Tetanus (Lockjaw)


What symptoms and signs did you experience with tetanus? Submit Your Comment

Comment from: Mizu, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: November 06

I had a tetanus shot, and the site after a day got swollen on my right arm and then my finger started to twitch. Then it went up, felt like something was crawling in my body, then it went to my forearm and shoulder, then it went to my neck all the way to my forehead, and the twitching went behind my eyes. I was going crazy, going to a few doctors and none helped. I did many therapies, and nothing helped. My forehead had something moving inside like a parasite. And then I started to lose muscle mass.

Comment from: WonderWoman86, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 04

I had a flu and tetanus shot in the same arm. The shots barely were felt and the nurse wasn't even sure where to place the Band-Aid because there was no mark left by the needles. I went home and took a nap. It has been about 15 hours and there is no soreness, bruising or needle prick. I feel fine. I wonder why my arm is not sore. Wondering if shots can be given incorrectly.

Comment from: Wendy, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 03

I had to get DTaP booster for my job, a facility requirement. I didn’t feel the tetanus shot at all during administration. The following day my arm was swollen and very sore. The pain remains nearly two weeks after the shot. I’m now hurting severely in my left shoulder, across my neck and upper back into my right shoulder. The pain has woken me from sleep every night since I’ve gotten the shot. I am healthy, live a healthy lifestyle, and I am not accustomed to being in pain. It has been miserable.

Comment from: hannah , 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: November 02

I got my tetanus shot about a week ago after stepping on a rusty nail. The pharmacist said I might burn for a week, but that didn’t happen the first day. I didn’t feel it but the second day I couldn’t even move my arm or touch it. Now, day 6, I have deep joint pain just in my left arm and red blotchy rash. My left arm isn’t even my dominant hand, but it makes picking up stuff so hard because it hurts so bad, and I haven’t been sleeping either because of the pain.

Comment from: LaurenJ, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 02

I had very little reaction Initially to my recent TDAP shot. Slight soreness in my left shoulder where the tetanus shot was administered the following day. Six days later I had a sudden onset of excruciating pain in my shoulder! I can barely lift my arm at all. The pain is not responsive to traditional NSAID medications, and has now spread down to the knuckles of my left hand. I sincerely hope that this pain is acute and not chronic because I don’t think I could handle this long term!

Comment from: Sherry, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 10

I got a tetanus and a flu shot done yesterday. Underneath where I got them my arm is really red, hot and still sore.

Comment from: Riyam, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 10

I had my tetanus vaccine 3 days ago and I still have pain in my arm and can’t lie on it. I wonder if it is normal.

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

I got the tetanus (TDAP) shot on Monday morning since I'm pregnant and it is highly recommended in pregnancy. It burned a little while getting it but nothing much else happened later on in the evening. The deltoid muscle near where it went in feels like it got smashed by a sledge hammer. I can't lift my arm or use it in any way that activates that muscle. It is extremely painful. I can't lie on my left side which is awful since that's the side pregnant women are supposed to lie on.

Comment from: Mare , 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 26

I had DTaP vaccine on September 24, 2020. I had 1 week of nausea, aches and pains, lethargy and just feeling horrible after the tetanus shot. Then hot flashes started again, which I haven't had in about 3-4 years. It's been 4 weeks and it hasn't gotten any better. Wonder if anyone else had this happen to them.

Comment from: KeoL, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 23

I had a flu shot and tetanus shot at the same time. I noticed my lymph nodes were hurting and swollen soon after. My left arm where I had the injection twitched for weeks. My right clavicle is still hurting and it’s been a month since that injection. I’m glad I didn’t get the shingles shot that was offered, no telling what condition I’d be in. I had first tetanus at 50; don’t think I’ll get the next tetanus at 70. Maybe I’m too old for these shenanigans.


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Comment from: Marie, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 19

I was told by my doctor's registered nurse that I was due for a tetanus shot yesterday. I had the shot and last night I couldn't sleep on my left arm because of pain, not sure about swelling. I woke up this morning to more pain in my shoulder and now I can barely move my arm and wrist. I can't hold anything in my left hand. I've never had a reaction like this before. I wonder if it gets worse as you get older; if so, I am not doing this again.

Comment from: therapist55, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 06

I took the DTaP vaccine 5 days ago. Day 1, it was sore in the location of shot. Day 2, I woke with sore shoulder and back on the side of the injection. My arm felt like someone punched me and it was rock hard where the tetanus vaccine was injected. Day 3, my arm and shoulder hurt all day, my pinky and ring finger of that side felt very weak, it was stiff and hurt to write. Day 4, I still haven’t slept on that side and the ankle joint on that side felt stiff. Today, day 5, I am feeling run down, and my rib cage and arm still feel sore to lift.

