Scottie

I’m 31 and was previously a full-time worker. I led a very active lifestyle. Before the vaccine I was cycling to work every day, and swimming 30 minutes in the pool every week. So my cardio fitness was great. I’ve never had any health problems prior to the vaccine.

At the time the vaccine was mandated I was working in the Royal Children’s Hospital, so I decided it was the right thing to do. I got the Pfizer vaccine in the middle of August. I felt the standard sore arm and a headache, and life continued on as normal until I had the second Pfizer vaccine on October 8th. 

A week later, I started feeling a gradual increase in symptoms. This started with headaches, nausea and chest pains (nine-out-of-ten pain level). At this point I didn’t connect this to the vaccine and I kept on trying to push through life as usual, just thinking it would go away.

I pushed for almost four weeks until it was to the point that it was unbearable. I was experiencing dull pains that felt like a heavy barbell resting on my chest 24/7. I couldn’t even lie on that side because it would aggravate my heart too much, and I would then experience extreme shooting pains through my heart. It was time to go to hospital. 

When I arrived, they did a CT scan, bloods, x-ray and ECG, and they said from the bloods and the CT that I had some inflammation around the heart. They diagnosed me with pericarditis, told me to take ibuprofen and sent me on my way. While I was in hospital I mentioned that I thought it was the vaccine. They were talking between themselves like it was, but weren’t willing to say that to me or write it on paper.  On the discharge notes they just wrote pericarditis, and to medicate with ibuprofen.

The next couple of days I took the ibuprofen and booked myself in with the local GP. He said straight to my face that this was post-vaccine pericarditis. He wrote it down on the document and sent my referral off to a cardiologist. He prescribed me colchicine which I have not stopped taking for the last four months. I have seen absolutely no change other than a slight reduction in pain. On a good day I’d say its a seven-out-of-ten. Other days it would be a nine-out-of-ten.

I have seen the cardiologist twice in the last four months and have not received any further diagnosis or answers. This makes me feel completely defeated, not only from a mental perspective but financially also. I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy. They can’t even find any further symptoms of pericarditis.

To this day I am still experiencing constant dull chest pains with the waves of sharp shooting pains a few times a week. I struggle to sleep at night, and I’m averaging about four hours per night. This has been ongoing the whole time. Sometimes I get brain fog and headaches from extreme fatigue. I’ve also changed my eating habits to eat an anti-inflammatory diet. 

This has affected every part of my life, and I’m no longer able to function normally as I would before. It has been extremely debilitating, and with no support to help me get through this.

I’m 31 and was previously a full-time worker. I led a very active lifestyle. Before the vaccine I was cycling to work every day, and swimming 30 minutes in the pool every week. So my cardio fitness was great. I’ve never had any health problems prior to the vaccine.

At the time the vaccine was mandated I was working in the Royal Children’s Hospital, so I decided it was the right thing to do. I got the Pfizer vaccine in the middle of August. I felt the standard sore arm and a headache, and life continued on as normal until I had the second Pfizer vaccine on October 8th. 

A week later, I started feeling a gradual increase in symptoms. This started with headaches, nausea and chest pains (nine-out-of-ten pain level). At this point I didn’t connect this to the vaccine and I kept on trying to push through life as usual, just thinking it would go away.

I pushed for almost four weeks until it was to the point that it was unbearable. I was experiencing dull pains that felt like a heavy barbell resting on my chest 24/7. I couldn’t even lie on that side because it would aggravate my heart too much, and I would then experience extreme shooting pains through my heart. It was time to go to hospital. 

When I arrived, they did a CT scan, bloods, x-ray and ECG, and they said from the bloods and the CT that I had some inflammation around the heart. They diagnosed me with pericarditis, told me to take ibuprofen and sent me on my way. While I was in hospital I mentioned that I thought it was the vaccine. They were talking between themselves like it was, but weren’t willing to say that to me or write it on paper.  On the discharge notes they just wrote pericarditis, and to medicate with ibuprofen.

The next couple of days I took the ibuprofen and booked myself in with the local GP. He said straight to my face that this was post-vaccine pericarditis. He wrote it down on the document and sent my referral off to a cardiologist. He prescribed me colchicine which I have not stopped taking for the last four months. I have seen absolutely no change other than a slight reduction in pain. On a good day I’d say its a seven-out-of-ten. Other days it would be a nine-out-of-ten.

I have seen the cardiologist twice in the last four months and have not received any further diagnosis or answers. This makes me feel completely defeated, not only from a mental perspective but financially also. I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy. They can’t even find any further symptoms of pericarditis.

To this day I am still experiencing constant dull chest pains with the waves of sharp shooting pains a few times a week. I struggle to sleep at night, and I’m averaging about four hours per night. This has been ongoing the whole time. Sometimes I get brain fog and headaches from extreme fatigue. I’ve also changed my eating habits to eat an anti-inflammatory diet. 

This has affected every part of my life, and I’m no longer able to function normally as I would before. It has been extremely debilitating, and with no support to help me get through this.

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