Tetanus (Lockjaw)


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Comment from: JJ, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: November 09

I had TDAP shot in July, it’s November and I have a lump under my arm and my lymph nodes are swollen. I have seen a hematologist because my white blood cell level is so high. I had 4 blood draws and the doctor said he wanted to take bone marrow. I said no more if my test was good. The best news is my primary doctor said this is due to the shot. I was feeling crazy and no one would listen. I could go on and on, my body hurts and joints hurt. It’s miserable.

Comment from: AjaxR, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: November 09

I was told I was overdue for a tetanus shot so decided to get it. It's day 3 and I cannot lift my arm. I have aches and fatigue throughout my body. Last night I felt so horrible I slept 10 hours. Maybe I need to be patient but I want these symptoms to subside. I regret getting the shot.

Comment from: LadyBug, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 11

I got the tetanus shot 4 days ago. I started feeling unwell that evening like I was coming down with the flu. I've had a headache, achy body, extreme fatigue and upset stomach for 4 days. Today, the headache was so bad I had to cancel plans. Tylenol doesn't work for any of this. I wish I had not agreed to having this done. My doctor is vaccine happy. How much longer is this going to go on!

Comment from: Lalouli, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 22

It's been 5 days since my tetanus booster. My deltoid is killing me. No swelling or redness, just pain. Can't lift my arm to brush hair or change clothes without excruciating pain and weakness. Feels best when I prop my arm straight out to the side. Keeping it down is constant pain.

Comment from: Nancix, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 24

I got a deep cut and the hospital gave me a Tdap vaccine. Wish I had known about side effects. I received it a week ago and developed fever, body aches, muscle and joint pain, no appetite, flu-like symptoms, cough, headaches and congestion. I had a tetanus shot 10 years ago and no issue. This one or whatever was in it was horrible. I am still sick and hope these symptoms go away, because I am just miserable and in bed but not sleeping.

Comment from: Brian61, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: October 11

I am experiencing constant tingling in my left hand after receiving the tetanus vaccine in my left arm. This has been going in ten days.

Comment from: Lozza, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 28

I had my tetanus jab 3 days ago and today it feels really hot. My arm hurts so much I wish I hadn't had it now. I hope the pain eases soon.

Comment from: Kristy, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 16

I got my tetanus shot on July 15th, 2021 because I burnt my foot and I was way overdue for one anyway. I got the normal reactions; redness, warmth, soreness, and a little puffy at the shot site. Well, here it is 4 weeks later, my arm is still sore but not to touch or moving it or lifting or even massaging it. It just feels like I lifted weights and it’s not my whole arm, just around the shot site. It’s still red but faded like a bruise now and I don’t know what to think of it.

Comment from: JRo, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: August 11

An area of 2 inch x 3 inch, below where the shot was given in my right arm, is still black and blue a week after the tetanus shot. Also, my upper arm was sore for three days.

Comment from: Questa, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 09

I got my tetanus shot after getting a nail stuck in my heel. The shot wasn't bad, I barely felt it… until about 6 hours later. My whole upper arm looked like it had a grapefruit stuck under my skin, it was red, itchy, and hot to the touch. I ended up in the emergency room (ER) and the clinic again for it, and they said it was a bad reaction, or an infection. The ER doctor has me on steroids and allergy medicines twice a day and the clinic put me on two different antibiotics. It's been ten days and I still have a quarter-sized hard, hot, lump.

Comment from: Karen, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 05

I got the DTaP vaccine on July 7, 2021. I’ve been sick since July 10,2021. The doctors say it’s just viral. I have tested negative to COVID-19, flu and strep, had chest X-ray too, and all clear. Wondering if the tetanus vaccine could have made me sick. I was just fine before. I’ve been running a fever as high as 102.5, coughing for 3 weeks, with runny nose and chest pain.


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Comment from: Tru G., 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 26

One week after my tetanus shot, I can't sleep well. My arm is sore up to my neck, the swelling going up my shoulder to neck, and the arm feels limp. I can't move the arm without crying out in pain from movement. My arm is feeling like lead, no range of motion. I can't raise it to do hair or put on a bra, it's agonizing pain. I feel for the truly handicapped.

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

I got my tetanus vaccine around 2 days ago, and I’ve thrown up maybe 15 times. I can’t even drink water without needing to throw up. I feel so awful, and my arm hurts like no other. I’m just so nauseous, and can’t keep any food down.

Comment from: Aero_Texan, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: July 14

About 1-2 hours after a tetanus (TD) booster, I started to feel my throat tighten up and I was hit hard with fatigue. Felt like the throat stiffness got worse 3 days later, and it became noticeable. I am on day 4 now and my neck and throat feel tight. My lower jaw feels numb near the chin. This numbness reaction is really odd and I am hoping it goes away soon.

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

I received a tetanus shot 12 days ago and about 3 hours afterwards, my shoulder starting hurting when I would move it. I figured it was just sore from the shot. Then I remembered the nurse who administered the shot had to stick my shoulder twice; the first time she messed up. I'm not sure how she messed up. I just know she did because she apologized and then stuck me again. My shoulder feels just like what bad arthritis pain feels like. I've had it before so I know the pain; deep bone pain.