Comment from: Marilyn , 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 29

I had a tetanus shot after a deep cut on my finger. I had told the hospital that I had a tetanus jab 5 years previous but realized after coming home it was only 3 years. On arriving home my arm swelled up and became red. I felt ill and started to ache all over and felt very fatigued. This has lasted now for 3 days. I have had a strange nerve like pain in the lower part of my back. I feel slightly improved from the first day but new symptoms keep arising like sharp stabbing pains in my head.

Comment from: Pam, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 25

I had a tetanus shot two days ago. It feels like I have rheumatism in the entire arm, including my hands. It’s very sore and I am unable to sleep on that side.

Comment from: Keegria B, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 24

I was told that I was due for the DTaP when I went to get my tuberculosis (TB) test read which I have to do for my job. I have experienced pain in my left shoulder everyday now and my shoulder feels like it is on fire. I have never had this type of reaction to tetanus shots before now.

Comment from: Sorra, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 22

I received a tetanus shot 5 days ago. They said I was overdue but I don’t think I was, because I think I got one at the pharmacy. Shots do not bother me at all. At this point the pain is in my neck, shoulder, collarbone, elbow and down through my hand. I am always one to not baby the arm, I try to get it moving. But I can’t move it away from my body. The pain is unbearable. I figure if I call the doctor, they will just say give it a few more days, which I’m going to do, but this is horrible!

Comment from: Disgruntled, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 09

I had tetanus shot six months ago and since then my arm doesn't feel right. I have pain in the shoulder and range of motion is now limited. I felt fine before the shot. I also got a hepatitis shot in the other arm at the same time and having the same problem in that arm too. Both arms feel numb as well and it feels like my neck muscles are strained.

Comment from: smo, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: September 09

I received a tetanus shot for a minor tear wound, at the emergency room. The first day, my arm was a little sore. The following day, I could not sleep from shooting pains that ran from my arm to my shoulders and neck. I also noticed fatigue, stiffness in my joints, i.e., wrist, fingers and knee three weeks later. For only 30 diagnosed cases a year, the logical step would be to do a small test to see if people are allergic to the vaccine before giving them a full dose. Not cool.

Comment from: Sprytle, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 09

On 9/2/20 I received a tetanus shot after a tree branch punctured my calf. The shot burned a little, right after the injection. This was expected and the soreness was worse the next day and more so on the 3rd day. I developed a low fever the day after the shot and was extremely lethargic and slightly nauseated. This eased up a little the following day, and it has been getting a little better every day since. It is 5 days later and I still have a slight chill, and metallic taste where water is hard to stomach.

Comment from: Lisannez, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 02

I received my tetanus shot at my physical 1 week ago. I expected a fever and some pain. I experienced flu-like symptoms for three days, including fever. I also experienced tingling in my arms, and lower back pain. Day 4-6, I felt like I had run a marathon and lifted weights, but I had not. Day 8, I am still suffering from extreme exhaustion. No matter how much I sleep I can barely hold my eyes open, it is truly horrible. Of course the doctor says it cannot be related but I know it is!


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Comment from: Ryan O, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: August 28

I got a TDAP (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis) shot after putting a knife through my foot on August 5th, 2020. Ever since, I have been super ill and it is now August 26th, 2020. I've had never ending swelling and pain in my shoulder and neck, a nonstop headache, and severe fatigue. I feel like I can barely keep my eyes open, my joints and muscles ache from head to toe nonstop. Nothing I do helps or makes me feel any better. I went to the emergency room 3 days ago, and all lab tests come back normal; x-rays all normal. Clueless doctors say no way it is the vaccine.

Comment from: Cmark, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 06

I had my tetanus shot 6 days ago. I didn’t feel the shot when it was given. The next day my arm was throbbing and I had neck pain and a slight headache. Day 3, I had weakness in my arm. Day 4, it hurts to lie on the arm I got my shot on, it still hurts and is still swollen. I am on day 6 and my arm still feels like I've been punched.

Comment from: ICU, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: July 27

I got a sick feeling 30 minutes after the tetanus shot and just like many, the left side of my body is in pain. I have been sleeping 12 hours a day. I couldn't use my left arm for a week and my fingers with screws from old surgery felt like it did 20 years ago. Day 7, my muscle pain is not as bad but I am having muscle cramps in my neck and shoulders and the whole left side is now more of a deep joint pain. I noticed the CDC removed all the risks on the 4/2020 DTaP VIS (virus information statement).

Comment from: Tegan W, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: July 17

I had to get my tetanus booster shot for nursing school. When she gave me the shot it didn’t hurt at all. I didn’t think she even gave it to me. Day 2, I had chills, nausea and muscle pain all day. I was twitching and shaking for what seemed like hours. Day 3, my lower back pain was almost unbearable and all my symptoms would get worse at night. Day 4, and I feel like my world is spinning. I feel extremely nauseas and very clammy.

