I got my first dose about 4 weeks ago and have been curious about the main side effect I had from it and if it was generally normal or not. I'll be getting my 2nd dose at the 8 week mark in December.
Background - I'm a normal weight, maybe 10-20lbs heavier than I like, but by official standards I am "normal" and not overweight. I also have a very sedentary lifestyle with a WFH job - not a whole lot of exercise the past few years thanks to still being in my own version of "lockdown".
My side effects only lasted about 4-5 days. General sore arm, lots of sleeping and naps, and just feeling kind of tired and not wanting to do anything. These specific side effects I'd give a 2/10 on the bad scale. Not a big deal and, other than wanting to sleep a lot, no problem working after the first full day after the vaccine although I did take 2 half days to sleep.
The other side effect that concerned me was a pounding heart. Even laying down in bed at night it just pounded through the back of my chest into my mattress. It didn't feel like a super fast heart beat, just very heavy. I also did a few dishes and it would start pounding. This lasted about 2-3 days, I think, and then went away completely.
Now, full disclosure, I was terrified to get the vaccine. Like almost full blown panic attacks the few nights before. I was also terrified after when anything in my body felt a little off. So, I'm not sure if I caused the heart pounding or the vaccine. But, the fact that it did it two nights in a row while trying to fall asleep worried me. It would also do it throughout those days, randomly.
One reason I think it may have been in my head, or just a coincidence, was that I was actually in the process of returning my fitness tracker (with heart monitor) at the time and getting a replacement. I got the replacement back on day 4 or 5, and that's when the heart pounding stopped. I haven't had an issue since.
I guess I'm looking to see if this heart pounding (palpitations, possibly?) is normal as I'm sure I'm going to freak out again on the 2nd dose. At what point would the heart pounding be a cause for concern? I'll have my fitness tracker this go-around to track my heart rate. Would a cheap blood pressure monitor from Amazon be helpful?
I get boosters for other vaccines any time they are due and have never had a problem with them, with my latest round in Dec 2019. I'm also not scared of them, so that might be a factor, lol.
Thanks. I've been a lurker on this subreddit for the past year and it has helped me a lot through this process.
I had my second dose scheduled for tomorrow, but I’ve come down with something and obviously don’t want to get vaccinated while I am sick. I started yesterday with a scratchy throat, I honestly thought it was just the dry air but once it didn’t go away I knew it was something else. Today it has progressed into a sore throat with body aches, no fever. I tested negative twice on at home tests but that was before my symptoms had progressed. I’m getting a COVID / flu PCR test tomorrow.
Basically my question is, how long should I wait to get the second dose if I just have a cold / RSV or something like that? I don’t want to overwhelm my immune system or cause harm in anyway as I am already nervous about serious side effects (hence why I waited for nova).
Thank you any input!
Edit: overnight i spiked a low grade fever (99-100.6) and had body aches, chills, and was nauseous. I barely slept bc I was so uncomfortable but I rotated Advil and Tylenol which definitely helped.
Basically what's in the title. Has there been a good update on where things are? It feels like all the studies we tend to hear with COVID are mostly indistinguishable from press release announcements for the mRNA vaccine manufacturers and their boosters.
Happy Holidays to all you novavaxxers and would be Novavaxxers!
May your holidays be happy and healthy knowing that you are protected with novavax!
You made a great decision to choose and to have novavax!
Once, Twice, a Novavaxxer, always a lifelong Novavaxxer……I believe…
Novavax or No Vax…..I believe too…..
At this point, my (u/Blueredant) novavax journey ends here, with this final novavax journey chapter update, as advised medically for my specific extremely rare medical situation that I am unable to have any further additional novavax doses or any other treatments, due to my additional risk of prior history of SJS, medications allergies, and recently discovered PEG and Polysorbate 80 allergies/sensitives after my two novavax doses and allergy testing.
There is no further novavax hope or other hope for my case……
It is unfortunate that it has come to this for me, as I was looking forward to another additional novavax dose to make up for the invalid frozen novavax that I got….
So I have to end the year 2022 on a good note,with this final novavax post, knowing that I have no regrets about taking two doses of novavax (one refrigerated, one frozen) and having at least some antibodies protection (4190) from just the novavax…..
Nevertheless, I would definitely encourage you and others like you to continue the novavax journey, by getting novavax, as a primary series and/or as additional boosters, as novavax is the safer more traditional protein based choice made from tree bark and moth cells, overall lasts longer, and protects more diversely better with higher antibodies counts.
Thanks again for all your kind words, encouragement, and support over all these many ups and downs for many months of my novavax journey……This has all been very helpful to me, indeed. Thank you.
May you all continue to support and encourage each other in your novavax journeys on this novavax reddit forum too…
Take care and stay healthy with novavax!
Hi, I guess I'm looking for some reassurance. I took one shot of Novavax last May and feel fine (though I did catch covid over the summer). Are we all of the mind that Novavax is a lot safer than mRNA?
My thinking at the time was that the specific effects predicted by Dr. Bahkdi and Dr. Hoff etc (that the lipid nanoparticles encapsulating the mRNA instructions would get taken up by the cells in the walls of the blood vessels, cause them to express the spike protein and be attacked by the immune system, leading to clotting and cardiovascular damage), would not be possible with Novavax, since it is the spike itself, not the instructions to make the spike, and not contained in lipid nanoparticles designed to spread through the body.
Does this thinking make sense to everyone here? I felt safe at the time because I avoided mRNA, but now after movies like Died Suddenly are coming out, I've started feeling stressed out and questioning if what I did really was safer.
Sorry for the long post, but would really appreciate anyone else's perspectives. Thanks!
Final update. No pharmacy will administer the Novavax vaccine to me because I exist in the system with 3 mRNA.
It is what it is I guess. Went to the pharmacy today and they told me they couldn’t override the system to allow me a Novavax booster. So I will be going into the holidays without extra protection.
This happened at two independent pharmacies.
Editing to add. Really wish I could travel out of state to get the boost, but that’s just too much to ask of my wallet and my time.
Fuck the CDC and fuck the FDA.
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