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Comment from: jay, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 07

For some reason I can't find an answer as to how on an injection for flu can be done on someone with fibromyalgia when they can't stand touch. I also have pernicious anemia but have to inject into my stomach fat as I can't handle jabs into the muscles.

Comment from: Arabidopsis, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 28

I had the flu vaccine jab in November 2019. Five days later I developed pain and swelling in my right knee. This progressed to pain and swelling in most of my joints, and I also had muscle spasms in my legs. I went from being an active person to being hardly able to walk. I have been under the care of a rheumatologist for several months. Following countless tests, I have been diagnosed with reactive arthritis triggered by the flu jab.

Comment from: snowcrash208, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 21

Each year I took a flu vaccine shot without side effects until November 2007, when, within 4 hours of the shot, I began to have pain and stiffness in my lower back. The pain intensified and spread up my back and down my legs. I have a high pain threshold, but it became nearly unbearable. I had never before, or since, experienced such persistent intense pain. After about a day and a half, it began to subside and eventually I felt close to normal on the third day. I haven't had a flu shot since then.

Comment from: P sue, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 21

I received the flu vaccine shot for the first time in 15 years. The first 4 days my arm was red and inflamed, and I was unable to use it because of the pain. It has been 7 months, I’m tired all the time, and my joints hurt, mainly in my legs and feet. Nothing has been helpful to resolve the pain or tiredness.

Comment from: Maddy , 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: July 21

I received my flu vaccine last year, 2019, and almost immediately my left arm was in so much pain and my mobility was very limited. I noticed a few days later at the injection site, there was a lump although not painful. However a few months passed and that lump grew bigger and it was almost unbearable to sleep on, which led me to the doctors. They said it grew into a cyst and it was infected, and I had to go on antibiotics. Now a year later, my arm still has that sore ache and I feel random impulses.

Comment from: Roxanne , 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 08

I have had terrible side effects from the flu vaccine for 65 and older. I was given it in February and now 5 months later I am still having many side effects. I have joint pain and low energy, and the shoulder where the shot was given is unusable. I have stomach issues, vision problems, skin rashes, on and on. Never ending flu symptoms. Will never have another flu shot again!

Comment from: Perfect Peter, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: June 16

I just had a flu shot in May 2020, here in Australia. Because 'I believe' I've had problems with SIRVA (shoulder injury related to vaccination administration) in the past I now get it in the right buttock. The last two years it was fine but this year, after a long bike ride immediately after I had the shot, a very painful right knee started the next morning, plus sore hips and it has continued for 1 month now. I also feel like I was just injected yesterday, with a pain in the backside!

Comment from: Flu shot reaction, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 02

I'm 70, fit, with sport 3 days/week, gym 3 days/week, and never get colds or flu. I had flu vaccine on 6th April, 2020 in my left arm, and 10th April I had excruciating pain in my right leg, thigh, knee and calf, left arm, shoulder to wrist. Next couple of days I had pain in my right leg, back, left leg, left and right arms. I went to the emergency room on 26th April, had blood tests, and all ok. On 1st May I had trouble walking, sleeping, and am still in severe pain. On 29th May, I still have pains in my arms, wrists, and left leg. This was my first flu shot; will definitely be the last.

Comment from: Rini, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: May 27

Since having the flu vaccine shot a few weeks ago, in April 2020, I have had constant pain in my joints. It can be quite unbearable at times, and slows me down. I will never have it again.

Comment from: DaLexica, 35-44 Female (Caregiver) Published: May 27

I couldn't move my arm for 10 minutes after a flu vaccine shot from Walgreens in late 2019.


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Comment from: Concerned Spouse, 55-64 Male (Caregiver) Published: May 19

In 2016 my husband received the quadrivalent flu vaccine and has had multiple symptoms that started within a week, with a sore back and spine that felt inflamed. I would encourage everyone here to report to their doctors now, and get it documented. Also report to VAERS (vaccine adverse event reporting system). There is a vaccine injury court but extensive documentation is required.

Comment from: Stiles, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: May 18

I've had the flu shot two years in a row. I've got numbness in my toes. I feel very sleepy, and my legs feel strange. Joints are hurting. My right wrist was so bad, it felt like it was broken. I had a nerve test on my feet and legs. Something is not right. They are sending me to a neurologist. If they find anything or not, I'm never getting a flu shot ever!

