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do flu shots cause headaches?
« on: Dec 22nd, 2004, 10:20am »
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I've been on 25 mg of Topamax and 9 mg of melatonin with very good results, no CH for 5 days, just some shadows.  I then got a flu shot two days ago and got hit with two kip 7 headaches that night.  Last night I just had a kip 5 close to dawn, not a my usual time.  Anyone else have a similar experience with flu shots during a cluster?
 
As an interesting side note, I usually get CH attacks every other year but this is the first in six years.  But for the last six years I was getting a flu shot in the fall, before CH season.  I'd never gotten flu shots before.  There was the vaccine shortage this year so I couldn't get one early this year.  Could there be something in the vaccine that kills clusters if taken preventatively?
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« Reply #1 on: Dec 22nd, 2004, 10:26am »
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Speaking form someone who's chronic I don't know, but I did get the FLU right after I got the flu shot one year! go figure????
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« Reply #2 on: Dec 22nd, 2004, 1:15pm »
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The most common side effects of a flu shot include localized swelling and slight fever - the immune system gets cranked up fighting a (non-invasive, killed) virus.  Activating the immune system could make clusters worse for some people - but better IMHO to get minor immune activation from a shot than major activation from the flu.  
 
Becky,  it takes a few weeks for the body to develop maximum resistance after receiving the vaccine.  Even then, it is not 100% effective because the flu virus is constantly mutating and may not match the vaccine. The vaccine itself can't give you the flu - maybe the nurse sneezed on you?
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« Reply #3 on: Dec 22nd, 2004, 2:28pm »
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floridian, you're so smart, glad you're here! Wink
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Re: do flu shots cause headaches?
« Reply #4 on: Dec 24th, 2004, 9:57am »
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Histimine is a CH enemy.. sometimes !! Anything like a flue shoot that boost that level can contribure.. To many bug bites, Posion Ivy ect.
 
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Re: do flu shots cause headaches?
« Reply #5 on: Dec 27th, 2004, 7:47pm »
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Nothing worse than injecting yourself with a dead virus in hopes that you will not get sick.  hurl  
 
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« Reply #6 on: Dec 29th, 2004, 12:07am »
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no, not normally.
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