It’s Not Nice to Mess With Mother Nature

Yesterday morning I had my second Pfizer vaccination. The first one gave me nothing more than sore arm. Around 5pm yesterday, I started to feel a bit queasy. My arm was ready stiff and sore. I was on my way home, and as soon as I got there, I made a cup of tea and fixed a salad.

By 8pm I felt more queasy and decided to go to bed and read. by 9pm, I was shaking so violently it hurt. I have never been so cold in my entire life. If I could have made it to the thermostat, I would have turned the heat on 90 degrees. I couldn’t get warm, and I lay there shaking uncontrollably for nearly three hours. I got up once to take some aspirin, as my head was pounding and I hurt all over. I dropped the aspirin bottle several times before I managed to get the lid off.

At the same time I was freezing, all my nerve endings were on fire. Even the inside of my ears were painful. I have never in my life felt so sick.

I feel better this morning, but like I’ve been run over by a semi truck. My head is pounding and everything hurts. I will be reporting my reaction to my doctor. If a booster is required in the future, I’m not sure I will take it.

CJ Tinkle

This Post Has 26 Comments

  1. Susan

    I’m glad you are feeling better but your immune system is working. Those few hours of discomfort sure beats having Covid. After 5 months my spouse is still having issues. I know what you mean about a booster. I reacted so badly to the first shingles shot I’m putting off getting the 2nd.

    1. tinksquared

      I’m a little worried about that myself. I’ve decided I’m going to get that vaccine as well. What kind of reaction did you have to the shingles shot?

  2. Kathy Alden

    I had a headache and fatigue for 5 days after the 2nd Pfizer shot. I am participating in a study by the CDC regarding the shot. I get a text daily for the first week, then weekly for a month. Then they will send monthly for a year. They ask questions about reactions to the shot. The pharmacy asked if I wanted to participate. I figured I had nothing to lose. Glad you are better today. Just rest and drink lots of water.

    1. tinksquared

      I’m glad to hear that you were doing that Kathy. Further studies and research are definitely in order.

  3. Donna

    I only was fatigued and headachy after the 2nd Pfizer shot. So sorry you were so ill with it. Glad you are better. Shingles – the first shot gave me a sore arm for a few days. The 2nd shot – I felt like I had the flu for about a week – not bad enough to slow me down much. Feel much better soon, I pray.

    1. tinksquared

      Thanks Donna. Other than being totally wiped out I already feel quite a bit better now. It’s been almost 24 hours which is what I read the effects lasted for most people.

  4. Kim

    I’m so sorry to hear that. I’ve not heard of anyone get sick from the Pfizer shot. The maderna shot there were a lot of folks with reactions like what you had. I hope you continue to feel better.

    1. tinksquared

      Thank you Kim. That’s actually why I chose the Pfizer shot because it didn’t seem like anybody was having reactions to it.

  5. jennifer

    I’m sorry to hear about that reaction, but I’m going to ask a dumb question . . . did you drink lots of water the day of the second shot? When we received the second Pfizer they kept stressing the importance of staying hydrated all day. I felt tired and blah, but nothing more and the next day I was full of energy.

    1. tinksquared

      No I did not. As a matter fact I drank very little only a couple of cups of hot tea.

  6. Susan

    With regard to the shingles shot reaction. I thought I had covid but it was a year ago January and supposedly there weren’t any cases in MN at that time. Several days of aches, chills, headache etc. I was actually in bed which is really unusual for me. I had a vaccine many years ago and now they have come out with a new one. I’ll probably get it this summer, just hope the delay won’t cause me to have to get another. Vaccines aren’t fully covered by Medicare and my insurance so it’s another thing to be annoyed about.

