Patient Comments: Shingles - Vaccine


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Comment from: Teepain, 45-54 (Patient) Published: September 08

I had my 1st shingles vaccine shot on February 2121. I am still experiencing pain in my upper arm and shoulder. It hurts to move it certain ways and I often wake up in the middle of the night in pain. I thought the pain would have subsided by now, but it hasn't.

Comment from: AME from NYC, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 08

I had my 2nd shingles vaccine shot on July 31, 2021. I had pain immediately, but not like the first. Later on that night, I felt like someone took a box of nails and hammered my arm and shoulder to my elbow. Pain has not eased. Nothing helps. I went to the doctor about 2 weeks after and he saw nothing, and I could move my arm. I called Shingrix to report side effect, and they had no answer. I have given phone number for my doctor to call. I know the shot helps prevent shingles, but never expected this side effect to last so long.

Comment from: Grandlovey , 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 02

I got my first shingles vaccine in 2019 with no side effects. I just got the second dose today and wished I hadn’t gotten it. My arm hurts so bad that I can’t get comfortable in bed. Now to find out these side effects could last 2-3 days or longer, oh my goodness! I can barely take this pain. I had no side effects from COVID vaccine either. I thought getting the 2nd dose of shingles vaccine so far apart, I wouldn’t have any side effects as I didn’t have any after first shot and because it has been over 2 years.

Comment from: Tawnie-R, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 02

I had the first shingles vaccine injection a week ago. I had a fever for a couple of days, sore muscles and joints, and headache. A week later, and the rash on my arm is worse, my arm is still incredibly sore, I have horrible sciatica and my major joints feel very tight and painful. I still have a headache, and I feel insanely fatigued. I am unsure at this point if I should get the second vaccination.

Comment from: John T, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: August 31

I had my first shot of shingles vaccine in my left arm last week. Since then, my right shoulder blade feels like it has a really bad bone bruise. Advil and Tylenol do nothing. Some positions hurt so much I keep waking up at night when I move.

Comment from: Fred, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: August 27

I’ve had both shingles vaccines. I had no side effects at all from the first one. I had the 2nd one on Friday and my arm hurts a little, but I felt fine for the weekend. It’s Monday, I didn’t sleep very well last night and feel kind of bad today, but I can’t make the connection between how I feel and the vaccine. Even if I could I would still get both shots.

Comment from: HoustonHoney, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 24

I had the first Shingrix shingles vaccine shot on Monday. My arm was a little sore on Tuesday and so was the arm that didn’t receive the injection. That evening, I started having pain in my left knee. I had a partial knee replacement in that knee in 2018 and it hurts worse now than before my surgery. I am limping again. I am a runner and was in week 9 of marathon training plan that I put on hold for the shot. Now, I can’t run. I am back to taking diclofenac and tramadol. I want answers to this pain!

Comment from: Denise, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 17

I received my first dose of shingles vaccine in my left arm about a month ago. The serum hurt going in. I had pain deep in my upper arm that traveled down my arm into my hand. My upper arm still has pain daily. Sometimes it travels down my arm. I feel it deep down by the bone. It is weak especially when reaching out to the side. I am somewhat concerned with getting a second dose. I will be consulting with my orthopedic doctor before I go ahead with the next shot.

Comment from: Elle, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 17

I got the Shingrix shingles vaccine 8 days ago. My arm broke out in a large rash around the injection site that has diminished in size, but it is still present. My neck also hurts a lot. My arm is still sore to the touch but is also getting better. Makes me very nervous for the second shot.

Comment from: Ann W., 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 05

I got the 2nd Shingrix shingle vaccine shot on July 26, 2021. The 1st shot back in October 2019 had been painful and the arm hurt if raised over my head. My sister's first shot wasn't bad; she kept moving her arm as advised. But my second shot hurt very much more. About two hours afterwards, I could barely move my arm at all. I took 2 Aleve and 2 Tylenol PM tablets and still could barely fall asleep that night. I'm in modest pain and taking 1 Aleve as of July 30. Still, it's better than shingles. Wonder if hydrating before works.


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Comment from: SurrealGirl, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 05

I just got my second shingles vaccine shot today. So far, just like the first, I have just arm pain which developed about an hour or so after the shot. I got it in a different arm this time, wish I'd done the same arm as now I won't be able to lie on my left side. I can move the arm all about, just really sore if I do though. I got really tired and took a 30 minute power nap. I can only have my arm in one position without any pain in bed. Going to put some ice on it and see if that helps, it did last time.

Comment from: Kathi , 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 03

I had the first shingles vaccine shot a couple months ago, and did not have any problems. I just got the second one and my left arm, shoulder, shoulder blade and the left side of my neck are hurting so bad, I want to cry. I have taken pain medicine, and it doesn't touch the pain.

Comment from: amh, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 03

I am on day 5 post-Shingrix shingles vaccine. My arm was very sore and red about 12 hours after. It also itches in the area around the injection site. It is day 5 and it is still sore and itchy, though subsiding.

