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8 days after 1st moderna and pain is unbearable

I had the 1st moderna vaccination 8 days ago. Had a sore arm for roughly a day. Thought I was all good, the following day I had chilling hot sweats as in I was drenched in sweat but freezing.. And pain throughout my body. The sweats and chills left last night but the pain is still here and brutal. Is this normal?!?

Literally every part of my body except my face hurts.

I don't think I will be having the second one.
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134578 tn?1614729226
Have you taken any Tylenol or ibuprofen? Evidently it can help.
3191940 tn?1447268717
This is not a normal reaction 8 days later.  It is possible that you have contracted COVID, or the flu.  Most immune responses don't last for more than a few days.   I'm not saying it's impossible that the vaccine caused your symptoms, but you should get checked out to make sure that's what's going on and not something else.
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I agree with the above, but I also think it's very important you find out if you have something because if you don't get the 2d shot that first one was a complete waste of all this if it was caused by the vaccine.  I know it's tough, but getting covid can be tougher.  I get why with this reaction you wouldn't want to do this vaccine again, so again, great suggestion to find out if it is in fact caused by the vaccine or you just happened to catch something.
134578 tn?1614729226
I'm also wondering, do you by any chance have rheumatoid arthritis or any other autoimmune disease? There is some (new, very limited) data coming out suggesting that the vaccine can cause people who have arthritis to experience a flare-up after their Covid vaccine. The theory is that the vaccine has an impact because it activates the immune system so strongly. (Because, and pardon my amateur description, the body reacting to the immune system is the cause of arthritis and other conditions.)

Of course, by this theory, anyone with an autoimmune condition might have a flare happen after getting the Covid vaccine, and if that were so, we would be reading about reactions like this all the time. But that doesn't mean it isn't what happened to you. When you see your doctor, please have him or her order some lab work to see if any of your values are elevated that suggest a triggered autoimmune condition that you weren't aware of.

It could very well just be two separate things, of course. But it sure sounds worth seeing your doc.

Good luck!
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Actually, I think the recent revelations are the opposite, that the vaccine produces less of an immune system reaction in those with autoimmune disorders, or at least some of them, although it's hard to tell if it's the disease that's the problem or the medication people take that suppresses the immune system, to the extent the vaccine might not work very well if at all.  And to note, RA isn't the predominant form of arthritis.  There are two kinds of autoimmune arthritis I know of, psoriasis and RA, but most people who have arthritis have osteoarthritis, which isn't an autoimmune disorder.  The fact is, we want a strong immune system reaction from the vaccine, but only in that the body now has the antibodies and, more importantly, the T cell ability to recognize covid and fight it successfully quickly.  I do find it confusing, though, why people are having such huge disparities in how the same vaccines are affecting them.  
This was a scientific article pre-peer review, reporting on a guy who had diagnosed RA, and had a flare in his RA after his Covid vaccine. The report talked about how his condition was under control before and it was confirmed to have acted up by blood draws or whatever. However, it was a one-off report, which is why I called it limited.

People with other autoimmune ailments are not reporting increased problems after Covid vaccination in large numbers, and the Lupus Foundation and similar groups are saying to get vaccinated, which they wouldn't be doing if they were hearing a lot of reports of problems.

In the case of the original poster, it actually sounds to me more like he or she had Covid.
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