Covid-19 Vaccine side effects
I had the first shot on 2/5 and vertigo attack 24 hours later (2 hours worth). No more vertigo but lightheaded, tinnitus cranked up a bit and just off a little. I will not be getting the 2nd shot soon....I have a tele call with ENT on Monday but just expecting for him to agree with my decision. I started PT to address potential anxiety effects on neck. If I had any inclination that the vaccine would aggravate the vestibular system, I would have opted out or waited to see if JandJ was a better fit (could never do merry go rounds or bungee!). At least studies are showing 92% efficacy after 14 days shot 1. I have been able to work and even go to gym but feel like I am on the brink of dizzy spells. And thankfully since I sell wine for a living, it actually stabilizes me and after glass 2, I feel completely normal...occupational hazard, don't ya know.
Update to my previous posts on 3/7 @ 8.06pm
March 10, 2021 10:07 am
After 8 days, my dizziness got much better and it is mild now. I saw a post from someone in this group about taking Vit-C. I also took Vit-C 500 and felt better after that. Hope it is not a coincidence. (I was taking Vit-c, Zinc etc for almost a year and stopped after taking my 1st dose. But, I have restarted just Vit-C, 2 days back).
I met an ENT today and he feels that the dizziness is not related to vaccines, as there is no data available in their ENT world. He did some tests and ordered a CT scan for my sinuses. I referred him to this useful forum to read further. He also taught me an exercise to sit straight, rotate my neck clockwise and anti clockwise, when I don't feel dizzy - i.e., top-down and left-right, like making a big circle, with eyes open - 5 times each side, 3 times in a day. (I should not to do this when I have dizziness or feel any pain in the neck). He said, it is ok to feel dizzy initially and keep doing it would help build some protection against dizziness. But, consult with your doctor before doing this exercise.
I am hopeful that this dizziness is temporary and it will go away soon. Planning to take my 2nd dose on 3/22.
Will post again after my 2nd dose or if I start feeling dizziness again.
@rajagopal, I have the same experience. It's been about 8 days now and mine is about 90% better. My next shot is on the 3/22. I, too, started taking Vitamin C 500, and I noticed I felt better pretty fast when I did. I also started taking Zinc gummies and take vitamin D 5000 iu (I was deficient a few years back, so I take a larger dose). Hopefully, I feel well enough to go through with the second shot. Hope you are all feeling better soon.
I am so glad I found this forum. I am 41 healthy. I took my first Pfizer vaccine 7 weeks ago and on the first day I started feeling dizzy, with an ocular migraine for 6 days, head pressure and ringing ears. The pain went away but the rocking and swaying actually got worse. I am just now starting to feel better. I am seeing a Vestibular Specialist (who recommended this site) and a Neurologist. I never suffered from Vertigo. Still debating if I am going for my second shot since I do not want to get Covid.
As mentioned earlier in this post I have had BPPV for 30 years. The dizziness started Two days after receiving my 1st dose of the mRNA based vaccine. I immediately did the head maneuvers and that allowed me to function,ok. The dizziness lasted 9 days but not really bad dizziness as I could still work but was foggy n not at full capacity. I saw no changes in blood pressure, but I did notice some weird vision things happen which is actually part of my Symptoms when the BPPV is activated (typically activated because I slept on my back during the night and will go away in about a day or 2).
The dizziness episode this time was different compared to the BPPV dizziness, hard to explain.
I get the 2nd dose Wednesday but now I am prepared for the side effects, antihistamines did help some. I would rather deal with the side effects then get COVID ( my neighbor same age as me,62, was in hospital for 2 weeks n almost didn’t pull through, no underlying health conditions, he is still not fully recovered one month later)
@rajagopalI think this vaccine is new. And nobody really knows what is going to happen to each individual.. I certainly had dizziness. Lightheaded..for 8 days after my first shot.. I took vit-c 500mg as well. And it really helped.. So glad to have you all here to share these weird symptoms with.. ❤
I understand how you are feeling. I also teach high school kids in the boarding school. I had my first dizziness during our February brake after the first portion and 11 days later. I was shocked but could stay home for few days. I feel better and did not miss classes but feel tired, dizzy mornings, palpitations, and after the second dose i had high fever and have constant ring in my ear. One more person in my school has the same symptoms.
@pawsandtrees I am not really sure how this site works but Who ever found the UK site (Michael K) is a good detective. Very interesting. I can deal with the dizziness/rocking feeling if I hear more people say it goes away eventually. Better than getting Covid.
Also, to the wine seller, I have always found a glass of wine takes away my dizzy feeling. 😀 I am starting to think I that the vaccine exacerbates what ever issues you suffered/suffer from prior to the vaccine.
Update: It has been almost 2 weeks since I first posted (Now 8 Weeks from Pfizer Shot #1 and 5 Weeks from Shot #2). Dizziness, tinnitus, pressure in right ear and occasional headache all intensified after Shot 2. I have done all the doctor visits with no definitive answers or treatment. Up until last week on a scale of 1-10 (10 being worst) I was mostly a 6-7. This last week most of my days were 4—encouraging, No headaches now but dizziness, tinnitus, pressure in right ear are a little better but not completely gone. I do find from this forum many have underlying autoimmune disorders (I have ankylosing spondylitis) and wonder if we are just more susceptible. I am with Michael K that our immune systems are just reacting to the vaccine in an inflammatory response that is causing our vertigo (or varying degrees of dizziness). I tell everyone I am that 1 in 500,000 with long-term side effects who is taking the hit for the rest and for the greater good. There has been a lot of good information on this forum. This is all new to us, please keep posting on the forum on your progress so that we can find hope if we start seeing people getting back to normal.
There seem to be quite a few Facebook groups to support vertigo sufferers. I'm not keen on joining every single one - does anyone have a recommendation?
This is an update to my previous post. After 3 weeks, I am still almost constantly lightheaded. Movement definitely makes it worse. It's almost as if there was some cloud in my head. Has anybody who posted here before started feeling better already?
@sal my update is about the same as yours. My second vaccine was now 5 weeks ago. My ER visit for this was 3 weeks ago and I still have constant tinnitus. The dizziness has passed but I definitely feel light headed when exerting myself (even on walks) I hope to this passes soon
@mlr418mba I would highly recommend not getting the vaccine. I have migraines of all types and this dizziness and brain fog is horrific. I’ve had it now for 2 weeks with no signs of improvement. I have now heard of 4 other people I know with the same issue. I would avoid the possibility and stay safe