Patient Comments: Shingles - Vaccine


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.

Comment from: Connie, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: December 03

My first shingles vaccine, Shingrix shot in mid-August, gave flu-like symptoms which lasted 3 to 4 days. I had extreme shoulder, neck and arm pain which is better, but was still hurting on 12/1. I am unable to use my left arm completely; can't raise it up, can't reach seat belt, etc. It is painful when sleeping also. Pharmacist said it shouldn't still be sore, but after reading the other comments, I am not the only one with this situation. I got the 2nd dose yesterday 12/1. Feel like I have flu; arm rash, pain, swelling and fever.

Comment from: Shirl, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: December 02

I got my 1st Shingrix shingles vaccine shot in June 2020, in my left arm. I had a slight fever and a very sore, swollen, red arm within 2 days. I had the 2nd shot in my right arm in September 2020 with no ill effects. Now this being November, my left arm has been swollen with an enormous bruise at the site of the shot. I can hardly move my arm. I have been taking Tylenol, which helps some, but I’m regretting that I had ever agreed to take this shot.

Comment from: Chris , 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: December 02

I received the shingles vaccine on 10/17/2020. Within 24 hours I had shoulder pain and swelling. The pain continues to this day. Now I have to take over the counter pain medicines around the clock. The pain is bad at night and frequently wakes me up. I am very upset about this and hope it isn’t permanent.

Comment from: Sore In Ohio, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 01

I am so glad to read these comments. I got my shingles vaccine two months ago and I have had upper arm and shoulder muscle pain ever since. Sometimes it is so bad I cannot sleep. I've used ice, heat and Motrin, which help temporarily, but then a day later the pain is back. I've dropped things because of the muscle pain when I try to lift something with my right arm. I have also had neck and muscle tightness but that seems better. I thought I was nuts, but apparently this does happen; I wonder why and for how long!

Comment from: Nancyleemonteroconne, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 01

I went in September to CVS and got the flu shot and the 1st dose of shingles vaccine shot. I saw the pharmacist and said I'm waiting for the pain to subside from the shingles shot. I waited more weeks and got the 2nd dose of shingles shot. It is November 29, 2020 and my arm, where I got the shots, hurts and it's annoying. It is hard to move it, hard to sleep, and I wasn’t warned about this ache. The shots last 4 years. I'm never getting another shingles shot again. Plus, read the ingredients.

Comment from: Lil, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 30

I received the shingles vaccine on November 21. My arm was so sore that it was painful to even change clothes. The following morning I awoke to severe neck pain and pain along my left shoulder blade. It was so painful, it hurt just getting up and down from a chair. I couldn’t even roll to my left side in bed. Turning my head was excruciating. I am applying ice for the pain. Not sure I will get the 2nd shot.

Comment from: 63 with pain, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 24

I had my first shingles vaccine shot on November 17th. My arm was sore. The next day I started having pain in my hip. I could not sleep on my left side and was walking with a limp. I am feeling feverish and fatigue. The pharmacist said he never heard of my side effect and to take Tylenol or ibuprofen. I am sorry I had the shot. Today is the 21st and my hip still hurts.

Comment from: Cecily, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 24

I got my first shingles vaccine on October 1 and my arm is still sore, almost 2 months later. Even picking up a glass feels like I lifted weights the day before.

Comment from: Hate shingles vaccin, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 23

I took the shingles vaccine 4 weeks ago. My neck has been so stiff that it was dangerous for me to drive. Today is the first day that I could actually swivel my neck more. It’s been like frozen neck syndrome. Not sure I want the 2nd shot. Shingles is better than this.

Comment from: Bob, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: November 23

I received the 1st Shingrix, shingles vaccine on 11/6/2020. For 4 days, the injection site felt bruised, like I had been punched very hard in the arm. A nuisance, but certainly tolerable. The real problem started two days later. I have had excruciating lower back pain for two weeks now. Muscle relaxants, nerve blockers and anti-inflammatory drugs, including prednisone, have not provided much relief. I'm icing and using heat. Still the pain hasn't subsided. I've never had a vaccine reaction like this.

Comment from: Doreen, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 17

I had my first shingles vaccine shot on October 23, 2020 and have been feeling pain in my upper right shoulder area ever since. It hurts to lift my arm and hurts most of the time. The pain started after the shot. I wish I had read previous comments. Not sure I'll be getting my second shot.

