Patient Comments: Shingles - Vaccine

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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: medicinenet.com, 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.

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

I just turned 57. I had my 2nd shingles vaccine shot yesterday morning. I could feel every bit of that drug being injected into my arm and it was painful. My arm has been sore since. I could hardly move it last night without pain. I accidentally lay on it while in bed. Yikes! It’s still sore to the touch at the injection site and down my arm. I had tingling and numbness down my arm to my fingers. Today, there is a red patch couple of inches below the injection site. Bad headache all day and nothing helps get rid of it. My arm is swollen below the injection site.

Comment from: RS, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: September 22

I just finished my second dose of Shingrix three days ago. I barely felt the injection. I took Tylenol prior to the shot. My arm, like the first shingles vaccine injection months ago, was sore somewhat. Soreness was barely noticeable the next day and I had no other side effects with either the first or second dose 6 months apart.

Comment from: Bluedrake, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 17

Two days ago, I received the vaccination for shingles. I am a healthy, active 60 year old. I am shocked by the level of pain I am experiencing. First day was like having a bad flu along with extreme shoulder and neck pain on the side where I got the shot. I am waking up at night in pain and can’t sleep on the right side. I have pain in my shoulder radiating to the wrist. I am hoping this goes away. I am taking extra strength Tylenol. Wish I had researched before taking the shot.

Comment from: Angie, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 17

I am a 54 year old female with type 2 diabetes but otherwise healthy. I got shingles vaccine on a Wednesday evening. My arm was somewhat sore but nothing bad. I went to work the next day, and had a headache when I woke up that lasted all day. By dinner time I had a fever and my arm was swollen and hurt to move. I had fever throughout the evening and my entire body ached. Friday morning, no more fever, but the area on my arm was swollen and still painful. I continued to have a headache throughout the day.

Comment from: Olympia, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 15

On January 20, 2020 I had my 1st Shingrix vaccine, because I had shingles on my face 3 years ago. Before the shot I was healthy. Two weeks after, nightmare began, with pain getting worse in my hands and feet, and swollen. I have been to the orthopedist and rheumatologist. Both seem clueless. One recommended that I take the 2nd, so I did. I can't move my right hand, so painful. He diagnosed rheumatoid arthritis. I believe the shot is causing all this change and a few other comments are similar. Not healthy anymore, they should do more research.

Comment from: Fitnessnut40 , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 15

I just got the shingles vaccine for the first time on 9/14/20. I can’t move my arm! Such pain and I have a very high tolerance. I won’t be getting the 2nd.

Comment from: Aurora, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 14

I am a 55 year old woman, very healthy and got my first shingles vaccine shot 2 days ago. That evening, the injection site was sore and I developed a fever. The next day I woke up feeling like a Mack truck had hit me. Checked my temperature and I had a fever of 101.0. I had severe headache too. And about 4” down from the injection site, I had developed a large red patch that is sore to the touch. It’s about 2” long and 1” wide. Today, the fever is gone and I still have a slight headache. The red patch still there.

Comment from: dsb7, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 14

I got my 1st Shingrix shot in 11/19. I had severe arm pain for 1 week and flu-like symptoms for 4 days. I felt like fainting upon standing and had body aches. My 2nd shingles vaccine shot was in 7/20. Again I had severe arm pain and flu-like symptoms with 101 temperature for 3 days. I began having bad knee joint pain and nightly leg cramps. I now have terrible neck, back, hip and knee pain each morning or after sitting for a while. I also have bad bone pain in a completely healed foot fracture in 2018. I hope all this isn’t permanent.

Comment from: John, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: September 11

I had my first shingles vaccine shot in July 2020 and had a sore arm as described by others. The pain went away in 2 weeks. I also had slight swelling for a few days on my upper lip, right hand side, and the shot was in the left arm. I received the 2nd shot this month, September 2020, and the shot was in the same arm with the same pain. The morning after the shot I had swelling on the right side of my upper lip and cheek (puffy). I am 84 years old, wonder if this is to be expected.

Comment from: PvbDave, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: September 10

I left a previous comment on March 11, 2020 regarding the destruction of my health after taking the Shingrix vaccine. Six months later (10 months since my 1st shingles vaccine injection) I have improved but there are lingering issues (joint damage in knees and shoulder). My doctor diagnosed reactive arthritis and I have been on methotrexate and prednisone since March. Now I am stopping medicines and hopefully can continue without medicines. I feel your pain. Have your doctor file a report!