Comment from: Dman, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: July 14

I went for a check up on my lunch break and agreed to get a tetanus shot. About 30 minutes later I had severe lower back pain, it is now three days later, and I still have severe lower back pain. I did not lift anything heavy. I think it’s from the shot.

Comment from: KBrown, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 07

I had my DTAP vaccine on 06/30/20. My arm immediately began to ache, and the next day it became worse. I also started to experience fatigue, muscle spasms, joint pain, and my whole body ached. My throat was sore and my temperature went up to become a mild fever. I felt like I had the flu. I went to the hospital and even mentioned the tetanus vaccine. They were barely able to help, and seem to be unaware the shot causes these issues. My arm and joints, and the injection site still hurts today so much I can’t sleep on that side.

Comment from: Bob, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: June 30

I received my tetanus booster shot 3 days ago. About 3 hours after the shot I felt some nausea, which progressed to a mild fever, severe chills, dizziness, headache and stiff neck. I threw up 7 times in 9 hours. Day 2, my fever spiked to 102, and I had constant headache and neck pain. Day 3, the headache and neck pain persist. It radiates down my arm. Night sweats continue. I've had this shot about 4 times before, along with a host of other vaccinations. This is the worst reaction I've ever had to a vaccine.

Comment from: Tina, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 02

About an hour after the shot the red injection site and my upper arm swelled, and I had constant headache, dizziness, nausea, and loss of appetite. Day 3 the injection site is a slightly red raised knot, my upper arm is weak and had a short blast of shooting pain down my arm into my fingers. I am still dizzy, temperature is down to 96 and spikes to 99.5 in less than 1 hour span, and I have constant headache. Worst of all I can barely stay awake; I usually sleep 5 - 6 hours and wake up with energy. I don't drink caffeine.

Comment from: Essential mom, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 02

I got my injection for tetanus high on my left arm. The first day there was only slight pain at the injection site, but I started getting twitching muscles in the middle of my back that night. The second and third night the pain was worse in my arm and I couldn't sleep on my left side. This is the fourth day with intermittent twitching in my back muscles, and this morning I woke up with a large painfully swollen lymph node just above my left clavicle. This has never happened before.

Comment from: Scaryham, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 29

I received my tetanus (DTaP) booster today because I am a registered nurse and required to do so every 10 years. Within an hour and a half of receiving it, I became dizzy, clammy, experienced nausea with vomiting, and have had a headache. I have not been ill recently and my temperature prior to receiving the vaccine today was 97.5 F. This has never happened to me before; in the years past I never experienced these side effects after receiving this vaccine.

Comment from: Michie, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 12

I had my tetanus booster on 2/20/20. About a month ago I started to have pain in the shoulder that I got the shot in. My arm is weak and I cannot lift it at certain angles due to increased pain. I can no longer lie on that side and cannot lift out of bed on that arm. I saw my doctor who ordered X-rays. I am hoping for some answers and some relief.

Comment from: S Looney, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 01

My primary care physician informed me I needed a tetanus shot. I went to local pharmacy and received the tetanus-whooping cough-diphtheria shot. The first night, I was a little dizzy and nauseous. Day 2, my head and neck hurt, my jaw was killing me, it hurt to chew, and this lasted 2-3 weeks. Day 3, I started with leg, foot and stomach spasms which lasted for 3 weeks. Day 7, I started coughing and day 8, I was so hoarse from coughing, which lasted 12 weeks. I had pain and popping of shoulders, knees, wrists and ankles; still have!

Comment from: Fox, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: April 27

I had a tetanus shot (TDAP), and a week later, I am having muscle spasms and pain in the back of my left leg. I had no pain before the vaccine. Very concerning.

Comment from: Caroline, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 15

My tetanus shot was given 11/2019. It is now 04/2020, 4 months after this shot, and I still have intense pain; so intense that it wakes me out of sleep. My arm gets numb, I have severe pain with certain arm movements, and it is difficult to get out of bed. I cannot lean on this arm. I have talked with my doctor online. No response. I’ve tried chiropractic care. It does not help.

Comment from: dj, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: March 20

It’s been about 28 hours since my tetanus shot. I have pain and redness at the site, and it is also swollen. I may have a fever, but the Advil is keeping it down; hope tomorrow its better. Thanks everyone for the comments.

Comment from: Angry Amy , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 18

The 2nd and 3rd day after my tetanus injection I felt some neck pain and headache. A little fatigued a couple days after that but the 6th day I developed a sore throat and a horrible chest congestion with barking cough. I've been off work for 5 days, but 7 days counting the weekend with no improvement. I'm on antibiotics and several OTC medicines. This is insane! I didn't even go to the doctor intending to get the shot. They suggested it. We should have legal recourse!

