I have worked in the Covid population since the start of the pandemic, so when I was offered the vaccine last December, started the Pfizer series. I do not have a RA diagnosis at this time btw.
First shot, I started fever (100-101) , body aches and chills about 12 hrs after Thai lasted 24 hrs with another day of fatigue. Not fun but tolerable.
Second shot, symptoms started at 12 hrs again but much worse. Fever to 103, body aches, chills, headache, sweats, no appetite, nausea for 3 days. 4th day woke up exhausted but all other symptoms were gone. 5th day, fever returned (100-101) with all other symptoms back, lasting another 3 days.
Anyone here have a similar response? I know a few people with autoimmune disease who have had similar but not many. It’s being recommended that I get a booster due to ongoing exposure, but I’m having a hard time thinking I could be down for a week again - or worse.
I also wonder if the first 3 days were direct vaccine response that went onto a flare? I don’t recall the weeks right after.
I will def wait to see a rheum before making a decision on the booster. I’m just curious to know if anyone here has had similar and what advice you’ve gotten regarding the vaccines.
Thanks in advance!