I am so sorry to hear of your symptoms. I also suffer from depression and anxiety and have tried many meds over the years.
I do agree you should get your symptoms checked out if they are bothering you.
If it’s any help, I do know that anxiety can change heartbeat and cause palpitations. It is pretty horrible when it happens, I also know my heartbeat was affected when I caught a UTI. So who knows what is causing this in you? I’d def get a urine test done if you can; you may not have symptoms.
It sounds like you were very stressed and anxious about getting the vaccine. Not having a choice about which vaccine would make that worse. I get the impression that people in the US have been given many more conflicting messages about vaccines than we have in the U.K. Most people I know here have had both vaccines - different ones at different times - and I cannot think of any of those personal contacts who had anything other than marginal side-effects, like slightly sore arm or feeling off-colour for a couple of days.
I was also concerned about getting the vaccine, but at the same time I was so glad it was an option, having lost two close members of my family to Covid. I was expecting side effects, as most seemed to get them, but was surprised not to get any. In fact, I was wondering if they’d even given me any vaccine the first time! Now that I’ve had both doses without side effects, I was obviously very fortunate as all I noticed was a slightly tender area at the vaccination site.
In short, I really don’t know whether you are suffering from acute anxiety or side effects - or if acute anxiety is a side effect, though it sounds like it was present beforehand.
If it’s any help, most of us had multiple vaccinations as babies and children and we are still alive . Like I say, worth getting your symptoms checked out if they are persisting. Having seen a friend go through acute anxiety and depression, I can say that it can be hell - anxiety about food and eating, upset at seeing the news on TV, jitteriness, nervousness, being unable to sit still, making involuntary repetitive movements, fear, panic, inability to sleep and crying. These are severe symptoms but I mention this because people sometimes think anxiety cannot affect you physically but it can.
I hope you find an answer to your symptoms.
Hi there. I also had a lot of side effects from my first dose of the Pfizer vaccine. I've come to learn this is because I Had covid prior to getting it. I guess those who have tend to have more side effects. For me though, they all went away. I still have covid side effects 10 months later. My smell and taste are still WAY off. This is really annoying. But I'll live. I hope I get my senses back fully. And it makes me wonder about other things. But I have a stressful home situation currently, so that also could be the real cause of the issues I physically suffer,
AND, I've also had health anxiety. For me, when it is just health anxiety, when distracted, I don't notice any symptoms. Then when not distracted, there they are. Sigh. So annoying. Is that you too?
I am a fan of a full physical. If you had covid, I'm not sure if they could do an antibody test on you to determine. Unrelated to getting the vaccine, there is long haul which I've heard can cause anxiety and depression. Worth asking about. But mental health is treatable. If you pass the bill of physical health, mental health is the next step. A therapist is excellent at working on coping skills, looking at root causes in a safe way, etc.
The first thing you need to do is check with someone with expertise in the side effects from the vaccine that have been reported. If yours match up, the second thing to do is see if they went away. In other words, you may have side effects from the vaccine, and you might just have something else going on. With any new medication nobody knows for certain how every individual is going to react. With time, more is learned. But anxiety and depression are far different things than rational worry about something that's happening or the pandemic. I think most of us who have anxiety and depression would much rather have a physiological problem, because anxiety and depression magnify everything, create their own physical problems, make it very hard to deal with problems, promote avoidance, and isolate us. So as much as I think it is important to keep tracking down the truth about your physiological sensations, dealing with the anxiety and depression are far more important. If you break down what you're reporting here, you have an uncomfortable sensation, you had abnormal heart beats, you had a rash, you have eye floaters. Step back and ask yourself, do all these very separate sensations seem likely to originate from the same source? And second, if you had these before the pandemic and the vaccine, and before you got anxiety and depression, would they be so incredibly bad you'd want to stop living? That's what mental illness does to us, and so it's far more important to get treatment for that. Not that you shouldn't, again, pursue the why of your sensations, and the fix for them, but you have kids and you have the responsibility to be the adult in the room. It's hard. I've been fighting this trash for years and years. Fix that by getting into therapy with a good psychologist and go from there. It's the most important thing you can do right now. The other stuff will probably, even if caused by the vaccine, go away. Peace.