Comment from: jeanne, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 22

I had my first shingles vaccine shot in October 2020. The serum hurt my arm going in, hurt from day one. Couldn’t lift my arm to take shirt over my head and can’t lift it, to this day, sideways. Some days my arm hurts so bad just at rest. I have this pain that rotates from my chest to my back. I had a stress test that came back normal. Now, I think it’s related to the shot. I had my second shot in the same area, the pharmacist didn’t want to give it to me since my arm hurt 6 month later. But I told him to give it down farther.

Comment from: Randy , 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: July 19

I had first Shingrix shingles vaccine in June and one month later it still feels very painful. My upper arm bone also hurts and I can’t sleep on it any more or raise my arm above shoulder level. I don’t know if it’s related, but I have had veins in my calves on both legs all of a sudden popping out and I’ve never had varicose veins before.

Comment from: lolo42, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 09

I actually had severe pain in my lady parts and my neck after the shingles vaccine. My back gave out, my veins popped out in my legs, and my arm hurt a little, but everything else for days. I could not believe how much worse the shingles vaccine hurt than the COVID shot and that was my first shot. I just thought I was going to die, it was the most horrible event I've ever gone through>

Comment from: Lynn, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 07

I had the first Shingrix shingles vaccine in 2020. The second shot also, per a pharmacist at a CVS. My shoulder has had tremendous pain and I am unable to buckle my bras now, due to pain. I have also developed profound hand arthritis in both hands and have to take tramadol 50 two to three times a day. I am seeing an orthopedic surgeon next week for the shoulder pain and to get steroid injections in my hands. Shingrix is the pits.

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

I got my first shingles shot 48 hours ago. I woke up with soreness the next day. My left arm is very sore, I would even say it's painful, and it's difficult to lift it up over my head without pain. There's redness around the injection site, and it's hot to the touch. No symptoms other than these. Reading all of these comments has me quite scared for the second vaccination, and now I'm wondering how long the soreness will last.

Comment from: Donald, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: July 02

I had the shingles vaccine exactly 24 hours ago. I have had zero side-effects. No flu, no fever, no fatigue, no need for bed rest, no discomfort. Before I went yesterday, I read all these negative reviews and almost cancelled my appointment. I promised if I had no resultant negative side-effects, I would return to this site and write a positive review. While I am sure all these negative reviews are accurate, my visit was 100 percent positive. If you meet the criteria for a shingles vaccine, get it!

Comment from: Sfycats, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 30

I had an unbelievably sore arm and rash for 5 days after the first shingles vaccine shot, along with extreme Fatigue and exhaustion that lasted 3 days. The injection area and my shoulder are still sensitive 10 days later. And the 2nd shot has more significant symptoms! Not looking forward to that.


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Comment from: TeeAnn, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 28

I got the 2nd Shingrix shingles vaccine shot yesterday morning. I was expecting reaction similar to the first shot which was arm soreness, muscle aches, fever and chills for 3 days, similar to a light case of flu. I am having the same symptoms, but much more extreme. I have a headache by early afternoon and my arm is so sore I can barely move it, along with extreme fatigue, fever, chills, nausea and muscle aches. I am taking ibuprofen and Tylenol round the clock. Not much sleep overnight. Much the same today but nausea is much worse.

Comment from: Cindy, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 24

I had my shingles vaccine shot over a year ago. When I touch my deltoid it is still very sore. I don’t notice it unless I touch it. I can tell exactly where it went in. Wondering if it will ever go away. My COVID shots were both in my left arm. No trouble there.

Comment from: KAB, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: June 18

I had my first shingles vaccine shot in December 2020, but only had mild symptoms; headache and fatigue, but nothing too severe. I had the second shot in June 2021, and wow, it was rough. Crushing headache the first evening, then chills, severe fatigue, and a fever of 100 most of the next day until that evening. I still have a very red and swollen arm five days after the shot. A coworker had shingles that had him out of work for a month, so I'm more than happy to deal with the symptoms of the shot.

Comment from: Rockyfella, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 16

I had my 2nd Shingrix shingles vaccine shot in November of 2020, it is now June 2021 and I still have a lot of pain in the injection area. It's a burning sensation and almost feels like nerve damage. I wonder if anyone else is familiar with this and/or is there something that I can do to get over this symptom.

Comment from: First Day, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: June 10

With the 1st shot of shingles vaccine, my shoulder was a little sore, the second one was worse. It felt like being punched very hard, it is stiff and sore, and hard to raise my arm much past shoulder height. I hope this doesn't last long. I am going to apply heat and pain relievers. Better than shingles I guess.

Comment from: Sore, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: June 04

I am male, 55. I received my second shingles vaccine on May 24th and my left arm is still sore and I am unable to use in daily functions. After reading all these comments you would think they would warn you about the arm pain and how long and it lasts. No real issues with first shot and it was the second shot that I had this reaction.

