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Have vertigo/disequilibrium, chronic neck/back pain. Neuro only noted nystagmus. Not responding to pt. Fine the day i had baby, now i'm not. Had epi and flu shot @ hosp.I'm not depressed, frustrated.

Have vertigo/disequilibrium, chronic neck/back pain. Neuro only noted nystagmus. Not responding to pt. Fine the day i had baby, now i'm not.  Had epi and flu shot @ hosp.I'm not depressed, frustrated.

See a ENT doc: They can often diagnose and treat conditions related to the inner ear disorders. There is epley maneuver, and there are also many medications and even surgery to correct such vestibular problems. ...Read more

Flu Shot (Definition)

Also known as influenza vaccines, flu shots are given out once a year to protect against the flu. The flu shot stimulates the immune system to build antibodies to three or four strains of flu viruses in the hopes that it will offer protection from the current strains present in the community. Each year the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) monitors the strains of Influenza globally and incorporates the appropriate antigens in the new vaccine. For best protection the vaccine ...Read more


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Can a flu shot lower WBCs? Had a CBC 2 days after flu shot. WBCs came back lower than normal (mine are already low).

Can a flu shot lower WBCs? Had a CBC 2 days after flu shot. WBCs came back lower than normal (mine are already low).

Yes: It is possible.
Will strongly advise you to look into the reasons for low
WBCs- toxins, side effects of medications, etc.
Together with clearing the reasons for that I would advise you to take some herbs to strengthen your immune system and stimulate the bone marrow.
Best, Siranush Cholakian MD ...Read more

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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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I got my flu shot a few months ago now i'm sick with everything even a cough that hurts my back and chest. Should I go to the doctor?

I got my flu shot a few months ago now i'm sick with everything even a cough that hurts my back and chest. Should I go to the doctor?

Probably...: The flu shot is not a live vaccine and is unlikely to be the cause of your symptoms. Your cough can be due to many diagnoses so you need to see your doctor for diagnosis and treatment. A cough can lead to musculoskeletal discomfort that will resolve once the cough is gone. ...Read more

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I got a flu shot on Tuesday and within a few hours developed a small lump on the back of my forearm that started very soft and now feels fairly firm?

I got a flu shot on Tuesday and within a few hours developed a small lump on the back of my forearm that started very soft and now feels fairly firm?

Hematoma: It's possible that a small hematoma or bruise may have been caused by the shot IF this swelling is at the site of the injection. If the injection site is not related to that lump, then it must be something else such as a muscle 'knot' or localized spasm. If it's a hematoma I wonder if you are on blood thinners/have a bleeding problem? If so, you should tell your doc. Also if fever develops, call. ...Read more

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The right back side of my neck and head hurts. When i pick anything up it feels like a painful string being pulled. I received a flu shot about 3 hour?

The right back side of my neck and head hurts. When i pick anything up it feels like a painful string being pulled. I received a flu shot about 3 hour?

Timing: Which came first? Flu shot or neck pain? You describe very nicely neck muscle spasm which occurs in many different circumstances. Unless your flu shot was injected in your neck, a connection is unlikely. Neck sprain is by far the commonest source of those symptoms, but certainly not the only possibility. Flu symptoms are usually more diffuse, rather than on one side of the neck. ...Read more

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Had a flu shot yesterday morning. No issues since...until now. Just took a warm shower and while washing my hair I felt my back - full of a bumpy rash?

Had a flu shot yesterday morning. No issues since...until now. Just took a warm shower and while washing my hair I felt my back - full of a bumpy rash?

Is the rash itchy?: or just bumpy? Do you have an allergy to egg products? Depending on type of flu shot with or without preservative, grown on egg medium. If itchy and hot shower could stimulate histamine. Call your doctor who gave it to you if you still have the rash ASAP. If not itchy may be less urgent, but still need to call in. ...Read more

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I received the flu shot Monday afternoon. I didn’t feel any pain or soreness. 4 days after redness, itchiness, and bumps appear for the first time at injection site. Is this normal? Also the placement of shot seemed a little further back then Usual.

I received the flu shot Monday afternoon. I didn’t feel any pain or soreness. 4 days after  redness, itchiness, and bumps appear for the first time at injection site. Is this normal? Also the placement of shot seemed a little further back then Usual.

