Shingles Vaccine Side Effects

If I’d known how I’d feel after having the first of two shingle vaccines on Friday, I don’t know that I’d have had it done. All weekend I’ve felt like crap. Haven’t felt this bad in years.

My doctor had been telling me to get this vaccine. Remember how I get shingle sores in my mouth after going to the dentist? Well, that means I haven’t been to the dentist in probably four years and I’m getting to the point where it’s hard to eat because I should have had work done long ago.

Another reason I don’t want to visit the dentist is that I don’t have dental insurance. Having most anything done is very expensive.

And right now I’m focusing on spending my money on Charlie’s health and comfort.

I knew that the old shingles vaccine was only about 51% effective. And I wasn’t on board for that. But my internist told me that the new one, the one they’re currently using, is over 90% effective.

However, the side effects are much worse, I’m just now getting around to reading.

Then yesterday, to add insult to injury, I fell just after supper over the plate of Charlie’s canned food on the floor and actually fell butt first into it. Oh, how fun that was! I already had a bruised tail bone from falling weeks ago while taking a shower.

I fell right on my left hand, which wasn’t doing so well to start with because I haven’t gone to physical therapy in weeks. I don’t really see the point, because after I have PT I come home and lift Charlie around and I’m right back where I started.

I know, this is a “woe is me” bit of hog wash. I have been injured a lot in my life. But I’ve seldom been actually sick. I don’t know which is worse.

Okay, enough with the pity party. I just hope feeling like my body has been through a 30 minute dryer cycle goes away soon.

I did get outside and scoot my settee out of harm’s way so the tree limbs will not break right over it. It may be some time before anyone gets over here to take down those limbs.

I waited for a toilet seat because mine was broken for two months. That’s how behind they are around here.

Want to see Ivy’s “baby?”

She’s been playing with it all morning. Ugly little sucker, isn’t it? But she loves it.

Hard not to laugh when you come across it on the floor or see her walking around with it in her mouth looking so proud of herself.

Now she’s playing with one of her little plastic swirly toys. And around my red beverage stand with plants in it I see there are about three or four lipstick plant leaves on the floor.

Ivy likes to reach up when I’m not looking and pluck one off. She can only do this because the plant’s leaves hang over. But I’m not worried about it because it isn’t toxic.

She has no interest in putting the leaf in her mouth, I’ve noticed. She just wants to pull it off and then she’s done with it.

Charlie is slowing down on his eating. We are getting through this one day at a time. It saddens me so to see the effects of aging and the pain he has. I do all I can to help the poor little guy.

You just do what you have to do. Taking care of him is my priority.

I’m a lucky person that I so rarely get sick. I’m very grateful for that. But this is the pits. And I have to go get another shingles vaccination in two months.

Something to look forward to. NOT!

Oh joy.

I hope you’re having a nice holiday weekend. I’m going to do little but sit in my recliner with Charlie and watch Ivy bounce around the living room playing with this and that.

Oh, I forgot to tell you I started a new Netflix series last night. It is called “Paranoid.”

PLOT: Paranoid is a British crime drama which began broadcasting on ITV on 22 September 2016, and streaming internationally on Netflix in 2016.

The eight-part series focuses on a group of UK detectives working for the fictional Woodmere police force who are attempting to solve the murder of a physician who is stabbed at a children’s playground.

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  1. Brenda,
    I’m sorry to hear this shingles vaccine has been causing such havoc within your body. I read this post a while ago and made no comment since I had the old one dose version about 6 years ago. Oddly enough, I was out with a group of 8 friends and the subject of this new vaccine came up. A discussion about the new double dose vaccine side effects versus the single dose version came up. Of the 4 ladies who had had the double dose version, only 1 of them mentioned feeling terribly ill afterwards! The other 3 ladies had both doses and said they had NO side effects! It’s so amazing how very differently our bodies can react to the same medications! I hope your dose #2 will not affect you the same way as your first dose.

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  3. My hubby had shingles, so I went to the doc about a shot for myself, and she told me not to get one as I have Fibromylgia (32 years) and she said its liable to make the pain worse and that I don’t need, so I will take my chances and not get one.

  4. Ooh, I’m not happy to hear about the side effects of the new shingles vaccine as I am supposed to get it in a month or so. I had a very mild case of shingles back in the Spring and my family doctor as well as my rheumatologist told me I had to get the new vaccine. No one ever mentioned the possible side effects. I hope they don’t last long for you and that you feel better very soon.

