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 DSM
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I had my first Pfizer shot and 5 days later woke with severe unexplained vertigo--no ear infections, no Covid, no stroke. Spinning lasted about 3 days ( could barely get out of bed) and then settled into dizziness that has persisted for 2 weeks. I can drive and use the computer but it is very annoying and uncomfortable. Dr agreed it was possibly related to vaccine and we are delaying or skipping 2nd dose. No history of vestibular disorders. So glad to have found others!


   
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 Raj
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I took my Pfizer vaccine on March 1st, Monday. Started dizziness on Friday, 5th. It was constant Friday and felt little better Saturday. And, it started again today Sunday, March 7th.  I never had this kind of dizziness.  Will be visiting PCP and ENT.  Not sure if any one got better. 

Please post your progress to help others to know if this gets better after few days or went away or still going on.  Would be helpful if you could update the progress.  Thank you in advance! 


   
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@kris did you get the 2nd or do you plan to?  


   
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I got my first Pfizer dose on Feb. 26.  On March 2nd, I began to do feel mildly dizzy in my eyes. 

I had a concussion 3 years ago that took me about 2 years to heal from, and I still occasionally get symptoms when stressed.  My symptoms were dizziness relating from my eyes' inability to work together and I ended up with prism glasses (that I haven't worn in over a year since I've been better).

Now, on March 7th, my dizziness feels like I just had another concussion.  I'm wearing my prism glasses again, I feel my eyes shaking, and I can't focus on a screen or my reading.  Loud noises and bright lights are affecting me again.

It took me so long to get over my concussion, and now I feel like I'm back to where I was.  It makes me want to cry.  I am seriously considering not taking the second dose in a week and a half.

My doctor says it's too new to know much.  I will be going in for an exam just to be safe, but I have a feeling there's not much to be done.

I guess at least it's not a new feeling for me.  I just hope it doesn't get worse than this.

FWIW, I have autoimmune thyroid disease.  I'm not immune-compromised, though.


   
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Kurt S
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I got the Moderna vaccine on Feb 24th.  Had vertigo (occasional room spinning, loss of balance) for 5 days afterward, especially while getting up from lying down or sitting,  starting the morning of Feb 25th.  But it only lasted 5 days, and faded out.

I sent my primary care doctor my symptoms, and questioned if I should take a second dose.  She said she did not think it was possible that the vertigo was caused by the vaccine, and said I should get the second shot.  

Now that I've read all of your experiences, it seems as if the medical professionals are not getting the full scope of information they need.

One note - I have high blood pressure, and one thing I will monitor after the second dose is what my blood pressure is, prior to continuing to take my medication.  Perhaps it is possible that hypotension is a residual secondary effect of the vaccine - if this is the case, I plan to skip my blood pressure meds for a few days after the second dose.  Has anyone here measured their blood pressure, that is still experiencing vertigo?

Disclaimer - I am NOT a doctor, so please don't take anything I say as medical advice!


   
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I got the Moderna vaccine on Friday, March 5th at about 2PM. I don't think I have ever been so excited to get a shot.

I woke up at about 2AM Saturday morning with vertigo. I couldn't even stand up so I went back to sleep. I got up at 6AM with moderate vertigo but I was able to walk. I spent most of the morning in bed thinking it would pass.

Since then I have had mild to moderate vertigo every morning and it gets better, but never totally dissipates for the rest of the day.

I am so thankful to have found this forum - I did a Google search as most of you seem to have done. My sister and aunt have told me that I am making a fuss and I am silly to consider skipping the second dose. If I knew that it was just temporary I would get the second dose and consider myself lucky - even with this reaction. However, I have yet to hear that it is temporary and I don't want to feel this way every morning for the foreseeable future.

I will contact my primary physician today and decide if I need to get further testing.

Thank you all - it is good to know I am not the only one with this reaction.


   
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 JonG
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Posted by: @kurt300

I got the Moderna vaccine on Feb 24th.  Had vertigo (occasional room spinning, loss of balance) for 5 days afterward, especially while getting up from lying down or sitting,  starting the morning of Feb 25th.  But it only lasted 5 days, and faded out.

I sent my primary care doctor my symptoms, and questioned if I should take a second dose.  She said she did not think it was possible that the vertigo was caused by the vaccine, and said I should get the second shot.  

Now that I've read all of your experiences, it seems as if the medical professionals are not getting the full scope of information they need.

One note - I have high blood pressure, and one thing I will monitor after the second dose is what my blood pressure is, prior to continuing to take my medication.  Perhaps it is possible that hypotension is a residual secondary effect of the vaccine - if this is the case, I plan to skip my blood pressure meds for a few days after the second dose.  Has anyone here measured their blood pressure, that is still experiencing vertigo?

Disclaimer - I am NOT a doctor, so please don't take anything I say as medical advice!

I have been monitoring my blood pressure whilst suffering from vertigo. I have found it to be higher than usual but it now seems to have returned to normal. As I understand it (not being a doctor) hypertension does not generally cause vertigo so maybe the hypertension is related to anxiety about having vertigo.

