ask: Is it normal for my arm muscle in my shoulder to hurt 2 weeks after flu shot?

 
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I was happy to receive the flu shot this year, as I feel like it's "doing my part" to stop the spread of the influenza virus. Plus, any inoculation that can either prevent, or lessen the symptoms, of flu is motivation to me!

I've received the flu shot annually, for the past 10 years. I have the typical soreness at site, possibly a little tired that evening. But that's it.

This year...my shoulder muscle (at the site of the injection) is still painful, so much that I can't move my arm forward at shoulder-level, or lift my arm up over my head, without a sharp pain in that one muscle. If my arm is still, it does not hurt. It is affecting my sleep, as I am confined to sleeping on only my right side (it is my left arm that hurts).

Are there any other reports of this flu shot symptom? Did I just not move my arm enough after the shot (kind of "favored it"), or is there something else wrong??

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Flu shot October 2014 - pain in arm and should still present as of today 6/2/2015.

Doctor sending for MRI after X-ray showed nothing and cortisone shot did not touch pain.

June 2, 2015 - 9:30am
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I conceded a flu shot this year because my doctor is soooo insistent. Had my pharmacist give the shot 4 months ago. Since then certain arm movements requiring use of muscle at injection site are very painful. Not improving and living with it. But find it restricting my ability to do things I normally do. And throwing something like a baseball is impossible. I will never have a flu shot again. Right now my big concern is it will never get better.

May 27, 2015 - 5:47pm
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I didn't have the flu shot... I had a B12 shot. I knew immediately when she gave me the shot something didn't feel right. I know shots r supposed to be sore but... OMG... it has been 6 wks and my arm/sholder/neck still hurt. Not as bad, (thank god) at first I couldn't move my arm up over my head, I couldn't even raise my elbow to eye level. I couldn't sleep, spent a wk on the couch. I cant use my arm like I could before, I cant grip as well as before..it's kind of scaring me...

May 21, 2015 - 7:34pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

it's been almost 2 weeks since my b-12 injection and my arm is sore and weak. I feel like it is heavy. it didn't hurt at the time but now it's really bothering me. this has never happened before.

July 21, 2015 - 5:29pm
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I didn't have the flu shot... I had a B12 shot. I knew immediately when she gave me the shot something didn't feel right. I know shots r supposed to be sore but... OMG... it has been 6 wks and my arm/sholder/neck still hurt. Not as bad, (thank god) at first I couldn't move my arm up over my head, I couldn't even raise my elbow to eye level. I couldn't sleep, spent a wk on the couch. I cant use my arm like I could before, I cant grip as well as before..it's kind of scaring me...

May 21, 2015 - 7:34pm
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Anonymous

I had my flu jab in September 2014 and we are now in May and the pain and restricted movement in the injected arm is interfering with everyday life all the doctors say it is not related?

May 18, 2015 - 3:12am
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I had my flu shot Yesterday and it was painless. But with in 4-5 hours arm became painful and tis pain is slowly going away today. I am wondering why the injection has to be so high up 1-2 inches from shoulder and more towards back than front of arm?

I never had any reaction of this pain, is the vaccination different this year? It makes we wonder.

Richard

April 30, 2015 - 1:56am
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This is my 4th post since Nov 2014 when I got my flu shot; same experiences as everyone else here and I went to Primary Doc and then a Neurologist, both said they HAVE heard of this type of injury before but I dont have nerve damage thank god! All said pain should go away within 4 months or so. Well its 5 months later and i am no longer experiencing pain in my upper shoulder/arm region. I hope this post helps, as I thought I wold be injured forever after reading these posts from everyone. Good luck to everyone else here. I feel for you and if the pain doesn't subside definitely file a claim; I did report it also.

April 14, 2015 - 1:56pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

i had the shot nov 12 2014.. at the end of nov started getting pain in my shoulder then went to my neck. it cracks and makes noises when i turn my head i couldn't sleep, could barely hold my head up during the day .. its now may i have lots of swelling still, its not eased up and its affecting my life big time. i couldn't think what i had done to cause this problem . i moved so i thought because i slept on the pull out couch for a week and did some painting that it might be that , i also work in the deli so repetitive slicer action might irritate it. used heat, cold, chiropractor, massage, pain killers , doctors, trying acupuncture now, but its been going on 7 months .. sooo frustrated does any one else had the pain spread to their neck.? Its hard to work when you cant sleep properly and are in pain all the time. I have had the flu shot lots before , no problems .

May 12, 2015 - 5:18pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

I had mine on 29th Oct, so I am in my 6th month and no change to arm pain, still cant reach into the sky with both arms. start Physio end of April, bit more hopeful when have this. doctors wont admit this sort of thing happens, and have said never heard of any cases of this happening.

April 14, 2015 - 9:22pm
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