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Pain in arm after flu shot

By September 16, 2009 - 8:00pm
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I had a flu shot Sept. 2008 and remember it hurt when given. Since then I have pain in my upper arm and shoulder (it's now been a year). I believe it is nerve damage from the needle going to deep. I have had an MRI. meds and now going to Chiro with no relief. I cant't put my arm behind my back or lift it over my head and forget about putting weight on it. Does anyone know of relief for this condition?


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I had the flu shot in October 2014. I cannot lift my arm without pain and weakness since the shot. I had my shot at a drug store . What is wrong? Anything that can be done to get rid of this pain?

January 3, 2015 - 10:51am
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I also had a flu shot November 10, 2014 and have been experiencing severe pain since then. I only have pain when lifting high over my head reaching behind me and rotating my arm inward. The pain increases at night and wakes me up. When I roll in bed I have to physically take my arm with my other had and move it because the pin is so bad. II have spoke to two doctors so far. the first told me to take Aleve, which I did. The second has put me on Naprosin, which is basically just a stronger dose of Aleve. So far it is not going away. HAS ANYONE FOUND A TREATMENT THAT ACTUALLY WORKS?

December 21, 2014 - 7:15am
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I had the same symptoms. It has been almost 6 weeks since my flu shot and I am happy to report that my pain is almost gone completely. I took pain killers for the first three days. I was putting heat on my arm but my doctor recommended cold compresses. The most important thing I can recommend is that you do not stop using your arm, in fact I was told my doctor to hang my arm forward and rotate it so that I would not get a secondary injury called cold shoulder. I also stopped lifting things with my left arm, stopped sleeping on my left side and I believe most importantly stopped focussing on the pain. If I move my left arm to the right quickly I can still feel pain and late at night in bed I may notice some discomfort but it has pretty much gone away which is a great relief. I read several reports and messages and replies about medical advice and noted that the symptoms should be gone by 8 weeks. This has worked out for me and I hope you have the same results. Frustrating and upsetting but hopefully the nerve damage by the flu shot will not be a reoccurring permanent issue. Good Luck!!

December 22, 2014 - 10:03am
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I too received a flu shot 5days ago and it hurt more than usual and it seemed higher up on my arm than usual. Since then the pain has gotten worse from my shoulder to my fingers.

December 16, 2014 - 6:42pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

See a doctor and document dates, expenses for meds., sick days, and so forth. You may need this info one day.

December 16, 2014 - 7:43pm
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I also had the vaccine on Oct. 31, 2014 at my job site. Initially arm was swollen and sore but that went away. After a few days after that I was experiencing throbbing pain in arm, and pain in shoulder and neck. Still I waited assuming it would go away. Finally contacted doctor and was given a ten day treatment of prednisone. After ten days pain still there. I will be trying new treatment of Gabapentin to see if it alleviates symptoms or pain. Still taking aceta/codine for pain. Sleeping is rough!

December 14, 2014 - 6:06pm
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I had a flue shot this Oct 2014 , the upper left arm , the arm was sore after wards , but with in a few weeks I was getting pain in my left middle finger , and now it seems like my whole are is aching or sore most of the day , my chiro said it could be a trapped nerve , so she did some deep massage in my shoulder neck area , which has helped a little .. but my arm still feels strange , im only 49 years old , a healthy mother and active etc ??

December 13, 2014 - 3:49pm

For over 15 years I have been getting the flu shot from nurses with no problems. On October 12, 2014, I received my flu shot from the pharmacy because it was more convenient than going to my doctor's office. A week after the flu shot I had severe pain in my arm. My sleep was disrupted as I could not sleep on my left side and I had to take tylenol with codeine for the pain for three days. At my request, my doctor reported my injuries to the appropriate organization that are monitoring side effects. As suggested by my doctor, I have been rotating my arm to prevent a secondary injury called cold shoulder. Clearly my deltoid muscle has been affected because I have no pain when I use my bicep muscles. The pain has lessoned in the past couple of weeks however at the end of the day I still have discomfort, trouble with sleeping and will have sharp pain if I move my arm suddenly (especially sideways)or directly above my head. I have pain in my shoulder and sometimes the pain will go down my arm to my ring finger. I believe I have an "injection-induced axillary nerve injury", a neuromuscular injury after an intramuscular influenza vaccination. If my pain persists after 8 weeks, I plan on seeing my doctor and requesting diagnostic tests and physiotherapy. I would appreciate hearing from anyone who has had a nerve conductor test, magnetic resonance imagery and physiotherapy treatments. Should I be seen again before 8 weeks? Is there anything now I should be doing?

December 11, 2014 - 6:38pm
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Anonymous (reply to Harmony)

It is now March 2, and I would love to know from any of these previous bloggers if their pain has gone away or improved. I, too had a flu shot in October and started having shoulder/arm pain soon after. But, I had just joined a gym, so I assumed I'd pulled something. I stopped using my right arm, went to the chiro, went to the doctor, did moist heat, tried Aleve and then Motrin. Nothing has helped. The pain has now also moved down to my elbow. I can't sleep on my right side, can't move my arm behind me or over my head. I have made an appointment to return to my doctor, but, I'm hoping some of the previous bloggers can give me some good news??

March 2, 2015 - 3:17pm
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Anonymous (reply to Harmony)

I am having the same experience. My shot was on Nov 3, 2014. My EMG was completely normal. I am in Physio now , no improvment yet

January 29, 2015 - 10:59am
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