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severe muscle pain and weakness after flu shot

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  • Posted By: luvmybulld0g
  • October 11, 2009
  • 07:37 PM

On October 1st, I had a flu shot, not the H1N1, just the regular flu shot. I've had the flu shot many times before with muscle pain and soreness in the arm that the injection was received in that usually subsided within a few days.

This time however, the pain was almost unbearable and seemed to be "spreading" to other parts of my body.

The first night it was just my upper arm. The second night it was my upper arm, pec muscle, muscles of the underarm, and muscles in the upper corner of my back. It was excrutiating and was slightly relieved with 800mg of ibuprofen.

The third night it was also in the muscles on the side of my neck.

The fourth night it was starting to travel down my arm into my hand and wrist. At this point I was also experiencing weakness and difficulty holding or picking up objects.

By the the end of the weak it had radiated to the other side of my body. So basically my entire upper body was painful and weak. Both arms, both upper back, both pec muscles etc... Again I'm taking 800mg ibuprofen around the clock which does slightly relieve the pain. I'm also using heating pads which slightly relieve the pain as well.

It has now gone into a little over two weaks and it has radiated to my lower back, my stomach (as if i just did a hundred situps), my hands, my thighs, my calfs. I feel weak and am having trouble just sitting at the computer typing or picking up a drink.

As far as I know the flu shot can't cause this kind of reaction but, what else could this be??

