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Fibro and flu shot

Sep 26, 2015 6:16 AM

Got a flu shot at my doctors urging Wednesday and the next day went into a world class flare up. Coincidence? Has this happened to anyone else?

Sep 26, 2015 8:06 AM

That's a great question that I would love to know the answer to. I am going to the doctor and with the change of season and it being flu time, I don't know if I want to get one. I've never gotten one before and I'm 50. I've had pneumonia 4 times and don't want to get it again. I hope your flare settles down soon. I wish you a peaceful day with less pain.🌻🙏🏻

Sep 26, 2015 9:07 AM

Last time i got a flu shot i was down for 3 weeks. That was years ago. I won't get another one

Sep 26, 2015 11:42 AM

I can't speak for others. But in regards to me personally? I get a flu shot every year for the last 4. Only, due to the fact that when I get I end up hospitalized. But I due have a flare up with Fibro every time I get a Flu shot. I guess, individually? One I guess would have to weigh the benefits vs the negative. Good Luck!! Xo's

Sep 26, 2015 1:51 PM

Sadly, I myself never get flu shots due to being intolerant to many many things. Being intolerant to so much means lots of flare ups. Pkus, I am a Celiac. I'm not sure what to tell you, but maybe say something to your doctor. You might just be able to work through your side effects. Drink plenty of water.

Sep 26, 2015 2:07 PM

Luvsdragracing, I got my flu shot yesterday about 7 pm, so I'm not even in 24 hours yet. I get them every year due to being asthmatic and a history of bronchitis. I've been getting the flu shot 24 years. I've yet to have but one bout of the actual flu (live vaccine), and in the past 7-8 years it hasn't flared up my fibro. I'll let you know if things change. I hope you get to feeling better soon! 🙏🙏🌼

Sep 26, 2015 4:18 PM

Sorry, I can't help you there. I don't have fibro and if I take the flu shot you mine as well have paramedics and a Doctor standing by because it puts me in the hospital because I am highly allergic. Same with my babies and their father. Hope and pray you feel better!

Sep 26, 2015 6:24 PM

I haven't had shots because so far every person in my family that gets a shot, gets sick immediately, plus has an allergic reaction or ends up at the ER.

Sep 26, 2015 6:49 PM

Over the years I have had to listen to the doctor (My GP), that the vaccine is a dead virus which names no sense. I've had doctors tell me it's dead and others say alive. At any rate, let me know what happens. I wish you the best of luck!! The universe, nsqq

Sep 26, 2015 8:44 PM

I haven't had a flu shot since I was 18 and I'm 36 now. I work in a nursing home that mandates them. I had to get a note from my doctor. It makes for a long flu season of wearing a mask everyday.

Sep 26, 2015 10:41 PM

I just got my flu shot 2 weeks ago and it did not send me into a Fibro flare. Good luck

Oct 01, 2015 1:20 AM

I recently got my flu shot and wound up with the flu two days later. The one reason I got it is because my two year old has a low immune system and I don't want her getting sick if I get sick. Killed my back because I was either laying on the couch or crouch over the toilet. Last year I got one and the nurse hit a muscle. Couldn't move my arm for over a month

Oct 01, 2015 3:51 AM

I have ended up in a flare and also got sick. Ugh! Don't know if I will ever do this again 😕

Oct 01, 2015 6:07 AM

I had flu jab when it first came out before diagnosis of fibro & for many mths felt very ill anyway i was having skin patch test done & showed im allergic to thiermersol its a preservative so i called gp & asked if they do thiermeraol free jabs yes he said had that again felt rough!! On my facebook yesterday on a fibro page was flu jab but it said they contain mercury how truw that isi dont know but im defo NOT having a jab didnt last yr either x

Oct 01, 2015 8:06 AM

Luvsdragracing, I had my shot last Thursday, as did my hubby. We both had shore arms for 3-4 days. He had a stomach issue 3 days in, and I started with sinus congestion and pain on day 4. He's better but I'm not. I see my pcp today so I'm going to talk to him about it. Last year I felt like my hubby with the stomach symptoms and chills. I don't know, maybe the Plaquenil for my sjogrens is keeping me from flaring; it's reduced my fibro flares and daily pain levels. I'm also taking a lot of vitamins; multivitamin, D3, Iron, magnesium. I hope you'll feel much better soon! 🙏🌼

Oct 02, 2015 5:25 PM

I have not been dx with fibro but I got my flu shot today we will see how I feel tomorrow right now it isn't pretty

Oct 02, 2015 5:47 PM

My rheumatologist insists that I get one every year due to taking methotrexate for RA. I guess I'm lucky, because it has never caused a fibro flare.

Oct 02, 2015 8:05 PM

I'm feeling really rough today and can't decide if it's from the flu shot, an oncoming flare, or just because my dog fought me going to the groomers and coming home. Ugh! 🙏🌼

Oct 06, 2015 7:52 PM

I also have got my flu shot the last 4 years and haven't had no problems, I to have chronic asthma and fibromyalgia! Good luck to you☺

Oct 06, 2015 8:38 PM

My arm is always very tender for a few days after. They have a flu mist now that works like a nose spray, no shot. I haven't gotten mine yet but my son got his the other day and was fine afterwards.

Oct 08, 2015 1:29 AM

Thank you for this thread!
I was diagnosed with Fibro 6 years ago and one physician I saw who specializes in Fibro and autoimmune cases thought it was significant that I had my first Fibromyalgia attack very shortly after I got a flu shot. He told me I should never get another one. I have not gotten one since and after reading these replies I WILL NOT be getting one. THANK YOU for this topic!!!

Oct 15, 2015 11:38 AM

Had mine on Monday and promptly fell asleep in the afternoon. My arms been really painful and since then I've been a zombie and can't function. Whole body is burning and aching. If that's a flare then maybe. Glad hubby is making dinner.

Oct 19, 2015 1:22 AM

That's interesting, I hadn't thought of that! I had the flu shot on Friday and am in a massive flare right now.

Oct 19, 2015 1:33 AM

I have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia since 2002 amongst other stuff and I never got the flu shot until last year and this year and it made me feel horrible! !! I felt like someone had ran me over a bunch of times and kicked and stomped me to death plus felt worse than what I felt with the actual flu. And my arm was extremely sore. I'm not getting them anymore.

Oct 19, 2015 6:30 PM

I don't get the shots, I get sick anyway, but family members have had extreme reactions to shots, and my aunt had to be hospitalized (for a week or so) following a vaccine, so my family is very wary of shots. I still get sick, but hey, at least it's whatever is going around, and I can guess at my reaction. That's my family though.

Oct 19, 2015 7:09 PM

Alwayz, pneumonia vaccine is different from flu vaccine, but I refuse to take either. The worst flu I ever had was right after getting the vaccine.

Oct 19, 2015 7:58 PM

I had the flue shot caused a total flare I was in bed for a week really bad but this happened last year but worth it compared to the flare from the flue

Oct 20, 2015 4:47 AM

Yep get a flare for at least three days every time I get a flu shot

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