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#1 witchywoman



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Posted 21 April 2011 - 05:20 PM

I had the tetanus shot about 2 1/2 years ago. It was just the td though, no p. So, because I had to have all three for my job, I got the tdap yesterday. I expected my arm to be sore. BUT, my arm hurts so bad, swollen, tender, and I have horrible pain in my shoulder and neck, shoots down to my elbow, and my hand is weak. I don't think this is normal, is it?? Its getting worse as the day goes on, and Advil only took a bit of the edge off. I have a heating pad on right now. Not seeing too much difference. Like I said, the Advil took the edge off, I don't feel like Im going to puke from the pain anymore...Any idea why or what???
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#2 sylvan


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Posted 21 April 2011 - 06:44 PM

Don't you typically ice things for the first 24 hrs and then switch to heat?

Edited by sylvan, 21 April 2011 - 06:44 PM.

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#3 Amanda



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Posted 21 April 2011 - 07:14 PM

I would call the doctor. I checked this site http://www.cdc.gov/v...ide-effects.htm and pain is a side effect but not to the point you want to throw up

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Posted 22 April 2011 - 09:55 AM

I went back to where I got the shot, because I had to have my tb read anyway. The nurse looked at it, said it was pretty swollen, but that everything was "normal". It's the pertussis part of the vaccine, she said, that is causing me so much pain. So, just deal with it.
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Posted 22 April 2011 - 11:18 AM

Yeah, mine didn't swell but it hurt pretty damn bad - especially the morning after. The last thing I wanted to do was move it, but I did.. and it helped slightly. Took a couple days for the entire ache to go away, but the pain got better as it went. Oh the joys of tdap.. *frown*

Hang in there, it'll be over soon enough.

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#6 LikeMinded


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Posted 24 April 2011 - 12:41 AM

I remember getting my DPT back in 1994 when I was 10... dear God that hurt... my mom grabbed me on the shoulder the next day trying to get my attention and I was in so much pain I impulsively screamed out "OW, YOU STUPID WITCH!!! DON'T TOUCH MY GODDAMN SHOULDER!!". And this was in public. (Mom better be glad that back then I didn't know of a certain word that rhymed with 'witch' :smartass:)

Fast forward 12 years to when I had a trip/fall injury and had a laceration on the back of my head... they gave me a simple DT vaccine (no P, heh). Didn't hurt as badly.

So I agree with what everybody's saying, it seems to be the 'P' part...

Now, speaking from the point of view of someone who's studied biology, I would think that "ER time" would be necessary if you develop a sudden high fever or massive itching/rashes. I'm not a doctor though, but that's probably where I'd draw the line personally at "okay, something is SRSLY wrong here".

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#7 shimmeree



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Posted 26 April 2011 - 01:20 AM

i last had the DPT as an infant. (32 now) i reacted badly to the pertussis vaccine. it left a bubble on my thigh that later burst, leaving a dent/scar that i still have. i don't think this is uncommon....

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