Comment from: WAJ3, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: June 04

I had my first shingles vaccine shot about a month ago. Pain has lingered in the arm given the shot. Sometimes the pain radiates down to my elbow. I can't reach back with the affected arm without pain. Not looking forward to the 2nd shot. On the other hand, my spouse had her first shot on the same day and she had had no long term pain. She had just the swelling and pain for a couple of days after the shot.

Comment from: Shinglrix-COVID -19 , 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: May 26

I am 75 years old male and had my first Shingrix shingles vaccine shot in November 2020, then COVID-19 shots on left arm in February and then March 18, 2021. None of these shots give me side effects. Then I had my second Shingrix shot on April 9 in my right arm. Until April 21 evening, and without any other reasons, I experienced severe sore pain on my right upper body that practically paralyzed my right limb. I was unable to hold a pen, change clothing, etc. I visited my family doctor five times.

Comment from: Shinglrix side effec, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: May 21

I am a 75 years old male and had my first Shingrix shingles vaccine shot was in November 2020. Then I had COVID-19 shots on my left arm in February, then March 18, 2021. None of these shots gave me side effects. Then I had my second Shingrix shot on April 9, to my right arm. Until April 21 evening and without any other reasons, I experienced severe sore pain on my right upper body that practically paralyzed my right limb. I was unable to hold a pen, change clothing, etc. I visited my family doctor five times.

Comment from: Linda, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 19

I had a mild rash on my chest from my first shingles vaccine shot. I just had my second shot on Monday, 5/10. I noticed arm pain that night. By Tuesday morning my thumb joint in that arm was in terrible pain (7/10). I had debilitating pain for two days. By Thursday it was slightly better. Today is Friday and the pain is manageable (2/10) with just occasional flare ups. I would not wish this pain on anyone.


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Comment from: Jane, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 10

My reaction to both my shingles vaccine shots was sore arm. On the second shot the area of injection was notably warm, and just a little itchy, but that could be due to irritation from swelling. Mostly had no problems at all.

Comment from: shell66, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: May 10

I got my first shingles vaccine shot (Shingrix) In October of 2019. A year and a half year later I still have a hard elongated egg-shaped lump in my arm, and pain! I have refused the second shot twice since, when my doctor brings it up. I too have had neck pain and headaches that I now worry may be related. Some days my left arm hurts quite badly. A big “absolutely not” to a second shot.

Comment from: Tony, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: May 10

I had my second shingles vaccine shot 4 months ago, at age 59. My arm pain never went away, and immediately crept up into my shoulder. It then traveled down, into my elbow and hands. There is no way to sleep; when the arm is at rest subject to gravity, it will soon scream in pain. If I move my arm wrong by accident, the pain is dreadful. I went to the doctor in month 3 because bruises emerged. They put me on prednisone, which provided just enough relief that I could lie down, but causes insomnia, so I am still in trouble.

Comment from: Janet , 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: May 05

I had the first dose of shingles vaccine 15 months ago and had a severe reaction in my arm and I could not move my neck for days. Now and again I touch my arm and it’s sore again. Last week I was diagnosed with the shingles virus in my left eye. Wonder if the reaction to the first vaccine could affect my eye even after 15 months. I have not had the second dose. Thanks.

Comment from: pookergirl, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 23

I'm female, age 50, and had my first dose of Shingrix shingles vaccine on Sunday, two days ago. My deltoid muscle became extremely sore, more so than the COVID shots, more so than flu shots, which I get every year. My husband touched my arm when I was sleeping this morning and I screamed out in pain; it woke me right up. I just looked at my upper arm and there's an area of redness about 2 inches by 4 inches diagonally on my upper arm. Painful and firm to touch.

Comment from: Geobishop , 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: April 21

I had my 1st shingles vaccine shot in August. It was uncomfortable, but no big deal. The 2nd shot was October 2020. Again uncomfortable, and the area around the injection site was very sore. I still have a sharp pain in my upper arm after 6 months, that seems to radiate through the humerus.

Comment from: Crusinlala, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 16

I had my shingles vaccine on March 22nd. My arm is still sore. This has been like nothing I've ever had. I had my COVID vaccine in my other arm two days ago and the soreness has already gone. I also have rheumatoid arthritis.

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

I received my 1st dose of shingles vaccine in early February. The shot hurt immediately; I was surprised at the level of pain, I was not expecting it to hurt that bad. In my life, I've had many vaccines, but this shingles vaccine really hurt. The vaccine site was red, slightly swollen, and painful; I had to take Motrin several times. It's now been 2 solid months since the 1st dose and my arm still hurts as it did a week after the vaccine. Not sure this is normal. Likely I will not get 2nd dose.

Comment from: Sandy, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 07

I got my second Shingrix shingles vaccine on March 31. My arm is still painful and has a 6 inch swollen hardened area around the site of the injection. It is starting to get very itchy. I also had a fever of 103 that night but temperature is normal today. I still feel very lethargic. I complied with allowing two weeks following my final COVID shot (Moderna). I had no reaction at all to the COVID vaccine. I also have rheumatoid arthritis and wonder if my immune system is now in overdrive.

