Since no one is posting updates to their situations, I wanted to, in case anyone continues looking at this thread.
It's now 5 months out from my flu shot. I decided to opt out of getting a cortisone shot. I'm still in some discomfort but, each week, each month it has gradually improved to the point that I can now sleep on that shoulder at night. It no longer bothers me in most of my every-day tasks. Reaching up high to get a plate or something out of my cabinet in the kitchen, I still notice it and it gives me some pain but nothing compared to 3 or 4 months ago.
I have to say that the 'recovery' has been very, very gradual but distinct. I want others who are going through this to not lose hope. No, this may not be resolved, read: pain-free, in a matter of weeks - it may take months, but don't lose hope. The one thing that still exacerbates this injury is if I do significant upper body workouts - particularly bicep curls and chest presses. I think the strain of using heavy/heavier weights and all the repetitions, aggravates the musculature around the shoulder. However, that being said, the additional discomfort usually passes within a few days. If anyone else has any updates to report, please do!View Thread
And add to that the fact that I've read only about 1/3 of claimants are awarded payments for their claim. The program sounds like a great idea in theory, but not a very practical or promising way to actually get compensation unless you can stick with it for the long haul and/or are willing to accept you may not be compensated at all.View Thread
maxjmuller, I've read about the HRSA VICP fund program for vaccine injuries. I've ready what it takes to get through a case and it sounds like a LOT of hassle. You must first wait until 6 months from the date of the injury before you can file a claim. And the patient must pay approx $350 up front to file the case. From what little I've read of others' accounts, it can take years to get through a case. Years. Nothing that the government does is going to get done easily or efficiently, especially if they are picking up the tab. I'm not even at the 6 mos mark yet to be able to file, but even if I was, I'm not sure I would. It sounds like a red tape nightmare. I have seen the myvaccinelawyer.com site but thank you for mentioning it to everyone on this forum. Sad that something like this is even an issue that we all have to come here to talk about. View Thread
I wanted to post an update. I did the NSAIDs (Advil, 400mg twice a day) and the icing 4x's per day, as instructed by my doctor. I did this for one week. It helped a LOT. Pain was almost gone and under control. My doctor said to do this for one week and if things were not better to come back and he would send me for a cortisone shot. I stopped the Advil and icing yesterday. Today, the pain is back. Not as bad as it was before, but almost. Very discouraging. Clearly the NSAIDs and ice were keeping the inflammation under control, but that's not a permanent solution. Any one else have any updates? Please?View Thread
I had a follow up with my primary today. Had my flu shot 6 weeks ago. After an extensive range of motion testing, questions and him feeling the area that is tender, he said it's bursitis and likely caused by the vaccine fluid being injected into the bursa space because of the shot being given too high. My pain involves lateral movement and is acute with direct pressure on the very upper deltoid, just beneath the cap of the shoulder. Tender to push in on that area. He told me to take NSAIDs for a solid week on a schedule, ice 4 times a day, and if it's not better in 10 days, he wants to send me for a cortisone shot. Please everyone else, update us on your progress? Chicksingamom, I'm sorry you are still in pain. This stinks for all of us.View Thread
I had my flu shot 12/18. Now almost a month later I'm still in pain. I can do push-ups but any lateral movement, such as extending my arm directly out to the side and pushing against a wall is almost impossible. It hurts to sleep on. If I put my arm directly out from my body to the side, I can barely raise it. I am beyond frustrated as I know all of us are. My shoulder was fine before this shot.
I contacted my doctor about a week ago via email and he said last year when he got HIS shot it hurt for a month - he acknowledged maybe a nerve had been irritated. He asked me to give it more time. Some days are worse than others. Ibuprofen helps but I'm not going to take that every day and it's not an answer. I'm at the point of considering pursuing this through my primary for further evaluation. I DID notice that the shot was up very high in the deltoid. And it hurt VERY badly going into the arm.
If anyone has had a positive story/resolution, please tell us? This is very frustrating. Thanks.View Thread