Comment from: Flu vaccination, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: May 11

I received my flu vaccination on 6 May, 2020, the first one ever. I only consented to the vaccination as possibility of flu and COVID-19 would not be a good outcome. Three or four days after vaccination I began to experience muscle cramps and knee pain in my right leg that moved up to the groin. My left knee began to ache, left shoulder become very painful, as well as arm muscle. Four weeks on, no improvement, leg and arm pain are unrelenting and I get surges throughout my entire body day and night. Blood sample was taken today, results in several days.

Comment from: Lesley, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 30

I got the flu shot here in Australia 9 days ago and my joints have started aching. Even my calves hurt. I have weird itchiness of my nose and hands. I'm imagining it's the flu shot because it's come out of nowhere and for no reason.

Comment from: Help!, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: April 02

I received the flu vaccine shot in my left arm in November 2019. Day after, I experienced right breast pain, inner biceps pain, inner elbow and inner forearm pain, hand pain and tingling down the middle and ring finger with my pinky having the most pain while mousing around. It’s 4.5 months later and while I thought I was gaining weight, I’ve right sided inflammation in my right breast, bicep, forearm, hand, thigh, and some of my foot. My right hand spasms at night, sometimes my left too. Too young for this!

Comment from: Sarah, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: March 09

I started sneezing really badly a few days after get the flu vaccine shot and I'm still sneezing because of it 3 months later. I have a compromised immune system and I told my doctor that when I get sick the side effects can last for months. Now my body thinks I'm allergic that things I know I'm not allergic to. That's the last time I trust my doctor about getting it and the last time I'll be getting a flu shot. I'm very unlikely to get the flu due to self-enforced constant isolation.

Comment from: anne, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: March 09

I have had flu vaccine shots for the last 30 years or more, and never have I had a reaction like I did this year! Within a day or two, all my joints and muscles were sore and felt hot and very painful. I finally went to the doctor, and have been on pain and anti-inflammatory pills since. Will this ever get any better or go away!

Comment from: Kathy, 0-2 Female (Caregiver) Published: March 09

I received the flu vaccine in 2018. Within 25 minutes my arms had needles and pins, and this traveled up my arms to my jaw. I was beet red in the face and developed hives, nausea, and uncontrollable shaking. I went to the doctor. I was given prednisone and a prescription for 5 days more. It was 5 weeks before the symptoms stopped returning every few days. I am now experiencing the same symptoms at times. Very scary. Doctors think I’m crazy.

Comment from: Anne, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: March 06

I have been having a flu vaccine shot for at least 40 years, but this year a day or two after receiving it, my joint began to hurt and feels swollen and hot. I have been on NSAIDs since last October in order to function! Wonder if anyone else has experienced this.

Comment from: Surprised , 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 28

I too have had sciatica symptoms after receiving my flu vaccine. I have extreme pain in the upper leg, groin area, muscles, and joints. Walking is very painful. Shoulders hurt. It’s been around a month. I never associated it with the flu shot. I got it in January. I've only had one flu shot before, years ago.


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Comment from: Dakotah, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 25

I also experienced side effects from the flu vaccine shot. The area on my left arm which received the vaccine was very tender for many days and as time passed the tenderness grew into other parts of that arm traveling down through my forearm and my wrist. The muscles were also spasming, accompanied with weakness, numbness and itching. It has now been a month since the vaccine and none of the symptoms has subsided.

Comment from: mroles, 45-54 (Patient) Published: February 14

Two years ago I experienced severe muscle pain and spasms in my legs. The pain in my calves was so bad that I could barely drive. I was sent to a neurologist, had a battery of tests, all normal. The pain gradually went away after about 4 months. Last year, same time, November, it began again and then went away around March. I'm allergic to sulfur drugs and wonder if it could be the flu vaccine shot since it started shortly after getting it. Didn't get one last year and the pain has not come back.

Comment from: Bam, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 12

I had the flu vaccine shot 8 days ago and went to the emergency room last night. The only explanation they gave me was that my muscles must have gotten bruised. This is the worst pain I have had in a very long time. My left arm, neck, and when I work, my left leg ache. I can’t take this. I go to my doctor tomorrow. I got the shot at Walmart pharmacy.

