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#1 barefut

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Posted 19 November 2006 - 05:42 AM

Well I went and got my flu shot like a good girl.

This could be coincidence but after doing really well for about 2 months, the day after my flu shot I woke up with really puffy hands, couldn't make a fist and the skin at the base of my nails started cracking and bleeding. (How can such a TINY split hurt so bad?!)

They haven't returned to what's 'normal' for me since.

I guess I can put up with it as long as I don't get the flu! :lol:

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Posted 19 November 2006 - 08:47 AM

Hiya Barefut,
I got my flu shot and was a bit down feeling for a couple days. I hope that you feel better soon.
Oh my hands have been puffy for a while now so I didn't notice then any more so.

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Posted 19 November 2006 - 11:09 AM

Hi Barefut,

I wouldn't think the puffy hands could be from the flu shot. Could you have just eaten foods high in sodium the previous day?

Hope you are doing well.

Love Pam

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Posted 20 November 2006 - 10:41 AM

Here's my flu shot story. I have gotten a flu shot for the past four or five years with no ill effects. My doctor recommends this because of the CRES, since we CREST people are at especially high risk for catching things like the flu.

This year, I got the shot on a Wednesday afternoon. It didn't hurt and wasn't a bit sore. Then, Thursday evening, I began to feel really sore in my joints. I have rheumatoid arthritis, so this sometimes happens, and one usually has no idea what brought it on! I went on to bed early, but the pain (and swelling) grew steadily worse. At one point, I made it into the bathroom, in spite of very sore and painful ankles. I was feeling a little nauseated, so I leaned over the commode in a kneeling position. The feeling passed, but when I tried to get up, I found that the soreness in all my joints was too painful and I couldn't manage to get off the floor. To make a long story short, I finally scooted on my bottom (almost the only thing on me that didn't hurt!) back into my room and managed, with great pain, to pull myself up enough that I could get back in bed.

The pain increased to the point that I couldn't lift the sheet to cover or uncover myself. By morning, I could barely move anything. I did manage to get the phone and call for help. This was last week and it took me several days and lots of drugs to start feeling better.

I asked my doctor if this could possibly have anything to do with getting the flu shot on Wednesday. At first, he said, "No, the flu shot wouldn't do this."

I said I didn't think so either, but was just thinking along these lines:

*The flu shot is supposed to make your immune system kick in and make you immune to the flu. Right?

* My immune system is screwed up. Right?

*Therefore, it got the signal that it needed to attack the flu to make me immune and, as usual, it screwed things up and attacked me instead. (Rheumatoid Arthritis -- right?)


I expected the doctor to laugh at this, however, he didn't! He said, "hmmm...." and, before I left, he told me that he thought it might be a good idea not to ever get another flu shot!

I don't actually know what caused this latest flare-up, but it's the worst arthritis attack I've ever had! I do believe I'll skip the flu shot next year!

Mary from Texas


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Posted 20 November 2006 - 11:44 AM

Hi Mary,

I am so glad to hear that you are feeling better! What a horrible flare-up! Wow! It does make you wonder if it wasn't in response to the flu shot......

Warm wishes,
Heidi

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Posted 20 November 2006 - 01:26 PM

I like your logic Mary.
Sounds good to me. Sure hope you are finally feeling better. I haven't had any real flare ups of RA yet. So, I don't know what you have been dealing with. Sounds aweful.
I had my flu shot on Friday. Nothing, strange happened to me this year. Last year I was weak after the shot, then got the flu a couple weeks later. doctor said it must be a different strain of flu. We keep trying to protect ourselves. My husband thinks people are nuts having strange virus' injected into our bodies to prevent illness, that we may not even get. Though he has never had the flu or anything else for that matter. Never even been to a Doctor. What a lucky guy.
He has no clue what we are going through. Sheryl

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Posted 20 November 2006 - 02:36 PM

Oh, so sorry about your painful flare bookworm! :o Glad you are feeling better. :)

Here's the rest of my flu shot story......

I've been stiffer and achey-er than usual and I can add some joint pain to the list as well which is rare for me.

BUT the scary thing is my right middle finger from the first knuckle to the tip is VERY tender, painful and swollen. It hurts to move it or touch it. It came on rather suddenly this afternoon. I didn't injure it. I'm wondering if the flu shot started it or maybe because I ran out of Cellcept and had to take the 2nd 1/2 of my morning dose this afternoon after I went to the pharmacy.

I'm also getting another UTI that I'm not sure will wait until tomorrow afternoon when I can get to the doctor's office. It's getting quite painful as well.

JUST what I needed right before my son's outpatient surgery on Wed. and the Thanksgiving dinner I'm hosting for out of town relatives.

yay.

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Posted 20 November 2006 - 02:42 PM

On two different years I got the flu shot and both times I was sick the entire winter, therefore, I refuse to get another shot. I'm just going to have to take my chances. No one really believes me but I know how I felt. These shots were years inbetween but the same reaction.

Sherion