Covid-19 Vaccine side effects
This forum really helped me when researching my post vaccine vertigo, so I wanted to share my story as well in case it helps (especially since I haven’t seen any stories on here about the Johnson and Johnson one).
I am 26 y/o female in California. I got my J&J vaccine exactly 1 week ago. The first day after I received it I got the standard aches chills and fever. However by day 2 I noticed severe vertigo and headaches - it was so bad that I couldn’t walk much and ended up going to the ER on day 5. Blood test and EKG normal, even did a d-dimer to ensure no blood clots which was also normal. It’s been several more days and still terrible - I’ve barely left bed and it’s quite difficult to work or even go for a walk.
I want to point out that I have migraines and have had bad vertigo spells in the past. However I haven’t had them recently and was feeling great due to magnesium and going to the chiropractor. The vaccine totally turned that upside down and I feel terrible. I just really hope this isn’t permanent. It would be great to know if anyone’s is improving - trying to stay hopeful. I still think it’s better than getting covid especially if you get the long haul effects of it.
Also, I’m curious if anyone has a feeling of fullness in their sinus and ears? I’ve felt this since day 2 and wonder if I had anything to do with my vertigo/imbalance.
I had my first dose yesterday of Pfizer vaccine. Later that night my whole left shoulder and upper arm started feeling very painful. Mainly muscle aching.
Late tonight, the day after I got the vaccine, I noticed I had a slight moment of feeling dizzy but it cleared right up. Two hours later, I started having very uneasy feeling of light headed, dizziness.
It was enough to make me wonder if it was a symptom of the vaccine. This led me to check out any information to see if anybody else had experience any kind of dizziness after getting the vaccine.
Glad to know I'm not the only one having this experience. I sure hope it passes quickly.
This is a most interesting topic. I, also, have had several episodes of dizziness and vertigo. Unlike many who report here, I have a history of this due to meniere's disease. Still, that said, a few days after the 2nd moderna I started experiencing unusual 'fullness' or 'pressure' in the left ear. All my experiences with meniere's have never left me with this sensation. It got worse until finally on Sunday evening the mother of all vertigo attacks hit me and left me completely debilitated (and sick) for hours. Since then, I've been managing by taking bonine plus went to two doctors (one being my regular ENT) who find no obvious cause (I expected there'd be some wax buildup) and so put me on a nasal corticosteroid spray. If that doesn't improve things, next step is stronger steroids. I sure hope this goes away cause, quite honestly, if this were to be permanent I'd much rather have taken my chances with covid than get the 2nd shot. First one caused only a temporary sore arm. 2nd shot, initially at least, also caused sore arm but also the usually reported fever, chills, fatigue, etc. Never expected to run into ear problems IF there is indeed a link. I'm a member of a meniere's forum and thus far there are relatively few reports of what is being said here, which seems odd. My whole balance just feels "off", which, compounded with the meniere's which in and of itself creates unusual vestibular issues, it's not a happy mix.
@mm824 The same thing happened to me with the 1st dose of Pfizer. Almost immediately, I could feel the shot "going to my head." My BP jumped up to 180 and heart rate up slightly. It felt like the shot set off a vertigo attack. I had all my usual symptoms and had to be monitored for 30 mins for the BP to come down. I slept the rest of the day and had exhaustion for 2 days. I'm better now, but still have major anxiety which I didn't have prior to the shot. I'm so nervous about getting the 2nd dose in two weeks.
I have Meniere's and do not want any of the shots.
My fear is that we will be forced into it because it could become a requirement for flying.
My thought is to consider the J&J option. It has less ingredients that could trigger reactions, and is a viral vector vaccine, unlike the other Pfizer or Moderna.
My preference is None.
I thought I was going crazy- but after reading this happy I’m not the only one. Received the Johnson and Johnson vaccine on Saturday March 13th. It’s been 5 days. On Sunday the day after I had a 101 fever that wouldn’t go down- was in bed for 3 days with fever- sweats- extreme fatigue. All that seemed have went away but the only thing pending and coming on and off is dizziness. Yesterday at work I was fine- then all of the sudden I felt woozey. I found myself having to sit down numerous times (i work retail and have to be on my feet all day). This morning I’m getting ready for work as I type this- and as I was brushing my teeth it came back. Again- had to sit down. I’m currently on my bed typing this. I’m happy I’m not the only one going through this- though it’s only been 5 days for me- seeing how some of you still have it makes me a little worried and wondering if I did the right thing getting this vaccine. Hope you (we) all recover quickly.
Has anyone that has received any of the new Covid Vaccines, did you experience any increased dizziness or other symptoms?
