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I'm 73, female, healthy, and swim laps 5 times a week. I get the flu shot every year with no problems...UNTIL a month ago. The pharmacist at my local grocery store placed the needle very high in my arm; felt like it was in my shoulder...and it HURT. Never had a flu shot hurt before. Within a week or two, I couldn't sleep at night or raise my arm because of excruciating pain. And I couldn't swim. While the pain is somewhat better, the condition persists, and I have an appt to see my internist this afternoon. I decided to do some research online. I'm positive I have SIRVA, Shoulder Injuries Related to Vaccine Administration. Read the online "Vaccine Update" in the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association. I'm hoping to get an MRI and PT and hoping to avoid surgery. I will be vigilant when getting shots from not on and correct anyone trying to give me a shot in the upper deltoid muscle! My daughter is a nurse, and she was appalled at this problem.

January 23, 2015 - 10:15am


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