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8 hours ago, jrichstad said:

My fever eventually spiked to 102.3, which is the highest it's been in years! But I slept ten hours and feel mostly fine this morning. I appreciate now why the Dr office insisted that they only schedule second shots in the morning. Hope you continue to feel good 😊

Update: About 24 hours after my second  Moderna  I started feeling tired, the slightly achy and walking kind of feels like walking slowly in mud.  I have a little tightness in my chest and throat and a temperature of 100. I am really really tired and will go to bed early.  So, so far not terrible, but a definite reaction. 

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23.5 hours after my 2nd Pfizer shot, I have a sore arm and am a little more tired than usual.  I had zero side effects with my 1st shot.

I guess my almost 54 year old immune system isn't very robust anymore -- LOL.

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I'm 24 hours after my 2nd Pfizer and have the typical sore arm similar to a flu shot.  Last night I had a headache and I got warm enough overnight that I had to lose the pj's, but I wasn't soaked in a pool of sweat or anything.  I also slept in late this morning but otherwise feel ok.  After my first shot I had a day and a half of flu-like symptoms starting about 12 hours post injection , so I was worried this would be much worse.  I'm very relieved.

We think dh had covid last February, so it's possible I had some prior low level exposure.  I was recently out of surgery and had lost a lot of blood, so I was fatigued from that.  I was also on rx painkillers, so I wouldn't have noticed any aches and pains.

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So happy to say that the four of us living here have (as of today) all received both vaccines of Pfizer. All other eligible members of our family but one (whose 2nd one should come up next week) have been vaccinated. I'm so glad. We are not in a high area, but I'm glad to get this done in case numbers start rising again.

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DH had his second Moderna yesterday morning.  He has a fever now with chills and some stomach upset.  He took Tylenol before bed last night due to the chills and feeling off and that helped but it wore off and he doesn't want to take more due to the stomach upset.  

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1 hour ago, Kassia said:

DH had his second Moderna yesterday morning.  He has a fever now with chills and some stomach upset.  He took Tylenol before bed last night due to the chills and feeling off and that helped but it wore off and he doesn't want to take more due to the stomach upset.  

Quoting myself for an update.  He's mostly miserable with nausea now.  It's really bad.  He has a fever and headache too.  😞  

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1 hour ago, Not_a_Number said:

Update on me: I've been totally able to do my normal stuff this week, but I still have a bit of a vaccine headache, which is annoying. Will update you all when it goes away. 

Mine finally fully went away on day 6.

Though during those 6 days I was dealing with one day of miserable vaccine reaction, a dental emergency, two major transitions with Elliot's daily therapy, Elliot's behavioral fallout from those transitions, and a plumbing flood. So I'm sure my "vaccine" headache was exacerbated by stress and lack of sleep.

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21 minutes ago, wendyroo said:

Mine finally fully went away on day 6.

Though during those 6 days I was dealing with one day of miserable vaccine reaction, a dental emergency, two major transitions with Elliot's daily therapy, Elliot's behavioral fallout from those transitions, and a plumbing flood. So I'm sure my "vaccine" headache was exacerbated by stress and lack of sleep.

Mine's definitely a vaccine headache, because I get LOTS of headaches and this one feels very different -- back of the head, not my usual tension headache. 

Sorry about all the emergencies you're having! I imagine the vaccine reaction is the least of it... 

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Had AstraZeneca dose 1 last Saturday afternoon, along with about 10 coworkers. Most of us agreed that the best description for how we felt the next day was “hungover”. By Sunday evening we were all basically back to normal, and nothing at all lingering Monday.

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Because tinnitus has been discussed I wanted to add my experience. I’ve had it for 30 years. When I had a low grade fever it got louder with one shrill moment. That is normal for me when tired or feverish. It is back to a low level normal for me—I hear it when I think to listen. So, no permanent change. 

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@KassiaI hope your husband has started to turn the corner by now. I'm proud of him that he got shot #2 when he was pretty certain he'd have bad side effects.

I'm about an hour past Moderna shot #2. Got it at a small pharmacy only a mile from my house instead of the big county site (30 minutes away that they set up for 2nd doses from the first date). I got there at 11:32, had the shot in my arm by 11:37 and was told I was good to leave by 11:45. (Um, math issues, anyone?)

