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Polymyalgia rheumatica Brought on by Flu Shot

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  • Posted By: paalni
  • November 6, 2013
  • 02:57 PM

Muscle stiffness, weakness, pain, began with a flu shot in October, 2013. I have had a flu shot every year and this year, 2013 will be my last flu shot. I am 67 and prior to my flu shot I ran an hour every day and played 36 holes of golf weekly. However, after having a flu shot I am barely able to get out of bed. Now, 5 weeks later, I have been diagnosed as having polymyalgia rheumatica and am taking 10 mg. of prednisone daily. My symptoms have eased up; however, I still have muscle inflamation markers in my blood tests and need to continue to take the steroid daily. My symptoms begin early in the morning around 4 am and continue through around noon with some easing of pain for the rest of the day. There are days when I feel really good; however, I still have generalized pain in my shoulder joints and stiffiness in my back thighs and inside my knee joints. The progression of this diagnosis began at my flu shot area, moved up my arm, across to my neck muscles, then to both arm joints, down my lower back to L4 & L5 muscles, then to my thigh muscles, and ending with muscles behind my knee joints. I am worried this will continue for the remainder of my life and have not run nor played golf since. Exercise seems to help so I attempt to keep active all day.

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  • You are the 4 th person I have spoken to that this illness came on after having a flu jab I had mine and 2weeks later I began having symptoms and it seems to be a illness that lots of people have.as soon as I go down in steroids the symptoms return.
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