This is an account of a spinal injury patient who took the Astra-Zeneca vaccine for Covid-19.
It was shared by her permission by a Twitter user known as Bravin Yuri (@BravinYuri).
The effects narrated below have not yet been made public, though as shown, the Poisons and Pharmacy Board knows.
Blood clot in some people is the worldwide reported side effect of the vaccine.
I took the initiative to get vaccinated for my benefit and for the positive externalities vaccination offers the society, but this seems to have backfired on me.
I had the vaccine on 6th April 2021. Prior to this, I am a spine injury victim who had had surgery. I normally have difficulty sitting due to the injury which I manage with short sitting durations, walks and lying down. Even then, what I suffer is foremost discomfort with pain arising with prolonged sitting. I also suffer from underlying issues, of particular is hypertension which I have managed for 14 years. So I belong to the vulnerable group. I am a 40-year old woman (women seem to bear some brunt).
On the day of the vaccine (Tuesday) I suffered fatigue, muscle and joint aches, back pains and chest constriction. I rested it out as expected effects. Wednesday, the pain persisted with vigor prompting me to inform PPB (Pharmacy and Poisons Board of KE). PPB advised to give it a few, that it will subside. I rested Thursday, mostly lying down interchangeably with walks.
By Thursday evening my whole backside was on fire, literally. Everything on my spine was going wrong and it was affecting my chest and pelvis. I knew it, saw it, felt it, I was it. Friday morning I went to the facility that first attended to my back, this after speaking to PPB, to let them know that my back was getting ruined and it was ruining the rest of me.
To let them know that I was in excruciating pain, unprovoked (I had not sat at all, let alone sit for long). Needed to have the doctor stop whatever was causing this debilitating pain to me.
The emergency put me in a crisis and thankfully, friends covered me and I was attended to. I reported to the hospital as I had PPB that the vaccine was the only thing different I had done prior to the onset of the pain. My PPB pharmacovigilance reference no is PADR/2021/79.
Up until today, Thursday, 15th April 2019 (9 days later ), I am being sustained on strong and heavy doses of medicine for nerve pain, muscle relaxants and inflammation of the spine running every morning and evening. I am in hospital and back on a daily and my medication has already been changed to even stronger ones.
The minute the medicine wears off we are back to where we started.
Yesterday I learnt of an older lady, a friend’s aunt going through exactly what I am going through after vaccination.
According to my friend, she can literally hear me as her aunt relays her ordeal. ‘Mgongo inawaka’ she says, ‘my back is on fire’, I said. She is admitted in Eldoret. We share one thing: previous spine injury and surgery. Now we also share another: inflammation of the spine from the AstraZeneca vaccine.
As I type this, it is 5am Thursday morning (day 9 post vaccine) and I have been woken up by the burning up my spine.
Here is an experience from a Friend who recently took the AstraZeneca Covid-19 Vaccine jab.
PS: I have been granted the permission to share this. pic.twitter.com/6HeiMA5AFU
— BRAVIN YURI (@BravinYuri) April 15, 2021