Comment from: Hurting mom, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 09

I had my first shingles vaccine shot yesterday. My arm hurts around the site so badly. I’ve been crying. It feels like I was hit by a sledgehammer. I really can’t even lift my arm without severe pain. I hope this doesn’t continue. I doubt I’ll get the second round. I was stupid and didn’t read about it first.

Comment from: M, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 01

I got the shingles vaccine (non-live version) 4 days ago. I'm a 51 year old healthy female, and I never questioned my doctor who recommended that I get it. On day two, I had a fever, arm pain, fatigue, and basically slept for 16 hours. On day 3, my entire right arm hurt from my hand to my shoulder. Day four, my entire arm is still very sore and my arm is numb from the elbow to my hand. If this is still going on in a few days, I won't be getting the 2nd dose in 6 months.

Comment from: Shays, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 11

I got the shingles vaccine in November 2019. I was told my arm may hurt for a bit. It hurt pretty bad after the shot. Well, it’s 10 months later and it’s no better. It wakes me up at night, and I have horrible pain when getting dressed or putting my bra on. I had an MRI today because I complained to my primary care doctor so much she sent me. Unfortunately I did not read these reviews prior... really dumb. Of course I did not get the second dose. There should be a class action suit for this because I feel disabled.

Comment from: Lisa, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 04

I received my first shingles vaccine shot two days ago. The injection stung like crazy and continued to, for 4-5 minutes. I had a small, silver-dollar-sized, red, hot bump at the site yesterday but today it has grown by three inches. It’s red, hot, and extremely tender. I have not had any other symptoms at all. It’s very miserable but I will get the second injection in a few months. I am certain it hurts less than shingles.

Comment from: Etta64, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 03

I received the Shingrix shingles vaccine approximately 1 month ago. It left me with a lump at the injection site and burning at the site when I try to lift the arm. I am not sure this is normal. Wondering if I should get the second dose.

Comment from: Cindy, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 23

My husband and I got the 1st vaccine shot for shingles. The next day my arm and his were sore, swollen, red. We both felt like someone punched us in the arm. I had mine in my dominate arm as I thought if I use it more it will hurt less. That did not help. Here we are a week later, we can still feel the soreness, and it is still red and swollen, but much less. We are laughing because we are now glad to see this happens to others after the shot. Well, we have decided in 4 months for the next one.

Comment from: Page, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 23

I got the second Shingrix vaccine for shingles, in my right arm in February 2020. I had the usual discomfort for the next 36 hours but this progressed into frozen shoulder with pain that radiates down the arm and never really goes away. I started physical therapy three weeks ago and have some improved range of motion but no improvement in the pain. After thinking what might have caused this, I realized it all started right after the second Shingrix vaccine.

Comment from: Jay, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: July 16

I got the Shingrix shot two months ago. At first it was fine, but the next day I started having uncomfortable pain in my arm where the shot was. This lasted for a couple of days and then it went away. Now, two months later, I started having excruciating pain in my arm that is slowly making its way down my arm. It’s now three days later and it made its way down almost to my wrist. Tylenol helps sometime but tonight it didn't help. I'm not sure it’s from the vaccine, I hope it goes away.

Comment from: David, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: July 14

I got my second shot of shingles vaccine yesterday at 11:00 am at the Veterans Affairs clinic. I normally go to bed between 9 and 10 PM after taking my other various medications, including temazepam to help with sleep. I could not get to sleep last night and that’s not normal, finally about 12 o’clock I fell asleep. I woke up at 2 o’clock and I was freezing; the house is kept at 80 degrees, I am wearing a sweatshirt with a hood and I’m under the blanket. All of my joints hurt, my head feels warm and that hurts too.

Comment from: Shelly, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 10

I had my first shingles vaccination in March. Side effects started within two hours. Very painful arm and shoulder, and flu-like symptoms for two to three days - all over muscle aches, headache, and mild nausea. No problems after those symptoms passed. I received the second vaccination yesterday. Side effects took longer to appear - about 8 hours. My arm is not as sore, but I again have the same flu-like symptoms. I expect this will pass in a couple days.

Comment from: Karel, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 07

My husband and I both received the shingles vaccine 1st dose in March 2020, and the 2nd dose in May 2020. We both suffered excruciating pain on our left shoulder then, and still do now. It has been 4 months. We have told our primary care physician and they said to take ibuprofen. I am worried if this is normal or if this pain is permanent!

