Flu Shot Cause a Flare?

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Mominmich2
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   Posted 11/12/2008 3:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Has anyone had any experience with a flu shot causing all over body pain (kinda like a flare)?
 
I had my flu shot today (and, like in the other post here, my arm hurts like heck) and now I have all over body pain, especially in my joints. Has anyone else ever experienced this?


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Sherrine
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   Posted 11/12/2008 3:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Like I said in the other post, I've never had a problem with flu shots.  It's that time of year and fibro acts up in certain climates so I really don't think it's the flu shot causing the problem.
 
I have a friend that wouldn't get a flu shot because she said she heard of people getting sick from it.  You can't get the flu from the flu shot.  They use a dead virus but those people may have had the virus in them already and it came out at the same time they got the shot.  Maybe you were heading towards a flare and the timing of the shot is making  you think it was from the shot.  I could be wrong, though.  I only know I've been getting these shots every year for 20 years and have never had the slightest problem.
 
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lucysgd
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   Posted 11/12/2008 8:07 PM (GMT -7)   

I have had some problems with the flu vaccine - similar to what you're describing.  There is some controversy about the vaccine causing flares or an increase in symptoms for people with chronic fatigue and/or other immune system disregulation problems.  I have a good friend who also has fibro, but not chronic fatigue, (a nurse) who refuses to get the shot because of her problems with the after effects.  I agree that you may have been unknowingly headed into a flare and this is just coincidence, but it's also quite possible that you are sensitive like some fibros/CFSers (and others).    Take care and hope it lightens up soon!

Lucy 


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donnaeil
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   Posted 11/12/2008 8:54 PM (GMT -7)   
I did not know that nurse's could refuse flu shots. I know I would not wish to be in a hospital, during and outbreak and cared for by anyone who did not receive the vaccine. That is dangerous. Maybe your friend does not enter her job during outbreaks. I know with our department of health pandemic flu prevention is of top priority.

I do know that I get the shot remember I remember to. During those years I have not I contracted miserable cases of the flu. I never want to be that sick again. Plus, I have a tendency to contract bronchitis. yuch.


Adults are fully capable of deciding whether or not to have a shot. I never had a flare from one though so it is easy for me to receive one.

I figure that I am sick ehough with chronic fatigue an fibro.

I hope you feel better soon Lucy.

Donnaeil

ericsmom
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   Posted 11/13/2008 6:38 AM (GMT -7)   
I guess I am one of the lucky ones too.  Other than my arm being a little sore after, I have not had flares or flu symptoms ever, and I have been getting these shots ...I think since they first started offering them.
 
I thought it was mandatory for people who work in health care to get them too Donnaeil...what a disaster if many didnt...and started spreading infections to thier patients!! 
 
Hope you are feeling better this morning Lucy
 
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AustenFan
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   Posted 11/13/2008 6:45 AM (GMT -7)   
I've never experienced any problems from the flu shot either (except for a sore arm), but I kinda think that any "shock" to your body like an immunization, cold weather, getting a cold, stress, even dental work can cause a flare.  At least that's been my experience. 
 
Hope you are feeling better soon.
 
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Mominmich2
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   Posted 11/13/2008 12:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks everyone for the info. I am feeling a bit better today, so maybe it wasn't associated with the shot. I have heard that the shot could give you "flu like" symptoms (which kinda discribes my fibro pain), so maybe that is what I have.
 
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lucysgd
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   Posted 11/13/2008 12:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Sorry - I should have said "retired" nurse.  She did indeed get the vaccines when she was working, and it was because of her reactions to them that she stopped getting them when she retired.  I realize my post wasn't very clear.  Anyway, I'm glad you're feeling better Dana - and Austen, I also think flares can be brought on by a surprising number of triggers/stresses, like you mentioned.   And sometimes, we don't realize we've already handled one or two - and then it's that dentist visit or flu vaccine that  
throws the big switch shocked    Take care all - Lucy
diagnoses:  mono 1972; postviral CFS 1997; fibro 1998; CEBV 2005; UCTD (dx limbo) 2007
meds:  occasional low dose xanax for sleep, artificial tears w/ ointment at night, ibuprophin (none of which manages the problems very well!)
 
We cannot avoid the birds of sadness flying over our heads, but we need not let them make nests in our hair. 
       ~~ Chinese saying as quoted by Helen Nearing

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