    It is hard to see our pets’ health fail. All we can do is take care of them, make them as comfortable as we can and let them know we love them, all of which I know you are doing for Charlie. I hope you can rest and just concentrate on feeling better the next few days. I know that Ivy will keep you entertained! And be extra careful–no more falls, please!

  5. Brenda ~ better a couple of days feeling “crappy” now than getting Shingles!! My Mom had them, and it made her miserable for MONTHS!!!
    And for some people the “post-herpetic” nerve pain can last for years!!

    I hope you feel better soon ~

  6. I am sorry you are feeling so crappy after your vaccine and from falling. I’m not surprised to hear you’re sick after the shingles vaccine; it actually contains the varicella-zoster virus. I know the subject of vaccines is very controversial, but I do not get them. Nor does my husband, son, mother, aunt and several of my friends. We choose not to put all those chemicals into our bodies; we feel the vaccines only weaken the immune system even further so that you’re more apt to pick up these diseases. Vaccines are also a huge money maker and line the pockets of doctors and Big Pharma. Who do you think funds the CDC? 😉

    I remember about 8 years ago when I had to go to Urgent Care for something and the doctor there asked me if I had gotten the flu vaccine. I told her no, that I didn’t get them. She actually answered, “Good.” I nearly fell off my chair. She told me that if she didn’t HAVE to get one to work in health care, that she never would.

    I know everyone has to make up their own minds what to do when it comes to vaccines, but I thought I’d just throw my two cents in from another perspective.

  7. I hope you will investigate much more, Brenda before getting another shot!! A friend of mine got her earlier this summer…still not back to par. If one has mouth sores, why not take L-Lysine? We love to eat peanuts, peanut butter etc which can cause mouth sores…and if we take the L-Lysine one per day, we get no more mouth sores… Doctors are far too quick to push meds on us…and if you were aware of how much kickback they get from such, you might be more resistive to taking them. (One doc I went to for years sat me down and told me all about that…nasty system). Do what is best for your body…seems your body has told you how it feels with that shot…listen to your body!! By the way, if your teeth are an issue, I find SPRY toothpaste to be most helpful…our best dentist agreed with that…and chewing the xylitol gum after meals.

    1. The only thing you have to be careful with in using xylitol is that it causes stomach upset, cramping and diarrhea in a lot of people. I know several people who have this issue and have to avoid anything with xylitol in it.

      1. I don’t know why…maybe it is because peanuts can carry a lot of different viruses, so I was told…and there is no way to know what peanut might be carrying one etc. Our son had mouth sores a lot until he began the L-Lysine…hubby and I had them at times…but not anymore for any of us.

  8. I hope you feel better soon. The vaccine reaction makes me nervous but you reminded me to get it. When I last saw my doctor I was feeling extremely tired (I have several autoimmune diseases) so I chose to wait until my body felt better.
    That recent fall must have left you in pain! I fractured my tailbone about six years ago and I can say it was more painful than childbirth! You might consider a doughnut pillow if it hurts bad enough….and a raised toilet seat that sits on top of the regular seat. Years later, my tailbone hurts a lot if I sit too long or on uncomfortable chairs. Best wishes to you all.

  9. So sorry you’re under the weather with this vaccine. My niece had shingles and it was terribly painful and severe so sounds like the vaccine is the way to go. Hope you’re up and around soon. I hope you take care and go slowly and carefully in the shower. No need to rush and everything can wait so take care and go slow. Hope you have handgrips in the shower and if not I’d buy them and ask Nathan to install. I hope things are proceeding so he can reclaim his son from foster care. Hope you can give us an update on that situation soon. I’m just doing what I have to this weekend like most days. I do what I can and then I have to sit or stretch out to relieve my back pain. Take care, Brenda.

  10. Seeing an older friend years ago go through a months-long bout of shingles break-out on her chest, sides and back – I’ll take the vaccine, side-effects and all. I understand that the new vaccine is administered in 2 doses some months apart, not just a single shot like the old vaccine. Did I read it right that you received two shingles shots and will have to go for a third shot? Ivy’s toy looks like a crazed chicken and made me laugh out loud.

  11. Brenda sorry you had an adverse reaction to the shingles vaccine, not that unusual though . My doctor warned me that some reaction was possible / probable. I had a couple of days feeling feverish after the first shot and was elated that I experienced no reaction at all after the second one. Having seen what a good friend went through dealing with a bad shingles outbreak I had no qualms about getting the vaccine. For me it was well worth a few uncomfortable days and a pretty hefty insurance co-pay to be protected.

    May I suggest you give bone broth to Charlie to entice him to eat. Bone broth, along with some shredded chicken breast, always does the trick for Capo on the rare occasion he doesn’t want to eat. I, along with countless internet readers, can ‘t stress enough how valuable bone broth is for the overall health of our fur-babies.

