Help! Got my tetanus shot and cant move my arm :(

  1. I got my tetanus shot yesterday and in the middle of the night woke up in BAD pain. I can't even lift my arm hurts SO bad. All the other vaccines I got were totally fine but this one is KILLING ME. Im a little nervous that it wont go away by Sunday cause I run a half marathon that morning. IS this normal and will it go away shortly?

    My friend that is a nurse said its common to have pain from a tetanus but the fact that mine is so bad is odd. I guess its really common that the nurse administering it could have hit a nerve by accident and that could be a result of the pain... Any insights?

    If anyone knows anything about this.... please give me advice. I just want it to go away by Sunday!
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  3. by   TwilightRNurse
    Motrin 800mg every 8 hours and warm moist heat. It's not unusual to have that much pain from a tetnus shot. I had the same experience.
  4. by   orcagrrrl2003
    Same here it was horrible! I got mine on a Wednesday. By Thursday morning I could not move my arm. I called the Dr. Friday and she said it's normal, blah blah blah. By Monday I still could barely move it, called again and got the same response. I thought for sure my arm was going to fall off or I was having a horrible reaction because it had swollen to the size of... Trying to think of the right size, maybe a kiwi or something, whatever, much bigger than I expected. A week later, the swelling had gone done but it was still very painful. At two weeks it hurt if I touched it, but not when I moved. At my next appt. I asked my Dr. and she told me that was all perfectly normal. It really freaked me out but here I am three years later and my arm is a-okay! TwilightRNurse has the right idea, I don't what else to tell you. Hope it gets better and best of luck at the marathon!
  5. by   gummiebear
    Same here!! It was worse than I thought, I woke up and could hardly move my arm. At my check up, doc said absolutely normal.
  6. by   healthstar
    My arm was in pain for freaking 5 dayss...
  7. by   Courtcatt
    Thanks everyone for the responses....Im glad its considered normal but EHHH. THis is sooo annoying. I cant even brush my hair or change my shirt without HORRIBLE pain! SO you all think it'll be okay by Sunday or no? Im a little worried since it took some of you so long to recover!
  8. by   2bnurseofchrist
    Not sure if you will be ready by sunday. Maybe if you take a pain medicine that morning it might make it tolerable. On the other hand you may be fine by then too. It varies for everyone but on average, I was told 4 days. I however, not only had the pain but also a fever. I was about to call my Dr. but I looked it up online and fever (less than 102) is also another normal side effect.

    Hope your arm is better by Sunday and good luck!
  9. by   Courtcatt
    Thanks so much!!!!!
  10. by   VioletKaliLPN
    OMG, I feel your pain!

    I had the Tdap, and I was in pain for 5 days. It hurt to lift my arm, it hurt to touch it, and it hurt to lay on it.(was my favorite side to sleep on)

    I have heard it is the most painful vaccine.
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