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Doc gave me tetanus/pertusis booster shot...pain!!!

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July 27th, 2012, 01:21 AM
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Ow! I remember my arm really hurting after getting a tetanus shot as a kid, but was hoping this time it wouldn't be so bad. Well, it's 1:18am, and I'm up because it hurts so bad I can't sleep! I'm going to try an ice pack and see if it helps. Anyone else get this booster shot with painful results?? I'm not sure if heat or cold is best. Hope I can get some sleep, 'cuase we did our Costco shopping today (yesterday, technically) and I'm exhausted!

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July 27th, 2012, 04:14 AM
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I had my tetanus booster when I was 11 and it was so so painful. My muscle seized up and I remember throwing up from the pain!
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July 27th, 2012, 04:26 AM
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It maybe a little too late for this but after the shot during the day if you were to move it around a lot, it lessens the pain, i did zumba that day and it wasnt as bad as i remembered it to be, got that advice from the nurse

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July 27th, 2012, 05:56 AM
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Ouchie! I bet I'm due for one of these. I would think ice would be best at this point.

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July 27th, 2012, 06:45 AM
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My doctor always recommend Ice for pain and swelling after a shot. So did the Primary I worked for. Hope the pain dont last to long
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July 27th, 2012, 08:31 AM
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I think moving it around for the few hours right after I got it did help, it was when I stopped moving (trying to go to bed) that it really started hurting! I did try ice for a while, and took some Tylenol and finally got to sleep. It's still sore but not as bad this morning!

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July 27th, 2012, 09:03 AM
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I got mine last week and the only thing that made it feel better was moving it around as much as possible (shoulder rolls, lifting my arm above my head, swinging it side to side). I hope it's feeling better today!

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July 27th, 2012, 08:19 PM
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Moving your arm around really will help because it will spread the meds throughout the muscle better. I'm not due for a tetanus booster, but I did ask about the pertusis shot at my last appt since baby will be here in the winter. I was told I had to wait til he gets here that they won't give it to me while PG but that I can get it in the hospital after delivery.

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July 28th, 2012, 09:36 AM
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I don't remember a lot of pain with my tdap shot--I tried to move my arm around a lot. What I do remember is a ginormous bump on my arm that stuck around for several weeks! I was really surprised by that one.
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