Covid-19 Vaccine side effects
I had my first Pfizer vaccine end of January. Second one Feb 22. The “usual” 1- day reaction after the second one. But then, about 16 days later, vertigo. Never had it in my life. The room was spinning when I turned in bed. First only in the mornings, but I would have to go back to bed. Afternoons a little better. Then an all-day bout. I went to doctor. Upped my BP meds. Dropped my pressure WAY low. Had to stop that dosage. On nothing today. So, he doesn’t think the BP was causing the dizziness. I have “ head fog” I see people talking about....just “off.” Still woozy today. Very little spinning. Provider said he hadn’t heard of any “later” dizziness being related to vaccine, but I’m not so sure. DID report it on Pfizer page. I urge all of you to do so, too.
Besides the vertigo-related symptoms, without going back through all 24 pages has anyone else specifically had this feeling of ear fullness / pressure? That, among all else I've experienced following this 2nd shot, is the most unusual and unique. I can't remember - short of the occasional water that gets in the ear - ever in my life having this feeling of blockage and definite loss of hearing. Despite the hearing test showing that nothing glaring has occurred, being a musician I'm very attuned to what is going on around me aurally, and I know, for sure, that what is coming into my left ear is not the same (as in less) than what was coming in before.
@lisarosebruce I am 2 weeks out from my second Moderna dose and am experiencing significant fatigue, and dizziness mostly when lying down. Also restless legs! I’ve had the restless legs with pregnancy, but never dizziness. This all started about 7 days after. Glad to know I’m not alone!
Since my initial post re "dizziness" after the second Pfizer shot, I have had a few live conversations wherein after effects were discussed. On reflection I now feel that what I'm experiencing is not dizziness but rather a loss of balance. The world does not spin as when getting off a merry-go-round. The first time was 48 hours after shot two and was debilitating for a couple of minutes. Since then, the feeling is only a minor sense of loss of balance from time to time. It has now been ten days and it is decreasing.
I'm wondering if this is the common symptom here or is it a spinning dizziness?
i got my second shot of Sinopharm vaccine on 24th of Feb. after 2 days I start feeling dizzy and the room is spinning, the second day was very bad and I admit to the hospital , I was not able to walk and vomiting. after that I start feeling better but not recovered. still I am feeling week and I am not able to do sport , I tried one time to go the Gym after 30 minutes I fall down from the dizziness. today still not feeling normal with over all weakness and light headed. i am taking Vitamin C and Advil. i am not sure when this nightmare will end and i start feeling i will be like this for ever.
Update Friday, March 19, vertigo symptoms gradually faded until almost gone on Tuesday, March 16, but still taking a couple ibuprofen every day to relieve mild headache. Asthma symptoms have remained annoying requiring several shots of albuterol every day but slowly getting better. Persistent diarrhea remains as the rebellion occurring in my digestive system refuses to retreat. Second injection is scheduled for next Thursday, march 25.
Family members and acquaintances doubt that the vaccine is the source of my maladies. Spouse says it is just stress. I usually catch every rhinovirus cold that comes around year after year. I’ve had vertigo, asthma and diarrhea episodes in the past but never all at the same time. Plus most of my vertigo attacks are relieved with meclizine and are done after 24 to 48 hours. This one was pretty strong and dragged out for a week. The one bright spot for me is the Formula One Grand Prix season starts up the day after I receive my second injection so maybe I can listen to the race even though I can’t stand to watch the TV as it spins along with the rest of the room.
I’m glad I found this. I have a history of vertigo. I received my first Pfizer vaccination last Friday. By Monday I stared to experience vertigo, dizziness and static in both ears. It’s now exactly a week and it’s even worse. Woke up in the middle of the night to loud static in both ears, dizziness, nausea and burning pain and pressure at the base of my neck up into my head and around to my ears.
Wednesday I was instructed by my doctors office to go to the ER. They checked my vitals and did blood work. Said all looked normal and diagnosed “viral syndrome” from the vaccination. I don’t know what to do as I feel horrible and am now really scared about getting a second dose of the vaccine.
4-5 days after first vaccine I had dizziness and non stop vomiting that put me in the hospital one week after the vaccine. They prescribed Meclizine as 3 times per day as needed. I felt like crap the first few days from the hospital and I thought maybe it was the meclizine. Quit taking it and felt a bit better. Dr. said just take if I have nausea. Been having ups and downs for 7 weeks but a bad bout hit me this past weekend - put me back in hospital. Again, the prescribed meclizine - this time 4 times a day for 5 days. I'm taking it like they said and I did not feel bad this time, I can hear out of my left ear again and tinnitus is not quite as bad and dizzy spells still come like little waves but they go away quickly. Maybe the meclizine is helping? Who knows?