Comment from: Catiller, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 31

I got my first shingles vaccine shot yesterday and experienced headache, sore swollen arm, shivers and nausea. I took 500 mg of Tylenol and feel a little better but my arm is extremely sore even to lift it. Hoping it recovers soon.

Comment from: Buttercup, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 31

After the first shingles vaccine shot, the injection site was sore for 2 plus months. My upper arm is still sore after the second shot 1 month ago. It feels like I've torn a muscle. Reaching over my head is painful. I received the J and J COVID vaccine in my other arm which does not hurt at all.

Comment from: FeelingFluish, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 31

I am a 58 year old female. I received my first Shingrix shingles vaccine shot yesterday, 3/26/21. I was feeling fine before the shot but within 30 minutes, the injection site (left arm) became extremely painful and I felt totally exhausted. I barely slept last night and my arm seems to hurt more today. Feeling really tired and somewhat disoriented. My throat is scratchy and itchy as well. I am due for my second shot 6 months from now. I hope I recover from this first one soon. If I do I will have the second shot.

Comment from: sheilae, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 31

I just got my first shingles vaccine shot, and wish I had read these posts before. The injection area is super sore just hours later. I've been icing the entire shoulder/arm area which gives some relief. Just seconds after the injection I felt the burning of the medicine going in. My Moderna first shot was nothing like this.

Comment from: Lesley, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 26

I breezed through my first Shingrix shingles vaccine shot. The second shot wasn't as good, it has been over 3 months and I have pain that radiates down both upper arms. Quite painful to lift them over my head, especially the arm that received shot. I tossed a football with my grandkids and woke up during that night to throbbing pain.

Comment from: Dotseelot, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 26

I had my 2nd shingles vaccine in November 2020 and I can still feel where the shot was administered. My neck hurts at times and my throat sometimes feels like it is swelling. The worst is the upper arm numbness and throbbing pain and my knee also hurts. Blood work was done, and now I'm told I have an inflammatory disorder, I don’t know which one.

Comment from: Jennifer , 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: March 23

I have just had the shingles vaccine injection administered by the nurse practitioner. It was so incredibly painful, it's really shaken me. I thought the days of painful injections were over. The flu jab and my 1st coronavirus jab didn't hurt at all.

Comment from: January 17 2021, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: March 22

I received my second shingles shot on January 17, 2021. My arm is still sore with limited range of motion. It is better than it was but still very sore.

Comment from: Lyla, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: March 18

I had my first dose of shingle vaccine in early November 2020. Because I got the two Moderna COVID shots on January 2 and January 30, I waited for my second shingle shot. I got it on March 12, 2021 and was told by CVS that it was ok to get it 5 weeks post my COVID shots. I had immediate pain up and down the nerve pathways of arm as well as right neck involvement and some right leg pain; all in the nerves and muscles. I felt like crying. Took meloxicam 2 doses as well as sinus medication for allergic reaction. It is worse than the COVID shot.

Comment from: wanall, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: March 18

I had Shingrix shingles vaccine 7 months ago and still have pain in both arms. I can’t lift my arm over my head without pain. Very frustrating.

Comment from: Kibbles, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 15

My husband got shingles 4 months ago. He had them on his ocular nerve and it caused his eye to turn inward toward his nose. The pain of them on his head and forehead was terrible. I got my 1st shingles shot on 11/11/2020. My arm was a little sore for a day. I got my 2nd shingles shot on March 10th, 2021. My arm is still a little sore but not too bad. There are still a few shingles on his head and he is still using medication in his eye and orally. He sees a specialist.

Comment from: MJ, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 12

I received my first shingles vaccine shot about 3 weeks ago and my upper arm and shoulder edge still hurt. Unsure whether I should go through with the 2nd.

Comment from: Miserable painter, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: March 12

I got my first shingles vaccine shot on January 15, 2021. By that evening I developed a headache lasting three days, low fever and Intense shoulder pain. Over the first few days I had intense shoulder pain that moved over across my upper chest into my neck and the other shoulder. On March 8, today, I am still experiencing range of motion difficulties and shoulder pain. I wish I had seen this blog prior to getting the vaccine. No second shot for me.

Comment from: Jan, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 10

I received my first Shingrix shingles vaccine on March 1, 2021. Two hours later I started experiencing severe flu-like symptoms of fever, nausea, and severe pain except, the pain was up and down my spinal column from head to tailbone. I’ve had to take full dose of ibuprofen every 4 hours with some Tylenol. It’s now March 5th, and the fever is less but the spinal pain still persists.

