AstraZencea – #1: 322675T
I am a young male, 27 years of age. A refrigeration mechanic by trade, I am a proud husband and a father to a now 8-month-old little girl. My wife and daughter mean the absolute world to me.
I loved going for weekend drives and exploring our beautiful country with my family. I was a fit and healthy man, with some health issues which were mainly spine and knee-related and caused by my hard work. But you get that when you work as hard as I have.
Like a lot of people, I felt forced into getting the vaccine. How could I not? I have a mortgage, a little bub, a wife and a future I want to grow and make easy for my family. I only had two choices and that was to cave in and get the vaccine, or use all our savings until the mandates disappeared. Not a single part of me wanted it, but what option did we have? I’ve never really trusted medication, I’ve even avoided taking Panadol because of my skepticism.
My employer did his best to help me avoid getting it, but it got to a point where I wasn’t able to attend workplaces without it. So I caved in.
On October 30th, 2021, I did the unbearable and got the AstraZeneca vaccine. Instantly I felt shivering through my entire body, and then immense pains through every muscle of my body for about 3 to 4 days. My wife couldn’t keep
me warm. Even though I was sweating I felt frozen which is rare for someone who sleeps with a fan on all year round.
I recovered from that fine, but noticed a slight eye twitch in my left eye that was uncontrollable. I would also get intense pins and needles down the left side of my body to the point where it was numb, as if I had been sitting on my arm for hours. But being a typical man, I chose to ignore it and kept working.
On November 9th, ten days post vaccine, I was working in Shepparton when I felt a huge stabbing pain through the back of my skull. This also came with an immense burning sensation in the same location. Eventually I made the three hour drive back home, not realising this was going to be the last time I would work, for who knows how long.
My wife, being a nurse/midwife, advised me to go the ED as soon as possible. After a three hour wait, as my ‘injury is not important at this stage’ (according to the receptionist at the ED), I was seen by a doctor who did some basic tests on my eyesight and balance. I was then told to go home and rest for two weeks. I was prescribed Lyrica (which is made by Pfizer), and told if symptoms persisted I was to go see my local GP.
On November 14th, being so reluctant to take Lyrica (for good reasons), I managed to get in contact with a very experienced doctor who was known to my family, and who was about to become my best friend (as he was sympathetic and on my side, if you know what I mean). He assured me Lyrica was safe, so I began taking it. My doctor also sent me off for blood tests and a D-dimer test which all came back normal, thankfully.
On November 18th, my next option was to get sent off for scans. I went for an x-ray and CT scan to make sure nothing major was on my brain or skull. A few days later the tests came back normal, and no specialist would admit the AstraZeneca vaccine was related at all.
My doctor thought that it may be occipital neuralgia, or inflammation of the nerves in my skull. He sent me off for a complete spinal and skull MRI to rule out spinal issues pressing on nerves. These came back normal. Each scan was about $280AUD and I had four scans.
The results proved to my doctor that it was in fact inflammation of the nerves in my skull thanks to the vaccine.
On December 10th, after taking a huge range of vitamins such as zinc, magnesium, and turmeric, I felt slightly better, but I was still in chronic pain. It had now gotten to the point where I was unable to get out of bed. Even holding my six-month-old daughter was physically and mentally exhausting. The burning, the stabbing pain, the numbness, and the eye-twitching had not disappeared, and had practically put me in a disabled state.
On December 12th, I began the first course of low-dose steroid (prednisolone 5mg). I put on 1.3kgs per day for six days and had reacted with severe rage. The doctor immediately weaned me off.
On December 25th I started a low dose of antidepressant (fluvoxamine), which was used to help reduce inflammation of my nerves. I had good results and it helped reduce my overall pain by about 30%, and got rid of the eye-twitching completely. But I was still suffering and struggling to fall asleep every night due to pain, and I was struggling to live a normal life or to drive.
On February 10th, after almost three and a half months of trying to stay positive and live with horrible mental and physical pain, I was still on antidepressants. I also was put on cholesterol medication (atorvastatin) and naltrexone to help reduce inflammation around my arteries and nerves.
I have had no success. I am physically and mentally drained. I have been temporarily fired (though my boss guarantees me a job no matter what happens, thank God for decent humans). To top it all off, my doctor has now had his license to practice suspended. He is apparently such a criminal for helping people like myself, who are suffering and not getting proper medical attention.
Instead, I am frowned upon for not being triple-vaccinated, and am now jobless. I am still incredibly unwell and have no idea if this is permanent or not. Nobody has a cure, nobody wants to help and nobody can help. I’m stuck and have no answers, and I suppose my only option is to live with this pain and pray that I recover one day.