Comment from: Ouch, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 05

The day after receiving the senior flu vaccine I experienced terrible leg pain especially behind the knees. I tried ibuprofen and heat compresses. It’s been about 5 days and now it is more like an extreme stiffness in the legs. I can hardly walk and have to climb the stairs one step at a time. I am a fairly active 66 year old and have had no problems with my legs until now.

Comment from: TJ, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 05

I have fibromyalgia and back/hip injury from 1986. I got my flu vaccine shot in the middle of November and by the time I walked to my car I was in so much pain from my low back down. It is now February and I still have pain in my hip, it never has gone away and it has never eased up. I have an appointment coming up with the doctor and I am going to ask about it.

Comment from: tielee, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: February 05

I had atrial fibrillation 30 hour after my flu vaccine shot and pneumonia shot. I had atrial fibrillation of 60 to 256 bpm that lasted till injected with medicine. It slowed to 60, and normal is 70. I was weak the next day, with head ache, and still lethargic on the 4th day but doing better. First flu shot in 40 plus years. I am a male, 72.

Comment from: Krystle , 25-34 Female (Caregiver) Published: January 31

I received a flu vaccine shot yesterday after I refused. I was told I wouldn’t get the position because it was required, other than if I had a medical or religious reason. So I got the shot and my back and shoulder are in so much pain now I can barely get around.

Comment from: Mizzoumom, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 27

This is 1/23/20 and I got a flu vaccine shot today and by the time I got home, my right lower back felt like it was seizing up. That went away, but my lower left back is sore. I hope it will be better tomorrow.

Comment from: HadByTheFluShot, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 24

Oh my word, it only dawned on me today that my ongoing hip and leg pain only really began after I received the flu vaccine shot, in googling it and finding all these same symptoms, it has me worried! I got my flu shot the first week of December 2019. It is now the end of January 2020 and the arm where I got the shot is still in extreme pain whenever I move it, and my hips are in pain every time I stand up and walk. I went out one weekend and was limping in unbearable pain the whole time.

Comment from: Loren, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 21

January 18th, 2020, today is Saturday. I had my flu vaccine shot 3 days ago, Wednesday 4:30 pm. I felt ok the rest of that day and the following day, apart from a few leg aches. It felt like I'd done a light workout. By the Friday my leg aches were getting worse, especially the right leg. By Saturday both legs are very sore (muscle wise) and I'm struggling to walk. I hope this improves soon. I'm a 64 year old otherwise healthy female. If this doesn't improve soon I'll need to visit my general physician.

Comment from: Neveragain, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 15

I got the flu vaccine shot after having my daughter (the only reason I got it, because I had heard some bad stories but it was recommended). Never again. The nurse must not have injected it properly or something happened, because it’s been 3 months (although the pain is finally not as bad) and it is still bad. Every motion hurts, legs hurt even when simply touched. Now they are getting better, but groin area hurts a lot. I used to be an active waitress now there’s no way I can do what I used to do before having this horrid injection.

Comment from: Ellie , 75 or over Male (Caregiver) Published: January 14

My husband received the senior flu vaccine shot 2 months ago, and now has muscle leg pain so severe he can barely walk. It’s difficult to find a comfortable position in bed. Wondering what treatment will work and how long this pain will last.

Comment from: LJ, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 13

The day after my flu vaccine shot I felt terrible. The second day I could not walk, my lower back, legs, knees and feet felt broken. It has been so since September 2019 and I still can barely walk. It gets even worse as the day progresses.

Comment from: Amanda, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 07

I was diagnosed with possible onset of flu, and given a Z-Pak and flu vaccine shot at the hospital to lessen symptoms, and sent home. That was on the 27th December. Yesterday (January 2), after completing Medrol Dosepak, I became aware my right arm was like a dead weight, with a dull, painful ache that will not go away. It was accompanied by a bad headache on the right side that also nags. I am still coughing up phlegm, and feeling exhausted. Not sure if it is tied to the vaccine, or not, but seems like it.

Comment from: Horrible long lastin, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 03

Mine is a very similar story. I received a flu vaccine shot over 2 months ago. My legs are in terrible pain and I need help to get out of bed without it taking forever. I have a new born, she is 2 months, and when I received the flu shot I was already healing from my natural delivery. I was finally starting to feel like my active self but after the flu shot my body is shot. Groin area, legs and back pain. A simple walk down the block to the store kills me! When I get home I want to collapse and cry. My legs are in horrible pain no matter what, even the lightest touch.

