Covid-19 Vaccine side effects
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I got my first Covid vaccine Feb 3rd (Pfizer) and a few minutes after the shot I had extreme lightheadedness/ dizzy-like and then I felt completely weak— I couldn’t even open the car door and my stomach tightened like it was spasming. It was a big Drive-thru event. It took about 30 min for the dizziness to go away but I felt weakness for a few hours. I went to my doctor— only saw PA and she read the CDC guidelines and told me not to get the second shot. I have really grappled with not getting that second shot, but after reading all this — I’m not getting it this week for sure, even though I have a chance to get it tomorrow— I’m a week late now as it is. I’m 69 female in excellent health and take no meds.
@rosi12 It might be a good idea to schedule an appointment with your doctor. The dizziness may not be related to the Covid vaccine, but another vestibular problem, like BPPV (benign paroxysmal positional vertigo). You can read about BPPV and other vestibular conditions on this website. Lots of helpful info.
For the past 8-10 months I have had infrequent, short duration bouts of dizziness which did not alter my quality of life. I would go for weeks without any dizziness. On February 17, 2020 I had my first Covid-19 Pfizer shot. The next day around 9:00 I developed some dizziness that lasted about 4 hours. During the rest of the week and into the 2nd week, I had a number of dizzy spells that lasted several hours. The dizzy spells are more lightheadedness (with no vertigo or feeling nauseous). The dizzy spells at times also came with a headache that sometimes required Tylenol. Week 3 post Covid-19 Shot #1, I began to experience daily dizziness and headache.
On February 9, 2020, I had Covid-19 Pfizer Shot #2. After the shot up until today March 3, 2020, my dizziness increased in duration to most of the day to now 24 removed link The headaches vary in their severity. The dizziness does not increase or decrease with head movement, standing, sitting, lying down or activity. I do have some tinnitus and feeling of pressure in my right ear. The dizziness feels the same all day and night. I have visited my Primary Care Doctor, had an MRI, a Cardiologist (waiting for heart monitor results) and an ENT (had a hearing test. ENT ruled out BPPV and recommended a VNG test). No doctor has given me a definitive diagnosis or treatment. Next is my arthritis doctor to see if I have labyrinthitis. If anyone out there comes up with a diagnosis/treatment, please help us dizziness sufferers.
Received my Pfizer Vaccine shot with negligible side effects until morning on the third day. Woke up with a slightly "full" feeling in my head, and could not get out of bed due to vertigo / room spinning. After finally sitting up for a while things stabilized. Next morning, (today) same experience, though a bit worse. Moving around slowly with slight unsteady, queasy feeling today, hoping it doesn't repeat in the morning.
I had dose #1 of the Pfizer vaccine on February 8. On February 13 @3:15am I woke up with sudden-onset, severe vertigo and nausea. I called my ENT the next morning and was seen and diagnosed with labyrinthitis of the left ear. I was treated with meclazine, lorazapam and an anti-nausea med and spent the next few days sleeping. Ten days later I was off meds and all of my symptoms have resolved. My ENT suggested pushing back dose #2, which I have --- but I am now wondering if I should skip dose #2 entirely. One dose reduces my risk of Covid by ~52%. I'm a huge cheerleader for these mRNA vaccines and really don't know what do do here.
I stumbled across these data on the vaccine from the UK:
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I too have had symptoms related to dizziness and vertigo. I received the Pfeizer vaccine on Feb 16 and felt completely fine for the remainder of the week. It wasn't until about a week later when I started to notice nausea and dizziness. As the nausea was happening, I started to consume more liquids to feel more hydrated b/c I felt like my hydration was off. The nausea has resolved, but the dizziness/vertigo hasn't. This has been going on for about a week now. I'm scheduled to take my next vaccine a week from today but am reluctant to do so in fear of getting increased dizziness. I am in healthcare, so it has been really bothersome and frustrating to meet the demands of my job with this dizziness lingering around off and on throughout the day. I have never had an issue w/ this before, so logic is directing me to the vaccine. This seems like an uncommon symptom that is not being discussed, so it's been a bit concerning to me because I don't know when it will go away.
I had Moderna #1 on 01.26. I had my first episode of vertigo & vomiting on 02.04. I had a second episode on 02.10. I went to ER. Bloodwork, ear canals, head CT & EKG normal. I had episode 3 on 02.24. My dr. stated that the only change in my life was getting the vaccine. I had Moderna #2 on 02.26. I continue to experience dizziness, nausea and now have tinnitus. I am convinced that it is a side effect of the vaccine.
Hello! Came across this thread on a google search. Had Moderna dose 1 at the end of Jan. Dose 2 was last Tuesday, February 23rd. At 5am on 24th, woke up with chills and aches. At 630am, I was standing in the kitchen and felt very dizzy. I passed out and woke up on the kitchen floor. Passed out 4 more times before 11am and called 911. I was hospitalized for 2 days and passed out 2 more times in the hospital before they put me on bed rest. I was not dehydrated and symptoms continued after 4 bags of IV fluid. Many doctors came to see me as I have zero health conditions and take zero meds. They said it was my immune symptoms reaction to the vaccine and all they could do was keep me in a bed and keep IV going as blood pressure kept dropping and heart rate kept spiking. After 2 days of bed rest and 6 IV bags, I was finally able to stand without passing out. Today is Wednesday (I was released Friday am) and I just feel weird. I feel like I’m walking on air or clouds. I feel “off.” Dizzy isn’t quite the word, but maybe vertigo ish and I feel off balance. I’m going to work and driving and everything, but it’s there and not going away. I am staying on top of fluids and I too am looking for answers as to how long this is going to last. I see I’m the only one on this thread that actually passed out (syncope). Hoping someone gets answers.
Just replying to my own post for an update. The dizziness is nearly gone. I did the Epley Maneuver twice once day and once the next and it is now almost completely gone.
Still had alot of upset stomach indigestion, heartburn last night but gone today. Woke up in the middle of the night with a migraine which I get and took my sumitriptan for that and it went away. Last night also had intense leg aches. Developed a few fever blisters/cold sores as well and I read others have experienced this after the vaccine.
I am definitely on the mend after close to 4 days....much longer for me than others and no abrupt finish. I am hoping things don't crop up next week.
Just to keep in mind....a friend had COVID from Nov1-Dec1, recovered at home but still experiencing breathing issues and has just started some physical therapy for that.
I'll take the vaccine reaction over a serious COVID case.