines. She then read over my notes from previous GP visits, where they said my symptoms were from anxiety and panic attacks. She asked me, ‘Why would you have a panic attack?’ I replied, ‘Probably because many young men have had heart issues from the COVID vaccines’, something which she had just admitted to in the same conversation. She smirked and giggled and said, ‘I think people have too much access to the internet’.

She did agree to some tests, including an ECG and heart scans, and I wore a Holter monitor for a week. When I returned to see her for my results, the appointment lasted all of 15 seconds. She just smiled and said there is nothing wrong with you. I still do not trust these results because a friend, who had similar symptoms with his heart, was told by some nurses that they could not actually say he had pericarditis!

I saw an acupuncturist, headache specialist, physiotherapist. I’ve had a CT scan and an MRI on my head. The results came up all clear.

An appointment with a neurologist resulted in a diagnosis of a very bad case of repetitive migraines due to tension headaches. He prescribed two different medications, neither of which have done anything to relieve the headaches, let alone the tingling arm and chest pains.  He then recommended botox injections, once every three months, around the crown of the head to relax the muscles. At best, the results were that I experienced a slight ease in pressure through the temples to the top of my head.

More recently I have been seeing a naturopath who my partner researched online after hearing her speaking about the COVID vaccine, and the issues it was causing some of her clients.  Her initial diagnosis, through lab tests on my hair, is that I have mast cell activation disorder symptoms.  She has tailored me a special diet and I have supplements to take in an to effort to restore my immune system.

To say my life has been negatively impacted by my COVID vaccine reaction would be an understatement.

For the first six months after the second vaccination I continued to turn up for work day after day. In total I only took four sick days, despite waking up feeling like I had been out for a big night on the tinnies. Similar to a bad hangover with a belting headache and brain fog, but with the added insult of intermittent racing heart and chest pains. At one stage when I told my boss I might need to consider time off to recover, he told me my supervisor role would not be there waiting for me when I returned. His attitude to me really deteriorated along with my deteriorating health.  Eventually in October 2022 I quit my job with the company.  In reality I was ‘pushed’ out.

I was lucky to find more work in multiple roles and recall actually having some really good days in late 2022.  I was well enough to work full days and the headaches abated for a time. But after work all I could do was eat dinner and go straight to bed. I tried to go for a run once, but that was no better than my previous attempts and my heart raced out of control.  Oh, and I have developed alopecia.  It is an autoimmune disorder that attacks the hair follicles in my beard. To be honest that is the least of my problems.

I liken my symptoms to a form of torture. It feels like there is poison in my body running through my head and my chest.  I have had to quit football with my local team, I can’t go to the gym, I can’t do any physical activity. I am lucky to be able to go to work, eat, sleep and pay the bills.

The cost of my injury to date is in the vicinity of $10,000 spent on medicines, appointments, scans etc.

I now work as a FIFO worker, which suits my health condition really well.  When at work I can complete a ten-hour workday, then I don’t have any other responsibilities. I’m fed and watered and have my room cleaned.  On my week home I just rest.

My goal for the future is to have my own small business, and not run the risk of being told by a boss what to do with my body!

After reading some of the stories of all these other good people affected by the COVID vaccine I feel I may actually be one the lucky ones.

My name is Kieran, I am 28 years old, and I live in Adelaide with my partner, Rachel.  I am a FIFO electrician and I work away for three weeks and one week back home.  I am from a family of five boys, and I am a twin.  My health has always been excellent.  I played football and basketball, ran and went to the gym and worked long hours, including overtime without any trouble whatsoever.

At the time COVID-19 was first mentioned in the media, I was working for a small, family operated electrical business, and had done so for a couple of years.  I had worked my way up to a supervisory role and was happy in my work.  Then the talk of COVID vaccines started.

My twin brother was working in northern Australia with indigenous Australians at the time, and vaccination was mandated in order for him to continue working in those communities. He didn’t want to have the vaccine and so was forced to leave his job. He left the country and now works in East Timor, healthily unvaccinated. One of my other brothers lost his very well-paying job because he too refused to have the vaccine.