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  • It could be Guilliane Barre syndrome. I have the same symptoms and am going in to have it checked today.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 12, 2009
    • 04:09 PM
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  • Guillain-barré syndrome starts with paralysis in the legs and moves up. It also progresses relatively quickly and causes loss of deep tendon reflexes. Either way, you need to see a doctor, but Guillain-Barré is generally characterized by ascending paralysis, not descending.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 18, 2009
    • 11:15 PM
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  • I had the flu shot on the 14th and starting monday the 19th I am having the exact same problem- my hands are hurting so bad I can hardly type and my back, neck and abs are so tender. I called my consulting nurse and they told me that its not from the flu shot and that I am probably coming down with something - to stay home drink lots of fluid and stay warm- very helpful huh?!
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 21, 2009
    • 07:53 PM
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  • The same thing happened to me 8 years ago when I got my one and only flu shot. I awoke the next morning with horrible pain in my hands and it lasted several years. My hands are still stiff. I was told it was just a coincidence, but I don't think so!
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 22, 2009
    • 04:48 PM
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  • The same thing happened to me 8 years ago when I got my one and only flu shot. I awoke the next morning with horrible pain in my hands and it lasted several years. My hands are still stiff. I was told it was just a coincidence, but I don't think so!I got my shot on Tuesday Oct 20, 2009. Nothing notable about the injection. 2 am on the 22nd I woke up in extreme pain. My arm hurt from my elbow, shoulder, up into my neck and out to my collar bone and in my shoulder blade. Nothing helped. Ice, heat, 800mg of Ibuprophen barely touched it. No positioning of my arm relieves the pain. This morning I am still in the same pain. I don't know what to do.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 23, 2009
    • 10:07 AM
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  • Omg r u kidding those are the same side effects it gave me me left hand is in pain and if i use it much the pain would get to mi left side i even felt this horrible pain in my upper back i feel like nails are being stack on my back i cannot hanch cauese i feel out or breath.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 26, 2009
    • 05:55 PM
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  • the same thing happen to me to pain is horrible,i call the nurse to see if this side effects were ''normal'' since the pain went up tho my chest,back und left part of my neck i got scare she told me to go to er where the ''doctor'' almost laugh at my face it's been 6 days and i'm still in pain,my husband got very concern cause he saw the video of this 26 girl who the flu shot and got dystonia is very scary.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 26, 2009
    • 06:07 PM
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  • ooooooooooooooI had my flu jab this week.stiff shoulders and arms, but nothing to worry about, I just get on with life, what choice do we have??
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 30, 2009
    • 04:02 PM
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  • I had the flu shot exactly one week today, and the same thing happened to me! Pain in my right shoulder radiating into my neck, back and to my hand. I am wondering if the injections site was too high? The pain is not getting any better, and I am right handed. Ibuprophen, heat help a little. There is not a position that makes it feel any better! I have had flu shots every year for the past 6 years and never has this happened.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 30, 2009
    • 10:36 PM
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  • Hello,I just found this thread after looking to see if anyone else experienced what I have been experiencing. I also received my flu shot a few weeks ago. I experienced the usual soreness the day of that started to subsist the following day. Then late last week, I started to get pain in my left shoulder (the arm I got the shot in.) The pain progressed, and seemed to travel up and down the arm, but most noticeably affecting my shoulder and underarm. When I visited my chiropractor, he stated it was a result of the shot, and proceeded to work on my arm and shoulder. This was early in the week. Since then, while I am feeling some risidual soreness and keeping my eye on it, it has subsided considerably. I can only suggest that perhaps this is an option you may want to look into.... I also know it is the first time I am considering not getting a flu shot every again.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 7, 2009
    • 04:00 AM
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  • I am having the same thing. I had the flu shot about 6 wks ago and 2 days later the backs of my thighs felt like I had done 100 squats, then it radiated down to my calves. Then about a wk later it started in my upper arm muscles. So now its in my legs and arms. It gets a little better, then it gets worse. I don't think this is a coincidence. I think this is from the flu shot. Don't tell me that we all got the flu shot and then this started
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 12, 2009
    • 03:49 AM
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  • I got a regular flu shot Oct. 5, 2009. It's Nov. 22, 2009 and I am having many of the same symptoms you describe. I have had non-stop, random muscle twitches. I am now getting sore, tender spots all over in my muscles. My hands are weak - I can barely open a bottled water. My hands tremble and I have muscle knots that are tender and very painful on my chest/sternum, arms, around elbows, around knees, on legs, on butt, everywhere! The first genius Dr. I saw (who gave me 3 shots: pneumonia, tetanus and flu all in a day) told me - Oh, it's just in your head. I THINK NOT! How is it in my head if it happens mysteriously after the flu shot and my husband feels the knots and sees my skin move when my muscles twitch??? I need help so if you find answers please let me know!
    TexasRocks 3 Replies
    • November 22, 2009
    • 06:40 AM
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  • I got a regular flu shot Oct. 5, 2009. It's Nov. 22, 2009 and I am having many of the same symptoms you describe. I have had non-stop, random muscle twitches. I am now getting sore, tender spots all over in my muscles. My hands are weak - I can barely open a bottled water. My hands tremble and I have muscle knots that are tender and very painful on my chest/sternum, arms, around elbows, around knees, on legs, on butt, everywhere! The first genius Dr. I saw (who gave me 3 shots: pneumonia, tetanus and flu all in a day) told me - Oh, it's just in your head. I THINK NOT! How is it in my head if it happens mysteriously after the flu shot and my husband feels the knots and sees my skin move when my muscles twitch??? I need help so if you find answers please let me know!I hope you find some answers.
    TexasRocks 3 Replies
    • November 22, 2009
    • 06:40 AM