Comment from: Nettie, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 16

My first Shingrix shingles vaccine shot was on September 6 and the second was on October 6. I had upper arm and shoulder pain, but no other serious side effects after both injections. However, it is now another month since I had the second injection and my upper arm/shoulder pain persists. It is more painful at night when sleeping, but still noticeable all day. I wonder what this means, or indicates; what exactly is going on.

Comment from: Christine, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 12

I got my shingles vaccine shot on October 10, 2020. I have been in so much pain, I couldn't lift my left arm, and had to use my other arm to move it. I couldn't sleep, my arm hurt so bad, and nothing helped. In the last few days it is starting to feel better, but I still can’t raise my arm up, it pulls and hurts. It just doesn’t feel right. I don't think I will be getting the second shot, not worth the pain. Wish I had researched this shot before I got it. The drug store told me he never heard of it hurting for two weeks.

Comment from: Diana, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 09

I got my first shingles vaccine shot in November of 2019. I waited until November of 2020 to get the second. I remembered from the first one that I felt bad afterwards. After the second one I have felt so bad. I woke up in the middle of the night with chills, body aches and headache. I slept the whole next day.

Comment from: Dawn, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 05

I received both the flu and shingles vaccine shots in the same upper arm area on October 15. It is now November 3rd and my arm still aches. I immediately went through 4 days of chills and nausea after the injections and just went through the same thing all over again, over 2 weeks later. I have an appointment to see my doctor as I have read that this should only last a few days. I may skip the 2nd injection in 2-6 months.

Comment from: Considered Patient, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 03

I received shingles vaccine on Tuesday 10/27/2020, and that evening I was fine. Wednesday morning my arm was very sore and I experienced extreme fatigue along with mild headaches. It's Sunday evening, November 1, 2020. The soreness isn't bad but my arm is red, swollen, itchy and hot to the touch, and I'm still having mild headaches. I wonder if this is normal. I'll be following up with my physician in the morning. I have 6 months to decide whether I'll be taking the second dosage, as of now I don't think I will.

Comment from: Kim P, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 03

I received my 2nd dose of Shingrix shingles vaccine on 10/29/20. My arm has gotten sorer each of the three days so far; very red, hot and tender, and extremely itchy. The area was about the size of a quarter and has now grown to 6” x 4” and expanded to past my elbow.

Comment from: Eileen , 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 29

My husband and I had the Shingrix shingles vaccine and flu shot yesterday. My arm has been sore since getting it. Five hours after getting the shots we both started feeling feverish and achy. My husband felt slightly nauseous. I went to bed and woke up in the middle of the night with chills, fever over 101, headache, and very achy. Both of us have terrible aches in our necks and shoulders, as well as legs. Took Tylenol which helped some. Both felt terrible all day today. As evening came, fevers and aches got worse.

Comment from: Patc, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 29

I had my first shingles vaccine on August 12th. Absolutely no problems, not even a painful arm. Just received my second shot on October 23rd. I had terrible chills about 12 hours later and didn’t sleep well that night. I woke up next morning sweating a little. My arm was sore for 4 days but bearable. My worst problem was digestive problems. I felt flu-like, tired and lightheaded, which lasted a few days. Never have I experienced anything like this from a vaccine. Glad I’m finished because I wouldn’t go back.

Comment from:, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: October 20

On Wednesday, October 14th, I had the 2nd step shingles vaccine at my pharmacy. I thought nothing of it, until 11 o'clock that same night I began shivering all over and could not stop, and felt cold as ice. Then nausea began, then I felt hot all over, then weakness set in, and pain all over my body. The next day I called the pharmacist and my doctor's office. I was told this shot can cause 'flu-like' symptoms. I was bedridden for all of Thursday the next day and I slept and did not have much appetite.

Comment from: Peter, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: October 20

I got the first Shingrix shot with my flu shot at a well-known pharmacy chain; left upper arm flu, right upper arm shingles vaccine. I had the shingles and it was awful. At first signs, I went immediately to Urgent Care and got the prescription medicines and pain killers, and it went away before damage was done. Thank goodness! I am happy I got the first shot, but my upper right arm has been sore for 5 days now, it is hard to sleep. I am real sore. I hope it goes way.

Comment from: Lynn-Atlanta, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 19

I had the Shingrix injection on 9/30/20. I experienced pain and swelling of the arm from the shingles vaccine. It has continued, it is now 10/16/20 and I am still experiencing pain and soreness in my arm (up to the elbow), and from my shoulder to neck and into the scapula area. It is a deep, throbbing pain. I wonder if this is a normal reaction and how long the pain and soreness last.