I know how you feel. I am going on week 8 of this and it is really wearing me down! I have been trying to work through all this and it is a bit debilitating sometimes. My quality of life has definitely suffered!! I am afraid to even walk the dog too far from home. And just when I thought it was getting better that is when this last episode hit me so hard I wound up in the hospital so I am hesitant to think a few good days is getting to the end of this.
Hoping you get better soon as well as everyone on here suffering with these side effects!
Summary: 1st dose of mRNA resulted in mild vertigo/dizziness for 8 days ( I have BPPV for 30 years) felt like I was on a plane for 8 days. 2nd dose (this past wed) had body aches, chills , no fever but heavy full pressure in ears. Today Friday, almost all symptoms gone. Waiting to see if vertigo kicks in as it could take a few days for it to show up
It's been a week since my ER visit for vertigo, stopped taking meclizine and stopped Epley maneuver, they seemed to make things worse. I have been seen by 3 different practitioners, none of them will consider this a side effect of vaccine. Ibuprofen still seems to help a little, even though my Doctor laughed at that. My days are getting better and plan on going back to work on March 22nd, as long as I keep improving. Thanks for this site, seems to be the only one that helps me feel I am not alone in this.
Holly....Oh my! What a story. So...from the way I read your post - was it only your left ear that felt blocked and had severely reduced hearing? Or both? Mine is primarily the left although I suspect the right ear is not normal either.
And....prior to all this (sorry if you have previous posts that might answer this question), did you have any history of dizziness, vertigo, or other vestibular problems?
Today is worse than yesterday. I'm using my typical go-to essential oils - which is generally enough to get me through nearly all meniere's-related symptoms - but it's feeling like a meclizine day is coming on.
@lweiss Me either! No 2nd dose! I had Moderna.
I am brand new to this forum. I have never suffered from dizziness in my life. I am immunocompromised. I have MBL Deficiency. This was being studied in SARS and my kind of people got it more easily, got sepsis more easily, and multi-organ failure more easily. Now being studied in COVID.
So, of course I signed up to get a shot. I'm a teacher too. On the flip side, people with MBL - who don't have that barrier, tend to make VERY good antibodies. I still have very strong tetanus titers 12 years after vaccination and don't need another tetanus shot.
Needless to say, I have never been a dizziness sufferer. Now I am - after dose #1 of Moderna. I had every symptom people get after a 2nd dose - swollen arm immediately, then feeling of foreboding for 20 straight minutes that woke me up in the middle of the night, chills, fever, muscle and joint aches, pain in my back and neck, swollen lymph nodes on the side of the shot that still hurt, my tongue was sensitive, and then I got a migraine for two days after that - missed 3 days of work. Almost went to ER. I felt dizzy and woozy at the beginning, but the dizziness never when away. Mind you - I NEVER had dizziness before - NEVER! I also seem to have tinnitus. I have never had this before either. It's all the time. I don't have horrible dizziness but it can get to the point sometimes that I regret getting dose #1. I want the me back that I was before.
Doc agreed no dose #2. Is anyone else's symptoms getting better. All the other stuff went away but the dizziness and tinnitus seem to be solidly there - the tinnitus is in the morning and the dizziness into the afternoon into evening. It's not debilitating but it also doesn't feel good or like me.
Meg...I really feel for you. It's so weird because much of what I'm reading is par for the course if you're over on the meniere's forum! We live with much of this stuff a good part of the time to varying degrees, but it's sad to think that something so needed - like the covid vaccines - has also created a situation for some folks (and there seems to be no pattern although moderna appears to come up more frequently than the other vaccines) who are now experiencing the typical meniere's symptoms. What I'm struck by, particularly, are the reports from people who claim no prior vestibular issues. That, to me, is some sort of red flag.
I encourage EVERYONE here to also join the menieres.org forum (even though you may have never been officially diagnosed with it) just for the sake of reporting this, since I think it's important for others to know about it. I've mentioned these issues over there, and some appear doubtful as to any sort of definitive link between a vaccine and what I've described, and it's hard to factually contest that, but all of what I've read here surely doesn't rule out, in my mind, there being some connection. I personally feel that there is one.
I might ask one thing....for those who have no prior vestibular problems, what brought you to this particular forum? Simply to report these unusual symptoms post-covid vaccine? I seem to recall stumbling across it simply by a google search on 'left ear feeliing pressure along with vertigo', or some such. Can't recall exactly how I found it.