Comment from: Nat, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 07

I got bitten by a stray cat and got a tetanus shot on Sunday 27th, June. I have been feeling a bit ill the last few days, but today, Thursday, I woke up with a high temperature, extreme pains in my arms, swollen lymph node in right armpit, dizziness, upset tummy, and excessive urine. I could hardly stand up. Honestly I have never felt this sick. The doctor confirmed infection from the bite is gone so that’s not causing this. I will never get this shot again.

Comment from: Rio, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 02

Two years ago I received the Tdap. I was in perfect health before the tetanus immunization. The next morning I woke up with extreme muscle stiffness in my neck, shoulder, clavicle and my ears were ringing. Several weeks later, I had tingling in my arms and legs and a racing heartbeat. The extreme stiffness is going away after two years but my ears are still ringing and I have body aches and popping joints which I never had before this shot. I know for certain that it is a result of Tdap; never again!

Comment from: Reggie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 24

Due to my horrible reactions to tetanus shots, twice, I’m now terrified of getting the shingles vaccine. I want to, but when reading comments by people who have experienced horrific pain with the shingles vaccine, I’m not sure what I should do. I had pretty severe pain for 4 days with both COVID shots. Darn body reacts way too much to vaccines.

Comment from: Reggie , 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 24

I’ve had 2 tetanus shots during my life. Both were horrid! I was in pain for 3 weeks first time, 5 weeks 2nd time. Both times my arm swelled up to double its size and a goiter-like growth formed underneath the arm. I cut my hand badly 3 years ago. While getting stitches, the doctor asked when was the last time I’d gotten a tetanus shot. I lied and said 6 years ago. He looked at me quizzically. I said I’m terribly accident prone with sharp objects. I was not going through that pain again!

Comment from: anything, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: June 24

I got the tetanus shot on Tuesday afternoon. It is now Friday evening and my arm is still killing me. If I move it at all I feel a sharp, sharp pain. It is miserable. Never had this reaction before.

Comment from: Lyn, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 16

In my mid-thirties, I had reaction to tetanus shot. Urgent care doctor just said not to take it again, with no further explanation. My whole arm turned red and hot, felt like every inch had been bruised, and needles were jabbing it at the same time. I ran high fever, became delirious, had migraine and lost vision temporarily. It set off severe fibromyalgia flare that took months to resolve. I avoid all toxin based treatments now. Wonder if this contributed to later autoimmune conditions.


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Comment from: Angela M , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 17

I got a tetanus shot a week ago, my left arm hurts even worse now. I feel like it is itching inside, burning, and throbbing so bad. The pain is terrible.

Comment from: Jenn, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 17

I am 43 years old and 3 days ago, at my physical, my family doctor told me I was due for my tetanus shot (I think my last one was 10 years ago). I have been completely and entirely fatigued, I sleep all day and all night. I just cannot get enough sleep! My left arm hurts still and I cannot lift it, or sleep on my left side (which is frustrating as I alternate my sides as I sleep, usually). I took Tylenol yesterday which took a tiny edge of the pain off, but it returned full force when it wore off.

Comment from: Lucky153, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: May 07

I was cold and shaking after getting the tetanus shot yesterday. I threw up but I am shaking so bad. Wondering if I should be worried.

Comment from: DThinkar, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 07

I had tetanus vaccine. The next day, my wrist on the left arm where I took the shot started hurting. Days after, the pain travelled towards my elbow and fingers. I have used all forms of painkillers, hot press, cold press, joint spray, etc. My X-ray came back as normal. It’s 6 weeks now and my fingers still hurt, I can’t grip with the hand, my wrist hurts a bit less than it used to. I can’t use the hand to type without pains. Can’t something be done about all of this!

Comment from: Frustrated, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: April 21

I got a tetanus shot on 3/1/2021. It is seven weeks later and I am still having back, shoulder and neck pain, and also, bouts of nausea and occasional headache. I am not even bothering asking my doctor if it is related to the vaccine, because doctors seem to take it personal if you suggest there are side effects from a vaccine. I wonder if anyone else experienced what I am describing and how long it lasted. So angry with myself for agreeing to this shot!

Comment from: Deanna, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 14

I received my Tdap shot on August 3, 2020 after cutting my leg. Two days later, I went back to the doctor because my underarm was very swollen and I had a large knot, but she dismissed it! In the weeks and months that followed I have felt like my throat was closing off, lost over ten pounds, had major fatigue, and swollen lymph nodes! I’ve been to many doctors who still deny it was the tetanus shot. Eight months later, I’m now on anxiety medicines, acid reflux medicines and receiving allergy shots and I’m still not 100 percent!

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: 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.

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!

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: Never the same, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 05

I received a tetanus shot in 2006 and had a fever that night and pain in my back. I used to jog and haven't been able to run since. My rib cage gets tight since then and continues now in 2021.

Comment from: Ruth , 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 03

In April, I had a tetanus shot. It is now the end of July, and the site is swollen and extremely painful. My range of motion is severely limited and Advil doesn’t seem to ease the pain. I wonder if I am having a reaction to the shot or if it is something else.

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