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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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My arm became red and swollen near the site of the "triple flu shot" by the following morning. I also had the shot for pneumonia and I have had severe low back pain ever since the following morning, 1 week ago today. Do I have any recourse against drug co.? I did not injure my back and have seen the chiropractor, at great expense and still off work.

December 7, 2010 - 3:56pm
Expert HERWriter Guide Blogger (reply to KarenK23)

KarenK23 - In most cases that have been self-reported to this site by patients, the issues have seemed to result from shots that were not given in the proper manner.

In terms of the contents of the vaccinations, you have the option of filing a report with the Centers for Disease Control, through the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System or VAERS. https://vaers.hhs.gov/index

According to the CDC, "VAERS is a national passive reporting system that accepts reports from the public on adverse events associated with vaccines licensed in the United States. VAERS data are monitored to—
* Detect new, unusual, or rare vaccine adverse events
* Monitor increases in known adverse events
* Identify potential patient risk factors for particular types of adverse events
* Identify vaccine lots with increased numbers or types of reported adverse events
* Assess the safety of newly licensed vaccines"

People who experience side effects for six months or more can file a report with the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.

The Vaccine Injury Compensation Trust Fund (Trust Fund) provides funding for the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) to compensate vaccine-related injury or death claims for covered vaccines administered on or after October 1, 1988.

Good luck! Pat

December 7, 2010 - 5:32pm
(reply to Pat Elliott)

Thank you, Pat, this is very helpful.

December 7, 2010 - 8:27pm
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After two weeks of extreme arm pain due to receiving the 2010 flu shot I googled: "Arm pain after 2010 flu shoot," and found this site...

The needle wasn't painful going in, but as the medicine entered my arm I felt immediate discomfort deep in my arm. It felt like they may have hit the tendon, or the feeling of a large amount of medicine being injected into the muscle to quickly. I immediately had the urge to rub my arm to distribute the medicine in the muscle, but the needle wasn't removed yet, so I didn't. I figured: It's a shot, your supposed to feel something.
I felt immediate soreness deep in my arm, and that soreness remains today two weeks later. I figured it would pass. It hasn't! My arm became very painful within hours of receiving the 2010 flu shot. I could barely raise my arm in any direction, nor extend it forward or back without extreme pain. My arm aches day and night, but movements like crossing my arm in front of my body, or pulling a shirt off over my head is so painful it's nearly unachievable and absolutely unbearable. The pain is constant in my upper arm, but extends up my neck, and down my shoulder blade in the back. It has not subsided, and the muscle at the site of my injection remains sore to the touch. (Two weeks later). The following day all my major joints were aching like toothaches. Thankfully that passed in about 5 or 6 days. No I did not have the live virus. I was perfectly healthy with no pain ANYWHERE 5 minutes before the shot.

I don't think it has anything to do with where I got the shot. (Hospital pharmacy) There is extra volume in the 2010 flu shot this year, because the excess 2009 H1N1 vaccines (no one would take last year) and they were incorporated into the vaccine of 2010.
I have not had a decent's night sleep, or a pain free day since the flu shot did this to my arm!

December 3, 2010 - 3:34pm

Who is giving these flu shots? Pharmacies have now allowed their pharmacy staff to give immunizations. Or the 'rent a nurse' folks have people who have not given injections in a very long time. The nurse in my MD office always leaves my arm aching for a week to two after each injection I've received.
If the injection site is bothersome or bruises, it most likely means the person giving the injection is not doing a good job and the muscle is either injured.

November 30, 2010 - 10:25pm
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I just googled "recent flu vaccine induced arm pain" and it brought me to this site. I have most of the complaints listed, including, difficulty getting dressed, especially over-the-head hooded sweatshirt, toweling after a shower and trying to flat iron my hair. Hard to find a difficult position to sleep. Can not lean on left elbow. Tried heating pad and Advil with no success. Radiates down forearm and into neck. The nurse who administered the shot has given it to me for years. Did not hurt at the time of the vaccine, hours later it began to hurt and the next day, I felt like a had a stroke and couldn't lift it. Still hurting weeks later. I didn't know if I should rest it or work it. Looks like I better work it so it doesn't end up being a frozen shoulder. I tried to report it, had trouble at the site. Thank you for you post.


November 30, 2010 - 10:39am
Expert HERWriter Guide Blogger (reply to Anonymous)

Thanks for letting us know that the same nurse who has given you the vaccine for years gave you this year's injection. That's very helpful information. I would definitely make a point of including that data when you are able to get into the site and file your report. We hope you are able to find relief from your pain soon, and appreciate the time you took to let us know about your situation.
Take care, Pat

November 30, 2010 - 5:32pm
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Anonymous (reply to Pat Elliott)

Thank for getting back to me Pat. I have been looking up both adhesive capsulitis and brachial plexus neuritis. If people have the former, they recommend pendulum arm swing, finger walks, stretching you armpit and working with resistance bands. Lots of sites to explain how. What is discouraging is how long it takes to recover. One of the hardest things for me is not being able to lay in bed and read a book, which I like to do at night a little bit before I go to sleep.
This position is very painful just to hold the darn book. I will definitely tell the infection control nurse when I return to work tomorrow after being off for a few day, not because of my shoulder. I was home with one of my cats who just had a cystotomy.



December 1, 2010 - 7:47am
Expert HERWriter Guide Blogger (reply to Anonymous)

Again very helpful information! Thanks so much Debra! And I'm sorry to hear about your cat and hope he/she is recovering well. I know I would be very upset if Phoenix the Cat became ill, she's a family member too. Pat

December 1, 2010 - 5:32pm
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Anonymous (reply to Pat Elliott)

Dear Pat,

My cat Happy is doing better after his cystotomy. Long road ahead to make sure he stays healthy. My physician diagnosed me yesterday with rotator cuff syndrome/tendonitis, which she feels since it developed right after the flu vaccine was caused by the flu vaccine. She was unaware that they added 2009 left over volume into the 2010 batch. She did share that two of her elderly patients that got the double dose strenght flu vaccine ended up with terrible arm pain as well. She recommended the excercises I had already found online so this doesn't progress to a frozen shoulder - pendulum arm swings, finger walks up the wall standing facing the wal and then standing with your side to the wall, moving you arm behind your back to try to gently stretch the muscle. She also gave me a presciption for Mobic 7.5, to take at bedtime, but after I read about the side effects, I don't know if I want to take it. If I don't improve she is going to refer me to a orthopaedic doc who specializes in shoulders. She also said not to overwork the arm because it could get more inflammed and to try ice. The infection control nurse at work was able to get on the CDC website and report it. You need to know the lot # as well as the manufacturer.
The pharmacy had the mfg. info. Hope this helps some people out there

Happy Holidays.

December 11, 2010 - 9:29am
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