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Sore Arm After Flu Shot
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
Arm is sore month after flu shot, seems to be muscle related only hurts when I position my arm a certain way. The shot felt different than prev years?
You are not alone: It seems there are many people with similar complaints - especially this year. If it continues or worsens, see you doctor for advice and for the record. Hopefully, it will improve and pass soon. This is certainly longer than expected. Best wishes. ...Read more
This is a common side effect of a flu shot. On the cdc website it lists this as:
-- soreness, redness, or swelling where the shot was given
an icepack (or even heat) can help. Ibuprofen would be reasonable to take if it is hurting a lot. It typically gets better in 1-2 days after the shot. ...Read more
Yes: But it should not last more than 2 days. ...Read more
I had a flu shot in october and the spot it was injected is still very sore to the point it is painful to lift my arm.? Thank you!
Visit your doc: You might have a local infection or infiltrate. Visit your doctor for check up and evaluation. ...Read more
Not for most: When you have what you describe it is usually because you have a sensitivity to something in the vaccine. I would check if the form of the vaccine you took had Latex and or preservative in it. Allergy to eggs could cause this. If just mild inflammation and sore muscle is not unusual. If not allergic to Aleve (naproxen) or the like take this plus cold compresses at the site. Infection is unlikely but possible ...Read more
I got a pneumonia shot and flu shot friday in my left arm. And my arm is still extremely sore and slightly swollen today. What's causing this pain?
THe injection: Itself can cause a "local" reaction. It should improve in the next week. ...Read more
Got flu shot a week ago. Every day I've had a headache along with stiff neck. My arm is also bruised and super sore.?
Flu shot: You should be seen by a doctor and assessed to be sure that you have not developed secondary infection at the vaccination site. It is not unusual to develop a day or two of mild symptoms of achiness, possibly headache. A week is too long and the arm should not be "super sore". Good luck. ...Read more
I got my flu shot 3 days ago and my arm is still a bit sore and a light bruise/ redness below the injection site. Normal? I've never had a reaction.
Sore skin on arm no other symptoms. 20 yr old female. Had a flu shot 2 weeks ago but feel fine otherwise.
Umm, hard to say.: There is nothing specific about the skin you describe that gives us a clue as to what exactly is going on medically. Does the rash go away--or is it persistent? Is the skin itchy? ... Is it smooth or rough? Does it get worse or change colors after a hot shower? ...As you can see, there are too many questions unanswered; however, taking a wild guess this may be post-injection neuralgia. Ask your md. ...Read more
I got a flu shot & pneumonia shot on Wednesday. Onr of my arms is now red, hot, sore & puffy at injection site. The redness has grown to about 4x2.
Sorry to hear about your arm. You must have someone take you to the nearest Emergency facility as soon as possible.
If you can, please let me know what lead to your pain and what was done to properly treat it. ...Read more
Muscle soreness started in morning progresively in legs arms back. Didn't do anything different. Feel tired. Flu or else (flu shot 3 weeks ago)?
Electrolyte: A viral or electrolyte anomaly can cause. ...Read more
Can left arm muscle pain be sign of heart attack? Woke up feeling like when you get arm soreness from flu shot, but been two weeks since flu shot
Had flu shot 3 days ago. Spot on arm still painful, swollen, red and hot. Still feeling unwell; fever, bodyaches, weakness and sore throat. Normal?
Not normal, not rare: These side effects, while not exactly "normal, " are also not uncommon. Hopefully they will disappear soon but the flu shot can rarely cause serious long-standing side effects. What is unfortunate is that a large body of research shows that flu shots are not particularly effective! See http://articles. Mercola. Com/sites/articles/archive/2010/11/01/flu-vaccine-and-its-side-effects. Aspx ...Read more
I got a flu shot yesterday and just now feel 2 non tender supraclavicular nodes on left (flu shot was given in left arm). Should I be concerned?
Monitor: No, likely not. I would just monitor them and if still there in one month, see MD. ...Read more
Tender, swollen, red, lymph node under arm. Opposite arm then received flu shot in 2 days ago. Related?
Very unlikely...: ...That this is related. But this does need to get checked out asap, inflamed lymph nodes are no joke. ...Read more
Flu shot - I have a burning ache at the top of my arm where I had the flu shot. I had the shot 2 months ago, should I be worried?
The joints in my arm ache terribly after flu shot to the point of tears, why and for how long will it last?
Should be temporary!: Since the flu vaccine may be the one with attenuated virus, that's weakened, it still can give you symptoms that are similar to a low grade flu without lasting long at all. However, you need to take it easy. The liquid injected displaces the skin/soft tissue until it's reabsorbed into your system. If there's a bruise there, or becomes hot, inflamed, call your doctor for a follow up visit to check. ...Read more
Reaction to vaccine: Not unusual. As long as this gets better and disappears within a few days you should be fine. This is probably a lymph node enlarging in reaction to the vaccine stimulus, and doing its job appropriately. If it does not get better or seems worse then get to a doctor ASAP. ...Read more
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
Not all over: You can get some sensation or weird feeling at the site of injection in the upper arm but not any other part of the arm. ...Read more
GOOD!!!!: That is a good thing! That means the shot is working! In fact, many shots have something called an adjuvant in them. An adjuvants job is only to dram more immune response to the site of the shot. Immune response = swelling, redness, pain and itching. The flu shot is the same. So, congrats, your shot worked! cellulitis after shots is rare, but if red extends past a joint or you have pus get checked. ...Read more
It can: A small percentage of individuals who receive the flu vaccine will develop a mild flu like illness lasting 2 or 3 days. ...Read more
I received the flu shot friday morning and my arm is still swollen, red and itchy should I be concerned?
Allergy: To the base or carrier of the medicine component itself is possible. If the area becomes swollen like infected, you get fever, it is painful, the possibility of infection in the injection site is possible. You can use antihistamine and cold compress to the are for now and observe. ...Read more
Is it normal to have pain at the injection sight on my arm after a flu shot that radiates towards the upper back?
Are redness and swelling and pain normal for the area of a flu shot? I got mine yesterday and I can hardly move my arm.
BUT to the degree of "can hardly move my arm" is not usual for flu shot
without an exam, I can only give general information, and local soreness is the number one side effect of the shots. Generally lasts under a day. Heating pad resolves
local infection can also occur and is serious. Gets worse over time. Heating pad doesn't help. ...Read more
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