Comment from: LD, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 10

I had my 1st Shingrix shingles vaccine dose in November 2020. Two days later, I had excruciating shoulder, neck and arm pain. I had no feeling in 3 fingers. I had sleepless nights, and work was seriously affected. Prescription pain and anti-inflammatory medicines were no help. Ultrasound showed soft tissue damage similar to rotator cuff tear. Two months of physiotherapy twice a week fixed my pain. I was pain free for two months, and now, the severe shoulder, neck and arm pain has resurfaced! I am not getting the 2nd Shingrix dose. I had no problem with Zostavax.

Comment from: Frankraney, 75 or over Female (Caregiver) Published: March 08

My wife has had bad pain from shingles vaccine and cannot lie on the affected arm. She got the vaccine three months ago and is still in pain!

Comment from: Lynn, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: March 05

I had my 1st shingles vaccine shot with nothing more than a sore arm for a day or two. Three months later, I got the second shot. Again, my arm was sore, but no other adverse effects. A year later, my left arm is still sore and it has a dull muscle ache. From what I have read here, it could be way worse.

Comment from: Amy F., 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 03

I got the shingles vaccine in November 2020 and developed severe flu-like symptoms. I had to take the next day off work as the symptoms persisted. This was coupled with extreme pain and very limited mobility in my right arm (right-handed). The pain was excruciating! I had to keep my arm pressed against my chest to get any kind of relief. Raising it overhead was not an option, so getting dressed and undressed were particularly painful. It has been nearly 4 months and I still have bad deep muscle pain. Not worth it!

Comment from: Susan, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 03

I had my first shingles vaccine two days ago. My arm was very sore the second day, with limited range of motion. The second shot will be in a few months. Pain is diminishing; I can lift my arm into the air, whereas yesterday it was too painful.

Comment from: Deborah C. , 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 03

Ever since I received the shingles vaccine shot, I cannot sleep on this arm, and cannot reach for anything higher than my head. When I was leaning on the couch arm, I pressed on it to get up and screamed in pain, thought I broke it. I wish I never got this shot!

Comment from: Kim, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 24

I had no problems with the first dose of shingles vaccine in May 2020. I had the second shot in July 2020. I immediately had a sharp, burning pain down my arm and up my shoulder and neck. Had flu-like symptoms for several days. I could not move my arm by the time I drove home. I had to stay sitting up all night because of unbearable pain. I have a lump on my arm and cannot move it backwards or sleep on it because of the pain. Tried physical therapy for 3 months with no improvement. They should be sued.

Comment from: GM, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 22

I had a horrific case of chicken pox as a ten year old. I learned that shingles is usually worse than your chicken pox. I am 49 and paid out of pocket to get my first shingles vaccine dose in 10/2020. No problems, just a little tender at the site for a few days. I had the 2nd dose yesterday, 02/2021. Thought I had a bug bite and remembered I had my shot at that site. It looks like a round welt and swelling, and had doubled by the end of the day, like a small egg. Icing it now. Fine otherwise.

Comment from: Susan, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 16

I just had my first shingles vaccine shot two days ago. My upper arm at the injection site is extremely sore. I awoke on day 2 with a skin rash on my neck and forearms. It is more like hives than chicken pox/shingles. My doctor said to watch for fever or breathing difficulties, which would indicate a severe reaction. Fortunately neither has occurred, but the neck rash is still prominent. Not excited about getting the second shot when scheduled.

Comment from: Kelly, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 11

I got my 1st shot of shingles vaccine on November 11th in my right arm and my 2nd on January 14th in my left arm. Both arms are constantly aching, and my motion and rotation are limited. I have to sleep on my back because it is too painful to put any pressure on my upper arms. I’m angry to read about so many people suffering from this vaccination and I wasn’t given this information by my doctors.

Comment from: BEWARE OF SHOT, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 11

I received the 1st dose of Shingrix shingle vaccine in 11/20. I had a very bad reaction within hours of the shot. My arm swelled, was red, hot, itchy in a 6 plus inch circle around the injection site. By the evening I had a terrible headache and flu symptoms. My arm hurt to move, like I had a rotor cuff or bicep injury. I had to treat the arm like it was broken, and not move it for weeks. It took months to be able to sleep on it. It is 2/21 now and I still do not have full range of motion, it is painful, and I have a knot at the site. No 2nd dose for me.

Comment from: Naomi, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 10

I was given the 1st dose of the shingles vaccine Shingrix in October 2018. The next day my entire left arm hurt, I could barely move it and the pain was horrible. It felt like I had rotor cuff injury again. It lasted for about 4 months. I decided after I talked to my doctor that I was not getting the second dose. To this day, February 2021, the pain returns every 3 to 6 months and lasts for days! I don't understand why, but this is my life now.

Comment from: Judith , 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 09

I received my 2nd shingle shot 5 days ago, and I had the shot in the upper left arm. Six inches down from the shoulder where I had the shot, I had swelling and redness, and it was very sore to touch. The next day, redness and swelling spread all around the arm and was moving upward. Day 5 is not as bad, but the redness is still moving up the arm. I am also experiencing tingling in my hand and fingers, and also having headaches.

