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A 21-year-old male asked:

Allergy shot consistanly in left arm, now c/o left arm muscle pain and hand cramp in l hand an arm?

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Dr. Allen Fein
Specializes in Family Medicine
Time for Neurologist: These are such unusual symptoms that have followed allergy shots, so one should be cautious about blaming the injections on these new problems. Any injury to the body may cause a condition known as reflex sympathetic dystrophy/crps complex regional pain syndrome, but it is hard to imagine that allergy shots could bring on such a complication. Please arrange to see a neurologist now for workup.
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Dr. Michael P Vaughn
Allergy and Immunology 35 years experience
Never say never when a new symptom develops. My suggestion is switch arms if you get only one shot. if you get two, reverse kit 1 &2 to opposite arms. Be sure your allergy shots are being administered by a physician who follows the JCAAI guidelines (see practice parameters for immnunotherapy at (www.JCAAI.org)
Nov 17, 2011
Dr. Gary Steven
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 31 years experience
Ask your allergist: Your allergist needs to know about this and any other reaction you may have. Depending on your immunotherapy prescription, pain can come from having too high a glycerin content in your vials, and may go away if they are made more dilute. Unless you've had a mastectomy or other procedure that affects lymph drainage from the right arm, you should alternate arms between injections.
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Last updated Oct 3, 2016


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