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Lung diseases

Pain from pneumonia shot

10/31/2007

Question:

I had pneumonia shot this and I can hardly lift my arm. Is there anything I can do to relieve the pain?

Answer:

These local reactions are usually temporary. They usually completely resolve within 3 days. It should get better within 24 hours. Most local reactions do not require treatment. In cases when treatment is needed, pain relievers (like acetaminophen) and warm compresses can usually improve symptoms.

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Response by:

James M O'Brien, Jr, MD James M O'Brien, Jr, MD
Former Associate Professor
Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University