Patient Comments: Frozen Shoulder - Cause

What was the cause of your frozen shoulder?

Comment from: kat, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 20

I was 49 when I got my first frozen shoulder. I had always been physically fit and healthy and had just started my own decorating business. I was applying a decorative plaster to a client's kitchen walls. I remember thinking how proud I was of myself for doing it so quickly and getting a nice workout at the same time. The plaster had to be scraped using a lot of pressure and I spent about 8 hours at it. Within days my super-woman shoulder wasn't feeling so super any longer and eventually, I learned I had frozen shoulder. It took a year to get better with about 85-90% of prior range of movement. I did some physiotherapy but it was too expensive so continued exercises at home but never religiously. Now, 9 years later, I have it again on the same shoulder. I had been getting some boxes down off garage shelves and doing overhead lifting for a few days. I'm into my 6th month and it feels more painful than the first one, but with no insurance, I will have to rely on exercises I did the first time and wait for it to heal on its own. Everything is difficult, sleeping, washing my hair, getting dressed, putting my seatbelt on, and especially walking my dog.

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Comment from: tbone, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 18

I was glad to see a post about the flu vaccine causing frozen shoulder. My pain started immediately during the shot and I came down with frozen shoulder. I was told the cause was hypothyroid, which is known to cause this, but I knew it was the shot because the pain was immediate.

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Comment from: 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 14

Probably no one will believe this, but my frozen shoulder is the direct result of receiving a flu shot in my deltoid. There have been many cases of this happening to other people as well. It is thought that possibly the injection is too high up and the vaccine has gone into the joint capsule. Some soreness is normal after the vaccination, but in my case it has been 8 days after the shot and I cannot lift my arm and am experiencing severe pain when I try to use it. I saw an MD yesterday and he diagnosed me with frozen shoulder. I will never get the flu shot again! I am a swimmer and very athletic and now cannot even work.

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Comment from: Farah Ali, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: March 07

I am 30 year old lady. After the birth of my son (10 months back) I felt pain in my shoulder and because I have to carry my baby, the pain got intense. The pain is in the front upper joint in the right shoulder, though now the other shoulder is also affecting. The symptoms are pain, stiffness, and loss of range of motion of the shoulder. The shoulder range of motion is limited when either me or the examiner attempts to move the joint. To add I live in china (basically from Pakistan).

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Comment from: ANTIFLUSHOT, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 20

I had a flu shot about six years ago, and had a frozen shoulder afterwards for around six months. I had another flu shot a couple of years later and got the same thing - frozen shoulder! I no longer have flu shots.

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Comment from: TampaMarty, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: July 31

I have chronic frozen shoulder. After numeous non-surgical treatments (4 cortistone shots, 25+ PT sessions, rest and 2 surgical procedures) my frozen shoulder has not gotten any better. If fact, after both surguries my shoulder became frozen starting in the 5th week. I am on my 3rd doctor to see what can be done.

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Comment from: Lady in Pain, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 12

I, too, had been given a flu shot at my workplace by a male student nurse in training. He injected me too high in my left arm. I am suffering from frozen shoulder diagnosed by my doctor. I am in excruciating pain and only hope I can get well. The flu shot injection was given in October, 2012 and as of June, 2013, I can't sleep at night due to severe pain. I'm living on Aleve and physical therapy in hopes of returning to normal. My out of pocket cost even with health insurance have run into a substantial amount of money and my bills are continuing. Never will I ever get a "free" flu shot at my workplace. I'll go to my licensed doctor. My doctor tells me he sees about two "bad" flu shot cases each year. This is not a joke-it is for real. I hope my experience will help others and caution people to get their flu shot in a medical doctor's office.

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