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Old 09-23-2007, 11:39 AM   #1
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Chronic muscle pain from allergy shots?

I've been getting 2 allergy shots weekly (1 in each arm) for the past 10 months. Several months ago, the shots began to hurt -- a lot! Plus, one arm or the other was swelling up in the area of the shot, sometimes to as large as the size of my hand (4" x 8") for several days after. I mentioned to one of the nurses that when she gives the shot, there is minimal pain upon injection and little swelling after. I have mentioned this a number of times and recently wondered if the nearly constant pain in my upper arms might not be a result of other nurses always injecting intramuscularly rather than sub-q. Has anyone here had this problem? I'm wondering what the long-term problems might be with constantly getting allergy shots in the muscle. I've suggested that the *good* nurse teach the others how to give shots but no one seems to be listening!

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Old 09-23-2007, 01:24 PM   #2
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Re: Chronic muscle pain from allergy shots?

Mine were always intramuscular...not sub q. However, there were two nurses I tried to avoid because they just didn't give them easily. Two were great and though I detest shots I always got better results with them.

Old 09-24-2007, 12:11 PM   #3
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Re: Chronic muscle pain from allergy shots?

I have the same issues as you and when I asked today the nurse said they are not in the muscle but bc it's close the muscles are reacting to the shots. It hurts quite a bit after my shots and lasts until the next shot-going every 5 days now. UGH!!!

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