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Doctor insights on: Flu Vaccine And Joint Pain

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Dr. Mark Diamond
1,031 doctors shared insights

Vaccinations (Definition)

Latin word for cow, vacca, because of the smallpox/cowpox work of edward jenner, vaccination is the administration of a substance, live organism or otherwise, that stimulates the immune response to prevent a specific disease. Primarily a preventative procedure, some vaccines can ...Read more


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Can a flu shot trigger a migraine and severe joint pain?

Can a flu shot trigger a migraine and severe joint pain?

I dought it!: I have given many this year with not one reaction adversely. If your allergic to eggs the shot not indicated- have pcp look for other reasons for your complaints. ...Read more

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I've been getting very severe joint pain after getting the flu shot. I can't even move things sometimes. I get to the point of crying. Extremely painful.?

I've been getting very severe joint pain after getting the flu shot.  I can't even move things sometimes. I get to the point of crying. Extremely painful.?

Can happen!: It is uncommon, but painful joints and arthritis sx can occur after a flu shot. Bear with it, because it is short lived. Low dose Prednisone (2.5-5mg) and nsaids should really improve your sx. Please do not less this "bad" experience keep you from getting vaccinated in the future. ...Read more

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I had a pneumonia and flu vaccine today and my arm is in severe pain i can't even move it it hurts so bad. Is that normal I've never had one before?

I had a pneumonia and flu vaccine today and my arm is in severe pain i can't even move it it hurts so bad. Is that normal I've never had one before?

Side effect: Local muscle soreness and inflammation can be a side effect of immunizations. Applying ice & pain relievers such as tylenol or anti inflammatory such as Ibuprofen can improve symptoms. Of course if these symptom persist or worsen follow up with your doctor. ...Read more

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Pain in top leg when walking, had flu shot last Thursday is it connected ? Could be beginning of guillian barre syndrome caused by vaccine ?

Pain in top leg when walking, had flu shot last Thursday is it connected ? Could be beginning of guillian barre syndrome caused by vaccine ?

No: guillian barre doesn't cause pain, & what minor sensory symptoms it causes usually occur where weakness begins (almost always in the feet). You've posted before. You weren't joking when you put "hypochondria" in your profile. Reminds me of the old Michael Palin BBC series "Ripping Yarns." In the episode "The Curse of the Claw," the character Uncle Jack had "every known disease." ...Read more

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I took the flu vaccine in october and seem to have just caught the flu. I have fever, headaches, dry cough, pain all over. What should I do to recover?

I took the flu vaccine in october and seem to have just caught the flu. I have fever, headaches, dry cough, pain all over. What should I do to recover?

FLU: Many viruses can give rise to flu-like symptoms. Again, flu vaccination doesn't prevent influenza 100%, but makes it milder if one gets. Drink a lot of fluid, some juice, tea, warm drinks. Ibuprofen 600 mg 6-8 hourly for fever and aches, take enough rest, shower 1-2/day. Can take a cough suppressant, otc or prescribed. If symptoms are worse, see your primary care physician. ...Read more

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I recieved the nasal flu vaccine on Fri. Today I feel sick: ear pain/nasal congestion. Am I sick or side effects? I was fine on Sat. What do I do?

I recieved the nasal flu vaccine on Fri. Today I feel sick: ear pain/nasal congestion. Am I sick or side effects? I was fine on Sat. What do I do?

Side effects: sounds likely to be side effects from vaccination. Drink fluids, Tylenol as needed for pain- this can go on for 2-3 days. If persisting- see your physician. ...Read more

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Also, is it true that flu vaccine can cause brain swelling ?

Also, is it true that flu vaccine can cause brain swelling ?

Rare but it can: Reported moderate reactions to influenza vaccine include fever, local reactions (pain, redness, swelling at the site of the injection), headache, fatigue, sore throat, nasal congestion, cough, joint and muscle pain, and nausea. Reported serious complications include brain inflammation, convulsions, bell’s palsy, limb paralysis, neuropathy, shock, wheezing/asthma and other breathing problems. Guil. ...Read more

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I'm 100% up to date with all vaccines other than flu shot. Are their any vaccines I must have repeated or do most last a lifetime?

I'm 100% up to date with all vaccines other than flu shot. Are their any vaccines I must have repeated or do most last a lifetime?

Depends: Some vaccines provide time limited benefit (whooping cough, tetanus,diphtheria, meningitis,flu) while others may last a lifetime (hepatitis B series, measles,HPV series). Some of the newer vaccines have not been used long enough to know if their benefit is lifetime or a booster is needed. All adults should review their vaccine status with their doc at their regular checkups. ...Read more

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Why are vaccines more painful than a normal yearly shot like the flu shot?

Why are vaccines more painful than a normal yearly shot like the flu shot?

I'm not sure what: vaccines you are referring to. One vaccine that patients often say hurts more than the others is Gardasil. The Flu vaccine actually does often cause pain, as does a tetanus vaccine. The soreness is from the body's immune response to the vaccine, which means it is starting to work. Some of the pain is also from the needlestick, itself, especially those vaccines which go into the muscle. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Flu (Definition)

Flu is also known as Influenza. Influenza (aka "flu") is a contagious respiratory viral illness that can cause mild to severe illness including death. There is treatment available to decrease symptoms, but it is better to prevent the flu is by getting ...Read more


Dr. Stratos Christianakis
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Joints (Definition)

Joints are parts of the body, formed by the cartilage-covered ends of bones plus the strong, flexible ligaments that attach the bones to one another. Movements at the joints in the body allow the different parts of the body to move in ...Read more