Comment from: KERSTIN , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 03

I fell on the ice and hit my head hard and had an open wound. I got tetanus in the emergency room and since then I been living with excruciating pain in my right upper arm and neck. It’s been 2 years and still not better, but seems to be getting worse. Doctor seems to not want to hear that it is from the shot but a physical therapist said he thinks I'm right, plus I have tendonitis now in that arm as well. I'm so frustrated because my quality of life has changed for the worse and I am not sure what to do about it anymore.

Comment from: Stu, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: March 02

Three months ago I cut my hand. After having a tetanus shot my left arm became sore. Within 3 days all my muscles and joints were aching and I felt very sick. Both my hands have been causing me a lot of grief with swelling, pain, stiffness and loss of grip. My left arm and armpit are sore and swollen, I can barely lift my left arm due to shoulder pain. I have tried, physiotherapy, chiropractic treatment, massage and acupuncture, and still suffer daily. I can't lie on my left side, and still suffer with all the symptoms after 3 months.

Comment from: Tally, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 19

Four days after my last tetanus shot, I woke up in the middle of the night to hundreds of muscle twitches on the back of my legs. The next day I started having muscle spasms that I could watch moving down my legs. Along with constant twitching I became weak. I was sent for nerve testing which showed nothing and after that the doctors gave up. It took 3 or 4 years for the symptoms to calm down. My doctors said they didn't think it was connected to the DPT shot, but they had no explanation at all for it.

Comment from: Ashie, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: February 12

Seven days after receiving the tetanus shot for a dog bite, my cheeks, jaw, neck and throat swelled up. My jaw would ache every morning. It is now day 12 and everything below my eyes is still swollen, and I am wondering when it is going to go down.

Comment from: Ella , 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 05

I got my tetanus shot yesterday morning. I have had achy muscles, headache and nausea since. I have had flu like symptoms that worsened at night.

Comment from: VickiA, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 05

Last Thursday I has a tetanus and a flu shot. I had flu symptoms for 3 days following, and still have a very strong metallic taste in my mouth. It’s been 5 days.

Comment from: Guadi, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 31

I received DTaP on Monday 1/27/2020 and today is Thursday 1/30/2020. I have had nausea, diarrhea, chills, vomiting, headaches, and tiredness. I should have never got this tetanus shot, should have said no, I don’t know what I was thinking! Providers are always pushing drugs on people.

Comment from: Mautol68, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 28

I was given flu shot and tetanus shot simultaneously after being assured by the physician’s assistant administering it, that it would be fine. It was not fine. I am blaming the tetanus shot as I have never noticed a reaction to a flu shot and get them yearly. I was sick four days later... miserably sick. Thought I might have a serious disease, that sick. I had severe and scary muscle stiffness and pain, chills, headache, nausea, intestinal upset, and missed work. Awful. Not ever getting one again.

Comment from: tlc, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 14

My tetanus shot was in 1990. I was 30 years old. Within minutes I felt very dazed and confused. Within an hour, I could no longer read. I could see the letters, but I couldn't decode them. That lasted all evening. Throughout the next 5 to 6 days, I had fever, delirium, aches, nausea and jaw pain. My jaw just ached! At the time I thought I had tetanus. Evidently they believe that is not possible so it must have been a reaction. I suspect that my chemical sensitivity may have also been caused by the shot.

Comment from: Wvgirl, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 20

Two months ago I got the combo shot that includes whooping cough, tetanus and whatever the other is. My arm from my elbow down has hurt terribly since. Been taking Motrin or Aleve on the days I just can't take the pain, it's so bad. Wonder what went wrong or perhaps this is normal!

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

I received the tetanus vaccine at my annual physical and seemed fine until the end of next day. Rather abruptly I began to feel an ache in my shoulder and underarm that kept me awake all night. Now, three days later, there is pain all the way down my arm even into my palm and fingers. No swelling or fever, but I need help taking off my coat and can't sleep at night. Appreciated hearing what others have experienced, never had this before.

Comment from: Jo, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 06

I have gotten the tetanus shot months ago. It has been more than 10 years since I had one. I had a piece of metal (sliver) in my finger from work and I decided I needed to get one. Working with metal you should. I have had these shots many times. I must say this does not feel like a tetanus shot. I do not remember having this ever. I have been having joint pain and it is getting worse every day especially when I wake up every morning. I don’t know what they injected me with, I don’t think it is a tetanus shot!