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My vertigo started on day 14 after the first shot of Moderna vaccine. Woke up at 3 am with the room spinning fast and extremely nauseated. However, during the day there's no spinning and just dizziness.  Lasted for about 5-6 days and went away. I found it helpful by sleeping upright every night so I don't 'toss and turn' which was causing the spinning effect, and I take my time getting out of bed.

Just received my 2nd shot on 3/5, and so far no symptoms of vertigo other than the soreness, chill and tiredness. Will make updates as I go along.


   
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@kurt300 you can not trust your primary care Physician and have to be your own advocate based on your own fact finding and common sense. It sounds like that is what you are doing and I commend you. Your primary care Physician has no idea if your vertigo can or can not be caused by the vaccine and is being irresponsible to make that determination. The chances that all of us on this forum just happened to get BPPV shortly after receiving the vaccine is fairly slim. You could go to an ENT and have then do a maneuver like the Eply and see if it goes away and then you will know for sure. Some people on this forum have reported that the Eply has not worked and I personally tried a variation of it called the half summersault which is supposed to work better and did not have any luck, in fact my condition seemed worse the next day. There is no harm postponing the 2nd shot for 12 weeks and it is said that it is actually more effective if you wait. I am going to wait until I see if people on this forum get the 2nd shot and if their vertigo eventually goes away before I take the chance.The current info from Israel studies says that the first does is 90% effective they just do not know how long it will last.


   
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@michaelk I received my first dose on Jan 8th and did well, on day 3 I was at a shoe store and all of a sudden felt extremely dizzy and nauseous, I continued to feel dizzy and nauseous but able to function, I developed a sinus infection so I postponed my second dose a week. I finally got my second dose on Feb. 12 and my dizziness  and nausea got even worst, to the point where I couldn't go to work. I have cried of desperation and take Bonine which seems to help. I'm going to see my PCP today but not sure I have too much hope. I just wish this would go away as it has been 3 weeks since my second dose 🙁

 

Hang in there everyone!


   
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 KW
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I received my second vaccination on Feb. 13 and had mild fever and chills the next day along with a mild headache, some vertigo and dizziness. The chills and fever went away but the headache and vertigo/dizziness persist along with a a pain in the back of my head near my neck on the left side. My php only referred me to a chiropractor after an evisit. I am finally being seen in two days but not sure they will see the correlation to the vaccine. 


   
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I've had extreme dizziness and all the bad stuff that goes with it for years. Have been to many specialists and tried everything they've recommended.  I'm scheduled for the vaccine at the end of the week and after reading this forum have pretty much decided not to get it.  I have shed many tears about it as I truly believe in this and all vaccinations.  Maybe as time goes on they'll learn more and be able to fix whatever it is causing these symptoms.  I'm very disappointed.

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 LTS
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Posted by: @liat

I am 8 days post 2nd Pfizer shot. The dizziness began about 4 days ago, so 4 days past 2nd dose. I did not have an especially difficult reaxn to the shot - mildly sore arm, but of head fog, tired and a bit dizzy but it was on and off for two days and not debilitating. The dizziness is curious - at first I was doubting that I actually felt dizzy. Then another day, then another. I have watched for dehydration or low blood sugar or exhaustion, and there is no correlation. Only bother thing I can think of is to get my ears and/or eyes checked. This feels different I don’t know how to explain it - like it’s there just under the surface then sometimes more apparent, not debilitating but definitely oddly present. It’s now since the AM and not just PM when the house gets crazy here with kids etc. I feel relieved reading that I am not alone and that indeed this is not in my head. It was only yesterday that I began to question the link between the dizziness and the shot. I’m have a phone appointment with internist basically just to report the side effect - I know he will not have a solution. For those who have posted, please update if/when this went away, I will do the same

hi all. i want to share that the dizziness went away after 5 days for me. i suddenly realized a few days ago that it had passed because its absence was noticeable. i still have occasional dizziness but it's not what it was before so am trying to watch if its random or correlated with something else. 


   
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I'm so relieved to read about others' experiences of the COVID vacc. reactions.  I had the Pfizer vaccine on 24 February and experienced no soreness at the injection site or feverishness but extreme tiredness on day 4/5.  Just rested and it went away.  This morning (nearly 2 weeks later) I experienced vertigo while in bed (I felt as if I was falling out of a boat).  Got up and collapsed with vertigo. Very frightened as I've never experienced anything like this in my life before (am mid 60s and have had large numbers of vaccinations over the years as I've travelled extensively around the world) but told myself it must be blood-sugar of dehydration problem. Well hydrated and eating well but still feeling a bit groggy some 8 hours later.  Consulted the Vaccine Fact sheet and it only mentions dizziness under serious allergic reactions immediately after having the vaccine.  Dreading the 2nd shot now. My husband (similar age) had the Oxford AstraZenica jab and only had soreness at the injection site.


   
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@liat Thanks for the follow up I am sure everyone on the site appreciates it!


   
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