Comment from: Sherri , 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 09

My husband and I both had our shingles vaccine 7 days ago. We both had sore arms (muscle) that were painful to touch or lie on. My arm hurt to even raise it. This subsided by day 5. On day 5, I had joint pain in my shoulder sockets, hips, and neck. This lasted about 24 hours. As of now all is fine, except for very mild bruising pain when I press on the area that the shot went in. I also had my flu vaccine on the other arm on the same day. The 2nd shot will be at the end of March.

Comment from: Robert, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: February 05

Never again. No second dose for me. I got the first dose of shingles vaccine two days ago. I had flu-like symptoms and tiredness, but the worst symptom is severe lower back pain. I’m on Tylenol and a heating pad. It’s terrible. Never experienced back pain like this and never had a reaction to any vaccine before. This is horrible.

Comment from: CoCo, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 04

It’s been 6 days since my shingles vaccination. It was the first dose. My arm is swollen, red and sometimes splotchy. It’s is still tender. Not sure if I want the 2nd dose.

Comment from: NMartin, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 02

It is 8 weeks after the 2nd shingles vaccine shot and my arm is still sore and difficult to move. The first 2 days after the injection I had a fever of 101 with chills. Felt like I had the flu. Followed by an outbreak of cold sores that covered my entire lower lip. I hope it works better against shingles.

Comment from: Linda, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 29

I got my 1st dose of shingles vaccine 4 days ago. That day I was fine. Next morning I had a goose-egg, red hot flaming lump at the injection site. By evening I was so fatigued and felt like I had the flu, I went to bed at 6 p.m. My arm is still so sore, red and hot. I have a severe headache that won't go away and now developed severe, shooting pain on the underside of my arm and in that armpit. This is ridiculous! I had to cancel my mammogram appointment. No 2nd shot, I'll take my chances.

Comment from: L-cat, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 26

Having seen this page I’ll be reporting to my doctor. I got my 2nd shingles vaccine shot on 1.13.21. I had a reaction the next day with temperature up to 101.4, and Tylenol helped. I shivered under the blanket, but fever was gone the next day. It was not unexpected as the same occurred with the first shot, only temperature was lower. I have severe pain in my upper arm and shoulder affecting my range of motion ever since. I cannot tolerate any pressure on the arm and must sleep on my back as I cannot sleep on that side or the other as even the weight of the arm against the body hurts.

Comment from: h2o, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: January 26

After the first shingles vaccine shot I felt very tired like a flu, and thought I had COVID-19. Two months later I have a lot of pain in left arm. I can’t raise my arm like it is a rotator cuff injury. It is bad enough I need to take a time out. I just got the 2nd shot and I think I am going to die today.

Comment from: Elizabeth , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 25

I received the first shingles vaccine shot on Thursday at 3:30 pm. By 7:30 pm my arm was sore and I had a pain on the left side near my lower back. I took Tylenol and went to sleep. Woke up at 3 am to go to the washroom. I remember feeling very dizzy in the bathroom and rushed to get back to my bed. Next thing I know I fainted in my hallway. I slept 14 hours the next day. It has been two weeks since the shot and I still have that pain in my back and a sore shoulder.

Comment from: Jeffries, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 25

I received my first shingles vaccine shot in October 2020. I had a left arm injection, flu-like symptoms, and felt better after 2 days, but my left arm hurt when I lifted my arm up, it hurt at the injection site. I had my 2nd one in December 2020, same arm. Now it is 20 January, 2021 and it still hurts, not better. I received an x-ray, nothing was found, now I have an MRI scheduled. I am doing arm exercises for rotary cuff and not improving. At least I feel a little better knowing it's not just me experiencing these symptoms. Not fun.

Comment from: Perry, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: January 21

I had some pain and stiffness in my left arm for a few days after my 1st shingles vaccine shot. I had my 2nd shot on 12/23/2020. Felt good for a couple days. Then my left arm and shoulder started hurting and the pain has moved into my neck area. I am experiencing numbness and tingling sometimes clear to my fingertips. I had trouble getting comfortable sleeping. Helps to lie on my back. Aspirin or Ibuprofen helps and so does exercise. It actually doesn’t hurt when I exercise. Seems to slowly be getting better.

Comment from: Karen *, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 21

I got my first Shingrix shingles vaccine shot in early October 2020. I had a pretty bad reaction like most of the people have listed here; flu-like symptoms lasted for a week, pain in the arm and unable to use for daily tasks. I had to go to physical therapy for frozen shoulder but I also ended up with postherpetic neuralgia (PHN) on the side of my face near my ear. I will definitely not have the second shot!

Comment from: Jan, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 14

My first shingles vaccine shot went fine. With the second shot, I had severe muscle pain not just in my arm (couldn’t raise my arm) but also in the torso area (could not wear a bra for 2 days). I had vertigo for 2 days after severe muscle pain. Felt very tired and sore for a few weeks. The doctor advised the pain would soon go away and to do RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation) which I already had been doing from the beginning. After 3 weeks I complained to the pharmacist who gave the shot and called the drug company; both were surprised my pain had lasted so long. Sixth week, and my arm still hurts. Exercise helps.