Comment from: Janice, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: December 02

I received a tetanus shot on March 28th, 2019. That evening the arm in which I received the shot swelled up like a zeppelin. Thank goodness I found symptoms on Google which said go to the emergency room if swelling goes over 5 inches. I was up all night in excruciating pain. Mine measured to 4 inches. For a week I was in pain. Two days after the shot my neck, shoulders and more froze up. It has been 7 months of severe pain and little to no sleep. My doctor erased my shot record.

Comment from: Tommy, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: November 26

I have been healthy my whole entire life... lifted weights, ran regularly and felt wonderful. Two days after the tetanus injection I began to feel extremely ill; swollen lymph nodes, difficulty swallowing, difficulty breathing, headaches, etc.

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

In September 2017 I was given a DTAP. I called numerous times with side effects of the tetanus shot, but told it was normal. I went to the doctor on December 28th to make sure it wasn't my heart. They x rayed my arm and said nothing was wrong. I talked to a lawyer, who said I waited too long to file a complaint. Now 2 yes later I intermittently have horrible arm pain out of the blue that lasts up to 20 minutes. It ruins concerts, distracts driving, and wakes me up out of a sound sleep. This is just awful.

Comment from: Debrenlind, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 14

I am on the equivalent of 180 mg of morphine a day for unrelated pain. There's nothing more the doctors can do for me. I cut myself with a knife and they told me I needed a tetanus shot. I am in excruciating pain. I can barely move my arm. And the worst is that they put it in my dominant arm (can't believe people in the medical field don't have more intelligence than this). I am seeing my pain management doctor tomorrow to see if there's anything to be done. I will never get one again.

Comment from: GRoman, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: September 11

I'm expecting a grandson at the end of the month so I got a DTaP vaccine for fear of exposing him to whooping cough. I got the shot last Thursday and my arm hurt so bad I couldn't sleep. Friday and Saturday the pain went away completely. Sunday night the pain was back and goes into my shoulder and down the back of my arm to my elbow. The pain is severe and wakes me. I've had vaccines before and never experienced this before. I hope it goes away.

Comment from: Tb12, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: September 09

I’m post tetanus shot day three and have a sore back and neck. Day two I thought I might be getting the flu as I had total body ache and couldn’t sleep on my shot arm side. All I’d say is just be aware that though your doctor should be extra persistent to warn you about all possible side effects, there is no way to know how it will affect you until you experience it.

Comment from: Tired of pain, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 14

I agreed to a tetanus vaccine. I didn’t want TDAP but was willing to have just tetanus. After receiving it my arm was very sore and swollen. About 4 days later I had extreme pain in my neck. The muscles in my neck were so sore I couldn’t lift my head from a lying position for 6 weeks without using my hands to move it. It’s been 8 weeks now the pain has lessened but still there. I went for physiotherapy, and he said my problem is definitely in the muscles. Most doctors will deny it’s from vaccination.

Comment from: Blupper, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: August 12

I always turn down the tetanus shot, sometimes we even lie and say I already had one. But this year I had a tetanus shot 2 months ago and my arm is still bruised, numb and tingling. Why it should still be black and blue so much later I'll never understand. I wonder what kind of medicine they're really putting in our system.

Comment from: Me mc.. , 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: July 02

I had tetanus shot in my left arm after cutting leg with a piece of metal. The 1st day I had no pain, was just a little sore at the injection site. Day 2 I was sore and had a dull pain in my shoulder. Day 3 and 4 I can’t move my arm, and my shoulder feels like I dislocated it; can’t raise it up at all. I have Crohn’s disease and I am on Humira, I don’t know if that might be a factor. Just letting people know the facts. It is pretty serious, I hope this goes away soon, it’s got me completely down because of the tetanus, not the cut.

Comment from: Amber , 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 18

I got my tetanus vaccination about a week ago and I am still in severe pain in the left arm that I got it in. I have been woken out of my sleep due to the pain in my arm. It feels numb and almost like the bone is hurting. I am not sure this is normal for the pain to be this bad still. I can barely lift my left arm. Wish I had known it was going to be this bad, I would have opted out of getting it.

Comment from: PrettyCole910, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 10

I got a tetanus shot 6 days ago in my upper shoulder/arm. The first day it was fine. The second day I was super tired at work midday. I had the chills. By the third day I woke up with my shoulder in excruciating pain. It’s pretty much been that way ever since. I can barely lift things or wipe my kitchen table without being in pain. I try to move my arm constantly but nothing other than pain pills work. Hopefully it will be over soon.

Comment from: Jane, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 05

After my last tetanus booster (16 years ago), I developed chills and a fever. I took a nap and woke up with ringing in my ears. I still have the ringing after all this time. Thinking back, I had forgotten about the booster shot I had received for a bad cut... so I ended up with 3 shots over an 11 year period. Maybe that was too much for my system. No more tetanus boosters for me. New evidence suggests that boosters last 30 years, so I'm good for at least 14 more years.

