Good for you to call it quits with your regular doctor. I also did not return to a so-called specialist when he condescendingly refused to believe a flu shot could cause an injury, then proceeded to talk into a tape recorder while I was still in his office and referred to me as "the patient." His disrespect earned him a formal complaint to my health network.View Thread
Sorry this happened to you. I'm a survivor of a flu shot injury and it's a horrible thing to go through. For the last 2 years since my injury I opted for an intradermal shot injected into the skin rather than the muscle. Anyone can go to a CVS, Target, etc. and ask for the intradermal rather than the standard flu shot. As for treatment to help tolerate the pain, acupuncture worked wonders for me because nothing else did. Good luck.View Thread
Glad to hear you are going to try acupuncture. I highly recommend it. I was able to manage the pain and gradually bring it to a tolerable level by having weekly acupuncture treatments for a duration of about 6 months, along with a safe daily dose of ibuprofen and icing my shoulder at night when the pain was at its worst. I was deeply depressed for the first 2 months after my vaccine injury, but when I started the acupuncture treatments it gave me hope that I would get through the nightmare.
Since recovery I have received two successful INTRADERMAL flu shots at a CVS Minute Clinic. The intradermal needle is tiny and barely pricks the skin. I honestly don't know why they continue to give flu shots with the longer needle when the intradermal is so much less invasive. Unfortunately I'm not eligible for the nasal spray because I'm over 55 -- probably the better way to go if you're younger.
Good luck and please let us know how the acupuncture works out for you.View Thread
Having been through this myself starting in the fall of 2012, you will likely be in some pretty bad pain for another 6-8 months. It is incredibly upsetting and depressing, and I'm really sorry this happened to you and everyone who has ever posted here. It does help a little to know you are not alone. Keep checking in and have faith that you will get better (because you will!) but prepare yourself for a rough winter. (View Thread
Hey skyes77. I'm so sorry you're going through this. The most important thing I can tell you is that YOU WILL GET BETTER. Is it going to take a long time to recover? Yes. Many months I'm sorry to say. I spent the entire fall, winter, and spring of 2012/2013 in pain after the flu shot. The pain was blindingly excruciating at times. In June of 2013 I finally started to feel better. As of this writing I have regained full use of my arm and shoulder, although the muscles around the shoulder are tighter than they used to be.
KEEP THE SWELLING DOWN TO KEEP THE PAIN LEVEL DOWN. Here'show I was able to keep the pain at a tolerable level: 1. I took 800mg IBUPROFEN per day - 400mg am, 400mg pm. Before taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication check label for risks and/or consult with your doctor. Two doctors told me I could continue 800mg daily for a total of six months before it could possibly endanger my health. My liver's still functioning so I guess I'm OK! 2. I received a total of 16 ACUPUNCTURE treatments, once per week. Each weekly treatment gradually brought my pain level down to tolerable, i.e. relief lasting 1-2 days, then 2-3, then 4-5, etc. until I was finally able to stop going entirely. Legitimate acupuncture providers exist in many areas of the U.S. I'm in the Minneapolis area and got my treatments through Northwestern Health Sciences University http://www.nwhealth.edu/ and costs were partially covered by my health insurance. Skeptical about acupuncture? Don't be. It works. Heck, it's been around for thousands of years so there must be something to it, right??? 3. I kept a small cooler containing ICE PACKS and dish towels on the floor next to my bed at night. When the pain and throbbing got really bad I could grab an ice pack wrapped in a towel and apply it when needed, then throw it all back in the cooler when done. 4. I slept on my good side with my head resting on a pillow as I normally would, with my bad arm elevated on a SECOND PILLOW, adjusting throughout the night until fairly comfortable.
WHAT NOT TO DO. Things I tried that made my pain worse: 1. Physical therapy. Bad idea. 2. Heating pad. Heat makes the swelling worse.
It almost makes me cry to think back on the tremendous physical and emotional toll that flu vaccine injury had on me and my family. My heart goes out to all who are suffering right now. I know exactly what you're going through. Just remember THERE IS HOPE. YOU WILL GET BETTER.
And lastly, seek retribution and contact a VACCINE INJURY LAWYER. I did.View Thread
Dear kl1991, The suffering described in this discussion string is real, and it most certainly is something to be concerned about. I, too, had a flu shot in October of 2012 that caused me 8 months of excruciating pain and weakness. I'm sure you're only trying to help, but please don't make light of this.
To all who are in pain: I promise you it will get better, but you're going to have a rough time getting to that point. You are ALL in my prayers. It just breaks my heart this has happened to so many of us.View Thread
2LKittie, please don't give up hope. The pain WILL go away although it may not seem like it right now. It is truly a struggle dealing with this type of injury.
I had my flu shot on Oct 2 2012 and experienced intense pain and trouble sleeping every day until about the middle of May 2013. Weekly acupuncture treatments, ibuprofen (Advil), certain types of pain killers, ice and topical applications of Biofreeze at night were the only things that made the pain tolerable during those months. I went through a roller coaster of emotions -- anger, depression, despair and hope.
Finally, in my 8th month I am feeling much better. My pain level went from a 10 at its worst to the level I'm at now - a level 1. I said a final good-bye to my acupuncturist yesterday and will continue now with deep muscle massage therapy and gentle stretching and physical therapy exercises on my own.
I forgot you said in an earlier post that you had tried acupuncture before. How many treatments did you have? I didn't notice any results until about the third or fourth treatment. My nighttime pain has been reduced from a level 10 to about a 6 or 7 now, and I am no longer taking Advil. Even though I'd like to continue, it's risky to keep that up after six months.
The good people at my hospital's Natural Healing Center where I have the acupuncture taught me how to sleep on my good side -- pillow under the head w/ neck straight with another pillow between the ankles. I put some BioFreeze http://biofreeze.com/ on my shoulder before bed and take a pain pill with water and a couple of Ritz crackers just in case of stomach upset. I do still wake up from pain but it's at least tolerable -- I just shift my arm a little and go back to sleep. My spirits are better now, too. Not feeling as hopeless anymore.
Sending a prayer your way and hope you feel well soon!View Thread