There is one board certified family physician on this chat who had it happen to them and is asking for information. You'll just have to search as it is a month or two old by now. Every doctor I've talked to has refused to believe the pain can go upward into the spine and neck but we all know that's as false as their denial that the flu shot caused it. If my experience is any indicator the pain moved toward my back and neck toward the end of the healing process. It really hurt although Aspercream Max helped a little as did massage. At the early stage is stayed pretty much in the shoulder and migrated back and forth to my hand.
Hang in there. You will heal but it will be a long and at times painful healing. Above all don't lose hope.
You bring up a good point that almost nobody has brought to light and that is the depression that goes with this. The thought that a careless nurse could cause me a lifetime of suffering was almost more than I could handle. The folks on this blog were my salvation . . . knowing I was not alone. At 68 I wasn't sure if I even wanted to live any longer if it had to be with that kind of pain and suffering. Perhaps I should take this time to thank "MYARMHURTSTOO" and the others here. You probably saved my life by giving me hope and keeping me from making a BAD decision.View Thread
It's not so much the vaccine rather it's the location. All people in this blog (including myself) report the injection was given very high up on the arm, almost on the shoulder. This has been going on since before 2006, propably much longer but just not reported. I will likely get another flu shot next year but they'll put it where I tell them to or I'll walk out the door. We just need to get the word out to everybody because the medical community at best ignores it and at worse denies it even exists.
Anti-inflammatory medication is the only thing that seems to help healing but there are limits on NSAID's (Ibuprofin for example) and even on prescription anti-inflammatory pills (which I took). They can damage multiple organs in dosages too large or over too long a period of time. I used pain killers at night and the A/I's during the day.
It just takes a very long time. I was hoping for 3 months but that has passed. Looks more like 4 months for me. Others take up to a year with an average of about 6 months. Hang in there. It does get better over time but sometimes it's 2 steps forward and one step back so don't get discouraged.
Well it will be 3 months on January 3rd and the arm is much improved. The pain is there but sporadic and low grade. I don't take any pain pills to sleep and only take an anti-inflammatory pill once every couple of days or whenever my arm starts feeling "puffy" or "stiff". They say it's anywhere between 2 months and a year for recovery. Hopefully by February 3rd it will be over for me. My wish for the new year is that you all heal quickly and my greatest hope would be for somebody in the medical profession to recognize this and stop the insanity of poorly administered injections followed by complete denial. SOMETHING MUST BE DONE.View Thread
Well Doctory I feel bad that you're now a part of this group but I am pleased, if that's the right word, that we have a member of the medical community on board.
My doctor still refuses to believe it was the injection even though it started the next day on the arm that hat received the shot and that had not been injured or stressed in any way. Even considering that I'd been taking Flu shots every year for over 25 years with no ill effects. He did prescribe an anti-inflammitory to be taken at breakfast and dinner. I asked about an additional one since they only gave me relief for 7 or 8 hours but he said no . . . and said no to any NSAID pain killer (understandable since they too are anti-inflammitorys) . . . said to take a couple of Tylenol(tm). Might as well have eaten a couple of M&M's for all the good they did.
Finally I gave up and took matters into my own hands. After much internet research the regimen that worked for me was to take the anti-inflammitory's as directed and then I dug out a bottle of 325MG Percocets I had left over from a rotator cuff surgery I'd had on the other arm a year earlier. I took one of them at bed time and they let me sleep. *** Please skip the mandatory lecture about self medication and old drugs. I'm perfectly aware of that. In fact I hate to take pills of any kind and won't unless it's necessary. That's why I had the Percocets left. I could handle the pain after surgery and so didn't use them. *** At this point though I felt like I only had two options . . . kill the pain or kill myself.
Anyway it's been 9 weeks now and I'm down to only one anti-inflammitory a day and I've been able to sleep without a pain pill for the last 5 nights. I still have pain but it's low level enough that I can get some decent sleep. At this pace I hope to be pretty close to normal in another 4 or 5 weeks.
Thanks for anything you can do to stop this. It's inexcusable that so many people are suffering such great pain simply because a needed Flu shot was given in the wrong location by people they trusted.
I tell everybody that if you see them attempting to give you a flu shot high on your shoulder, refuse it and tell them to move it down an inch or you'll go elsewhere.
Dec. 3rd was the 2 month anniversary of my screwed up flu shot. I celebrated it by sleeping two nights in a row without having to take any pain medication. Understand I didn't say without pain but the pain level was low enough I could go to sleep. I'm still hoping for the best and seeing painfully slow recovery. Here's my suggestion to people still looking for solutions: Anti-inflammitory medicine in the largest dosage you can safely take and some kind of pain medication in the evening, Again make it strong but be careful you don't use an NSAID like Aleve or Ibuprofen unless your doctor says to do it. They too are anti-inflammitory's and could put you over your safe limit.
Please understand I am NOT an MD. I'm just saying what has worked for me. Tell your doctor and see if he/she will prescribe these medications for you.View Thread
Unable to find a lawyer willing to take it on a contingency basis and I simply don't have the money to pursue it on my own. If my arm was paralyzed or something obvious they would take it. The doctors simply refuse to accept the obvious because it would implicate them. I don't want the money (except enough to pay for medical bills etc.) but I want the medical community to face up to this and STOP HURTING PEOPLE. Isn't that what they take an oath to do?
For what it's worth the only thing that helps substantially is an anti-inflammitory morning and night (Diclofenac 75 MG EC) and then a strong pain killer to sleep (Percocet or Vicodin). My doctor said Tylenol but M&M's would have done me as much good as them and taste better.
It's been 2 months now and I am getting better SLOWLY but just when I think it's licked it rebounds. Two steps forward - one step back kind of thing.
Very few doctors will admit that this high injection site is the cause BUT IT IS. I told him about this and other websites and the hundreds of cases but he "blew it off" like most in the medical community.
Wish I could find a way to elevate this and get it some attention to stop the suffering and pain by so many people just because the medical profession won't address it. My pain is just like the rest of you. It floats around from my fingers all the way up to my neck. Some days worse than others and it's a month since the injection. One web doctor said I had probably bone or nerve damage (or both) and that either will heal but it will take many months.
Oh, and this is the first shot I've received at my doctors office. (his assistant gave it). All my others were at work with no ill effects.
I'd give anything if a lawyer or a TV investigator got hold of this and exposed it for what it is . . . poorly trained medical personel giving shots in the wrong place.
Anti inflammitorys morning and evening help and then I take a Percocet or a couple of Vicotins to get some sleep.
Are you still having the pain? I just got a shot this year and they injected it very high up. Any higher and they'd have been on top of my shoulder. It hurts like hell in the morning but if I move the arm around a lot it eases up as the day goes on but never goes away completely. Cannot sleep without heavy pain medication though.
All the doctors just want to ignore me and say it isn't related to the injection but that's just BS.
Do you know of anybody putting together a listing of all the hundreds of people experiencing this same thing? The CDC apparently had a PowerPoint(tm) showing where to give the shot (high on the arm I think) but the link to it got killed pretty quickly.
If they won't listen to individuals maybe we need to get a group. If they don't listen then I'm ready to get a lawyer and see if they'll listen to him/her. I've never been party to this kind of lawsuit before but if they won't listen to anything else that may be my only recourse.View Thread
This describes exactly what happened to me. The nurse did pinch the skin but it was so high up on my shoulder it made me wonder at the time but I am not a nurse and didn't think it made any difference. The shoulder hurts still after two days and now it's spread down my arm and back. I'm going to see the doctor today but from what I'm reading about it it is way too common this year and the recovery period is long if a recovery ever even happens.View Thread