Comment from: sawndp, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 31

I had the flu vaccine in December 2019, have been experiencing lower back pain and have gone to the emergency room for a visit. They said nothing was wrong with me, beside it being a muscular pain. I hope this back pain goes away. I will never get another flu shot again.

Comment from: Running man, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: December 31

I had a senior flu vaccine shot with pneumonia shot in my yearly physical in November 2019. I was told the site of shots would be sore a few days, and they were. Four to five days after the shots I had severe joint pain in my shoulders and hip joints. Hard to even roll over in bed and function with normal daily activities. Six weeks later and still no better. Taking 800 mg ibuprofen every 8 hours helps a little. Going to the doctor in a few days.

Comment from: jjhoffman, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: December 26

I have bullous emphysema and after getting the flu and pneumonia last year, I swore to get a flu vaccine shot this year, despite the fact that I know I will have a reaction. I got the shot Thursday at 11 am by 1 pm my ears were ringing, I was feeling feverish, my lower back hurt, and my head pounded. Every day was worse and worse, and I was miserable. Sunday night my kidneys still hurt but headaches were gone. Fever comes and goes and I'm feeling a bit better. This is just nuts, if I wasn't having surgery I'd never get it.

Comment from: Cynthia of Mesa, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 12

I am an active and healthy 62 year old woman, and got first ever flu vaccine shot on Friday 12/6. That night I got dry cough for an hour, then was in bed with left side severe hip pain radiating into my leg, lost sleep and could hardly walk in the morning. I went to the chiropractor next day not associating my pain with the shot. Bad pain continued three days and nights total, in the left hip, I lost sleep, and had difficulty walking normally for 3 days. I have been detoxing myself. Today is the 4th day, I still have residual tingling and radiating nerve pain into my feet and toes. Never again; frightening.

Comment from: BBH, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 11

I returned from a trip out West in September. I id lots of walking with no problems. I got a flu vaccine shot a couple of weeks later and immediately began having joint and muscle pain. After 6 weeks, my leg pain is severe. X-rays show no bone problem in hips or knees. Muscle relaxers and stretching help but only temporarily. I am convinced these issues are related to the flu vaccine of fall 2019.

Comment from: Barb, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 11

Yes, very much. I have had severe back pain for 2 months, shoulder and neck pain, and it still won’t go away. I will never get a flu vaccine shot again. This has nearly debilitated me. It also caused swelling in the eye lids. The doctor suggested Benadryl. I would not recommend flu shot. I see my mom is struggling with symptoms from it to. Also a lot of knee pain that is crushing and extremely painful.

Comment from: Michèle , 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 10

I’m 56 years old, asthmatic and coeliac. I made the decision to have the flu vaccine last Thursday, 28 November, 2019. I did explain my last experience was not great but at the same time put it down to being run down. Three days later I started with chills, aches, pains and headaches. Now, day 11, I still have generalized aches and pains, fatigue and lethargy. I’m a bit freaked out that I am still like this and don’t know for how much longer. I saw the doctor last Thursday, 5th December and am going back again today.

Comment from: Old Bill, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: December 10

I've never had a flu vaccine shot before, and this was the senior strength shot. Within days my hips and thighs were feeling sharp pains, especially when bending over or stretching, or walking up or down stairs. I've seen a chiropractor, got a cortisone shot in my hip, and now I'm going to physical therapy. My left hip is feeling better now, but my right hip and leg (now down to my calf) still hurt. It's been two months since I got the shot. It will be never before I get another one.

Comment from: Kathy, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: December 06

I got a flu vaccine shot, and the next day my leg was achy. Two days later I can’t put any weight on my right leg, I have excruciating pain.

Comment from: Wisco18, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: December 06

Exactly one week after my husband received the high-dose flu vaccine shot, he was racked with overall body pain... shoulders, back, hips, legs, and wrists. He suffered terribly for 2 months. Couldn't sleep at night because of the pain. He saw a rheumatologist who diagnosed polymyalgia rheumatica and put him on prednisone. He is feeling better with the medicines. There is no doubt in our minds that the condition was triggered by the high-dose flu shot which has 4 times the antigens to fire up the immune system.

Comment from: Sherbear, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 03

I am suddenly having severe joint pain in my hips and knees. I did get the flu vaccine 3 days ago. I can't help but think they are related.

