Tetanus Shot--Did yours hurt?? - page 2

:crying2:Well I had the tetanus shot today and I must say, shots normally dont bother me, but my arm is literally throbbing and killing me and that is AFTER taking two aleve! Did you guys have a... Read More

  1. by   avidhunter3
    the closer I get to going to bed the worse it hurts, Im gonna be ****** if I cant sleep tonight LOL
  2. by   RNS5
    My arm really hurt after I got mine done. It swelled up and I had a bruise about the size of a softball--no exaggeration. It lasted a couple of weeks. Shots don't usually phase me at all. I hope yours is better soon!
  3. by   Nepenthe Sea
    Yes, my tetanus shot hurt. And for several days afterward. Haven't had one that hurt before or since. Moving the arm does help. Hope it starts feeling better for you!
  4. by   mkblakley07
    I think mine was a little sore for a couple of days afterward, but nothing major. Hope you feel better soon.
  5. by   SummerLin
    mine hurt so bad!! i couldnt raise my arm for 3 days and it was still a little sore after that. Im so glad i never have to do it again!! but then again, those hep b shots burn bad too
  6. by   mkblakley07
    Don't you have to get the tetanus shot every so often? I'm pretty sure it's not just a one time thing.
  7. by   chloejean104
    The teatnus shot is really just supposed to make the muscle sore for a couple of days, at least that is what mine does, and you have to get it renewed every 10 years. I heard the Meningitis shot hurts a lot. Worst shot I ever had to get was typhoid fever, that one actually made me nauseous and dizzy.
  8. by   nkara
    Every time I have gotten a tetanus shot it hasn't hurt? I guess I'm just weird like that. No soreness after either
  9. by   cursedandblessed
    yes it hurt: here's the drug monograph:

    generic name:

    tetanus toxoid booster vaccine; for im or sc inj; contains thimerosal.
    legal classification:

    pharmacological class:

    tetanus vaccine.


    tetanus immunization booster.

    adults and children:

    <7yrs: not recommended. give im or sc in lateral mid-thigh or deltoid. ≥7yrs: after completion of primary immunization: 0.5ml every 10 years. tetanus prophylaxis: see literature.


    not for primary immunization. history of systemic allergic or neurologic reactions to a previous dose of dt.

    latex allergy. previous arthus-type hypersensitivity reaction: do not give more frequently than every 10 years. defer in moderate or severe active respiratory or other febrile infection (may vaccinate if mild or minor illness) or during polio outbreak. bleeding disorders (use sc route). immunosuppressed. history of guillain-barre syndrome within 6 weeks of last tetanus vaccine. have epinephrine (1:1000) available. elderly. pregnancy (cat.c). nursing mothers.

    may get suboptimal response with immunosuppressants (eg, chemotherapy, high dose corticosteroids ≥2 weeks, radiation); consider deferring.
    adverse reactions:

    local reactions (eg, erythema, tenderness), malaise, fever, hypotension, pain, nausea, arthralgia; rare: neurological disorders.

  10. by   Always_Learning
    Oh, don't even get me started on this shot!! Actually, I got a Tdap, so it was more than just tetanus, but it made for a miserable weekend. I had almost every stupid side effect you could have...headache, nausea, arm was swollen, couldn't raise my arm, and nearly took my husband's head off when he accidentally touched where the injection was given.

    Today, which is five days after the shot, I can move my arm pretty well but it is still very sore to the touch and my arm is still swollen.

    I did what they said and tried to move around as much as possible, but when you can't move your arm without crying, it's hard to do! I HATED that shot...*shudder*

    The things we do for nursing school....lol!
  11. by   naners0978
    I got the tetanus and the first hep b shot last Thursday. My arm still hurts!
  12. by   Cilantrophobe
    I got a tetanus shot when I was a teenager and I will never forget it, a large portion of my arm was swollen and in a lot of pain. It hurt for several days and I remember keeping ice on it.

    I also had a bad reaction to the typhoid vaccine a few years ago before I deployed to the desert. I got a bad fever and started crying at work. Thank God they sent me home. I was a mess!
  13. by   NeoNurseTX
    These are notorious for causing a lot of pain hours afterwards. My whole arm was sore for a few days.