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Hello again!  I have had a bad reaction to the second Pfizer jab and the flu jab which I had two weeks ago. After a few hours I cannot move my legs at all. Last time, this resulted in me falling in the shower room (I needed a wee!) and Dave phoning 999 so I could go to hospital by ambulance.  I am now due the booster jab which is apparently stronger, so concerned that I needed to manage this situation, I phoned the GP.  He said perhaps I shouldn't have the booster so I told him that medical consultant had advised that getting covid would be a lot worse than this reaction (clears up after two days). GP then asked me what I  would like to happen. I said to be admitted to hospital via A&E before my legs went. He then said he would write a letter explaining the situation to A&E but GPs have no power to tell A&E what to  do.

On reflection, this leaves me feeling out on a limb. I've been advised by an admin to phone 111, which I will do tomorrow.  I'm wondering if anyone else has had bad reactions and also, what advice would you give please?


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Hi @jayjill that sounds quite scary!  The documented evidence doesn't suggest that people with MS would be likely to suffer a reaction to the covid jab, but there are always exceptions and you may have been one unfortunately. It's possible you may be offered a different type for the booster to the first two, it might be worth asking the question beforehand.  If you have an MS Nurse, also speak to her about your concerns and see if she can suggest anything.


I hope you get some advice that will enable you to make the decision that is best for you.

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Hi @jayjill.


I believe this issue is caused by the vaccine triggering an auto-immune response. That's understandable as the vaccine is an unknown intruder. As we know, our immune systems are compromised by our MS condition and just don't work properly.


Any activation of our immune systems are likely to aggravate our MS symptoms, as anyone that has had a UTI will testify. How severely our MS symptoms would be "aggravated" is very much a personal situation as everybody's MS is different.


This "aggravation" to our MS symptoms is short-lived as the immune system deactivates fairly quickly. A couple of days is realistic. Whilst this MS activity is tantamount to a relapse, it is in fact regarded as a "pseudo-exacerbation".


What to do with the Booster? Well, it's definitely safer to have it, as a Covid infection could illicit an MS response as bad as the vaccine.


Personally, I would have the Booster, but "prepare for the worst and hope for the best" for the following two days.


Good luck.



John aka Stumbler (as I do fall over!)

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Thank you, Eastendgirl and Stumbler for your helpful and informative replies.  I definitely need to have a plan in place for post booster care....will think about it. 

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