When I was 13 years old, on October 17, 2006, I received the first and only Gardasil HPV vaccine; the first vaccine in a series of 3 injections. Before I get into the aftermath of receiving Gardasil, let me describe myself before the vaccine.
I was healthy, active, and full of life. I was always out in nature, swimming, biking, and just being a kid. I had no history of serious illness. The only thing that I had was allergies and received allergy shots from ages 6 to 11. After the Gardasil, that all changed. Since I had allergy shots as a kid, I was never afraid of needles. Once I was administered the Gardasil vaccine by my General Practitioner (GP), fear took over me for the first time ever receiving a shot. I was uncontrollably screaming and crying. The pain felt like a metal bat slamming into my right arm repeatedly. I didn’t stop crying for a half hour.
Two weeks later, my arm was still hurting as bad as it did the day I got the vaccine. My mom then called our GP and explained the pain I was still having. The doctor said that this tends to happen with this vaccine, but it should go away and not to worry about it.
A couple days after talking with our GP, I started to feel dizzy, light headed, and had frequent nosebleeds. Most of the symptoms I was experiencing could be explained away it seemed. My allergies were acting up so I was getting nose bleeds. I played basketball in gym that day, my muscles were probably just tight and that’s why the right side of my neck and arm hurt.
Then, I became fatigued along with all the other symptoms and started to come home early from school. I took naps more often, which I never used to do. The pain traveled up the right side of my neck and started to cause nerve pain. Soon we couldn’t explain away my symptoms anymore.
I woke up to go to school one morning and I couldn’t move my neck and needed an x-ray. It showed that my neck vertebrae was too straight where there should be a slight curve. I was then sent to get an MRI of my neck and nothing showed up. Do to the severity of the pain I was having we decided to get a MRI for my arm as well. It showed a deep pocket of inflammation where I had the injection. The doctor suggested we look into Brachial Plexus Neuritis because the nerve pain in my arm and neck could be coming from a pinched nerve.
Brachial Plexus Neuritis is a collection of nerves that extend from the spinal cord into certain areas of the upper body, including the shoulders, chest, hands, and arms. Symptoms of Brachial Plexus Neuritis include, severe pain, arm weakness, and decreased sensation.
My mom and I went to several specialists, but the pain soon travelled down my other arm which ruled out that diagnosis. We always asked every doctor we saw if the gardasil could do this. The answer was always no.
In April, my right knee swelled up three times its normal size. I was immediately taken to the hospital. The doctor said he needed to run some blood tests to see if this was an autoimmune issue. He then sent me to a Rheumatoid Arthritis specialist. My blood test showed that I had an Rh factor, and that I had Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (JRA). I had my knee drained to make sure the fluid wasn’t infected and it wasn’t.
Throughout the year 2007, I saw two different Rheumatoid Arthritis specialists that put me on many toxic medications, such as Prednisone, Methotrexate (chemo; first pill form then injection), Enbrel, Remicade, Tramadol, Mobic, and Celebrex. I was on each of these medications at different times for about six months. I soon enrolled into homeschooling because I was so sick with extreme nerve and joint pain throughout my entire body.
During November, I went through a Methotrexate overdose and couldn’t keep any food down or medicine. I then learned what a heroin addict goes through during withdrawals. We found out during that period that Tramadol was a derivative of morphine. I was only 14 years-old at the time. I stopped all the above medications, except for Prednisone and slowly weaned myself off of Tramadol.
I later did antibiotic therapy; one week of intravenous antibiotics, and then pill form. A week later, I stopped walking. I was screaming and crying all the time. I had food sensitivities to corn, wheat, gluten, dairy, soy, nightshades, and peanut butter. Six months later, I was 15 years-old and looked like a concentration camp victim. I was at deaths door. My organs/systems were shutting down. I was in excruciating pain every second of everyday.
The Naturopathic doctor I had been seeing lead me to Dr. Bruce Shelton Homeopath/M.D. in Arizona. I was there for three weeks doing homeopathic and biomedical treatments that I will break down in later posts. Dr. Shelton saved my life and helped put me on the path of natural healing.