So far, tingling in shot arm & a very, very slight headache.

ETA: My dd#1 & dd#2 got their Pfizer vaccines at the same time several states apart. This time, my dd#1 & I got our second shots on the same day several states apart. Dd#2 is waiting until next week after her last final to get shot #2.

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Second Pfizer vaccine yesterday:  just as many people getting shots at the clinic where I went but a much younger demographic getting the shots than when I went the first time.  I think that many of the elderly getting shots when I got my first one were on their second and now many of the younger ones are getting their first shot while I got my second. 

Side effects:  sore, bruised arm but this time the shot hurt while the first one didn't.  I think that this nurse hit something that the first one didn't.  Diarrhea but I had already had that pre-shot so don't know if that counts or if the shot exacerbated it a bit. 

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Reporting for my daughter. 2nd dose of Pfizer yesterday. Super duper fatigue, a little dizzy, and very headachy. No fever or chills, no other immune response so far. My precious five year old grandson keeps trying to take her popsicles because that is what he gets when he is sick and feverish. It is the cutest thing, and warms my heart! Mama just wants to sleep, please.

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My 16 year old is 24+ hours past Pfizer #2.  She was fine yesterday, actually did a masked, in person activity last evening from 7 to 9 hours post vaccine.  She woke up achy and feeling a little cruddy today.  Enjoying the day on the couching texting and watching youtube.  She did have a couple advil a few hours ago and said that helped a lot. I suspect she will be good to go in the morning.  

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On 4/28/2021 at 12:40 PM, popmom said:

Tired. Headache. I woke up at 3am with chills/shivering. Then around 5 I was sweating profusely. I had to get up and do a sponge bath and change clothes—it was so weird. I’m 24 hours out and it’s much better now. 

Quoting myself here...

I am 3 days out now from second Pfizer. Just a bit of soreness in my arm, but not enough to keep me from shoveling horse manure and compost. 

I seriously feel like I have a new lease on life. My mood is drastically changed for the better. I didn’t realize how down I had become. I’m still very cautious—just a much happier cautious.

Pray for India. Give money. It’s a strange thing to feel this new joy while also being acutely aware of the intense suffering that is still happening. 

https://give.internationalmedicalcorps.org/page/81368/donate/1?ea.tracking.id=DP~CNOV~DPALZ2104&_ga=2.78553748.1826515606.1619709768-1393438916.1619709768

https://aidindia.org/donate/covid-relief-fund/

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12 hours ago, Kassia said:

DH had his second Moderna yesterday morning.  He has a fever now with chills and some stomach upset.  He took Tylenol before bed last night due to the chills and feeling off and that helped but it wore off and he doesn't want to take more due to the stomach upset.  

 

10 hours ago, Kassia said:

Quoting myself for an update.  He's mostly miserable with nausea now.  It's really bad.  He has a fever and headache too.  😞  

Last update - I think he's over the worst of it.  He's perked up a lot.  🙂  

The nausea eased up a bit and then the worst part was the really bad chills.  He had a work emergency (of course) and was shivering so much he couldn't control his computer mouse.  Tylenol took the edge off a bit and he was able to function well enough.  I am relieved that he's doing so much better.  He ate dinner and hasn't had Tylenol now in 6 hours.  

 

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3 hours ago, Kassia said:

 

Last update - I think he's over the worst of it.  He's perked up a lot.  🙂  

The nausea eased up a bit and then the worst part was the really bad chills.  He had a work emergency (of course) and was shivering so much he couldn't control his computer mouse.  Tylenol took the edge off a bit and he was able to function well enough.  I am relieved that he's doing so much better.  He ate dinner and hasn't had Tylenol now in 6 hours.  

 

How many hours total did his symptoms last? I'm trying to count the hours backward from your post, but am not doing very well with that. Was his shot yesterday morning, or the day before?

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Had my 2nd Pfizer shot 7 hours ago, and so far I just have a very slightly sore arm — same as last time. I had the first inklings of a headache but kept drinking lots of water and it went away. With both shots I've made sure to be super well hydrated the day before, day of, and day after the shot, and to exercise my arm a lot to be sure the vaccine gets well distributed instead of sitting in one place. I had psyched myself up for a couple days of misery, but so far so good.

