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Shoulder Pain 1 Year After Flu Shot
An_248539 posted:
Hi, I am a 27 year old female with NO prior history of shoulder injuries of any kind. I had a flu shot in August of 2011 which hurt a lot more than usual. When I looked at where the shot was given I noticed it was very high, and I had worsening pain over the next several days. I went in to the doctor and was given a cortisone shot, which helped until the end of the year. I put up with the pain for a couple more months and got another cortisone injection in March of 2012, which helped only a little bit. After this I tried physical therapy for several weeks, and that didn't help either, unfortunately, because not only do I have pain, but my strength and range of motion is severely decreased. The pain is present almost all of the time, but it is worse at night- I have lost many nights of sleep over it! I will wake up to a burning and throbbing arm. I finally went in recently and had an MRI of my shoulder, which showed part of the rotator cuff as irregular, thinned, and nonhomogenous with small fluid collections, possibly tendinosis or an incomplete tear. Has anyone had this happen as a result of a misgiven flu shot? Where should I go from here? I could put up with pain during the day but not ever sleeping is wearing on me!

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