Comment from: S Moise, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 12

I received my second shingles vaccine shot today, just over two months after my first shot. I only had mild pain in my left arm for a few days after my first shot. A few hours after today’s shot, I felt a sudden flood of extreme pain, and my arm completely cramped. I can’t lift, hold or carry anything. The pain extends into my shoulder and neck, and I have a headache. I took two Tylenol 500 mg with minimal relief. If the pain goes away by tomorrow, it is worth preventing another severe case of shingles.

Comment from: Burningshoulder, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: January 11

I took my first Shingrix shingles vaccine shot on 10/3. I had extreme fatigue, headache, vertigo and body ache for 48 hours, and sore arm for 4 days. I took the second dose on 12/28. Same symptoms, only on day 10, the front of my shoulder is still red, burning, sore and very itchy. The doctor expresses surprise. Without knowing it, she is quoting company reports on rarity of side effects. The fact is, we really don’t know how common they are. Need scientific reporting.

Comment from: Roxy, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 07

With the first dose of shingles vaccine I had a few sniffles when I received the shot. The next day my arm was extremely sore and red, and there was a golf ball-sized lump under the skin. My sniffles turned into a severe respiratory infection. I got the 2nd dose 3 months later and my arm again turned extremely sore and red with another big lump. It lasted about a week, and I also had a headache. I made sure that I did not have any sniffles before I went in for the 2nd shot.

Comment from: World Gypse, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 29

I saw the doctor on 12/23/20 about ongoing severe pain after my 1st Shingrix shingles vaccine on 12/01/20 (felt like a brick was squeezed into my left arm). Next day, I had headache with injection site pain. Now I have pain also in my left shoulder and neck, tingling in forearm, twitching in fingers, and I can’t keep warm. The doctor doesn’t think it is related to the 1st dose told me to get the 2nd and do physical therapy (PT) for pain. Wish I’d seen and had the information here to support my assertion that this is a Shingrix reaction. I am very in tune with my body and symptoms correlate to 1st dose, so no 2nd for me!

Comment from: Anne in KY, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 29

I got my 2nd dose of shingles vaccine on August 28th. I felt like I had the flu and my arm was sore. The flu symptoms ended, but the pain in my arm got worse. The pain feels like the muscle in my upper arm has died. I can't stretch my arm, I can't reach behind my back, and if I try to use the muscle, the pain is excruciating. The pain isn't just a discomfort; it is so severe that I have to compose myself, and it brings tears to my eyes. There was no warning of the severity of this pain, or that it may be permanent.

Comment from: Forrest, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: December 28

I received the first shot on September 15, 2020 from a pharmacist. Starting that night, the arm in which I got the shot (my left) became very sore, with the pain focused on my deltoid. It is now December 23, 2020, and this pain has never gone away; in fact, it is worse. I am unable to raise my arm above my head; putting on a shirt is very difficult now. I take 880 mg/day of naproxen, but this is just so I'm not a compete invalid. I will see a sports medicine doctor about this in a couple weeks.

Comment from: Amy, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 28

I am a 53 year old female in good health. I received the Shingrix shingles vaccine on December 5, 2020. I experienced injection site pain for a few days (expected) and I experienced malaise and lethargy 24 hours after my shot (tolerable). Approximately one week later, I was awakened in the middle of the night with hot, searing knee pain in my right knee when I turned over in bed. This occurred 3 or 4 more times over the next 5 to 6 nights. Nothing since then. Not sure I'll get the 2nd shot.

Comment from: Kathleen, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: December 23

I received my shingles vaccine shot almost 14 weeks ago (September 17th) and have had arm pain ever since. It was terrible, the 1-2 days. I wake up 2-3 hours at night, it hurts to do everyday tasks like dressing, driving, etc. I can't lift my arm up over my head. Until this happened I had no arm or shoulder problems, am active, and participate in an exercise class. I consulted an orthopedic doctor, he says I have frozen shoulder. He gave me a cortisone shot and sent me to physical therapy. I am now getting better.

Comment from: Bev, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: December 22

I was elated to find this site and read comments that accurately reflect my shingles vaccine experience because I’ve been told that my excruciating shoulder and neck pain is merely coincidental. My first shingles shot was in October. I had the usual bruise-like soreness for several days. This was totally tolerable. Several weeks later my shoulder and neck began getting more and more painful. My range of motion is severely limited. I’m experiencing headaches and sweats.

Comment from: Kathleen, 55-64 (Patient) Published: December 21

I also received the shingles vaccine shot on November 6th, 2020. It was my first one and I was fine that night. The next day I woke up and had a lot of pain in my left arm where the shot was given. I went to look at it in the mirror, and I had a round rash around injection site. The day after that, the rash started going down my arm. I had pain, burning and itching. I have been back to the doctor’s twice, and the last time they told me it was just a rash, a coincidence. Today is December 17th, and I am still in bad pain.