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21 minutes ago, Corraleno said:

Had my 2nd Pfizer shot 7 hours ago, and so far I just have a very slightly sore arm — same as last time. I had the first inklings of a headache but kept drinking lots of water and it went away. With both shots I've made sure to be super well hydrated the day before, day of, and day after the shot, and to exercise my arm a lot to be sure the vaccine gets well distributed instead of sitting in one place. I had psyched myself up for a couple days of misery, but so far so good.

I hope you keep feeling good! For me, it definitely started the next day... and I haven’t been miserable by any stretch of the imagination, but the symptoms have definitely lingered.

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One ds had his 2nd Pfizer last week. (I already reported his here I think.) No symptoms (other than mildly sore arm) for either shot. Dh and other ds had their 2nd Pfizers yesterday. Same story for them so far.

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7 hours ago, KSera said:

How many hours total did his symptoms last? I'm trying to count the hours backward from your post, but am not doing very well with that. Was his shot yesterday morning, or the day before?

He got his shot at 10am on Thursday.  Started feeling mild symptoms around 6pm - minor chills and feeling off.  I got up around 5am and he felt pretty hot (fever) and feeling miserable.  The nausea was really bad in the morning but eased up and he had really bad chills until around 1pm.  He took another dose of Tylenol at around noon and started feeling better around 1pm.  Still had mild symptoms the rest of the day (fatigue, aches, chills) but very manageable and didn't need meds.  He took Tylenol before bed Friday night just to make sure he was comfortable sleeping.

 

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I am 3 days post 2nd Pfizer shot.  Only had a sore arm for 2 days.  Was a little more tired and achy also, but we are also drained planning a funeral and dealing with my MIL on hospice.  So...who knows.

DH just had a sore arm again for a couple of days.  Nothing else.  Not as bad as the first shot.  That one his arm hurt really bad the first day, but it was gone after that.

 

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I was just going to do a quick update on my dd16 who had her 2nd Pfizer almost 48 hours ago.  She felt cruddy overnight after her vaccine, laid on the couch yesterday, took some advil midday.  Felt good enough to zoom into a dance class at 4:30, tired last night in bed a little early.  Good to go this morning!  Feels just fine. ❤️   

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I'm 24 hrs post 2nd Moderna shot. I've had the usual arm pain with a "flushed" feeling, adding a headache radiating from the base of my neck up and general achiness. I also lost my footing just a bit ago and would have gone down very hard on top of a chair I toppled, but caught myself on another chair. I thought I'd drive ds to his baseball game in a bit but now I think I'll have dd#2 do it as originally planned.

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@RootAnn glad you didn't fall and that someone else can do the driving.  🙂  

ETA - I also had the headache radiating from the neck up.  I've never had anything like that before.

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3 minutes ago, Dreamergal said:

Quick question, does anyone know how long it takes for the full protection of the second shot to take effect ? Thanks. 

Pfizer tested 1 weeks after the second shot, and they got their 95% efficacy from that. 

That being said, I'd guess that 2 weeks is even better. But I'm going to count myself as protected starting tomorrow 😉

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On 4/22/2021 at 12:05 AM, mommyoffive said:

Oh wow, thank you for posting that.  Do you have to be there in person to do that?  I don't have a store that close, but was thinking dh could take mine to the store when he is going to work. 

No. My sister actually took mine with her when she was going. I am sure you could send it with your dh. (The worst they would do is say no, so it's worth sending it with him.)

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Dd (22) got her 2nd Moderna on Thursday. She felt a little under the weather on Friday but nothing major. Said she was maybe running at 90% instead of 100%. (She has always been stoic.)

Ds (20) got his 2nd Moderna yesterday. He is a bit sore at the injection site. Late last night he said he was feeling slightly nauseated. He slept a bit longer this morning and has continued to complain about feeling slightly nauseous today. He napped a bit this afternoon. I'd say he probably feeling about 70% instead of 100%, based on how he looks and is behaving today.

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4 of us got the 2nd Pfizer shot this week. Other than being really tired that evening and a slight arm soreness -- we are fine. Even my allergy girl with asthma had no other side effects; they did make her wait 30 min. before coming home and her sister drove because allergy girl had taken benadryl just in case. The rest of us had no pre-medication.

