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Speckled
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04/22/2021 12:24PM  
I got my second shot this morning (left arm) and had, in my opinion, some strange side effects.

20 minutes after shot - tingling in left shoulder blade area.
25 minutes - cramping in muscles around left shoulder blade and left back of head tingling.
30 minutes - muscles on the left side of neck started to spasm. I was able to get it to stop by massaging it.
35 minutes - left side of face tingling and left pec tightness.

I thought I might be having a stroke and checked myself for any signs of it. no signs found.

4 hours later, the tingling has all stopped, left upper back is still sore and the muscles in my left neck and left side of face are a little sore. Additionally, if I try to do pullups or pushups, it causes what feels like electrical shock on my left arm, mostly around the bicep area.

Anyone else experience anything similar?
 
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Canoearoo
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04/22/2021 02:14PM  
Thanks for sharing. I had that one time when my dentist gave me a shot in the mouth. They said it is cause by accidently hitting a nerve. It cleared up after a few weeks.
 
04/22/2021 02:39PM  
I haven't heard of these symptoms. It is certainly possible because I think you can't discount anything at this point.

Canoearoo offers a possible alternative that a small nerve was hit with the needle and you are just getting stimulation and feedback due to the initial insult. That is really rare but possible. Stay active should gradually get better. If not see your MD.

Your symptoms also sound like a cervical radiculopathy or pinched nerve in your neck will give you those symptoms as well. If you look up as high as you can and while you are looking up, look to the left and if it reproduces your pain or symptoms then it is coming from your neck. Be careful when you do the test don't push it too hard or you can really make it worse. If that is positive then anti-inflammatories, stay active without worsening it...avoid overhead activities that might compress the spine should resolve it in a few days if not see your MD.

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yellowcanoe
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04/22/2021 06:41PM  
Speckled were you well hydrated? I wasn't for the first shot and was for the second shot. 96 oz of water for four days before the second. The first I had muscle cramps and headache and tired, the second nothing.
 
Canoearoo
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04/22/2021 09:16PM  
Great tip! If I ever get a turn at the vaccine I will dink lots of water
 
Speckled
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04/23/2021 08:19AM  
I checked for the pinch nerve thing - doesn't appear to be it (Thanks for the suggestion). By yesterday evening, I felt near 100%. I went and picked agates, atv ride to a local lake and did some chores around the house. Felt fine.

This morning the normal side effects hit...meaning headache, body aches, general feeling of fatigue. Thanks for all those who weighed in...it was a weird experience.
 
Mocha
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04/23/2021 09:17AM  
Had my second Pfizer shot yesterday late afternoon. The gal who poked me said she hit a nerve but wasn’t concerned about it and no discussion about side effects to watch for.

I feel exactly like speckled has described! Thank you for posting that so there would be responses already.

Last time I made it thru work Friday but was down for the count all weekend. Not this time. I started my work and suddenly got weak, nauseous, dizzy, bathroom bound a few times. Told my supervisor I needed to go home, explained, he was hesitant until I told him I had little feeling in my left hand and could barely lift that arm. My work involves lifting and sliding trays of small porcelain crucibles into ovens that are 107c and 360c. I’m guessing he didn’t want me dropping them.

Don’t remember the drive home. Drank a ton of water and then crawled into bed. Was able to sleep despite being checked on. Thankfully they found someone to do my work so I don’t have to worry about getting it done before Monday.

I’m honestly not sure I would have gotten the shot had I known these side effects. But then I think that it’s really just a total of 6 or 7 days that I’ll feel like crap. Small amount of time in the grand scheme of things.
 
Speckled
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04/23/2021 10:20AM  
I've done a little reading about hitting a nerve during shoulder injections. I'm pretty sure that's what happened to me...that or it was so close that when there was any amount of swelling or reaction it put pressure on the nerve. I think the latter is what happened, because the reaction wasn't immediate. It didn't hurt any worse than normal initially, it was 20-30 minutes later that it really started to suck!

In reading about, they talk about injection placement being two to three finger widths down from the acromion and above the armpit. I remember yesterday when she wiped the injection site and then stuck me thinking, this is much lower than normal. Today, looking at it, the injection site is about an inch below my armpit and nearly at the bottom of my deltoid. Dang! Maybe getting my shot at Walmart wasn't the best idea.
 
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