PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Richard Vetstein got both doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.
“The second one was definitely much, much heavier, much stronger reaction,” he says. “I woke up at like 4 a.m., just pretty bad flu-like symptoms and stomachache and everything else.”READ MORE: Water Main Break Shuts Down Portion Of Lewis Run Road In West Mifflin
That includes vivid dreams.
“One of them was, I saved a Belgian town from the Nazis, so that was interesting. The other one, I was on the Titanic,” he says, “You wake up, and you’re like, ‘what was that?'”
He posted his experience on social media and was surprised at the response.
“A bunch of people commented they also had weird dreams, too, after the vaccine,” he says.
First #CovidVaccine dose side effects: Soreness and dreams in which I savagely insult myself!
— 〽️eg💤💫 (@MegZCull) March 19, 2021
I can confirm that the Moderna vaccine dose 2 is no joke. Aside from the flu like symptoms and general "vax fog" for 24-36 hours, the strangest thing were the weird dreams. I dreamt that I saved a small Belgian town from the Nazi's. So now I'm a Covid Hero! #modernavaccine
— Richard Vetstein (@richardvetstein) March 19, 2021
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So post vaccine update, had weird dreams, my shoulder where I got the shot is a little sore and woke up with a stiff back though I attribute that to working out my back after the shot. All in all I feel fine.#COVID19 #CovidVaccine
— Oni Muscle (in Japan!) 👹🏋🏽♂️🎮 (@OniMuscle) March 18, 2021
Strange dreams again because I was the one who had both covid vaccines I was allowed to deliver the toilet rolls, but not ordinary toilet rolls drug wrapping foil toilet rolls 😂
— Al ™ (@Allongstaff) March 18, 2021
Sleep specialists are hearing stories like this from their patients.
“We’re seeing a lot of anecdotal reports,” says Dr. Dan Shade, a sleep specialist at the Allegheny Health Network. “The literature really doesn’t support this right now, but it’s early.”
After immunization, or with a COVID infection, or just during the pandemic in general, Dr. Shade says his patients have commented on bizarre dreams.
“Along with a lot of viral or serious illnesses, is that it really affects the sleep wake cycle,” he explains.
He doesn’t have a precise explanation, but guesses it has something to do with poor sleep from the anticipation of side effects.
“They’re expecting to experience fever, muscle pain, headache and they’re probably not sleeping well,” he says. “The most common reason we remember dreams is our sleep is disrupted.”
Whether the immune response is reacting with brain cells, it’s too soon to say.
“We’re going to look back on the data years from now, and you know what, these dreams weren’t just PTSD, there was actually a physiologic cause for it,” says Dr. Shade.
If a booster dose is needed in the future, the intense dreams won’t stop Richard. ”
Ventilator versus feeling a little bad, a bad dream. I’m sorry, but I’ll take that tradeoff,” he says.MORE NEWS: UPMC Children's Hospital Named One Of The Best Children's Hospitals In The Country
Severe illness with COVID would be the bigger nightmare.