Comment from: Zippigoesflat, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 03

I am having all of these symptoms listed for close to 3 months after the flu vaccine shot now, and it seems to be getting worse instead of better. I'm wondering what the was wrong with that batch and what to do about it now. What did we just get shot into our bodies! This is disturbing and miserable, I am always feeling like I've got a mild flu with muscle and joint aches and pains. If anyone has received any help that works, please pass the how-to on!

Comment from: Mrs bear, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 03

The night and for 2 days after the flu vaccine I had the injection site swelling to the size of half orange, and much pain. A week later I'm having serious joint pain, elbows, knees, ankles, thumbs and feel very tired. I get the flu shot every year as I've been dealing with fibromyalgia for 25 years. Got influenza with terrible pain almost yearly prior, from patients and coworkers. This year is the first ever to have such strong side effects.

Comment from: Lessons learned, 65-74 Male (Caregiver) Published: December 03

My husband had the flu vaccine shot and a week later was in severe back pain. He went to the doctor and they could find nothing wrong but suggested he take pain medicines and muscle relaxers. I pointed out that he had had a flu shot recently but they dismissed this idea. His pain was excruciating and came upon suddenly without any known cause. I am convinced it was the flu shot.

Comment from: NurseNic, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: December 03

I got sick with some kind of cold and sore throat after the flu vaccine, then developed a lupus like rash on my face, and also on my chest and arms. No acute joint pain, but weeks and months later my knees, ankles, and legs began hurting all the time. Saw a rheumatologist, had a negative ANA, but high antibody counts for other things, as well my white blood cell count was low for about a year. I’m a nurse and I’m only part time because I can hardly work two 12 hour shifts in a row. I don’t know how I’ll ever be full time.

Comment from: Hurricane Sandy, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 02

I have had chronic pain in my left shoulder after receiving the influenza vaccination approximately 2 months ago. The injection site felt high on my shoulder the day I received it and I have had chronic pain from the site radiating to my neck and upper back as well as pain during left arm abduction movements ever since. I contacted the pharmacy manager at the hospital that I work and he said that there have been no other complaints. The pain has affected my energy, movement, and mood!

Comment from: Angel , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 22

I received flu and pneumonia vaccine shots yesterday. Of course, my arms were sore at the site of shot, but I woke today and my lower back is in so much pain! I've had 2 back surgeries with the latest one in 2010. I wonder if this is common. I can’t walk or stand comfortably!

Comment from: Kim, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 21

Yes, I got the flu vaccine shot on the left side of my arm on Thursday and on Saturday is when I felt bad. The top of my shoulder, collar bone and the top of the middle of my back hurt really bad.

Comment from: LG, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 21

I had the high dose flu vaccine shot in October. Since then I have experienced extreme hip, knee, leg, and foot pain. Some days I cannot walk, it hurts so bad. I have never had anything like this before. It started almost within days of getting the shot. I never had anything like this before the flu shot.

Comment from: Stine, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: November 19

I received a flu vaccine shot for the 1st time. After 24 hours, I am having neck pain on the right side. The injection was given in my right arm. I am not sure if I will take the flu shot next year.

Comment from: Missouri girl , 35-44 Female (Caregiver) Published: November 19

I had the flu vaccine shot from work about 2 months ago, and the next day I was sore. The second day I was in pain, almost like bad leg cramps but in my arm and shoulder, which then went to my neck. Now, my arm and shoulder are still hurting, causing so much pain that some days it kills me to work. I am still having pain and don't know what to do. I went to the doctor couple days after getting shot, x-ray was good, and I had inflammation. The pain is inside and outside of my arm where I got the shot and my shoulder. I don’t know what to do.

Comment from: Martin, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: November 19

I received the flu vaccine two weeks ago and almost straight away developed a bad bout of flu. This has abated but I have severe pain in my hips and can barely walk. This started suddenly three days ago and is getting worse.

Comment from: Glenn, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: November 18

I also started getting joint pain in my back and knees after receiving the flu vaccine. My back went out and it has been painful and my spine is crooked. I just paid USD 100 for an adjustment but nothing has changed.

Comment from: Soreneck, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 18

I had the 2019 flu vaccine shot, and I get one yearly. This year I have the normal soreness in my arm, and it is hot and swollen. What is odd is it is incredibly stiff, and my neck is killing me. I could not sleep due to the neck pain. This morning it's still tense, stiff and painful. Hopefully it goes away quickly.