I have had increased dizziness and some nystagmus that comes and goes after the Johnson & Johnson shot. One of my doctors told me ahead of time because I asked, that all COVID treatments and vaccines can affect the vestibular system.
@mm824 Did you get second dose and if so what happened with dizziness. I had first dose wound up in ER from dizziness and sky rocketed blood pressure. Debating second vaccine now.
I'm a retired PA so I have some insight into BPV which I actually have been diagnosed with myself about a year ago. I'm 73. I went through Vestibular Rehab and it helped. I also was exposed to and tested + for COVID in November. I had mild symptoms, tested negative a month later, accompanied by + IgG ABs. After supposedly clearing the virus and about a month later, my vertigo worsened. I went through about 3w of that and then it slowly resolved returning to baseline. I came to this forum to see if others have experienced vertigo from the vaccines and yes, I can see people have.
My wife (75) and I both received the two dose regimen of Pfizer vaccines completing those on February 24th. Neither of us had any immediate side effects. Last week, my wife awoke with severe vertigo and was immobilized for around 6h. The symptoms gradually resolved. She's about a 2 on the 1-10 scale now and has mild bouts very similar to mine, with my own BPV, which my wife has never had nor previously experienced any dizzyness.
I have no doubt in my mind that both COVID infection and now the vaccines are involved in inducing vertigo. It is very likely inflammation of the neurologic tissues secondary to a normal immune response to SARS-2. An important neurologic pathway that I think is involved is the afferent and efferent nerves. This pathway carries proprioceptive signals and is involved in the interrelationship of our balance mechanisms. Based on a study of 2 so, anecdotally, the inflammation seems to subside over time and in my case vertigo returned to baseline. In my wife's case, having had no problems with vertigo in the past, I expect her symptoms to completely resolve - she's probably 60% there already.
Meclizine - an antihistamine class drug - at 25mg (OTC Bonine sold at 12.5mg) helps. Only antihistamines that cross the blood brain barrier will have much affect so chose antihistamines wisely. Generally, the non-sedating antihistamines like Allegra won't do much. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) makes many people sleepy or hyperactive. Meclizine seems to be better tolerated and provide decent relief from dizziness. Take OTC Bonine 12.5mg, 2 tabs once per day or get an MD RX for Mecliziine 25mg.
Hello all, I have been reading all your posts for the last 2 weeks since I found this website after a very long search to find anything! I had the Astra Zeneca first dose 3 weeks ago, I was fine the first day and then very dizzy and mild headache for 2 days, then it went into a really bad migraine. I still had that migraine until yesterday (2 weeks) it was waking me up at night, a piercing pain on my left eyebrow. (I do suffer in ordinary times with migraine but have never had one for this long. Also get a bit of motion sickness now and again) I have been taking a sumatriptan each day, it clears then probably about 12 hours later comes back again. Also had a pain in the back of my neck going up into my head. On Monday I went to an osteopath to see if that would help but didn’t feel any different. I managed to see a doctor on Tuesday she did all sorts of tests and took blood and I am waiting on her ringing me with results. She told me not to take any more triptan and take ibuprofen instead. Yesterday I had such a bad head that I had to take a triptan, knowing that the ibuprofen wouldn’t budge it. Got up this morning to a clear head but still a bit spaced out feeling. It is still clear as I am writing this but I still don’t feel right. I think it’s definitely a reaction to the vaccine but everybody else I talk to says no it’s too long after. I see that most of you have had Pfizer and Moderna, are there many on here in the UK that have had the Astra Zeneca? I’m glad I have had the first dose but really nervous about the second. Here in the UK we have 12 weeks in between so a lot of time to have a think !!! I will come back on how I am.
@mm824 how long do it last and are you better? I am having same type issues after first shot
I had never had strong vestibular issues previously. On the 7th day after my Moderna #1 shot, I awoke with grab the wall, I'm on a small ship at sea during a typhoon style dizziness. I had it 3 times that day & all were after going from horizontal to vertical. I vomited on 2 of those occasions due to nausea and experienced nausea mildly the rest of the day.
I have been fortunate since then to only felt dizziness a few times since my injection ( 3/4/2021 ). Yesterday ( St. Patty's Day) I awoke with a mild case of dizziness and mild nausea, both lasting all day. I am much better today. I realize that currently, any of this might return quickly.
Please lets keep posting as people either continue with these issues or as they resolve.
I had Moderna shot #1 and had a bad reaction with flu symptoms and fatigue for one day, and night sweats for several days. Ten days later I work up with pretty bad vertigo, which persists four days later (today). Had Meclazine and Ondansetron prescribed and they both do not help. I had no vertigo issues before this.
I saw a doctor on the first day and my nurse said she also had dizziness in between dose 1 and dose 2 and that it lasted for three weeks.