Along with my two brothers who lost their jobs, my mum was also very against the vaccine. She had seen one of her colleagues become very sick after theirs, and that gave her cause for concern.  However, she and dad both agreed that I could be looking at a loss of work if I didn’t have it, and dad was quite sure it was perfectly safe.  Rachel’s parents were 100% in favour of everyone being vaccinated.

When the COVID vaccines were mandated for entry to nursing homes, my boss took me aside and told me I would be the first to go if I didn’t get the vaccine.  I was shocked at his attitude as we were really good mates and enjoyed a social, as well as working relationship. By this time I had become really frightened about having a reaction, as I had heard of other fit young men who had developed heart conditions after the vaccine.  I was seen by others as a ‘conspiracy theorist’. Who knew I’d be right!

I spoke to my physiotherapist brother, as I trusted his opinion most of all.  He had been vaccinated twice because of his job and he was fine.  He said to me ‘there are smarter people than me who believe it is fine’ and so I felt comforted by that. So, both Rachel and I, after being on the fence about our decision, reasoned that it was important to keep money coming in.  We would probably be fine.

On the 7th of November, 2021 I attended a pop-up clinic at Elizabeth for my first COVID vaccine.  My recollection was thinking it looked dystopian, as there were at least 150 people lining up to go into little cubicles where vaccination staff were waiting with needles.  I got a Pfizer vaccine in my left arm.

Immediately following the procedure I felt very dizzy.  I started to sweat and my heart started racing.  I asked a nurse to take me to a private room where she put a heart monitor on me. Why would they need a nurse and heart monitors if they knew it was close to 100% safe? — just a thought I had afterwards…..

She put it down to anxiety and a panic attack, something which I had not experienced in many years.  Eventually I drove myself home and went to bed.  I awoke a 2am in a bath of sweat and with my head pounding. I had been told a headache could be one of the few side effects.

Two days later I went to see my GP as I had continued to wake at 2am with sweating and heart racing.  She ordered some blood tests to check my heart and they came back clear.  She said I had been experiencing anxiety.

I continued to wake at 2am, sweaty and with a racing heart, and would not fall asleep again ‘til four or five hours later, just in time to get up for work.

Two weeks after my vaccination I went for a run.  When I returned home from the run my heart rate would not slow down.  I was seeing stars and needed to sit on the ground to avoid falling over.  Eventually I took a cold shower to try to stop my racing heart.  It eventually slowed down after about an hour and a half.

At work I told my boss I was feeling pretty ordinary, and that I had a continuous headache and strange tingling sensations, along with lack of sleep, and I felt I was struggling at work. He didn’t offer any comment, so I just kept on working. Soon it was time for my second vaccination.

This time I was extremely anxious about having it, and nearly bolted at the door.  However, because Rachel was with me and we were at her regular GP surgery, I bravely pushed through and had my second Pfizer vaccine on the 26th of November.  This was a Friday, and it was chosen specifically so I could have the weekend to recover.  I went straight home and lay down for an afternoon nap.  After an hour or so I woke with a strange pulsing/spasm sensation in my left temple. It felt like a vice holding my head and you could see a twitch in my temple and feel it if you touched the area.

Over the course of the next few months I experienced tingling down my left arm, spasms in my temples and incredible headaches that felt like a vice on my head. I also had burning and tingling on the crown of my head, chest pains, heart palpitations and skipped beats, and sweating. I also continued to wake up like clockwork at 2am, in a pool of my own sweat.  Then I would still struggle to get back to sleep. I also attempted to attend football training but had the same racing heart that I experienced after my run.  It took over an hour and a half for my heart rate to return to normal after a training run. This meant had to quit all physical activity, which for a sport enthusiast like myself, is shattering.

I have been reluctant to tell my story as there has been ‘no physical evidence’ shown in any of the many tests I have undertaken, and it is assumed that it has ‘all been in my head.’  My brother (the physio) and my dad were empathetic, but were convinced nothing sinister was wrong and it was truly just anxiety.  My other brothers, including my twin, were all convinced the COVID vaccine was the cause of my symptoms and have encouraged me all the way with my tests.  They even suggested I seek legal compensation.

Surely after almost two years of the symptoms and pain it can’t be in my head?

Here is a list of the doctors and treatments I have sought, in no particular order.

