Follow-up, at almost 1 year I'm still feeling a lot better with only occasional twinges of shoulder pain on weird movements like loading my suitcase in overhead storage on a plane. Which makes me fearful that there could be a day when I make the wrong move and boom then it's back to the agony again. I did want to share for anyone else interested that I did not avoid the flu shot this year. I did, however, opt to get it administered at my doctor's office instead of a pharmacy and requested for it "anywhere but my shoulder". Since my shoulder adverse event was my right they injected into the muscle of my left thigh (you can't really get much more further from the right shoulder, now can you). My thigh had normal levels of injection site swelling but no unexpected pain in any nearby joints, which makes me oh so happy. Just wanted to let everyone know in case you're holding out on the flu shot this year because of a bad shoulder experience previously and because I always expected the shoulder was the only administration location. I was on fence about getting it at all but my mom has been very ill and they recommended anyone who spends time with her should get vaccinated.View Thread
I'm happy to report that I am still making progress with natural anti-inflammatories. I take 1.5 grams of vegetarian borage oil daily (at my rheumatologist suggestion) and wobenzym n as well as turmeric curcumin concentrate. The combination somehow is helping my inflammation and it is gradually getting better. I also found these modified yoga poses where you push your arm up on the wall while standing and that is strengthening the surrounding muscles to take the pressure off the rotator cuff. You don't have to do it inverted like the man in the chair. I do it pushing on a wall.
I'm glad there were recent responses, otherwise I may not have thought to give an update as well. It's been about 4 months since my flu shot and I am now active again but at a cost. It's aggravated my shoulder pain which was not bothering me at all after the steroids in November. My doctor says surgery is the only solution but I'm trying natural anti-inflammatories and some modified yoga stretches which others have reported were helpful. At this point it hurts all the time unless I keep it moving and stretched. It's a really delicate balance because if I attempt an activity which puts too much weight on it like a modified plank then it's a searing pain, if I don't do anything then it's a searing pain, but if I dance it hurts when I'm first starting and then halfway thru an hour long dance class it almost entirely stops hurting and i have relief from the worst of it for at least 24 hours. I'm trying to keep a positive attitude about it as we'll because when I'm emotional and focus on the pain it seems to hurt more. I definitely have no interest in surgery or any more narcotic medicine and will delay it as long as possible in hopes to finding a less invasive and non-drug related cure. The working theory on the yoga stretches is to strengthen the surrounding muscles and then they take the majority of the load instead of the rotator cuff. I hope others with similar experiences find a good non-surgical treatment that works long term or if you do opt for surgery that its a quick recovery. If I opt for the flu shot next year it definitely will be administered at the doctors office and not a pharmacy and I may also have someone else videotape the injection so that if there's a problem there is proof of the administration (although you better believe I won't let anyone get close to my shoulder joint ever again!). Best to everyone and hoping for some relief for us all.View Thread
The verdict is in for my shoulder injury and my primary care has reported to the vaccine adverse event reporting system. There's a small tear in the rotator cuff. Presumably the inappropriate injection location (which was still visible because of bruising) likely caused swelling (but thankfully not a tear) in the bursa and when I continued to use my shoulder the added pressure from the bursa swelling caused a rotator tear. Some could argue that the tear was there before and that could be right (although it would have been an injury I have absolutely no memory of receiving), I don't really care where it came from, just that if it in any way was caused or even just irritated by the high injection site that the administrator is made aware the appropriate way to inject so that its less likely to happen to someone else. I realized in hindsight that with past immunizations the person giving it would usually squeeze the skin together with one hand and inject with the other, perhaps that too would have helped to ensure injection to the muscle and not the bursa. The tear theoretically may even already have been there from something else and the injection swelling at the joint irritated. Either way the injection administration was certainly wrong and has been reported. The doctor is hopeful that a course of steroids and limited use will be enough for full recovery. If not maybe PT or surgery Thankfully just limiting movement helps with the pain so I'm not becoming pain medicine dependent (although definitely need them to be able to get comfortable enough to sleep thru the night) and that encourages me to think it can be healed without surgical intervention.View Thread
Also just so it's clear for me it has nothing to do with "suing" anyone. I will report my adverse event solely for the purpose of ruling out whether it is related to the shot and if it is helping to make sure other people don't have a similar bad experience.View Thread
I feel for you, hope you get some relief soon and disagree with the other person who commented, I don't think it's a coincidence. I never had a shoulder injury in my affected arm and have had excruciating pain in that shoulder since the day of my flu shot two weeks ago. I agree too that the person who gave it to me definitely didn't inject the same way I've received it in the past. It was injected very high on my shoulder and the angle he injected was very unusual, with the needle pointing upwards towards the top of my shoulder. I get some relief from max dose of naproxen and a heating pad but I can't get comfortable to sleep and wake up with shooting pains. I have an appointment with my primary care on Monday. The front desk said they have lots of reports of shoulder issues with this years shot. There's even apparently a special reporting process for it. I mentioned it to my mom tonight and she said "that's weird, your dad has been complaining about his shoulder since his flu shot but he said he just slept funny on it". Hope you feel better soon!View Thread