(Please ask your doctor for advice about the Covid19 vaccine. This post just shares my own experience and some helpful links.)
I can’t remember what over the counter pain killer I took for my first vaccine. My parents, who were homeschooling my kids, has just left for a little vacation to celebrate being fully vaccinated, so it was up to me to be substitute teacher. Most people don’t have symptoms from the first Pfizer shot, but I did. So I took a painkiller and kept going, and did all right.
The second vaccine I started asking questions. Like is it really wise for me to take ibuprofen, when a nasty immune response might signal that I am actually getting some immunity from the vaccine? I wanted my body to learn those spike proteins. I wanted to be protected. I would soon be returning to California, traveling to see family along the way. So I toughed it out. Having MS, and being no stranger to pain, I streamed the entire season of Made For Love, and got through it.
Covid19 Vaccine and Painkillers: What to know
Fast forward a few months and I’m back in California, a few days after my third vaccine. I discussed the booster shot with my MS Specialist, and wondering if I should again delay my Ocrevus infusion by a whole month. (third time since the pandemic.) He absolutely recommended I get the third vaccine. I received my first just two months after my Ocrevus infusion. My doctor wanted to give my body an extra chance to get some immunity from the vaccine, and now I had the ideal recommended timing, four weeks before my next scheduled Ocrevus infusion.
My specialist said most patients on B cell depleting medication don’t have detectable covid antibodies, but “what the heck,” let’s test you anyway.
Next day I logged into my patient portal, and low and behold my Covid Antibody test was reactive. I emailed my MS Nurse, and she said, still get the booster. I sent the kids to the grandparents and booked my vaccination appointment.
I really didn’t want to suffer this time as I had made myself with the last vaccine. I was a little more confident knowing, by some miracle I have some antibodies, so after I got my jab I asked the nurse about which painkiller is best to take for dealing with the symptoms of the vaccine.
She noted if I was concerned that ibuprofen, Motrin, would dampen my response, I should take acetaminophen, Tylenol. It isn’t an anti inflammatory like ibuprofen. She advised me not to take Aleve.
Acetaminophen vs ibuprofen
Many of you are considering your third vaccine. I just wanted to pass this little tidbit of information on. I ran a fever with the third shot, had a headache, and took the Tylenol. The kids came back in the evening after my shot. They took it easy on me. My husband helped me with the kids. All went well. A couple days rest did me well.
Did you take a painkiller to help you with the symptoms of your vaccine. What was your experience? Would love to hear your experience, post in the comments below. 🙏🏼🧡
Wishing you the best of luck, and best of immunity! May God be with you til we meet again. 🧡🙏🏼🪔
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