Comment from: Isabella , 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 22

I got the DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis) vaccine 3 weeks ago for nursing school. The first 3 days I had pain, redness, and swelling around the injection site. Three weeks later I have a hard, painful lump about 2 inches in diameter that isn't showing any signs of healing.

Comment from: Mbock412, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: May 01

I got a tetanus shot due to cutting my hand. Since then I found a small lump above my right bicep, I cannot move my right arm at all without severe pain in my shoulder, even if I only move my arm from the elbow down. I have been lethargic and feel like I've been in a daze ever since.

Comment from: Bb1017, 35-44 Female (Caregiver) Published: April 03

About 2 hours after receiving the tetanus shot, I got the most severe headache and my neck was so stiff I couldn’t even move my head. On day 2, I awoke to feeling as if the bones in my legs ached terribly. Day 3, the achy bone feeling was over my entire body. My head has never hurt that bad in my life. I took some of my husband’s prednisone and it finally got rid of my headaches. So clearly the tetanus shot causes such severe inflammation that steroids are needed. Never again.

Comment from: Shannon, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 03

I got a tetanus shot 5 days ago at 9:30 am. By 6:00 pm that day I had a high fever, severe tremors, a headache, nausea, joint pain and pain running down my lower back to my legs. The next day I was vomiting and still had a fever and the body aches and pains. I’m still experiencing nausea, stiff neck, migraine, and insomnia after 5 days.

Comment from: Missygirl444, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 02

I had a tetanus shot after receiving stitches. My arm still has a golf ball sized lump and a 2 x 2 large red area. It’s also very warm. I have a slight headache and neck stiffness. I had the shot 4 days ago and still experiencing symptoms. I have latex allergies and the hospital knew of this and it’s in my medical records; I just read that individual with latex allergies are not to receive a tetanus shot. I had a fever and I am still feeling weak, wonder what’s in this newer version.

Comment from: Opal, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 05

My tetanus shot was on February 2018, and three days later I couldn't move my arm, with burning and tingling in my arm. It's now in both arms, wrist, fingers swollen, and now the back of my head hurts. I am on my way to the emergency room. I am getting the run around from my doctor.

Comment from: MomOf6, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 17

Joint pain, swollen lymph nodes, diarrhea, fatigue, and headache were my tetanus symptoms.

Comment from: EM, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 25

I crushed my finger 8 days ago. They said I need a tetanus shot. I threw up a couple of times. Three days later my underarm was swollen. I couldn't move my neck. Underarm swelling went down but my neck is worse. I have excruciating pain and am totally immobile.

Comment from: Fooska, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: August 27

As a caregiver I was told to get the tetanus shot. It is a bundle package of diphtheria, tetanus, and whooping cough vaccines. That was 2 months ago. My shoulder been in pain ever since. If I stub my toe the shock wave makes my shoulder hurt and it is excruciating. The pain is nonstop all day and night. I stopped doing yoga thinking I would give it a break, but it’s been 2 months and the pain is the same. They gave the shot high on my arm. The lymph glands have gone down after 2 weeks. This is not medicine.

Comment from: StillinPain, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: August 14

I got a tetanus shot in my left arm on Friday. The arm was sore as expected, but by Monday I had a terrible pain in my back. Never experienced anything like it. Nine days later it hurts just as bad as day 1. I've taken sick days in the past because I didn't feel great, but until now I've always been able to work if I needed (easy desk job). This is different. I can't sit at my desk for more than an hour. Doctor told me it couldn't be the TDAP.

Comment from: smeggy, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 16

I had a DTAP (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis) shot last Friday. It was totally fine at first, but 5 days later (yesterday) the soreness started. Also there was a bit of swelling where the shot was given, with a few small red blotches under it. Today it is even more swollen and there are more blotches traveling farther down my arm. The pain level is about the same but it seems like it is in my shoulder now too. The pain seems worse when I raise my arm up. It's also getting a bit itchy where the red splotches are and my whole upper arm feels hot to the touch. I tried icing it but that makes it itch more and start to prickle. So I am just leaving it alone and hoping it doesn't get worse.

Comment from: deaner, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 09

I went for a regular checkup about a month ago and the doctor told me it would be a good idea to get a tetanus shot due to the fact that I work around children. Due to the fact that the tetanus shot has something in it to help prevent whooping cough. I went ahead and got the shot and I have been regretting it ever since. I had the soreness for a few days then I thought it was subsiding, boy was I wrong. The pain became much worse! I called the doctor’s office the next week and he was on vacation so I went to the local Med Express. The doctors there weren't sure what was causing my arm to be swollen and painful so they put me on a 10 day dosage of prednisone. The pain started to go away within a day or two. But as soon as I was done with the prescription the pain came right back. I followed up with my doctor’s office within a few days and he said that a nerve could have been hit during the injection and it could be sore for a few weeks. I am now going into the 4th week and the pain is getting worse! It is now shooting up into my neck and down into my fingers. I am waiting for a returned phone call as I write this from my doctor's office to see what my next step should be.

