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Dr. Tariq Niazi
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I'm having pain in arm after flu shot. Is this normal?

I'm having pain in arm after flu shot. Is this normal?

Yes its quite common: It can last for less than a day in majority of people, but in some it could last longer, for a few days. If it last longer 2-3 days or is getting worse, see your pcp, as it might be something else. ...Read more

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Dr. Jon Ahrendsen
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I got a flu shot about a 1.5 weeks ago and bled when i got it. Now I have a deep bruise and some arm pain through the whole arm. Is this normal?

I got a flu shot about a 1.5 weeks ago and bled when i got it. Now I have a deep bruise and some arm pain through the whole arm. Is this normal?

No, but possible: Normally one wouldn't bleed after any vaccine shot, but very occasionally the point of the needle might pierce a slightly aberrant large vein inadvertently, and result in more bleeding that typically occurs. The deep bruise tells me there was bleeding under the skin. This normally passes with time and will gradually get better. Sometimes a heating pad or warm soaks help speed the resolution. ...Read more

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Dr. Arti Jain
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Pain in upper left arm after the flu shot. How long it lasts?

Pain in upper left arm after the flu shot. How long it lasts?

1-2 days: Local adverse reactions like soreness, swelling and redness usually begin soon after the shot and last 1-2 days. ...Read more

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Dr. David Duncan M.D.
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Is it normal to have pain at the injection sight on my arm after a flu shot that radiates towards the upper back?

Is it normal to have pain at the injection sight on my arm after a flu shot that radiates towards the upper back?

No: It may be from irritation to a nerve ending from the shot. If so it should go away after a few days. It is more likely to be unrelated muscle strain. ...Read more

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Dr. Chong Kim
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Why does my arm hurt after getting a flu shot?

Why does my arm hurt after getting a flu shot?

Muscle inflammation: Flu vaccines are generally injected into the deltoid, the muscular part of the arm. It causes inflammation of the area and followed by a slight immune reaction (desired effect). So, your arm/deltoid should be sore for 1 to 2 days following the injection. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Juchau
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I have a severe, sharp, localized pain that radiates away from the area when i move my arm specific ways. I am a week out from my flu shot, Why?

If you are having: pain at the site of an immunization that can be normal as it goes into the muscle and sometimes it causes a small bruise in the muscle, not to be confused with a blood clot that travels to the lungs. If your arm is red and tender it is possible you may have an infection in that case you should see your doctor immediately. ...Read more

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Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
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My arm hurts after flu shot?

My arm hurts after flu shot?

Everyone has that: I think everyone has a soreness around the injection site which may feel worse the day after, but gets better quickly. The vaccine is injected directly into the muscle and irritates it temporarily and mildly. Many places offer an education sheet to keep for reference when vaccines are administered. It explains possible side effects and if there should concern about any of them. ...Read more

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Dr. Albert Pizzo
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How long will my arm hurt after a flu shot? It's been a week and i can barely use my left arm.

How long will my arm hurt after a flu shot?  It's been a week and i can barely use my left arm.

Pain after flu shot: This is not common to have pain lasting so long. You should report this to your doctor as a reaction to the flu shot and ask for advise. ...Read more

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Arm itches 2 days after flu shot?

That's OK: Every vaccine is intended to get your immune system's undivided attention. When it does, you get a little inflammation at the site (a sign the vaccine is doing its job), and sometimes that inflammation can precicipitate an itch. If there is a little redness, that's ok, a lot of redness, or a spreading rash, should probably get you to see your doctor. ...Read more

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