Comment from: JMV, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 15

I receive my very first flu vaccine shot in the fall of 18 since my oldest son entered kindergarten. The lymph node under my armpit became swollen and I had pain in my shoulder. It felt like a ball under my arm and I couldn't sleep or move my arm. It took a week for the swelling and pain to go away. Since I have young children I decided to get the flu shot again this year. The first 2 days I was lightheaded and weak. I had pain in my neck, shoulder and arm pit again. It felt like I had been hit with a bat. Took a week to feel better.

Comment from: ArlenaK, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 15

On 10/8/19 I got the Flucelvax single dose flu vaccine shot (Seqirus) and within 2 weeks developed flu like symptoms. Symptoms worsened with persistent fever and severe joint pain. The pain started on my right shoulder, hands, foot and neck, then went to my left side and back again. Pain starts during sleep and is severe by morning, leaving me unable to walk or sleep. Pain subsides and returns at night. Blood shows no rheumatoid arthritis, but inflammation. I am a healthy athletic female with no family history of any joint issues. I eat clean and exercise. Also my bloodwork done the prior month to having the flu shot was excellent.

Comment from: Lwins, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 14

Both my replacement knees are in agony and every site of old injuries and broken bones have come back to haunt me. It is 24 hours in after the flu vaccine. I'll report back later.

Comment from: Eileen , 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 14

I had my flu vaccine jab out on 11/11/2019. I know I have fibromyalgia, sciatica and chronic back pain, so I'm familiar with good and bad days. But now I have chronic head pain at the back of my head, a very painful shoulder, and neck pain. My arm aches down to my fingers… if this is normal, never again.

Comment from: Sof, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 14

I got my flu vaccine shot yesterday. Within 20 minutes my neck stiffened up and I have been at a level 9 neck pain since then. My spine is starting to stiffen as well. I am also starting to feel cold.

Comment from: Amy, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 13

I got the flu vaccine shot Thursday 11/7/19 and I’m experiencing extreme stiffness and soreness in the back of my neck. Wonder if it is related, I don’t know. If more people post what happens we can figure it out for ourselves because big pharma and the medical community will not.

Comment from: IgorS, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 13

Twenty four hours after taking the flu vaccine shot, I experienced lower back nerve pain similar to sciatica, and 36hs later the pain has moved to the side of my buttocks, on both sides. They feel locked and painful and from time to time I get shooting electric and tingling sensations down to my legs. I've experienced sciatica before but never on both sides of hip, buttocks and legs. This is definitely not a normal sciatica and the timing of it is too much of a coincidence, if we can call this a coincidence.

Comment from: K, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 13

I received the flu vaccine shot at the beginning of October. The pharmacist hit a blood vessel and I had a good deal of bleeding and a bruise that lasted a couple of weeks. I still have a lot of pain in my arm and it feels as though I just got the shot.

Comment from: Sam, 25-34 Female (Caregiver) Published: November 12

I am a nurse and got my flu vaccine shot on Monday, October 21, 2019. That Thursday while working night shift I noticed a heavy sensation in my chest, chest pain but not like heart chest pain. I did not have any fever or other symptoms. A few days later I noticed joint pain in my knees and ankles, but I brushed this off. Almost a week later the chest pain remains, as well as achy shoulder and neck pain. Sleep was difficult due to tossing and turning, barely being able to move while in bed.

Comment from: Bubba, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 12

I received my flu vaccine 2 days ago and started to feel pain in my right hand, an achy pain in the whole hand with movement. It is swollen a bit and tingling like it is asleep. I got the vaccine in my back hip.

Comment from: Sean, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: November 12

I never get a flu vaccine shot but my family doctor convinced me that healthy people should get the flu shot to protect the unhealthy or the elderly. The next day at work my lower back started to hurt a little. By the next day it started to hurt really bad. By the third day I could barely get out of bed. I will see the doctor to see if I can get something to help with the pain. I won't be getting the shot again!

Comment from: Gary M, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: November 12

I have sore hips and lower back pain after receiving flu vaccine.

Comment from: Hip pain, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 08

I got the flu vaccine shot and experience severe hip and leg pain, it's been four weeks and no relief.