Comment from: Shingles , 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 30

It’s been 1 year since my shingles vaccine shot and my arm is still hurting.

Comment from: peyton, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: June 24

I had my second shingles vaccine shot on Saturday the 20th, of June 2020. I felt very tired that afternoon with pain where shot was given. Sunday morning at 6 AM I was dizzy and tried to walk, but after 5 steps I fainted and fell. My blood pressure was 75 over 60 and I had a pulse of 132. We went to the hospital but they could find no other cause than a reaction to the shot. This is Tuesday, my arm is very sore and I am very tired.

Comment from: Annigyrl, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 16

I also have had the second shingles vaccine shot. I had chills, joint aches, and swelling and pain at the injection site. That disappeared after approximately four days. About a week later I began to experience swelling on my knees which I had never had before, and joint pain at night. This is one month afterward. It is very painful and I feel I’m just getting by with taking much more over-the-counter pain medication than I should.

Comment from: Forest, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: May 27

I received shingles vaccine years ago. The military hospital I use told me there’s another 2 shot vaccine available. I received the first shot. Now I get two or three pimples every once in a while, below my lip, since the shot. The military hospital never got more vaccine for the second shot.

Comment from: DB63, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 20

I got the 2-part shingles vaccine a year ago. My arm was extremely sore for several days and I also experienced chills. One year later, my left arm still hurts when I make certain movements like grabbing my seatbelt, putting on my bra, and reaching. I cannot raise that arm as high as my other arm. It hurts while lying down if I don't have it in a good position. I have lost hope that it will improve. When I mentioned it to my doctor she recommended a massage which did not help. I don’t know what to do.

Comment from: FANCY, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: April 27

I am 65 and have had both recommended shingles vaccine injections. I too have had arm pain for over 6 months now. I have read tons of complaints, yet no medical personnel has offered a solution for this discomfort. I believe my first vaccine was injected in the wrong area so when I go to use an ATM from the car, or put a coat on, it is excruciating. Is this to last a lifetime or can we get medical advice!

Comment from: Anita, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 23

I got the shingles vaccine almost 3 months ago. I had the typical side effects for about a week, though my arm stayed sore much longer. So, after fully recovering from the shot and within 2 weeks of reluctantly considering having the 2nd injection, I woke up today with my arm hurting in the exact spot of the 1st injection, as if I had gotten another injection. Wonder if this is common, and what would cause this. I'm seriously considering not taking the 2nd injection.

Comment from: Alice, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 07

I had my first shingles vaccine shot in September 2019, no side effects at all. I went back to the pharmacy at the end of December and received the second shot. I had terrible side effects. The worst was the pain in my upper arm at the location of the shot. Also soreness in a 2 by 2 inch area that was swollen and red. It’s now almost 4 months later and my arm is still sore. Can’t lift and it is a pain putting on anything. So afraid this will never go away. Don’t get this shot.

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

I did get my second shingles vaccine shot in January and have had sharp pain in my arm ever since. I googled it and found this site. I understand the pain these people are complaining about. Feels like a knot and I have sharp pains when raising my arm.

Comment from: Kat, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: April 06

I had my first shingles vaccine shot in December 2018. It was very painful, and the injection site swelled and was painful for several weeks. I had the second shot in May 2019. The injection itself was less painful but the side effects were terrible: joint aches, fever, uncontrolled shivering and general malaise for about a week. Since that time, I’ve had unexplained pain in my arm and shoulder, which, after reading other comments, I feel is caused by the shot. I also have had intermittent chills on a daily basis.

Comment from: Happy it's over., 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: April 02

I just received my second shingle vaccine shot. It is the material in the needle that causes the pain. It took a few weeks on the first shot for soreness to disappear. My arm is very sore at the shoulder again from the second shot. I feel cold on the second day like I might be getting flu. I had the flu shot. Happy I'm done with it. I'm sure shingles are a lot more painful.

Comment from: Michelle , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 17

Approximately three hours after my injection, the symptoms of shingles vaccine side effects began. Mine were a sore shoulder at the site of the injection, pain all across the top of my hand to the point where I felt like I had sprained it, followed by dizziness, body aches and mild nausea, which occurred the evening of and all night on day 1, but disappeared late morning on day 2. It felt like I had the flu. Today is day 3. The pain in my shoulder and across my hand is still present in about the same intensity.