Not uncommon: This is not totally unexpected and perhaps reflects that you may have some antibody left over from previous immunizations or infection. If this bothers you a lot, try taking an NSAID +/- topical cortisone cream. ...Read more

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I just received a flu shot and broke out in little red bumps on my back neck and ankles. Please advise?

I just received a flu shot and broke out in little red bumps on my back neck and ankles. Please advise?

Allergy: you must be allergic to the flue shut take benadryl (diphenhydramine) right away take 50 mg now then 25-50 mg every 6-8 hours as needed if rushes gut worst ot you start having any problem with breathing go to the emergency room right away and consider yourself allergic to flue shut from now ...Read more

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Had a bad cough for about a month. Basically dry. Antibiotics didn't seem to help. Just when i though it was over, it's back full force. Body aches, and slight fever. I did get my flu shot. 40 y/o m?

Had a bad cough for about a month. Basically dry. Antibiotics didn't seem to help. Just when i though it was over, it's back full force. Body aches, and slight fever. I did get my flu shot. 40 y/o m?

Be examined: This episode cold be influenza. 38% of individuals who get immunized will still get the flu if exposed, but a much milder version. The cough that lasted a month in a 40 year smoker is mor consistent with chronic bronchitis or earlyl copd. ...Read more

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Hi doc.i am 24w pregnant.An Indian.going back to India next week after 2 yrs of stay in us.do I need flu shot?what other vaccines I need?

Hi doc.i am 24w pregnant.An Indian.going back to India next week after 2 yrs of stay in us.do I need flu shot?what other vaccines I need?

Get a flu shot: A travel clinic can discuss hepatitis, polio, tetanus, etc. Malaria prophylaxis may be an issue. Be sure to check each with safety during pregnancy. ...Read more

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Hi, i had a flu shot & that night I have a reaction with red dots on my back, chest and upper arm where i had the needle. It hurts and itches.

Hi, i had a flu shot & that night I have a reaction with red dots on my back, chest and upper arm where i had the needle. It hurts and itches.

Likely a reaction: Get the doctor that administerd it to check & verify. Could be either a reaction to a component or your body making a rare phenomenon.
Either way needs to be reported. ...Read more

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Left arm randomly tingles for past three weeks, extending from the lower back of the upper around to forearm stopping at the wrist; flu shot recently?

Left arm randomly tingles for past three weeks, extending from the lower back of the upper around to forearm stopping at the wrist; flu shot recently?

Arm pain: This is not likely to be due to the influenza vaccine, and must be examined to be diagnosed. You may need imaging studies of the cervical spine or the brachial plexus. Go and see a doctor. ...Read more

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Upper back and collarbone/neck pain - pull a muscle working out/doing yoga? pain from slumping over desk? got a flu shot last week - pain from that?

Transient joint pain: A flu shot can provoke transient arthralgia (joint pain) and muscle achiness, especially when combined with working out. Any additive symptoms from the flu shot should subside uneventfully in several days. ...Read more

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Mother 86, bed ridden due to knee joints gone. Prone to flu therefore got flu shot 10 months back. Currently having cough may she again get shot again?

Mother 86, bed ridden due to knee joints gone. Prone to flu therefore got flu shot 10 months back. Currently having cough may she again get shot again?

Influenza: The influenza vaccine is typically given once a year. While it does not necessarily protect all individuals all of the time, a cough in a person who has already received should be re-evaluated. There are many reasons for cough, some are serious and require further evaluation especially in older individuals. ...Read more

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Rash on arms legs chest and back after the flu shot?

Rash on arms legs chest and back after the flu shot?

Allergy: Since its so widespread and there is a temporal (time) relationship between drug and rash onset, this might be allergy to flu shot or one of its components. ...Read more

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4 days ago (Sun) a mild pain started in my right side under the rib cage and slightly towards my back. It worsened over night and I saw Dr Monday who DX muscle spasm - also gave me a flu shot. Developed a fever w/chills on Tues evening and saw immediat

4 days ago (Sun) a mild pain started in my right side under the rib cage and slightly towards my back. It worsened over night and I saw  Dr Monday who DX muscle spasm - also gave me a flu shot. 

Developed a fever w/chills on Tues evening and saw immediat

?Flu vax reaction: The original symptoms may have been muscle inflammation,gall bladder attack or inflammation/infection of the right lung. The fever and chills could have been a reaction to the flu shot but infection in lung or gall bladder must be considered depending on the appearance of other symptoms. Call your physician if symptoms persist or change. ...Read more

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I have a tender bump at the back of my head at the base of my skull... a lymph node?? I got the flu shot yesterday....related?Or from scalp scabs?

