flu jab effects or the flu?

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stlucia
stlucia Member Posts: 392
edited 18. Jan 2011, 03:01 in Living with Arthritis archive
Oh dear...wonder if anyone can give me any advice? I had the flu jab yesterday and overnight I have started feeling terrible. Joints are flaring worse than ever and my neck glands are something else. I feel like I've been hit by a bus! My arms are so tired I'm going to have to stop trying to type. Is this the beginnings of flu, the effects of the jab as I felt ok before it or just a well timed flare up? X

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  • dreamdaisy
    dreamdaisy Member Posts: 31,520
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    I have consulted my crystal ball and come up with . . . nothing. How can one tell, stlucia? I think flu jab reactions usually involve redness/itching and perhaps a little swelling around the injection site - I don't think it acutally gives one a dose of flu. If it feels like a flare then it could be, if it doesn't then it mightn't be, if it doesn't go away/ease off or you develop a high temperature then ring your GP/emergency cover service. Rest, keep warm and hydrated, and watch out for a temperature (as you are on the big H etc you might not know that you have one). I wish you well. DD
    Have you got the despatches? No, I always walk like this. Eddie Braben
  • 03darhum
    03darhum Member Posts: 72
    edited 15. Jan 2011, 09:28
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    hi i have had the flu jab for 5 years i have never had the flu and only been ill once but i agree with dd on this

    darren
  • dorcas
    dorcas Member Posts: 3,516
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    Hi St Lucia.

    It's impossible really to tell what's going on :???: .... but if you feel so awful and have a temp & swollen glands then perhaps you need to phone the doc or nhs for advice?... especially if your on anti tnfs.

    A phonecall or.. being seen by a doc might be best in case you need treatment.

    let us know how you are?

    (((hugs)))

    Iris xxx
  • nanarose
    nanarose Member Posts: 117
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    Hi, I had the flu jab in October, and I had similar symptoms to you, but whether it was the flu jab to blame, who knows....might have been pure coincidence, although I did have a cold at that time too.

    Stick with the advice the others have given you, and you won't go far wrong.

    Hope you feel better real soon. x
  • Airwave!
    Airwave! Member Posts: 2,466
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    I've only just the flu jab after being nagged by the family, felt a bit 'off colour' for a few hours and that was it. Some of the effects of flu are very mild, apparently. If it's not on-going, I wouldn't worry. Who knows what affects small things have on us and go unanswered and soon forgotten.


    8) Its a grin, honest!
  • barbara12
    barbara12 Member Posts: 21,281
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    Hi
    Is your first flu jab....I had some side effects with my first one last year, but this year all I had was a slightly sore arm.
    Hope you feel better soon.
    Barbara x
    Love
    Barbara
  • dreamdaisy
    dreamdaisy Member Posts: 31,520
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    Morning stlucia, I hope things have eased and that you are feeling better today. DD
    Have you got the despatches? No, I always walk like this. Eddie Braben
  • woodbon
    woodbon Member Posts: 4,969
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    Hello, I hope you soon feel better. My Mum used to have the flu jab and she always spent a day feeling rotten, temp, aching, etc., but she'd soon feel better and never got the flu. I used to have it as I worked with frail elderly people and I never noticed anything. We are all different and react differently, I suppose. A few hours of feeling off is better than the flu, which, this year, is worse than ever. If I qualified for the jab I'd have it! :wink:

    Take care and feel better soon. If you don't ring the doctor or nurse, you may have picked up something different.
    Love Sue xxx
  • stlucia
    stlucia Member Posts: 392
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    Unfortunately we think I do have the flu. Ugh
  • dreamdaisy
    dreamdaisy Member Posts: 31,520
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    Oh dear, this does not sound good. Please take care of yourself and contact your rheumatology team to find out whether they want you to humira etc or not. As you know my GP/team always say no. Please be very careful over the next few days - I am concerned. DD
    Have you got the despatches? No, I always walk like this. Eddie Braben
  • lindalegs
    lindalegs Member Posts: 5,393
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    stlucia wrote:
    Oh dear...wonder if anyone can give me any advice? I had the flu jab yesterday and overnight I have started feeling terrible. Joints are flaring worse than ever and my neck glands are something else. I feel like I've been hit by a bus! My arms are so tired I'm going to have to stop trying to type. Is this the beginnings of flu, the effects of the jab as I felt ok before it or just a well timed flare up? X


    Hi Stlucia,

    I'm sorry if you do have the flu but just to add that I had a 'mini' flare for about a month after my flu jab and did feel grim. It could have been coincidence as I've never reacted before, best you get checked out anyway as the others have suggested.
    Love, Legs x
    'Make a life out of what you have, not what you're missing'
  • stlucia
    stlucia Member Posts: 392
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    DD thanks, I had forgotten I might not be able to take humira. my husband is waiting for a call back from nhs direct to see if I need to contact a doctor today or can it wait until Monday to speak to them. Ooh no more typing! Too tired! X
  • ironic
    ironic Member Posts: 2,361
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    Hi Stlucia,

    I hope you start to feel better soon. Keep warm and let hubby pamper you and hopefully you will have had a reply from the doctor as to what to do about your next injection by tomorrow.

    Take care and let us know how you are when you can.
    Lv, Ix
  • skezier
    skezier Member Posts: 11,333
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    Hi St Lucia,

    That's all you bed flower.

    I was reading the gumph on the flu jab cus they are giving it me despite the fact have had a reinfect cold ow for onths, maybe even a year.....

    It said some people can have a mini flu..... I am sorry it has done this to you and its best you stay warm, rest as much as you can and I so hope you soon feel better. (((( )))) and a feel better draft. Cris xx
  • stlucia
    stlucia Member Posts: 392
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    After a trip to the out of hours doctor it turns out I have a very nasty case of tonsillitis. So I'm on pencillin now. Thanks for your concern x
  • Poppyg1rl
    Poppyg1rl Member Posts: 1,245
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    Hi Stlucia,
    Tonsilitis ouch! you poor thing it's not nice I know, keep warm and rest as much as you can, hope the anti biotics start to work very soon, all the best Poppy X
    'grá agus solas'
    'Love and Light' translated from Irish. X
  • dreamdaisy
    dreamdaisy Member Posts: 31,520
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    Oh dear, still check about the humira etc, please and I hope you start feeling better soon. DD
    Have you got the despatches? No, I always walk like this. Eddie Braben
  • dreamdaisy
    dreamdaisy Member Posts: 31,520
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    Morning stlucia, I hope the penicillin is having a positive effect on the tonsillitis. Look after yourself, please, we need you to get better! DD
    Have you got the despatches? No, I always walk like this. Eddie Braben