  12. Love visiting your cozy little home — we are alike in so many way– I am also on my own and my home is my sanctuary and can be here days on end and not to venture out.I have everything here that I could need.Love all of your ” boho” pieces.Love Hobby Lobby and always something different.Hope you are feeling well very soon– have not had the shingles shot yet — thinking twice!!-

  13. Sorry you’re feeling the effects of the shingles shot. I was sick for 3 days or so. Pretty miserable. Nobody warned me I might get a reaction and I think that made me feel worse. Decided not to get the second one. Put it off for several months then finally got it after many telling me I should. Hardly felt anything maybe a little tired. So get the second one when it’s time. You’ll probably not have a serious reaction again.
    Ivy has such an intelligent looking face. Her brain is always working. I too have an old dog who is on pain meds. It’s so hard when you have to guess how they feel. All you can do is watch them and do what you can to keep them comfortable and happy.
    Take care of yourself.

  14. Oh, Brenda, i am so sorry you are not feeling well. I had both of the new shingles vaccines and was fortunate enough not to any side effects. I thought i paid a high copayment of $49 each. My aunt suffered terribly with shingles on her scalp, ears and eyes, so i was determined to prevent that. I wish you strength and humor through this trying time. Remember the saying “Everything is temporary “. Look forward to feeling better soon. And enjoy your furry babies antics.
    Thank you for reminding us that not all days can be good ones, but they do make us more grateful for the good ones. Keep safe ?

  15. I had the shingles vaccines. I seem to remember that I didn’t feel too good with the first shot, but after 24 hours I was fine. I had no bad after-effects with the second one. I have heard that having shingles is painful and can take a long time to recover from. I decided to take my chances and get the vaccine. So far no regrets. I hope that you get to feeling better soon.

  16. Sorry you are not feeling well Brenda. Don’t worry about having a moan about it, sometimes it helps to say how you feel.

    Although the shingles vaccine is available here in Canada I decided not to have it, now I think I made the right decision.

    I love Ivy’s toy. Dexter has two squeaky mice which he plays with but I have never seen him carry anything around. He is now 17 years old and had a check up a couple of weeks ago and they could find nothing wrong, he had a blood test because he did seem to be drinking lots of water but that came back normal so I am very thankful he is staying well.

  17. After my first Shingles shot, I felt sick too…my arm was red and swollen and I felt somewhat feverish. However, I felt better in about 3 or 4 days. After the second shot, I felt nothing…no redness, swelling, or feverish feeling. I hope your side effects go away soon. Your poor sweet puppy…..I feel for you and him….thank goodness for silly Ivy and her antics.

  18. My Dr wrote a RX for me to get the Shingles shots as well. I have put it off, as I have heard so many talking about how awful you feel afterwards. Being by myself and being ill is not a combination I like! I hope you feel better soon from both the shots and the shingles!

  19. I’m sorry you aren’t feeling well, Brenda! I had shingles last year, and they still are telling me to get the vaccination series, but I have been nervous about it, hearing about the side effects. And if anyone will get them, I sure will. Hope you are doing better soon!

  20. Oh Dear Brenda, I am so sorry to hear that you are not feeling well. Falling in the shower, and now this is so scary… Falling getting out of the tub is a fear of mine, and I always exit very slowly. Taking a fall into Charlies food dish, sounds like BIG pain…again so sorry, and hope your wrist heals quickly. Early this summer, I was in a hurry and bare foot, and on the top of four “wet” steps outside our front door, when I stepped just over the edge of the step and slipped and fell down to the cement landing. So VERY lucky I didn’t get hurt, just sore for a couple of days, but after that, I am more aware how fast something like that can happen, and at my age, with old bones, (grin), I’ll remember to take my time doing stuff.
    About five years ago I had a shingles Vaccination. Is it different now, that two are required? The nurse didn’t say anything to me about another one, I think I’ll just leave it at that. The most pain I had with it, was the $350.00 charge. My health insurance didn’t cover it for whatever reason.
    I’m always thinking of you, Charlie and Ivy, wishing you all a peaceful Sunday. Keeping you all in my prayers. Hugs from WI

  21. Keeping my fingers crossed that you feel better soon. I know how terrible you must feel after one of those shots but you are almost afraid not to have the inoculation. My mom had a really bad outbreak of shingles a few years ago and she was miserable for months.

    Glad that you have the cuddly warmth of Charlie and the crazy antics of Ivy to keep you content and amused.

    p s Love the glow of the salt lamp.

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