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Pfizer Covid vaccine side effect - shoulders and upper back pain?
Posted by: DewGuy
Date: May 25, 2021 08:01PM
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Re: Pfizer Covid vaccine side effect - shoulders and upper back pain?
Posted by: Sarcany
Date: May 25, 2021 08:09PM
One of my co-workers says he felt like his bones were "rubbing" and the muscles in his upper-arms felt battered and torn for several days after his second shot.



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Re: Pfizer Covid vaccine side effect - shoulders and upper back pain?
Posted by: PeterB
Date: May 25, 2021 08:12PM
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I received the 2nd dose of the Pfizer Covid vaccine on Saturday, May 15th. Initial side effects were feeling off for a day or so, and a sore arm for a few days. On Tuesday May 18th, I mowed the lawn, pulled some weeds and pruned some wild grape vines. On Wednesday, May 19th I started experiencing upper back and shoulder pain, soreness, discomfort (what ever you want to call it) on both sides, that I attributed to the yard work. Well, a almost a week later, I'm still experiencing it and it doesn't seem to be diminishing, could this be a side effect of the Pfizer Covid vaccine?

Possible, but I'd think unlikely. When I get what you've described, I look to the more obvious possible culprit: your bed/mattress, pillow(s), and how you're sleeping.

Also, if it responds to ibuprofen or aspirin, almost certainly it's not a side-effect.

Disclaimer: I'm not a doctor, I just play one on TV. grinning smiley




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Posted by: macphanatic
Date: May 25, 2021 08:23PM
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Re: Pfizer Covid vaccine side effect - shoulders and upper back pain?
Posted by: Speedy
Date: May 25, 2021 08:26PM
Unlikely.



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Re: Pfizer Covid vaccine side effect - shoulders and upper back pain?
Posted by: Grateful11
Date: May 25, 2021 08:36PM
My second shot of Pfizer gave me a slightly sore arm and that was it. The first was a sore arm, dull headache and felt off for a few days. Was really dreading the second one but it was a non event for me.



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Re: Pfizer Covid vaccine side effect - shoulders and upper back pain?
Posted by: Filliam H. Muffman
Date: May 25, 2021 08:45PM
There is a chance it is heart/circulation problems and not vaccine related, but make sure to report it during your weekly check in. It takes me several weeks of regular yardwork before I don't have cramps and discomfort.



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Re: Pfizer Covid vaccine side effect - shoulders and upper back pain?
Posted by: DewGuy
Date: May 25, 2021 08:55PM
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Re: Pfizer Covid vaccine side effect - shoulders and upper back pain?
Posted by: PeterB
Date: May 25, 2021 09:39PM
If you have bad seasonal allergies, that can also affect your sleep ... consider taking before bedtime rather than in the morning, if you take antihistamines in the morning.

Curious that it's not responding to aspirin or acetaminophen. I would definitely report to your doc, just as a safety measure. Doing some quick scanning of the literature, there are VERY rare reports of symptoms of shoulder/upper back pain from misinjection into the bursa, rather than the muscle. That's an issue with how the injection was done, not the vaccine itself.




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Re: Pfizer Covid vaccine side effect - shoulders and upper back pain?
Posted by: DewGuy
Date: May 25, 2021 09:57PM
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Re: Pfizer Covid vaccine side effect - shoulders and upper back pain?
Posted by: PeterB
Date: May 25, 2021 10:40PM
Yikes. Get thee some insurance and a good MD.

As for bursal injection, I would assume it'd make the vaccination basically ineffective. But bursal injection apparently would be giving you excruciating pain and make it nearly impossible for you to move your shoulder for 4-6 weeks, so it's extremely unlikely that's what happened.




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Posted by: Sarcany
Date: May 25, 2021 11:46PM
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Don't really have a doctor. Don't have health insurance.

Have you looked into whether your state or municipality offers free health care? Or Medicare from your state?

My brother went through a bad time a few years ago and discovered that his county offered free health insurance for low-income families. It was real insurance. He got to choose his own doctor with very low co-pays and prescription-coverage.



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Re: Pfizer Covid vaccine side effect - shoulders and upper back pain?
Posted by: AllGold
Date: May 26, 2021 12:01AM
They keep pushing back the deadline (and lowering the premiums) for healthcare.gov enrollment. I thought it was 5/15 but it might be 8/15 (I'm not sure).



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Re: Pfizer Covid vaccine side effect - shoulders and upper back pain?
Posted by: Ammo
Date: May 26, 2021 10:43AM
Depending on your age this may not apply to you, but I know my body gets sore more often and more quickly than it used to, which I attribute to aging and worsening arthritis. I thought of this when you mentioned weeding, which can twist your body into unusual poses.



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Posted by: DewGuy
Date: May 26, 2021 11:19AM
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Posted by: DewGuy
Date: May 26, 2021 11:23AM
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Re: Pfizer Covid vaccine side effect - shoulders and upper back pain?
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: May 26, 2021 11:38AM
Pfizer turned up my right shoulder pain to 11... Advil is my friend. It's slowly getting better, but it's been a month.
(FWIW, the right humerus and shoulder are held together with a bunch of titanium plates and screws and rivets and cables and whatnot... the Xrays look like someone did a stupid repair of a cheap chair with a drill and screws.)
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Posted by: DewGuy
Date: May 26, 2021 04:30PM
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