  7. Lesley Kannisto

    Hubby’s pain management doc had that same reaction for 12 hours. Then he was fine. Good luck. ❤️

  8. Patty Brenner

    I’m so sorry to hear about your reaction – I have several family members who got the Pfizer shot and had similar reactions to the second shot. My nephew (41 year old, and a super fit and healthy air force pilot) was down for 3 days. I’m in the Moderna phase 3 trial group, so I got my shots last Aug/Sep. I had a very similar reaction to the second shot. My husband also got the Moderna a month-ish ago, and only had mild fatigue for a day after each shot. FYI, for the phase 3 trial, we’re followed for 2 years; hopefully they learn that the immunity lasts a good long while for all of us. Perhaps they’ll even find ways to lessen the side effects without lessening the effectiveness.

    1. tinksquared

      My husband Jim is scheduled to get the J&J vaccine today. I’m hoping he doesn’t have a bad reaction to it. Most of the guys at the plant where he’s working in Georgia are opting for that one hoping that they don’t have any downtime.

  9. Lesley Kannisto

    Regarding the shingles shot, we only had a sore arm for both the first and the second one.

  10. Maggie (Madelyn) Henderson

    Yep that second shot has a hell of a kick. I felt like I had arthritis in ALL my joints and was down for three days. But, it was worth it!!! I will get the booster if needed. It’s so wonderful to be “free” to go out and not feel the “death threat”. Being older and having several health issue made me feel like I couldn’t go anywhere. I’m not a big traveler but I like to go on two/three day trips locally and I could not do that.

    Here in CA we’ve got more than half the population vaccinated and we’re beginning to open. It’s wonderful and I hope all your readers will get their vaccine.

    Thanks for helping keep me sane through this CJ! Following you has been such a positive in my world!

    1. tinksquared

      Thank you Madelyn. I have a feeling I won’t be doing much tomorrow either. I’m glad you were able to get out and about it certainly helps.

  11. Marilyn Smith

    Hubby and I both had the Pfizer shots with nothing ore than a wee bit of discomfort in our arm. Same with the shingles shots. My mom had shingles for about a year before she died. A terrible case of them. We have had many friends who have had terrible cases of shingles. We both had the original shingles shot, and the duo shots that have since come out. I have enough health issues to make sure I get these vaccines. After the Pfizer shots I had to remain for 30 minutes afterwards because I was hospitalized a few years ago from anaphylactic reaction to taking Alleve with Lisinopril – advised by my orthopedic doctor after tearing my meniscus. Took it for a week and had the reaction while on vacation in AZ. Urgent care in Prescott, hospital emergency room in Boulder City, and released (I was better and could talk) then 3 days in the hospital in Palm Springs. Both hospitals realized I was having a reaction to Lisinopril (blood pressure med) when I first walked in. I could not talk, throat swollen. Could not even get a sip of water down.

    We had been recommended to drink a high amount of water before and after having our Pfizer shots. Have not heard of many people having a reaction to Pfizer, mainly Moderna. Hope you will continue to feel better in the next few days.

  12. Joy

    My theory is that those who had a bad reaction to the vaccine probably would have been on death’s door with Covid. And I had shingles even though I got the first vaccine made and trust me, you don’t want that. The newer shingles vaccine is supposed to be nearly foolproof.

    1. tinksquared

      Actually they say the more severe reaction you have to the vaccination the stronger your immune system is. I probably would’ve never caught Covid I’ve never had the flu as an adult that I can recall.

  13. ChrisP

    Sorry you had a strong reaction. We got the Moderna vax. #1 nothing, not even a sore arm. #2, I had a slight fever and foggy brain, my poor hubs had the type of reaction you did. Our neighbors got Pfizer, #1, nothing #2 the wife was sick like you and my hubs, the husband, wouldn’t have known he got a shot. As for the shingles vax, I have had both after a fairly mild case of shingles around my ears, neck and mouth. I did not experience any reaction that was note worthy to any of them. Glad you are feeling some what better and hopefully Jim getting the J&J will be painless.

    1. tinksquared

      It is interesting how differently we all react! I think I’m going to skip the shingles vaccine.

  14. Marilyn Smith

    CJ, you don’t want to risk getting shingles. Our friends and my mother who have had it were in horrific pain. Brutal when it gets in your eyes. It took over a year for many of our friends to get over it. My mother still had it when she passed away.

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