Long term side effects of Shingrix?

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I had all the possible listed side effects from the second dose of the Shingrix vaccination (fever, chills, muscle aches, nausea, nerve pain, headache, diarrhea) for about 18-24 hours. Could not get out of bed. Next day I noticed an extremely painful lump in my armpit. swelled right up. Just a lymph node reaction, and it went away after a week.

About a week after that, I noticed a pain in my tissues around my elbows and knees, and my previously almost healed shoulder pain flared up again. That was about 6 weeks ago. It continues to get worse, with additional nerve pain sporadically coming and going, but mostly it is fascial pain and referral. I have been trying things like massage, and osteopathy, and ART (active release) thinking that perhaps it was unrelated to the vaccine. Maybe it is. Nothing is helping.

I am posting this here to see if anyone has heard of this. I am trying hard to solve this issue. Trying homeopathy next.

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    I got ophthalmic shingles, the worst type of shingles, July 2013, with lasting PHN. Severe initially (blisters followed by pain, numbness, itching), my PHN today is mild. I get some itching in the morning or at night. For the itching I gently rub my face and scalp (left side) with a cold wet towel. At night I take a 25mg amitriptline pill. Occasionally, under my ophthalmologist directives, I will take 500 mg valacyvlovir tablets for a prescribed time to play it safe.

    On June 5, 2018, I took my 1st. dose of the new vaccine Shingrix. The 2nd. dose was given on September 9, 2018. The 1st. dose knock me out for a couple days (fever, sore arm, watery eyes). I felt better the third day, my left arm still sore. The 2nd. dose worked like a charm. Other than a mild sore right arm, I felt fine. I live every day not thinking I still have PHN. It works for me. It was very important that I receive the new Shingrix vaccine. Shingrix has a 90+% of preventing shingles or preventing the return of shingles. As to how long I will have PHN, even if it is a mild case, only GOD knows. One thing for sure, I know I have a 90+% of the shingles (blisters, numbness, severe pain & itching) not returning.

    Hope the above helps and with time your case may get better. Be sure you see medical providers that have extensive experience in treating shingles. Wish you the best.

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    Hello Neendc

    I am skeptical on getting that shingrix because of the side affects! You have a full ha d on sides affects as you say! Did u get the second vaccine while having out breaks?

    Was the first vaccine the same way in the manner of the same side affect or was it just with the second vaccine only?


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      HI Myrna,

      I only got the extended side effects from the second vax. My secondary side effects that I was writing about (pain in the tissues and recurance of a shoulder inflamation) is unconfirmed, and finally, subsiding. I do have less pain now. I sure can't tell you whether getting it is a good idea. I just think it is worth discussing with a lot of people. Experts and recipients.

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    I got my first shot 11 days ago and my arm didn't feel bad the first day. By the second day I had a baseball swelling where the injection was and a heaviness in my arm. By the third day my pain had traveled to the middle of my back. To this day I'm finding no relief in soreness from my elbow to the middle of my back. It's just agonizing pain. No one seems to have any idea what I can do about it. I'm scared to get the second shot at this point.

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