Comment from: Terri, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 21

I got the first Shingrix shingles vaccine beginning in November. No worries. The 2nd shot was on December 11. Today is 1 week and my arm has a feverish lump that is painful. Two days after the second shot I had flulike symptoms. I was dizzy, lightheaded, lethargic and had a terrible headache. These symptoms lasted 2 days. I had shingles in 2012 on the left side of my face, in my ear, scalp, mouth and chin. The worst pain ever. The postherpetic nerve damage is awful; a constant burning in my ear and left side.

Comment from: Haz, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: December 17

I received my 2nd shingles vaccine shot on December 7th. Since then, 8 days later, I have extreme pain in all my joints; knees, hips, shoulders, elbows and wrists. I just feel horrible. The pain is so bad I have started to take some pain medicines to get through the day. Pharmacist and doctor say this could not be from the shot. I was fine up until my 2nd and last shot. They want me to get a COVID-19 test even though I have no other symptoms and really don't go anywhere. Process of elimination. This is terrible.

Comment from: 1983lawbaby, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 17

I received my 1st shingle vaccine on 11/17/20. About four hours later my left arm hurt so much I had to take two Motrin tablets. I was better the next morning; still sore but tolerable. The ache went away after 3-4 days. Then a week later, Sunday after Thanksgiving, the pain came back and it has not gone away. It’s an ache like you would get if you work out a muscle you did not use before. It only hurts when I move, not when my arm is stationary. It will be a month tomorrow and I hope it goes away soon.

Comment from: Holly B, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 16

I am a 57 year old female. After the 1st shingles vaccine I had pain at the injection site and flu like symptoms for about 24 hours. I got the 2nd vaccine 2 days ago, and again I have pain at the site but this time I have excruciating pain in my left side and lower back. It literally hurts so bad it takes my breath away and I have a high pain tolerance! Even if I knew this would have been the case I still would have gotten the second dose because as a nurse I have seen firsthand the terrible side effects of shingles.

Comment from: Lara, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 15

My left arm hurts and my right leg hurts starting from my waist down to the back of my knee area. It feels tender when touched and aches a lot.

Comment from: OQTW, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: December 15

I got my first Shingrix shingles vaccine shot on 11/29/2020. I had a terrible scary burning arm rash on the first day. Also, first 2 days I had headaches and chills, causing 2 sleepless nights. First day, my arm felt like it was broken. Bad arm pain has continued for over 2 weeks now. They say 1/3 of all people will get shingles. That means 2/3 will not. These bad side effects really make one wonder if they should hope they are in the 2/3 group and skip this two-shot side-effect-prone vaccine.

Comment from: Star196, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: December 15

I was told that there is frequently pain at the site of the shingles vaccine injection for a few days, like the tetanus shot. However, it has now been 3 weeks since I got the first shot and my arm is still in pain. I am still able to do my daily activities, but it is difficult to find a comfortable position for sleeping. I will still get the second injection because, for me, the pain in the arm is more tolerable than getting shingles, but this is a more serious side effect than I had been told about.

Comment from: Cookie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 11

I received the shingles vaccine shot two months ago in my left arm. For the first week it hurt as if I had been pinched in the arm. It woke me up at night. After that it began feeling painful upon moving it, and weak, and now it’s so weak that I can’t lift it without quite a bit of pain. I’ve begun trying to lift light weights to see if I can get my strength back. I too, like many others, hesitate to get the second dose.

Comment from: Janice, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 11

I had my 1st Shingrix shingles vaccine shot in September 2020 and felt no symptoms except that I felt a little bit of pain in the arm. My 2nd vaccine was taken on December 6th and I felt terrible! I cannot raise my arm, it was very painful. I kept waking up at night and had flu like symptoms all of which lasted for a day only. Also, I noticed that I have a lump near my collarbone and when I pressed it was a little bit painful. Not sure if it’s related to the vaccine or not, but I’m very concerned about it.

Comment from: micpro09, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: December 09

I am 68 years old I received my first shingles Shingrix vaccine today in my right arm. It's been 6 hours and I can barely move my arm. Shoulder pain is so bad it kept me awake when trying to take a nap. I wish I had read these comments, I never would have got it. I will certainly not get the second follow-up shot. We should have been told about this side effect.

Comment from: Jeanne, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 08

I had the shingles vaccine on November 17, 2020 and my left arm is still very, very sore and hurts me when doing simple tasks and while sleeping at night. I will definitely not be getting the second shot! It is now December 5th.

Comment from: I too had my second , 65-74 (Patient) Published: December 03

I too had my second shingles vaccine shot several months ago and I also had my flu shot at the same time but that was in a different arm. Since then my left arm where the second shingles shot was given is extremely sore. My shoulder is very sore again and I cannot sleep because of the pain. I have trouble holding my dog’s leash when I’m walking him and I can’t play with my grandchildren using that arm. Wondering what can be done to help me with this ongoing issue.