Q: What was your life like before you got the vaccine?
I was an active traveler, financial planner and walked 5 miles a day. My friends called me the Energizer Bunny.
Q: What was your reaction, symptoms, & timeline?
About 5 weeks out I noticed what I thought was a shin split in my left leg on May 21, 2021. It was tingling. By May 25th my right shin was stiff and tingling. On May 28 my left thigh was tight and weak and I left work early. When I woke up Saturday May 29 I could barely walk to the coffee pot and went to the ER for the first time. I had been on WEB MD and had 5 potential diagnoses. Pinched nerve, cauda equina, brain tumor and spinal tumor and finally Guillain-Barre syndrome. When the doctor at the first ER examined me, he ordered an MRI to rule out what he thought was a pinched nerve. My MRI was normal ruling out pinched nerve, cauda equina, and spinal tumor. Because everything above my thighs was functioning fine that ruled out brain tumor. That only left Guillain- Barre. I told the ER doctor I have Guillain- Barre from the Pfizer covid vaccine. The doctor was unfamiliar and went out of the room presumably to google Guillain- Barre Syndrome and came back and told me to push my foot down. Because I was not totally paralyzed, he stated that there was no way that I could have Guillain- Barre and diagnosed me with double sciatica and sent me home with muscle relaxers and anti-inflammatories. This was May 29, 2021.