Comment from: Bob, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: November 07

I have body ache, feel no energy, and drained after receiving the flu vaccine.

Comment from: Pain, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: November 07

On 10/1/2019 a flu vaccine shot was given in my right shoulder. A week and a half later I could not move my shoulder and I had bilateral pain. Three weeks later I can hardly walk. Today I have to see an orthopedic surgeon for a complete torn rotator cuff on the right. Not sure about the left shoulder since it is having the same pain as the right and hip. I have SIRVA, shoulder injury related to vaccine application. I have lost 90 percent of the use of the right arm and walking is a huge chore.

Comment from: msmith, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 07

Yes, I have side effects from flu vaccine. It’s been a month. I ache in every joint. Started a few hours after the injection. Others at work are complaining of the same.

Comment from: Kate, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 06

I started getting arm and shoulder pain about 4 days after having the flu vaccine jab. It's now nearly 2 weeks since and the pain has now gone into my neck as well. I've been taking ibuprofen but it doesn't make much difference.

Comment from: BB, 65-74 Female (Caregiver) Published: November 05

I am a nurse. I had my flu vaccine shot on October 15. I am still having soreness in that arm where injected as well as extreme pain when moving it. I had a similar experience 5 years ago with the flu shot in my other arm.

Comment from: Megs, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 05

I had flu vaccine shot beginning of September and 2 days later I had a big red patch on my arm. Then I had terrible pain in my arms, wrists and hands. It became so bad I couldn't get in and out of bed or get dressed without help as I was in so much pain. The doctor gave me a steroid injection and anti-inflammatory medicines which helped but still takes me about an hour in the morning to move my arms and hands. I am now taking CBD oil which is helping enormously.

Comment from: Warning On High Dose, 65-74 Female (Caregiver) Published: November 05

My 66 year old partner who is healthy, works out 4 times a week with cardio and weights. A muscular former master track athlete, he received a 65 plus flu vaccine shot 3 weeks ago. Thirty minutes after the vaccine, he could barely walk from sciatica pain on his right side. It's been 3 weeks on pain medicines, epidural steroid injection and he still can't walk without pain or crutches. We believe the flu shot triggered major inflammation in his lumbar spine resulting in his sciatica pain. This has been absolutely debilitating.

Comment from: TLL, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 05

Many of these comments are related to patients underlying problems not the flu vaccine. It sounds like a couple are side effects do happen, it doesn't mean everyone experiences it. Flu can kill you. Just because it hasn't yet doesn't mean you're immune to it. And it takes 2 weeks for the shot to be fully effective, so getting the flu 7 days after the vaccine isn't that surprising. See your doctor for more information. I received my vaccine and felt the side effects listed, but it's better than flu.

Comment from: S3, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: November 05

I just received the preservative free flu vaccine today, and have been foggy all afternoon with random sharp knee pain when I walk. I don’t normally experience this kind of knee pain and haven’t done anything out of the ordinary.

Comment from: Julia , 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: November 05

Sixty hours after flu vaccine shot at Walgreens, I went from zero to painfully stiff neck (after a short nap) on my right side; the side of the injection. The swelling exploded to include the right side of my neck with pulsating pain in my ears and headache. I could not move without extreme pain. Then chest pain and tightness down to my ribs was added to my stiff neck. It’s been a week today with horrible pain. To change positions or get up, I have to lift and cradle my head with my hands to maneuver in increments.

Comment from: Reesie B, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 31

I had my flu vaccine 3 weeks ago today. I have been having severe body ache and joint pain in my legs, lower back and arms. I have to continually take Aleve or ibuprofen to help. I have never had a reaction like this before.

Comment from: Gram Nanny, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 30

I got a flu vaccine shot on October 14th. Several days after, I experienced pain in my knees and calves. It has been two weeks now and the pain in my knees is especially bad. I am taking Motrin every four hours to be able to function.

Comment from: MamaMc, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: October 29

I get a flu vaccine shot every year. I usually feel draggy for a couple of days and my arm is tender. I got my 2019 shot yesterday and my injection site has a bruised look and is really painful. My neck is completely stiff and it hurts to move it. I’ve tried ice and heat, but it doesn’t relieve the pain. I don’t like to take Motrin or Tylenol but may try that tonight so I can sleep. Honestly my side effects seem a little scary.

