I received a tetanus shot last Monday (October 24th) for school purposes. The pain I felt that day, Tuesdsy and Wednesday was pretty bad. By thursday it got better, and by Saturday I saw significant improvement. I felt that the pain was almost gone when I woke up on Sunday with the pain again. Now it is Monday (a week after I received the shot) and the pain is worse than ever. It is shooting down my arm and in my shoulder blade. The doctor was baffled that it went away and came back, and told me it was Idiopathic peripheral neuropathy and prescribed neurontin. I am not sure if I should see a neurologist to make sure that this is really what is happening. Has this happened to anybody else?
It does not seem to be peripheral neuropathy as you mentioned only symptoms like pain only.One of the most frequent side effect of TT shot is Brachial neuritis, pain shooting from the site of injection to other parts of upper limb ,depending on the side that has been given.Such pain may subside in 10 days( to the max) just because of body reaction to the Immunoglobulins given into body.
But idiopathic peripheral neuropathy may give you symptoms such as sensation changes,movement changes,paralysis,loss of muscle control,loss of muscle bulk,and also some symptoms related to CNS like difficulty breathing,blurred vision etc.It occurs due to injury of the nerves and also some drugs. But TT is not one of them which can cause neuropathy unless the syringe needle has injured your brachial nerve which happens in an inexperienced hand.
But however TT shot is given intradermally over Deltoid muscle(shoulder muscle)and the syringe needle does not pierce deeper so that it can injure nerves.So there is nothing to be worried about. Its just pain which can be manged with some pain killers.
Severe reactions of TT shot are only hypersensitive reactions to IGs antibodies which is often called as Arthus reaction, which leaves a small scar at the site of injection.Severe reactions include Gullian Barre syndrome,Opthalmic nerve weakness,anaphylaxis.
So if you symptoms for neuropathy then, confirm with a neurologist to estimate its occurrence in you.
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