Comment from: PvbDave, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: March 11

I was a 55 year old healthy male, had shingles 7 years ago, and took no medicines. On November 15, 2019 I had my annual physical, Shingrix and flu vaccine. Three weeks after, pain began getting worse in knees (very swollen). I have been to the orthopedist and the rheumatologist. Both seem clueless. I am a cripple for 3 months now. I have younger kids. This is an injustice! Too many folks are getting hurt.

Comment from: Badbrad, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: February 27

I received my 2nd shot of shingles vaccine three days ago, 3 months after the 1st dosage. It was a painless experience outside of the needle stick and pressure felt during injection. The doctor’s office explained there could be side effects, I however have experienced none. Well worth the effort, given the pain and limiting potential associated with a shingles outbreak, and overall complexity of getting rid of shingles! Based on this experience, definitely recommend for all who do not have a contraindication.

Comment from: Colleen , 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 26

I had the first shingles vaccine shot in early December. I still have a knot and pain at the injection site. I am afraid to take the second shot. I don’t know who to and how to report these side effects.

Comment from: ouch, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: February 19

I had the Shingrix shingles vaccine shot a month and a half ago, and both my shoulders have pain, the injection shoulder a little more so. This is awful. I sure hope it goes away or I won't do the follow up shot.

Comment from: Carlene , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 12

I was told to possibly expect nausea and headache after my shingles vaccine. I wasn’t prepared for the excruciating arm pain that started about three hours after the first vaccine. I can barely move my arm as it’s so painful. I drive without a seatbelt today and don’t dare lift my arm. I’m thinking I will not get a second dose. Do not underestimate how bad your arm will throb.

Comment from: RobinW, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 12

I had my first shot in October 2019. Most painful thing I ever experienced! It's been 4 1/2 months and I'm still experiencing severe pain in my arm. It hurts to raise my arm or move it when I try to get my coat on. I can't even take my bra off! My doctor said it couldn't be the shot that did it but I insist it is. Never had issues before the shot. The pain literally makes me sick to my stomach when it hits. Definitely not getting the 2nd one. What I'd like to know is if it did any damage to the muscle.

Comment from: Cathy, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: February 11

I received Shingrix, the shingles vaccine on 11-1-19. I had severe arm pain and went for an orthopedic appointment. They said severe inflammation in shoulder. Had several weeks of physiotherapy. I had body pain everywhere, walking upstairs was very painful, and I'm an Ironman. Thought I had a debilitating disease so 3 plus months later I visited my primary care physician. I was told it was the Shingrix vaccine. He had seen this before unfortunately in other patients and prescribed 7 days of steroids. I received a shot in the shoulder from the orthopedic doctor. I was told not to get the 2nd shot.

Comment from: Hawai'iGirl, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 07

I got the shingles vaccination last week. My arm was very painful at the site of injection and I couldn't lift my arm for a couple days. Took extra strength Tylenol to sleep. By the second day my right hip started hurting. I don't know if it's related to the vaccine, but one week later and my hip is not getting better. The mornings are the worst and I hobble around until I can get stretched out. If it's not better in another week, I think I'll go back to the doctor.

Comment from: Bry, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: January 18

I received the second shot of the shingles vaccine about one month ago. My arm got sore both times I got the shot but then went away a few days later. About 3 weeks following the 2nd shot, I began to experience joint pain and stiffness in my wrists, knees, and ankles. I’ve never had any significant joint pain before in any of those joints. Obviously I don’t know that this is for sure due to vaccine, but I am highly suspicious. It’s now 10 days or so and the condition isn’t improved so I’m going in for testing.

Comment from: Nurse007, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 18

I found this website after googling my symptoms after the newest shingles vaccine I received months ago. I expected some arm pain for a few days, but my upper arm continues to be very painful and wakes me up at night. It's been months so I'm not sure it will ever go away. I'm not getting the second dose despite knowing how bad shingles can be.

Comment from: Cami, 65-74 (Patient) Published: January 15

I am 65 years old. I had my first shingles shot in September 2019. I just had my second shot in January 2020. My arm was sore for three days but that subsided. Then I had horrible stomach cramps for 24 hours. The past two days I have had a headache like I have never experienced. All I can contribute this to, is the shingles vaccination. I also received my first flu shot ever the same day. I have been exhausted and not feeling myself ever since. I am hoping this all goes away soon!

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