Hello. I want to tell you about my 11 year old daughter Mikaela and her reaction to Gardasil.
Mikaela went to the doctor for a physical in July 2007. The Dr said she needed a 2nd Varicella vaccine and the new Gardasil vaccine. I thought she was too young for it. I was told it’s better get it now before it’s too late. I read the brochure that was given to me and consented for her to have it. The only side effects mentioned were soreness at the injection site.
There were no immediate side effects.
Approximately 2 weeks later she got a rash on her face, neck and chest. Her face swelled so badly that her eyes were shut. I took her to the doctor and asked if it was poison ivy or something similar. She said No. She thought Mikaela had Lupus so she did blood work and a urine test. Mikaela had protein in her urine. So we were referred to a kidney specialist. The blood results said Lupus was negative. Mikaela was started on steroids for the rash. We did several urine test throughout the following weeks. We saw the specialist. By then the protein was gone. He doesn’t know what caused it.
She started having migraine headaches around the time of the rash, also complaining of fatigue and a stomach ache.
Mikaela received the 2nd dose of Gardasil in September. The migraines, stomach aches and fatigue continued.
She got the last dose of Gardasil in January. The same symptoms continued. I asked to be referred to a endocrinologist to check on her thyroid.
In early February we got to see the endo. We knew she had a goiter but it was small and wasn’t causing any trouble. All of her blood work had been fine. She measured the goiter and checked her TSH levels. They were low. She was prescribed Synthroid.
The fatigue, migraines and stomach aches continued.
On February 29th, while sitting at the computer playing a videogame, she had a seizure. My younger daughter Emily said she was making funny noises (sort of like snoring) then slumped over in the chair. After repeated attempts to yell at her she wouldn’t wake up. She jerked, snapped out of it and started crying. She said she didn’t feel right and didn’t remember anything. She was complaining of a bad headache and stomach ache. I called her paediatrician. She said take her to ER at Children’s Hospital. She was so sleepy. She slept the hour and a half drive to the hospital. She was drowsy while we were there, then slept all the way back. Once we got home she went to bed and slept thru the night. The ER Dr said she had a fainting spell. It wasn’t a seizure since she wasn’t jerking, biting her tongue or falling out of the chair. They did an EKG and sent her home with a seizure booklet.
We followed up with the paediatrician. She said Mikaela simply fell asleep. She agreed with the ER doc about the jerking and etc…. she sent Mikaela for an EEG. Those results were normal.
I told the paediatrician that her migraines are still happening so she scheduled an MRI and referred us to a neurologist. The MRI results showed some swelling in the sinus cavities. He was more worried about all the school days that she has missed (30 so far). He prescribed Maxalt.
She also had a low grade fever for over a month. No explanation why she was having it. It went away about a month ago. Now its back. She is still experiencing daily fatigue. The stomach pains and migraines are happening less.
I blame the Gardasil for causing her problems. This is a child that was normal and healthy before getting the vaccine.
I wont make the same mistake with my younger daughter!!!!