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Old 08-11-2019, 11:41 PM
Location: Washington state
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Just to let everyone know, adding equal amounts of lemonade Gatorade to 7-Up can be a good thing. You get rehydrated and get your stomach settled at the same time. It just tastes like a fizzy lemon drink, almost wine cooler like.
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Old 08-12-2019, 12:19 AM
Location: Colorado
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Shingles shot in one arm, flu shot in the other...last October, no reaction.
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Old 08-12-2019, 02:16 AM
Location: Pennsylvania
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no reaction here either.
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Old 08-12-2019, 03:08 AM
Location: Central NY
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My son developed shingles a while back and it has been pure agony for him.

He lives in OK so I have not seen him. But trust me, from what he has told me none of us want to get them.
I went to the pharmacy and got the first shot right after I heard what he is going through.
No reaction at all. I will get the second shot when it is time to get it.

I do not expect any problems, but if I did have any, they could not be nearly as bad as if I developed shingles.
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Old 08-12-2019, 04:27 AM
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Why is everyone taking Benadryl? Isn't that an antihistamine for allergies?

This thread reminds me to get the shingles vaccine. But I had no idea of the severe reaction that may occur. Yikes. So I will need to plan on doing it when I can be in bed for a couple of days, I guess. Not like getting a flu shot, where I just get the shot and go on with my regular activities.
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Old 08-12-2019, 05:00 AM
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Only had first shot — no reaction except sore arm.
Husband had no sore arm but a mild headache.
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Old 08-12-2019, 05:10 AM
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I’ve been told that the second shot is generally worse. For me, the first was harder, with minor flu symptoms. I think it might be because I’d had the older version of the vaccine not that long ago.
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Old 08-12-2019, 05:20 AM
Location: NJ
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Originally Posted by rodentraiser View Post
I was going to put this in the Health section, but since the shingles vaccine isn't really available to anyone under 50, I thought I'd put it here. If it needs to be moved, the mods have my blessing.

This is not a vaccine debate thread. If you chose not to get the shingles vaccination, great. But please, everyone, do not debate how wonderful or bad vaccines are for people and/or tell others they need to get or not get them. I'm looking for info on a reaction to one vaccine only.

I had the first shingles vaccination a couple months ago and had a slight reaction to it. I got the second shot on Friday night. I was told by the pharmacist and others I probably wouldn't even react to this one. Oh, how wrong they all were.

At almost exactly 12 hours (5am), I got sick. I felt nauseated and had chills and to a lesser degree, a slight fever. My teeth were chattering so bad I thought I would dislocate my jaw. I spent almost an hour in a hot bath and then crawled under all three of my blankets (the only time I do that is if the temp goes below 60 - temp was 72 in my room). And the weirdest thing ever happened.

I got a bolt of pain through the thumb and index finger of my right hand (shot was in the left arm). That pain felt like someone was literally sending a bolt of electricity through my fingers every 90 seconds for about 30 seconds long. This went on for almost 10 hours and was absolutely excruciating. I swear, if I have arthritis like this, I'll be robbing pharmacies for opiates. I finally understand what drives people to take pain medications and risk addiction.

Of course, 24 hours later I'm just fine. And I would still get the shot. I've had shingles and I've got permanent nerve damage from them. I really, really don't want to get shingles again.

But I was curious, if anyone else has gotten the shots, did you have a reaction to them? Or is it, as my mother likes to point out, just me?
There are a few threads in health about the shingles vaccine. Just about everyone had a reaction to the 2nd one. I do not remember anyone else having the hand pain like you did.

I have a connective tissue disorder where my body does not process medications right. I'm also allergic to various antibiotics and even fillers used in meds. I had shingles on my eye lid, forehead and head 2 years ago but I can't bring myself to get this vaccine because whatever happens to everyone else, mine will be worst and may leave lasting damage or side effects for over a year. I had taken a small dose of Lyrica, it made me feel like acid was running thru my veins. That lasted a year.

I was going to get the shingles vaccine this August because I just came out of the donut hole but think I'm gonna pass until I can build up more nerve or just not do it.

Originally Posted by in_newengland View Post
Oh yes. Right now I can't recall whether it was from the first shot or the second shot, but I had a bad reaction. I think I had a headache and I know it knocked me out so much that I spent the next day in bed. Nothing had prepared me for that so I was just glad that I didn't have anything planned for the next day. I think it must have been the second shot.

My husband was knocked for a loop by that shot too, just sat in a chair all day feeling rotten.

I reported it--googled and found a phone number or a place online to report it. Doing it by phone was a pain so I'd recommend using the online form if anyone wants to report it. Apparently it is VERY much under reported. If you get the shot at the pharmacy, you aren't usually going to go back and tell the pharmacist. If you get it at the doctor's office, they often don't report it either.

After the way it affected me, I urge everyone to report any reaction. People have a right to know that this vaccine can affect you and put you out of commission for a day or two, or in your case, cause such weird symptoms. Maybe something in the vaccine is causing this, something they can change, and only by reporting it will they ever know what it does to so many people. Sorry for your scary reaction to the vaccine.
Agree, everyone should report it to the CDC link is in quote. Direct link to Report an Adverse Event

CDC shingles vaccine page

If you experience side effects from Shingrix, you should report them to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS). Your doctor might file this report, or you can do it yourself through the VAERS websiteexternal icon, or by calling 1-800-822-7967.

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Old 08-12-2019, 05:54 AM
Location: Loudon, TN
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I had a slightly sore arm from the first shot. No reaction at all to the second shot. Glad to have gotten them. My friend had shingles and said it was like he!! on earth. I knew another lady that got shingles on her face and it left permanent scars.
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Old 08-12-2019, 06:51 AM
Location: The South
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We had the first shot, last Wed. We both had what I guess you would call flu symptoms. Felt real bad and sore all over. The arm pain at the injection site lasted about four days. Whatever reaction to the second shot cannot be as bad as shingles. I had shingles several years ago, it lasted about three months. You don’t want shingles.
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