Comment from: inpain, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 30

I had a tetanus booster 4 days ago and I am still experiencing very painful swelling in my armpit. The site of vaccination is still swollen and itchy and warm to a radius of 4 inches from the red half inch vaccination site. Bowel movements are looser than normal, and I frequently feel nauseous, especially when lying down. I sure hope these symptoms don't last much longer.

Comment from: Ava, 65-74 Female (Caregiver) Published: August 21

I had a tetanus shot 2 days ago and my arm is red and swollen.

Comment from: R, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 09

I got cut with a rusty wire on my head. I got tetanus injection 4 years ago but when I went to the doctor, he gave me antibiotics and another tetanus booster. The cut is nearly healed, but I am getting sore throat, awful pains in the head and down my neck. Wonder what could be going on.

Comment from: Catching , 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 14

I still have arm pain 2 months after receiving tetanus injection.

Comment from: Nomoreshotsforme, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 03

I got a tetanus shot 8 says ago. The pain started at the injection site and I could barely lift my arm for days. Now it's deep tissue pain that starts in my left arm injection site and has moved to my shoulder and neck. It's tingly and painful; so painful that I can’t really think about anything else. I am also so very tired. It seems almost impossible to get out of bed even though I'm sleeping 12 hours a night. It's restless sleep though, because of the pain. This is miserable.

Comment from: Nana akua, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: December 31

After 3 months after taking tetanus injection, I sometimes feel pains as if someone hit there.

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

I live on a farm and was overdue for tetanus shot. I got it Tuesday morning and Wednesday afternoon I had severe body aches. Even brushing my hair hurt. This was accompanied by chills, headache, fatigue and no appetite. I will not get this again. I feel poisoned.

Comment from: Breeze, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 29

I had a huge, severe bruise that lasted for weeks along with triceps and shoulder pain 7 months after the tetanus shot.

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

I got my tetanus shot 3 days ago, DTaP vaccine. My right ear is ringing, my right ear feels full and stopped up, and it is hard to hear out of. My right arm is killing me, red with a bump and I feel feverish.

Comment from: Jess, 35-44 Female (Caregiver) Published: October 24

I received the TDAP vaccine because my daughter is having a baby. The next day I woke up and my shoulder was in such excruciating pain that I could not lift my arm. I have been taking Motrin around the clock for over a week now and I still have not had any relief of pain. This tetanus shot is terrible!

Comment from: Paul, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: October 15

When I was nine years old (I am 71 now) I hit my head on a brick gate post playing blind man’s bluff. I had a couple of stitches and a tetanus injection. I woke in the night and my mother was alarmed to find my entire body covered in water blisters the size of an old halfpenny. In the morning they had all gone but she called the doctor who said that I must never have another tetanus injection. All my life I have refused the injection.

Comment from: slawrunner, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 14

Two weeks ago, I stepped on a rusty nail one night and went to the clinic for the tetanus shot the next morning. I have been having sore knee joints since then. I was attributing it to limping around and compensating for a wounded foot, but now I'm wondering if the shot is causing some swelling while my system adjusts to the vaccine.

Comment from: 242bahamas, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 08

My entire shoulder hurts after the tetanus shot. If I held my arm in a certain position for too long it pains me. This is day 1 after my shot. No position is comfortable!

Comment from: Nicole_, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: October 08

I got a tetanus shot a month ago. It hurt for a while after first receiving the shot but it went away. About a week ago I started noticing my arm was extremely sore where I received the shot. When I touch it my whole arm hurts for a few minutes then it goes away. It feels sore to sleep on or when I raise it too high or apply pressure even slightly. I’m not sure why this is happening and my doctors wouldn’t care enough to do anything so I’m honestly just waiting it out.

Comment from: Ht329, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 08

I received my tetanus shot on Thursday afternoon. Friday my arm hurt where I received the shot but not unbearably. However Saturday I had the most excruciating pain across my upper back and into my neck... mostly along my spine. I couldn't lift my arms or reach out without it hurting. This lasted until Monday morning, and by then most of the pain was gone, except for a little still at the top of my spine. Ibuprofen did nothing, Aleve nothing, Tylenol helped slightly but a heating pad worked best for pain relief.

