3 weeks ago I was given a tetnus shot in my right arm and that night when I woke up I could not turn over in bed from the pain in my shoulder. I am in constant pain and have been on anti-inflamatory meds since that week but ot any better. Does this sound like nerve damage from the shot. My arms are thin and the nurse gave the shot to the side of my muscle rather in the top of the muscle.
It is unlikely that you have sustained nerve damage if you have discomfort isolated to the shoulder. However, as I have posted in this forum before, there is a more likely possibility of bursitis following a vaccination if the vaccination is given high up on the shoulder (the upper 1/3 of the deltoid muscle). Nevertheless, bursitis following a vaccination is a rare event.
If you would like a visual representation of the the deltoid muscle, you can google for "deltoid muscle" using the "image" tab on the google tool bar.
Another possibility given the symptoms that you describe is local inflammation--which is relatively common after the tetanus vaccination. Do you know if the vaccine included only the tetanus vaccine or did it also include the activated pertussis vaccine? The combination vaccine is called "Tdap".
~•~ Dr. Parks
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