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  • I got my flu shot on oct 22, 2009 in left arm, no pain until oct 29,2009. I awoke to extreme pain, stiffness and swelling in hands and feet, unable to care for myself, in er on oct 31, since i have lupus, er dr's said i was having a "lupus flare-up" , referred me to the reumatologist, he ordered emg, neck x ray and extensive blood work, put me on steriods, narcotics and anti inflamatory meds, all tests came back normal, the pain traveled from my hands and feet to legs and arms, especially my forearms, i was unable to comb my hair and get out of bed, my arms were somewhat paralyzed, the pain is always worse at night, i was well before the flu shot, everyone in the medical field tells me that this is just a coincidence that there is no way that is a reaction to the flu shot, all i can do is wonder and continue to see doctors to try and figure out what is happening to me,
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 30, 2009
    • 05:50 PM
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  • I got my flu shot on oct 22, 2009 in left arm, no pain until oct 29,2009. I awoke to extreme pain, stiffness and swelling in hands and feet, unable to care for myself, in er on oct 31, since i have lupus, er dr's said i was having a "lupus flare-up" , referred me to the reumatologist, he ordered emg, neck x ray and extensive blood work, put me on steriods, narcotics and anti inflamatory meds, all tests came back normal, the pain traveled from my hands and feet to legs and arms, especially my forearms, i was unable to comb my hair and get out of bed, my arms were somewhat paralyzed, the pain is always worse at night, i was well before the flu shot, everyone in the medical field tells me that this is just a coincidence that there is no way that is a reaction to the flu shot, all i can do is wonder and continue to see doctors to try and figure out what is happening to me,-----I'm not sure if I'm replying correctly. However, I am beginning to wonder if I do not have Lupus. No Dr. can fully explain to me my symptoms. As you said, combing my hair is a struggle. I'm 27! I have been getting tender, painful and deep knots in my muscles all over. The only vague explanation I've been given (hinted at) was the possibility of Fibromyalgia or Lupus. I am still waiting on blood tests. I will post the findings. I hope you find an answer. God bless.
    TexasRocks 3 Replies
    • December 1, 2009
    • 00:18 AM
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  • Everybody's comment is right and applicable to me also. Is this shots are get better or worse. This is the first year I got regular flu shot in Oct. Since then I have a same pain in my left hand. Loosing free mobility of my left hand. Doctors, do you have any suggession. May be the wrong injection sopt, no idea. But never again I will get the flu shot. Trying to get better healthier but making us sick. How advanced medical field is? Any doctors don't know any thing now not like olden days. They suppose to know everything by observation. Now incapable doctors depending everything on machine tests. SOooooooo scary to go to a clinic.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 17, 2009
    • 04:19 PM
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  • We are not crazy. I had my first flue shot in early Nov. My knees started to hurt really bad and I couldnt figure out why. That went away and the pain in the injection site went from stiff to very painful and at times would make my eyes tear. Soon the pain was traveling down my arm across my shoulder neck other shoulder and in my upper chest. The doctor said I had frozen arm syndrome and that it would go away in a couple of weeks. Well it has been two months and I can still feel it slightly except now my hands ache really bad, I feel like I've done 1000 push ups cause my upper arms and upper back and underarms hurt. In addition my breasts have been sooo sore. It reminds me of when I had just given birth. I am 40 and cann't be pregnant so rule that out. I just had a mamogram last week because I am in sooo much discomfort. There is nothing else that we all have in common except the flue shot. Something has to be done and if any woman out there have had the same breast tenderness please let me know
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 6, 2010
    • 04:59 AM
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  • This is so interesting. My father who just turned 74 also had flu shots. He is in so much pain! This has been since the end of April. The pain also started in his knees. However the pain in his shoulders and arms are so bad he cannot put his own shirt on when dressing himself because he cannot lift his arms. The pain is also in his buttocks and he can hardly walk. Specialists do not know whats wrong with him, after they've drawn blood and done other tests. He's bacteria count is very high and although he's been on antibiotics, tickbite fever medication and many pain killers - he's suffering. He uses no other medication and has been strong and healthy for he's age. No blood pressure tablets etc. He's grown old over night! I have also asked the question about the flu shots!?!
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  • Hi, i just had the flu vaccine yesterday and im having stabbing pain uder my left breast. felt it more today than last night . is this normal?
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 7, 2010
    • 05:30 PM
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  • I had my flu shot 4 (!!!) weeks ago, my shot was a combination shot with the regular flu and the H1N1. My arm was soar from the start, but the next day the pain and stiffness traveled to my upper back and shoulders where it stayed for about 4-5 days before finally arriving in my neck and head. I never had headaches before, but for the past three weeks I have had them daily. It hurts on the lower back part of my head and the neck hurts so badly that I can not find any comfortable position to sleep. I finally went to my doctor who prescribed steroid pills (Methylpred 4mg) because she believes that the shot resulted in some muscle infection. I have taken the pills for two days now and there is no relief, now it even hurts my neck when I am swallowing. I let you know how it goes at the end of the six day treatment.On October 1st, I had a flu shot, not the H1N1, just the regular flu shot. I've had the flu shot many times before with muscle pain and soreness in the arm that the injection was received in that usually subsided within a few days. This time however, the pain was almost unbearable and seemed to be "spreading" to other parts of my body. The first night it was just my upper arm. The second night it was my upper arm, pec muscle, muscles of the underarm, and muscles in the upper corner of my back. It was excrutiating and was slightly relieved with 800mg of ibuprofen. The third night it was also in the muscles on the side of my neck. The fourth night it was starting to travel down my arm into my hand and wrist. At this point I was also experiencing weakness and difficulty holding or picking up objects. By the the end of the weak it had radiated to the other side of my body. So basically my entire upper body was painful and weak. Both arms, both upper back, both pec muscles etc... Again I'm taking 800mg ibuprofen around the clock which does slightly relieve the pain. I'm also using heating pads which slightly relieve the pain as well. It has now gone into a little over two weaks and it has radiated to my lower back, my stomach (as if i just did a hundred situps), my hands, my thighs, my calfs. I feel weak and am having trouble just sitting at the computer typing or picking up a drink. As far as I know the flu shot can't cause this kind of reaction but, what else could this be??
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 13, 2010
    • 01:22 AM
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