I have a tender  bump at the back of my head at the base of my skull... a lymph node??  I got the flu shot yesterday....related?Or from scalp scabs?

Lymph node: It possible that it is a lymph nodes. But need to know what is the reason for this nodes. With Scabies your head will be very itch, scaly scalp can cause it too, and fungal infection as well. But absolutely not related to Flu shot. ...Read more

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I got the flu shot and ever since I'm really sick, had fever for one day and lots of green phlegmfrom my nose and back of my throat nd little blood?

I got the flu shot and ever since I'm really sick, had fever for one day and lots of green phlegmfrom my nose and back of my throat nd little blood?

Flu vaccine: The flu shot cannot cause the flu. It is a killed virus vaccine. The FluMist nasal spray is a live virus vaccine. When you have the flu shot you are protecting yourself (and your loved ones) against the common strains of flu expected this year. Feel better soon! ...Read more

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Got flu shot in August but today woke up w/ weird feeling throat, cough only w/ deep breaths, & severe body aches (legs, back, joints). Can it be flu?

Got flu shot in August but today woke up w/ weird feeling throat, cough only w/ deep breaths, & severe body aches (legs, back, joints). Can it be flu?

Yes it can be flu: The influenza vaccination that is effective for this influenza season did not come out until September – October. It is possible that you received last season's vaccine. ...Read more

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Taking bactrimds for impetigo. Few days ago pain/press. Behind eyes, nausea, swollen glands back of head, fever, bodyaches, flu shot in sept. Ideas?

Taking bactrimds for impetigo. Few days ago pain/press. Behind eyes, nausea, swollen glands back of head, fever, bodyaches, flu shot in sept. Ideas?

Sinus infection?: Pain behind your eyes is typical for a sinus infection. The nausea, sweats, chills and body aches could be signs of a bacterial or viral infection, including the flu or mono. The flu shot protects 50-70% of healthy adults, so you can still get the flu, which is a virus. If it's a bacterial infection of your sinuses, Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) likely isn't enough. Either way, you're very ill, so please call your doc! ...Read more

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Past few days pain/pressure behind eyes, nausea, chills, sweats, bodyaches, swollen glands back of head bactrimds for impetigo. Flu shot sept. Ideas?

Past few days pain/pressure behind eyes, nausea, chills, sweats, bodyaches, swollen glands back of head bactrimds for impetigo. Flu shot sept. Ideas?

Flu or sinus?: Pain behind your eyes is typical for a sinus infection. The nausea, sweats, chills and body aches could be signs of a bacterial or viral infection, including the flu or mono. The flu shot protects 50-70% of healthy adults, so you can still get the flu, which is a virus. If it's a bacterial infection of your sinuses, Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) likely isn't enough. Make sure your doc knows how bad you're feeling! ...Read more

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Lower back, legs, spine and shoulders hurt. Temp of 100.5, woke up with cough and sore throat/lungs. Dull headache. Had a flu shot. Any ideas?

Lower back, legs, spine and shoulders hurt. Temp of 100.5, woke up with cough and sore throat/lungs. Dull headache. Had a flu shot. Any ideas?

Sounds like flu symp: Even though u have had a flu shot u r not sure of 100% protection from the flu. Treat it as such. But if u r not improving or develop new symptoms such as neck pain with head movement or neck flexion, c ur pcp right away. ...Read more

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Got the flu shot 4 weeks ago became sick few days ago w/sore &swollen glands, bil ear pain , congestion in back of throat achey is this flu or cold?

Got the flu shot 4 weeks ago became sick few days ago w/sore &swollen glands, bil ear pain , congestion in back of throat  achey is this flu or cold?

Several things: Your flu shot was early enough to protect you from those 3 strains but there has been other strains this year that have infected those who got the shot.There are a bunch of other viruses; adenovirus, parainfluenza virus & others that give symptoms like you describe.Rest, good hydration & diet should help you heal. ...Read more

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What can I do for underarm pain after flu shot?

Flu shot: After a vaccination, you can take Ibuprofen every 6-8 hours for pain caused by inflammation at the site of the vaccine. A heating pad or a hot water bottle will help also. If the site is itchy, you can also take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) every 6-8 hours as needed for itchiness. ...Read more

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Back Pain (Definition)

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Pain In The Back (Definition)

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