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why my shoulder STILL hurts after 2010 flu shot

By September 26, 2010 - 5:48am
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I started this new share because I got the new flu shot 3 weeks ago- the one that contains the reg. flu and the H1N1 combined. I got it done at Walgreens. When the Dr (pharmacist, actually) put it in, it did not hurt. Even though it felt like it was in the bone and very high up. The actuall dispensing of the vaccine felt like it took longer than usual. Since then, my shoulder still hurts and I complain about it several times a day. I cannot sleep on it at night and everytime I roll over in bed, it wakes me (all night long). I have rec'd the flu shot for years and I never got this pain. For this reason, I will NOT be forcing my 10 yr old to get it because she could not tollerate this pain and would have missed many days of school thus far. Comments?

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(reply to Anonymous)

Hi everyone! Believe me, I know your pain and there is nothing funny about it.
I started this thread and got my shot 9/9/10, as I recall. I am PLEASED (THRILLED) to say, I have been pain free in the shoulder and arm for two weeks now. Two whole weeks and I haven't even thought about it! The second piece of good news? I have not even gotten a cold this year, nevermind the flu :) Was that pain worth it-- those months of waking up everytime I rolled over in bed? I'll never know, cuz that was real pain-- the wincing kind at ever arm move. I was really strict about taking a multi and massaging the shoulder, regardless of how painful it was. I will still watch this thread whenever someone contributes; the pain IS real and really was awful. There is certainly no exageration going on here. Happy New Year to all. K

December 31, 2010 - 11:13am
Expert HERWriter Guide Blogger (reply to telephoneme)

K - Yahoo!! Congratulations and what a wonderful way to start the new year! It's fantastic to hear your good news, and thank you so much for letting everyone know about it! Thanks also for your support of others during your journey through the pain, it makes a real difference especially when doctors are treating people as if they are making this up. We all know all to well that this is, as you said, real and awful.

Happy New Year to you too!

December 31, 2010 - 4:40pm

Good evening everyone,

Not really sure if I should post here, but I could seriously not find any other web board as detailed as this one. I too have experienced this. For me it has been about 3 weeks to 1 month since I received the "triple-flu-shot" administered by the kroger pharmacist. Now I did not go for my shot last year, but I have had a flu shot every year of my life previous to that.

At the time of the injection when the medicine was being injected into me. I felt severe pain...about a 20 (out of 10) for me, and I would say I have an extremely high pain tolerance. I went home that night worked out as usual, and my arm was killing me the whole night. I thought maybe it was my workout. But for the next 3 days my arm was in such pain, it felt as if it was broken. It hurt horribly to move it anywhere, and I would wince whenever I had to move it.

Well following that I was starting to feel slightly better, with no pain for maybe 3-7 days. The pain returned however, in a milder form, but still very uncomfortable to stretch out to the side or raise over my head. Someone commented about being sick after as well. I have not had a fever, but I have had extreme pain in my right ear, and a general feel of lethargy. Making an appointment with my physician for asap. I wish I was, but am glad at the same time to not be the only one dealing with this. Hope everyone feels better soon!


December 31, 2010 - 1:03am
Expert HERWriter Guide Blogger (reply to J0sh8830)

Hi Josh - I'm sorry to hear of your pain, but also glad you found our site. There are many helpful suggestions here. Let us know how your appointment goes with your doctor. I hope you are taken seriously and not dismissed as others have been. The pain is very real, as is your need for relief. Keep in touch, and good luck to you.

December 31, 2010 - 4:30pm
EmpowHER Guest

Update- got the shot in late Oct., with severe shoulder pain soon after, no change for weeks. Fist saw orthopedist in mid Nov., got a steroid shot, which helped for 2 days, then it returned same as before. Returned to doc & got an MRI, and a second shot (more directed to problem area), which gave me 50% relief for about 6 days. It's been 8 days now since the second shot, and the pain is as bad as ever. The MRI showed several small "intratissue tears" in rotator cuff, but not a tear all the way through; and fluid build up.

December 17, 2010 - 3:53pm
Expert HERWriter Guide Blogger (reply to Anonymous)

Thanks for the update. I'm sorry you're still in pain after all this time and that the cortisone injections have not helped. You may find the information in our rotator cuff section helpful.
Some of the suggestions for rotator cuff injuries such as icing and taking NSAIDs to reduce inflammation may help. Keep us posted on your progress, and good luck to you! Pat

December 17, 2010 - 4:27pm
EmpowHER Guest

I received the flu shot on August 30, 2010 by someone at the Dr.'s office who I suspect is not really skilled at administering this shot. It is now December 15th and I'm still dealing with residual pain. This website is very validating -- knowing I'm not alone in this experience. I had received my 1st flu shot last year (not at Dr.'s office - received it at a Flu Shot Clinic), which affected my arm/neck for a couple of days before dissipating altogether. This year's vaccine has wreaked havoc on my arm -- the pain is slowly, slowly diminishing -- but here I am almost 4 months later still unable to sleep on that side. I have alternated using ice, heat, self-massage & stretching. I still have achiness stretching my arm diagonally up behind me (it's difficult to get my winter coat on).
I am considering going to a massage therapist who specializes in Traeger work, but am afraid of exacerbating the problem. I am also fearful of going back to my Dr. as she tends to treat me like a hyperchondriac (doesn't take me seriously) and I cannot afford a MRI or PT, even if she does take my concern seriously. I consulted with a friend who is a neuroscientist (and used to be a PT), who suggested the icing -- which does work temporarily. She said that there's a lot of "junk" in these vaccines and a lot of people are being affected by it. If I EVER do this again, I will demand a NASAL spray vaccine. But I am thinking I'd rather have the flu for a week and build my immunity up naturally.

December 15, 2010 - 2:07pm

It has been over a month and I am still having trouble with my left arm after the flu shot. The pain is in the upper arm leading down to my forearm. I am frustrated because I am alergic to inflamation reducing meds and can only take Tylenol which is like eating jelly beans (no effect on the pain). Heat and/or cold does not work and I am not getting enough sleep because of this flu shot. I am not a happy camper and doubt will ever take this shot again. Thanks for letting me vent.

December 14, 2010 - 9:52am
EmpowHER Guest

I got my flu shot at my dr's office 2 days ago. It stung so much I asked the nurse why it stung. She gave me some wierd reason about how the pH was different than my body. I said, well, someone needs to fix that. I mean, that was torture. My arm was very sore that night. Today, 48 hrs later, it is driving me crazy. Feels like a humongous mosquito bite that itches and aches all the time. Am waiting til my Dr. office opens after lunch to call and complain. I usually don't have a reaction.

December 9, 2010 - 12:37pm
Expert HERWriter Guide Blogger (reply to Anonymous)

Thanks for sharing. Please let us know what your doctor's office says after you talk with them. I would also ask them if they have heard from any other patients, and what they advise for the pain. Good luck! Pat

December 9, 2010 - 4:28pm
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