Received 2012 Flu vaccine one month ago. Noticed immediate moderate burning pain with the injection that progressed to lower arm and finger tingling later in the day. Still have a aching arm and a small lump in muscle at site. Feels a lot like the pain when you hit your elbow's 'funny bone'. Can not sleep on the affected side and find myself rubbing my arm daily to find some relief. If this injection injured a nerve, can I be sure it will heal in time or have some permanent affect? This type of aching from a flu vac has never lasted more than 24 hours and I have the vac every year. I have been an RN for 20 years and received this vac at my workplace.
I think it would not be possible to predict outcome. While most post-injection neuralgia is self-resolving, I would be concerned that you have been having problems for over a month now. This is not normal, as you know. The small lump at the injection site could be a hematoma, but even hematomas should abate in a month. My concern would be a peripheral nerve injury from the needle itself.
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