Comment from: DeDe H, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 04

Grandbaby will be here next week, so I got the flu shot and TDAP (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis) on the same night at the pharmacy, both in the left arm. The top of my left foot hurt that night. The next morn, it didn't hurt as much. My neck, shoulders and upper back felt tight and stiff after work. Felt like whip lash. At bedtime the left top foot was hurting again, now also my top right hand has a painful swollen knot right below my wrist. I took ibuprofen, and it helped some. Went to work in pain. Repeat. The pain is real from TDAP.

Comment from: Tammie, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: October 03

I got the tetanus shot around one o'clock today October 01/19 and my arm was sore. I started feeling fatigue and I'm not feeling well. Now my arm and my neck are hurting so bad. I don't know what's going to happen on day 2 but I can tell you I'm not looking forward to it. I am not sure if I will ever get it again.

Comment from: W, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 01

I had the TDAP shot 5 days ago at a routine physical since I haven't had a tetanus shot in over 10 years. No symptoms the day of the shot, but the following day I had muscle aches all over, fatigue, nausea, fever and the chills; felt like I had the flu. Those symptoms passed after about 12 hours of sleep but I'm on day 5 and my upper left arm where I was injected is still in just as much pain and there's a hard, swollen lump that's hot to the touch where the injection was.

Comment from: Noneyabusiness, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 25

First time I received the tetanus shot I had a lymph node swell up like a golf ball. Doctor said it was a coincidence. I got another tetanus shot last week along with a flu shot. Ironically the arm with the flu shot hurt worse. About 4 days after getting these I started suffering with flu like symptoms; nausea, low grade fever, chills, sweats and muscle aches and pains. Never had a problem with flu shots so I'm guessing it's the tetanus shot again. Doctors need to acknowledge the side effects.

Comment from: Peris, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: September 24

I had a tetanus injection 3 days ago now I can’t move my arm, it feels heavy like broken bones. My stomach hurts, can’t stop the diarrhea and I am feeling nauseous.

Comment from: Jojo56, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 18

A bite from the neighbor’s puppy sent me to the emergency room. I was not up to date with TDAP (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis) vaccine, so took it. I horribly regret! Day 2. I have a low temperature, chills, extraordinary pain from the injection site up to my neck, shoulder, and down into my elbow. I cannot lift my arm. I am crying in pain. I can't get comfortable enough to sleep. Ice and heat constantly are the only relief. Day 3 I called in to work. Pain is so bad! I'm a 56-year-old nurse and I will never take TDAP again!

Comment from: George, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: September 10

There was pain, swelling, and numbness at the tetanus injection site 5 days after administration. It subsided and was gone within 2 weeks. Not one person here has any follow up to their initial, reactionary, vaguely hysterical post. The tetanus vaccine is not the flu vaccine: it can cause discomfort for a month, or more. But the pain stops. A little discomfort is worth the security of protection.

Comment from: C W, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: September 05

I am a post-liver transplant patient so it was important to stay current on vaccines including tetanus. The side effects of the DTaP shot have been really disruptive. Days 2 and 3 I had severe shoulder and arm pain, days 4 and 5 flu like symptoms. Since day 4 I have had upper back and neck pain with accompanying sleep loss. About 10 days so far and the muscle pain is continuing. The neck and back pain increases in the evening until it is quite bad in the night. I am following up with the doctor soon.

Comment from: Blondie , 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 04

I had a TDAP injection yesterday. I woke at 3 am with severe vertigo, vomiting and diarrhea as well as feeling very sore at the site of injection. I spoke with an ARNP (advanced registered nurse practitioner) who said I must be getting a virus. What a load of nonsense! I will not be getting this tetanus vaccine again and am worried about symptoms progressing.

Comment from: Jojo27, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 03

I received my tetanus shot two days ago after cutting my finger pretty badly at work. Yesterday I noticed that my arm was pretty sore. Today I woke up to a baseball sized lump in my arm that is warm and painful to the touch and red over the site. I’m hoping that the swelling and pain goes down soon. Reading all the comments has me worried that it might just get worse.

Comment from: Amy , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 27

About 12 hours after the tetanus shot I got severe chills, high fever of over 101, headache, joint and muscle pain, back pain, tingling in hands and feet which lasted about 24 hours and were quite severe. I also had heart palpitations and pardon this but I couldn’t stop urinating. I thought my kidneys were going.

Comment from: Grammy, 45-54 (Patient) Published: August 13

I have gotten a tetanus and whooping cough shot in my arm. Now it’s been hurting and it is hard to move. It also has a small bump where the needle went in.

Comment from: Just sayit, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: August 06

I recently had a tetanus booster due to a cut on my leg because it was uncertain that I was protected. Since then I learned that my last shot had been only 2 years ago. I have had chills, sweats, headache and muscle aches for over a week. Wonder if this could be an overdose.

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