 

SO GLAD THAT'S DONE!!!!

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DH had his 2nd Pfizer yesterday at 9am. In the middle of the night, he felt chilled, and by the next morning had a temp of about 100. It's been in the mid 99's all day. He feels okay but blah. Watching lots of TV. Hoping he perks up soon!

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22 hours ago, Not_a_Number said:

Pfizer tested 1 weeks after the second shot, and they got their 95% efficacy from that. 

That being said, I'd guess that 2 weeks is even better. But I'm going to count myself as protected starting tomorrow 😉

I didn’t know this! Yay! 

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23 hours ago, Stacia said:

Dd (22) got her 2nd Moderna on Thursday. She felt a little under the weather on Friday but nothing major. Said she was maybe running at 90% instead of 100%. (She has always been stoic.)

Ds (20) got his 2nd Moderna yesterday. He is a bit sore at the injection site. Late last night he said he was feeling slightly nauseated. He slept a bit longer this morning and has continued to complain about feeling slightly nauseous today. He napped a bit this afternoon. I'd say he probably feeling about 70% instead of 100%, based on how he looks and is behaving today.

Ds stuck w/ plain food (& little of it) yesterday. By late evening, he was starting to feel better (not nauseous anymore).

Both dc are feeling fine now.

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I seem to be back to normal, more or less! Here's my timeline, for anyone who wants it: 

 

Sunday: got vaccine at 3:00 pm. Felt totally fine the whole day. 

Monday: had muscle aches that were partially vaccine and were partially the fact that I was running around with a kite on Friday. (I had the muscle aches BEFORE the vaccine, too, so that's not just confirmation bias.) 

Tuesday: muscle aches wore off, but I got a headache and felt kind of nauseous. 

Wednesday: headache improving, nausea improving. 

Thursday: nausea gone, headache still there but improving. 

Friday: headache improving: 

Saturday: headache barely there. 

Sunday: headache seems to be gone. 

 

I was also kind of out of it and clumsy the whole week. Like, I got some bruises I wouldn't have normally, because I kept walking into things. 

I would have been able to do all my normal activities every single day, although it was also not the most pleasant week. 

I'm very relieved to be vaccinated. We looked at potential places to buy today and it was a real relief to feel protected as we wandered inside apartments. 

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I think I'm back to normal although I won't know until the Tylenol wears off in a bit. I feel much better.

Got Moderna at 11:37 am Friday. Very slight headache, tingling in shot arm.

Saturday afternoon usual arm pain, a "flushed" feeling, a headache radiating from the base of my neck up and general achiness. Also unsteady on my feet.

Definitely also "not hungry" which is very much not like me!

Saturday night (36 hours after shot):  mild fever, hot/cold, stabbing pain at the base of my skull (same place as previous headache but not radiating into a headache - just stabbing pain).

Fever broke at some point, but stabbing pain remained. Took as low a dose of Tylenol as I have in the house in the morning & then 7 hrs later.

I was really, really hoping for the great night's sleep that some of y'all report comes in this cycle. Certainly hasn't happened yet, unfortunately. I haven't slept through the night in almost 20 years or more than about 3 hours at a stretch in almost as long.

But, I think I'm over the worst of the side effects. Crosses fingers!

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36 minutes ago, RootAnn said:

unfortunately. I haven't slept through the night in almost 20 years or more than about 3 hours at a stretch in almost as long.

But, I think I'm over the worst of the side effects. Crosses fingers!

Glad you are doing better!  Isn't it a relief to have that done? 

Our sleep issues are similar - haven't slept through the night in...forever...no matter what.  And my sleep cycle seems to be that I wake every 1 1/2 - 2 hours.  I'm up at 3:30-4am no matter what time I go to bed.  

The second night after my Moderna shot I did sleep a little better, but barely.  I was really hoping to get a full night of sleep!  And 48 hours after my shot, I took a 40 minute nap.  Usually, if I try to nap, I wake up in about 20 minutes no matter how exhausted I am.  It's baffling how our bodies won't let us sleep even when we are so tired.  

