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Offline tednlou2

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Local Reaction To Vaccination
« on: December 11, 2013, 12:17:51 AM »
Got my pneumonia 23 booster today, which was 8 weeks after the prenavir 13 or whatever it's called.  I always use to wonder about people complaining about pain after vaccination, because I use to never have it.  However, with both of these Pneumonia vaccines, I've felt like someone hit me really hard in the arm.  And, now the arm is fairly noticeably swollen near injection site.  I will never dismiss someone complaining of pain after injection again. 

This is not uncommon, right?  I've heard stories of limbs getting very swollen.  This is just normal, right?  Rather, not abnormal.  It kinda looks like I have a good sized muscle, so maybe I should take some pics to use. 

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Not sure if this may be a reason, but with both, the nurse gave me them at the very tippy-top of the arm.  Most vaccines have always been given to me in between the elbow and the top of the arm. 
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Re: Local Reaction To Vaccination
« Reply #1 on: December 11, 2013, 01:14:14 PM »
Starting day 2 and no improvement.  Using speech function to type.  Called nurse and she said to monitor it and see if starts spreading.  She mentioned need to watch for cellulitis.  I had to look that up.  She claims if not injected good in the muscle, the vaccine can cause this bacterial infection?? 

Well, I hope just a normal, local reaction.  No improvement and actually more sore and stiff makes me worry.  She claimed cellulitis would cause total limb swelling and not just confined. 

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Re: Local Reaction To Vaccination
« Reply #2 on: December 15, 2013, 02:02:12 AM »
Both the pneumovax-23 and prevnar-13 left my arm incredibly sore for the better part of a week.

Don't know what it is about these two, because I have also never had any issues with previous vaccinations.
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Re: Local Reaction To Vaccination
« Reply #3 on: December 15, 2013, 02:38:05 AM »
Yes both injection left me feeling like I was rocked in my arm sore for about 2-3 days for me.
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Re: Local Reaction To Vaccination
« Reply #4 on: December 15, 2013, 08:11:33 AM »
You need to keep in mind that if you tense your arm muscles up at all when you're given a shot, chances are very good that you're going to end up with a sore arm. I've learned this the hard way and I make a conscious effort to take a couple deep breaths and let my body go limp.

Same goes for when you get a shot in the butt cheeks. If you're given a butt-shot (calm down guys, you know what I mean) while standing, put all your weight on the other leg and relax the leg in question as much as humanly possible.

Relaxing the muscle you're being injected in is key.

The volume of liquid you're being injected with plays a part too, as does how quickly they push the plunger down. Slow is best. If they hit a blood vessel, it can end up being sore too.

You really only need to worry if any swelling spreads, if the area becomes (and remains) noticeably hot, or if you develop a high fever. Otherwise, the soreness should pass within a day or three.
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Re: Local Reaction To Vaccination
« Reply #5 on: December 15, 2013, 08:30:39 AM »
I want to echo Anns advise and add this ... I inject insulin everyday, its painless because the needles are so small but there are times when you happen to slide the needle into a spot that hurts like hell . Its my experience that when you inject near a nerve or a sensitive spot it can hurt for a day or two .

There is the possibility that the injection you got was injected into the wrong place by random chance .   

Offline tednlou2

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Re: Local Reaction To Vaccination
« Reply #6 on: December 15, 2013, 10:14:51 PM »
My arm is finally back to normal size.  And, just some mild soreness.  With every other vaccination, I had maybe some mild soreness-- but, really only when touched at the injection site.  Otherwise, I wouldn't have known I had one.  This was different.  My arm swelled up and it looked like I had a huge muscle.  It was also very hot.  It ached so bad, that I couldn't sleep for 2 nights.  Well, I know I slept, but not well at all. 

Ann, you may have hit on something.  The nurse did tell me I was too tense and that I needed to relax.  She injected it at the very tippy-top of my arm, when they usually give them lower.  However, I was told that shouldn't matter.  For anyone reading this who may worry about vaccinations, please know I will continue to get my vaccinations and so should you.  I got it on Tuesday and my arm was back to mostly normal by Friday.  It was not the most pleasant thing, but no big deal in the big picture.  I let my mind run away, worrying it was some infection.

I did learn one lesson-- Don't get the vaccination in your dominate arm.  Get it in your other.  If you have some reaction, then it will pass and you can still masturbate.  Just trying to inject some humor. 

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Re: Local Reaction To Vaccination
« Reply #7 on: December 16, 2013, 05:51:06 AM »

Ann, you may have hit on something.  The nurse did tell me I was too tense and that I needed to relax.  She injected it at the very tippy-top of my arm, when they usually give them lower. 


Sounds like she may have been too close to the shoulder joint area. You're more likely to hit a tendon, ligament, blood-vessel or nerve when close to a joint and yes, that would be sore. If you were tense at the same time, ouch.

You'll have to work on your body-part relaxation techniques, Ted. I know it's made a big difference for me when getting an injection. In fact, practicing relaxing areas of your body in isolation is a well-known way to help you get to sleep, so you can practice this every night if you want.

Oh, and a trick to make sure they don't go too high on your arm - wear something (loosely) long-sleeved and roll it up - you can protect the "tippy-top" (lol) of your arm that way.
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