I had my 2nd AstraZeneca jab last week. Having heard that side effects could be worse after the 2nd Pfizer jab but less after the AZ jab, I was expecting to have milder, if any, side effects. Not quite so...
Firstly, I had to have the jab in my right arm as I fell over 2 or 3 weeks previously and had badly bruised my left arm, leaving it still bruised, sore and achy. The position of the chair made it a bit awkward for the nurse to reach my right arm. Having not felt the jab the first time, I hoped it would be the same this time, except I most definitely felt it and jumped as a result. That left nice little blood spots all over my shirt.
I again felt sleepy on the day, like I did with the 1st jab, but not quite as badly.
The next day, my legs deeply ached, with my left leg worse than the right. I only had a very mild headache, barely noticeable. And I generally felt more wiped out than I normally do but I wasn't falling asleep all over the place like after the 1st jab.
But, I had something else really weird! Also on the day after the jab, the ball of my left foot progressively began to hurt, so that by the evening the pain made it as good as impossible to walk on it. I had very badly bruised that foot in the fall I had, and suspect I might have bruised/fractured toes/metatarsals, although I didn’t have pain after the first couple of days after the fall unless I touched any of the bruises. Initially, I wondered if I’d somehow done something to my toes when going for the jab (in my slippers!) that my foot should hurt so much. Then I later looked at the sole of my foot to see it was puffy on the ball, which is when I realised the pain was coming from the ball of my foot and not my toes. The next morning, I was on the phone for about an hour (!) and the pain and puffiness magically disappeared after I hung up! I’ve put this down to “muscle and joint pain” as an adverse effect. I couldn’t get to speak to a GP about it, all the surgery could tell me was that they’d passed it on to a GP and that it “had been noted”.
My arm is still achy, sore and heavy, albeit a bit better today. So I’ve had to sleep on my back for the past few days as both arms have been too sore to sleep on my side.