 

 

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58 minutes ago, RootAnn said:

I was really, really hoping for the great night's sleep that some of y'all report comes in this cycle. Certainly hasn't happened yet, unfortunately. I haven't slept through the night in almost 20 years or more than about 3 hours at a stretch in almost as long.

Ugh. That sucks 😞 . 

I do sleep through the night but I'm super sensitive to my sleep cycles -- I get headaches very easily if I don't sleep well. It seems to help to wake up at the same time every day for me, but I would guess you've tried stuff like that. 

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A friend in India had both of the Indian vax shots, and several weeks later came down with a pretty bad case of Covid.  She does have other health issues, but she is under 40.  I hear she is now on the mend.

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Had my 2nd Pfizer dose 11am Friday

6pm - arm a little sore, started getting a headache 
 
7pm - realized I had no caffeine all day, iced tea cures headache
 
8pm - feel tired, lay on couch
 
9pm - got up, arm definitely hurt; felt hot/feverish so took temp - normal
 
915pm - checked thermostat, 77F inside, husband begins uttering choice words and shifts into HVAC diagnostic mode
 
920 - feel a little fuzzy, remembered I had not eaten dinner, A/C definitely on the fritz
 
1145pm - windows open, cooler outside, “fever” gone; arm hurts at the injection site appx 6” diameter, hurts worse than any flu shot - no redness or lump; slight real headache beginning, and tired, but high school child asked me to stay up to proofread a paper due by midnight; went to sleep about 1am
 
415am - woke up, arm HURT!
 
9am - woke and got up after restless sleep, arm still hurting but not quite as bad, true fever, 100.9F, general body achiness, slight headache 
 
Noon - slightly more headache, fatigue, arm pain starting to recede, little bit of cough
 
1pm - same as above but no cough, noticeable congestion in lower throat, fever 100.6
 
330pm - starting to feel better!
 
445pm - body aches mostly gone, hip joint still twingy, trace of a headache, slight upper chest/lower throat congestion, lifting of brain fog and more energy, fever gone
 
6pm - felt ok remainder and f evening, just tired. 
 
Very little appetite most of the day
 
Sunday - I felt fine all day, arm not even sore anymore
 
(copying over to the Pfizer-specific poll thread)
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1 hour ago, Seasider too said:
Noon - slightly more headache, fatigue, arm pain starting to recede, little bit of cough
 
1pm - same as above but no cough

I had similar experience with the brief cough after my second last week. I’ve seen everything say cough isn’t a side effect from the vaccine, and when others have reported it, I’ve wondered if they actually had Covid at the time they got their shot, but I know I didn’t, yet still I had 1-2 hour of a slight cough. Then gone. Such a weird thing. I can’t even think what the mechanism would be. 

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5 hours ago, KSera said:

I had similar experience with the brief cough after my second last week. I’ve seen everything say cough isn’t a side effect from the vaccine, and when others have reported it, I’ve wondered if they actually had Covid at the time they got their shot, but I know I didn’t, yet still I had 1-2 hour of a slight cough. Then gone. Such a weird thing. I can’t even think what the mechanism would be. 

The person who administered my second dose named it as a possible side effect. It was so very slight, I may not  have noted it myself had she not mentioned it. It came and went in a matter of hours. 

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So...I had my 2nd Pfizer shot last Wednesday.  Didn't really have much of a reaction to it and had zero side effect my 1st shot.  Today I feel achy with a minor headache and feel flushed.  No fever.  And feel a little congested between my eyes.  Wondering if it could be the vaccine so many days after the shot?!?!?!?

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I had my second Pfizer shot last Tuesday.  The injection site was red, swollen, and bruised looking.  It itched terribly for several days, but is better now.  It is still has a welt and is bruised, but doesn't hurt.  The tinnitis got worse after the second shot, but has stayed at that level since.  I talked to my ENT and she told me to make an appointment for a hearing check and then I can see her.  I have been tired off and on, and mild nausea.  This evening the nausea is worse and I am feeling really tired and chilly (no fever).  I was thinking I should be all over it by now since it will be a week tomorrow.

My DD who got her shot at the same time, did fine.  Just a tad bit of soreness at the injection site, a bit of fatigue the day after the shot.  She had a mild headache for a couple days too.

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