Comment from: Dlite76, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 29

I was fine immediately following the flu vaccine shot; however by the next morning my upper arms, neck and shoulders were very stiff and achy. The aches, pain and stiffness had spread to my lower back by mid-day. I further experienced extreme fatigue and constipation. It is now over 72 hours since the shot and I am extremely achy and stiff still. I have read about this type of reaction as being a myth but I can assure you it is not. The correlation between the shot and onset of side effects is too great.

Comment from: Brit, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 29

I had the new flu vaccine shot for seniors, a stronger dose they said. Well, it is going on week 4 and I am having excruciating muscle pain, from my ankle up to my hip. At week 3 of the pain I went to the doctor as I was getting concerned, he put me on steroids, I am on day 3 of the steroids and it is not any better. Sometimes it hurts to put pressure on the one leg. Now I am getting muscle pain in the arm I had the shot in. I have a follow up appointment in 2 weeks. All I want is the pain to go away.

Comment from: angie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 28

I got the flu vaccine September 30, 2019. I had terrible headaches for days. Muscle aches started the night of the shot and have continued for 3 weeks now. I have never had this happen before. I am experiencing pain in different parts of my body.

Comment from: Elsie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 28

After telling my doctor twice, no, I did not want the flu vaccine shot she insisted I get it because of my health. I should have never got it because I have a bone disease now. I’m in so much more pain in my joints and bones. This is only the second day.

Comment from: Deb B, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 28

I receive the enhanced flu vaccine on October 20. That night I woke up with a pounding headache and pains in both hips and legs. I took painkillers and was left with excruciating pain in one leg and groin. I went to urgent care and was given naproxen which did nothing. The following day I was in the same amount of pain, I went to a general orthopedist. An x-ray was taken of my back and hip which showed nothing wrong. The doctor gave me a prescription for prednisone and in 12 hours relief began.

Comment from: bettynwh, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 28

Yes, I had side effects from the flu vaccine. I had fever, chills, leg pain and neck pain. I had the high dose of the vaccine.

Comment from: Sabrina , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 25

I had my flu vaccine jab on 21st October, 2019. A day after, I had pain in my right leg with severe hip joint pain, so much that I could not turn in bed. I also felt my right knee going very weak and wobbly. It seems to be getting better though.

Comment from: Hurricane Bob, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: October 24

It has been a week and I am still experiencing shoulder pain from my 2019 flu vaccine. I can never recall the pain lasting that long and I have been getting the vaccine for years!

Comment from: Jen C, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 24

I am a 58 year old female, active, play tennis, exercise, and have no health problems. That was until last Thursday, when I received a flu vaccine shot and my knee pain and wrist, hand, elbow pain since are excruciating. Day 3 of this and it's difficult to get out of bed. I see the doctor tomorrow. The pain is debilitating.

Comment from: Nowiamme, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 24

I received the Fluzone vaccine, as mandated by my employer, 12 days ago. I have been experiencing arm, shoulder and neck pain that gets excruciating at times. The fatigue, malaise and brain fog have dissipated, but the use of my arm is very limited. Fluzone contains mercury and formaldehyde as preservatives. There is a preservative free option called Flublok, but you will have to ask for it. It's more expensive.

Comment from: Hopeful, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 24

I received a flu vaccine shot on Thursday and that following Saturday started to experience back pain. It is seven days later and I still have severe back pain with muscle spasms. I feel like it is a result of the flu shot because I did nothing to strain my lower back. I am tired of this pain and it seems like nothing helps; Aleve, liniment or heat. Hope this goes away soon.

Comment from: Dc, 55-64 (Patient) Published: October 24

I took the flu vaccine shot 2 weeks ago. My reactions were severe headaches, shoulder freezing up and very painful. Also the worst muscle spasms I have ever experienced mainly in my legs but some in my back and ribs.

Comment from: EF, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 24

I had my flu vaccine shot this morning. Tonight I have a fever (99.7) and excruciating muscle spasms in my shoulder and back muscles. It hurts to breathe. I have never had a reaction to a flu shot in the past.

Comment from: Lee, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 21

I got this year's flu vaccine shot (2019) and my muscles and joints ached for 2 weeks. My knees hurt and I could barely go up and down stairs. This has not happened previously.

Comment from: Judy, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: October 21

I have shoulder and neck pain like never before. I have muscle aches around the site of the flu vaccine injection. I will not be receiving flu shot in future.


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