Shingles/Zoster Virus and Frozen Shoulder?

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I have been trying to figure out why my shoulder is still very stiff and all the muscles around it are tight and feel shortened after a bout of frozen shoulder about two years ago.

I recently ran into some research linking the Zoster virus and FS. Has anyone else had any dr mention this to them?

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    I have not read or heard anything linking the two, but I am very interested now. You see, I had frozen shoulder about 2 1/2 years ago. I still have stiffness and see a massage therapist since completing surgery and PT. I also had the shingles about 2 years before that.

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    I feel your pain, I really do. I'm in my 3rd month of therapy & my shoulder is tight & still hurts & now I have a blood clot. I've never heard of the virus you're speaking of but I'll definitely research it. I do all of my stretches & exercises on my off days of pt & it always goes back to being tight. I'm doing everything I can do to move forward & get better. I am hoping you improve also. Good luck!!!

    Melissa

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    I went to my regular Dr on August last year for an annual checkup and I told her since I played tennis, that my right shoulder was bothering me, she prescribed 8 weeks of PT. The same day I got for the first time a shingles shot since i was due for one, I never had chicken pox. Went to PT and about 3 weeks later the pain in my arm was getting worse and worse not knowing what was happening I stopped going to therapy and a waste sbout a month until finally went to an orthopedic specialist got an MRI and it csme back with bursitis and early stage of adhesive capsulitis , Now I'm wondering would it be possible that the Zoster shot is related with me getting FR?

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    You need to specify which vaccine you had. There are two completely different vaccines available, one is live and the other is attenuated. One is under the skin (SC) and the other is intramuscular (IM). Neither seems to be associated with frozen shoulder which seems to be an autoimmune disease. Any injection in the arm can cause pain of course.

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      That would be the Shingrix vaccine, safer, more effective, and 2 doses.

      I did find this paper on vaccination and frozen shoulder, not a link between shingles and FS but rather to the injection itself.

      I quote:

      Adhesive capsulitis has been suggested as an adverse effect of vaccine administration into the shoulder area. The purpose of this case series is to report 3 cases of acute onset of adhesive capsulitis following pneumococcal and influenza vaccines.<

      I do get the flu vaccine every year but my FS started months before the flu vaccine, but who knows right? Cats can develop cancer (sarcoma) from any injection, even if you injected saline.

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    I should add an important detail, because I'm right handed I get the flu vaccine in my left shoulder. Since my FS is in my right shoulder, the vaccines are obviously not the cause for me.

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