I’ve had consultations with three different general practitioners.  One put me on a mental health plan for anxiety and referred me to a kinesiologist.  One referred me to a cardiologist, and one prescribed me medication for anxiety.

The kinesiologist was really empathetic and suggested I might be suffering inflammation of my neurological system as a result of the vaccinations.  She really wanted to help me, but admitted it was out of her area of expertise.

I was seen at hospital emergency on five different occasions for heart related pain and pounding and tingling in my extremities — four times at the Royal Adelaide Hospital and once at a Riverland Community Hospital.  No one was interested in my opinion that I was suffering from a COVID vaccine reaction. Every time I was told I was suffering anxiety.

When I explained my symptoms to the cardiologist she said yes, there was a very small percentage of people experiencing myocarditis and pericarditis as a result of the vaccines. She then read over my notes from previous GP visits, where they said my symptoms were from anxiety and panic attacks. She asked me, ‘Why would you have a panic attack?’ I replied, ‘Probably because many young men have had heart issues from the COVID vaccines’, something which she had just admitted to in the same conversation. She smirked and giggled and said, ‘I think people have too much access to the internet’.

She did agree to some tests, including an ECG and heart scans, and I wore a Holter monitor for a week. When I returned to see her for my results, the appointment lasted all of 15 seconds. She just smiled and said there is nothing wrong with you. I still do not trust these results because a friend, who had similar symptoms with his heart, was told by some nurses that they could not actually say he had pericarditis!

I saw an acupuncturist, headache specialist, physiotherapist. I’ve had a CT scan and an MRI on my head. The results came up all clear.

An appointment with a neurologist resulted in a diagnosis of a very bad case of repetitive migraines due to tension headaches. He prescribed two different medications, neither of which have done anything to relieve the headaches, let alone the tingling arm and chest pains.  He then recommended botox injections, once every three months, around the crown of the head to relax the muscles. At best, the results were that I experienced a slight ease in pressure through the temples to the top of my head.

More recently I have been seeing a naturopath who my partner researched online after hearing her speaking about the COVID vaccine, and the issues it was causing some of her clients.  Her initial diagnosis, through lab tests on my hair, is that I have mast cell activation disorder symptoms.  She has tailored me a special diet and I have supplements to take in an to effort to restore my immune system.

To say my life has been negatively impacted by my COVID vaccine reaction would be an understatement.

For the first six months after the second vaccination I continued to turn up for work day after day. In total I only took four sick days, despite waking up feeling like I had been out for a big night on the tinnies. Similar to a bad hangover with a belting headache and brain fog, but with the added insult of intermittent racing heart and chest pains. At one stage when I told my boss I might need to consider time off to recover, he told me my supervisor role would not be there waiting for me when I returned. His attitude to me really deteriorated along with my deteriorating health.  Eventually in October 2022 I quit my job with the company.  In reality I was ‘pushed’ out.

I was lucky to find more work in multiple roles and recall actually having some really good days in late 2022.  I was well enough to work full days and the headaches abated for a time. But after work all I could do was eat dinner and go straight to bed. I tried to go for a run once, but that was no better than my previous attempts and my heart raced out of control.  Oh, and I have developed alopecia.  It is an autoimmune disorder that attacks the hair follicles in my beard. To be honest that is the least of my problems.

I liken my symptoms to a form of torture. It feels like there is poison in my body running through my head and my chest.  I have had to quit football with my local team, I can’t go to the gym, I can’t do any physical activity. I am lucky to be able to go to work, eat, sleep and pay the bills.

The cost of my injury to date is in the vicinity of $10,000 spent on medicines, appointments, scans etc.

I now work as a FIFO worker, which suits my health condition really well.  When at work I can complete a ten-hour workday, then I don’t have any other responsibilities. I’m fed and watered and have my room cleaned.  On my week home I just rest.

My goal for the future is to have my own small business, and not run the risk of being told by a boss what to do with my body!

After reading some of the stories of all these other good people affected by the COVID vaccine I feel I may actually be one the lucky ones.

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  1. Shocking. Well, there have been some recent court cases ruling that employers who mandated the vaccines are liable. It’s no replacement for health but it might be something 🙁

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