Comment from: TJ, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: October 13

I had the flu and recombinant shingles vaccine at the same time. About eight hours later I felt feverish and run down. No pain in the injection site. I took a few Advil tablets, put on and watched a good movie. I know it's my immune system building up antibodies. I actually like the feeling of knowing my body is arming itself and to just let nature take its course and rest.

Comment from: Dee, 65-74 Female (Caregiver) Published: October 08

I am a 65 year old woman and I got my first shingles vaccine shot on September 25, 2020. I am still having stiffness in my arm. I get my second shot in January 2021. My hips have been hurting me, seems like more than normal. I hope this will pass soon.

Comment from: Kathy2343, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 06

I had shingles from buttocks down a path to the bottom of my foot in March 2020. First shingles vaccine in June 2020 caused significant arm pain that improved gradually. Second in October 2020, I had severe arm pain so I could hardly move it. At 7 months after shingles, I still have a path of numbness in the area of the original outbreak, with two toes almost completely numb. Shots are no fun, but better than recurring shingles.

Comment from: Momma, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 06

I am a 71 years old female. I received the first shingles vaccine injection 3 days ago. First day my arm was extremely sore and I had generalized malaise with a headache. Days 2 and 3 I developed redness on the upper arm around the injection site and the area is extremely itchy. On the whole, reactions were comparable to those from a flu shot, other than the itchiness.

Comment from: Jen, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 06

I am 50, and sought the shingles vaccine at the recommendation of my doctor. I had my first dose in July 2020, and second dose in September 2020. Both times I developed a fever and chills within 12 hours. I also had extreme fatigue and joint pain in my hips, knees and ankles, which was worse at night, and painful to move after sitting or lying down. I alternated Tylenol and Advil for two days, and that seemed to help. I still have joint pain flare ups that wake me in the night.

Comment from: Gator, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 06

After receiving my 1st shot of Shingrix shingles vaccine from my pharmacist, my arm at the injection sight swelled like a lemon. Now I have numbness and tingling all down the front of it to my elbow. I hope it goes away. I told my doctor and she felt the shot may have hit a nerve. I got my second shot in the opposite arm and had no trouble at all. Really hope the numbness subsides.

Comment from: Lori, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 06

A few months after my second Shingrix shingle vaccine shot, my arm that I received the shot in, was becoming sore. It has been a year and it continues to worsen, mostly in the shoulder. I cannot lift my arm easily, cannot twist my arm behind me, have bad pain when putting my arm in my clothing, wake up with pain in my shoulder, cannot sleep on my side on that arm anymore and need a pillow to prop it up to help with the pain at night. Why is this information not on the national news to warn people!

Comment from: jeffR, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: October 06

After the first shingles vaccine shot I developed what sounds like 'typical' soreness in the area around the injection site. After 10 days it subsided, although it is still a little sore. But I also developed golfer's elbow which lasted several weeks and then turned into tennis elbow. Nearly 2 months after the injection, my arm (especially the elbow joint) is still sore. It is painful to even lift a glass of water. I never had adverse reaction to a shot before now and I am not sure I want the 2nd dose.

Comment from: Larain, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 06

I got my 1st shingles vaccine shot yesterday. Had a little arm pain. About 24 hours later, I had severe arm pain, dizziness, fever, chills, headache, and nausea. Lying down now and thinking twice about the 2nd shot and also the long term effects of this one.

Comment from: SFN8TV, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 22

In 8/2018, at 58, I had my first Shingrix shot. I had a painful arm that was achy next two days. In 9/2018 I had flu shot at the same injection site. Painful! The site is still sore from the shingles vaccine shot because I never feel the flu shot. In 10/2018 I had the second Shingrix, had them inject on the side of the arm. Didn't feel it and no side effects. Now, 2 years later, 9/2020, at age 60, my left shoulder and arm are painful. Range of motion is limited, I have lumps in the muscle where the shots were given. Wondering if this is related to Shingrix. I cannot sleep through the night with the shoulder and arm pain.

Comment from: Tnelson47, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 22

I got the first shingles vaccine shot in July 2020 and my arm was sore but it was fine and no other side effects. I just received the second shot on Monday, the 14th of September, and two days ago I started feeling sharp throbbing pain in my breast area when I take deep breaths. The pain goes from my shoulder where the shot was, to my breast. It hurts so much to take a deep breath and the pain has been waking me up in the middle of the night.