Roundup of SIRVA-related news, Spring 2021

I realize there are a lot of new folks finding this website because of a mis-administered COVID-19 vaccine. To begin learning about shoulder injury related to vaccine administration (SIRVA), feel free to begin with the intro page here. My personal journey through SIRVA is written up in several posts and please also see the other guest blog posts to hear other stories.

This post is a look at new articles published about SIRVA in the last few months, both in the medical literature and in the news. This includes the first articles I’ve seen about SIRVA cases specifically from the COVID-19 vaccine. All of the journal articles get added to the collection on the Resources Page. As always, if I’ve missed anything, please let me know!!

SIRVA in the News

In great news, the Department of Health and Human Services decided to keep SIRVA as part of the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP):

Legal Examiner: Shoulder Injuries to Remain Eligible for Vaccine Payment Program

An opinion piece in the a local paper from a SIRVA patient who advocates for getting your COVID-19 vaccination:

Northside SUN: Opinion: COVID Immunity Worth the Pain of Sore Shoulder

A news piece on SIRVA from the COVID vaccine:

CBS News: COVID Vaccine: Some Claim They Were Injured By Shots, But Experts Say There Is No Legal Recourse

An article about preventing SIRVA:

Pharmacy Times: Safeguard Patients During COVID-19 Immunization Campaigns

And another similar one about safe injection:

ISMP: Prevent shoulder injuries during COVID-19 vaccinations

New SIRVA Research

A few peer-reviewed articles came out this spring. Also, I was researching infections from vaccination (which may have happened to me), and which is not always described as SIRVA exactly, so there are a few older articles (which are new to me) about septic symptoms post-vaccination.

As always, most of these are behind a paywall. Usually I’m able to get access to these journals, but this time I couldn’t get all of them, so if you happen to have access and can send me pdf’s of the last two articles so I can keep my collection complete, that would be awesome!! The rest I have. And please see the Resources page for a lot more papers.

Cantarelli Rodrigues et al 2021: Subacromial-subdeltoid bursitis following COVID-19 vaccination: a case of shoulder injury related to vaccine administration (SIRVA)

Wong et al. 2021: Arthroscopic surgical management of shoulder secondary to shoulder injury related to vaccine administration (SIRVA): a case report

DeRogatis et al. 2018: Septic Shoulder Joint After Pneumococcal Vaccination Requiring Surgical Debridement

Darnley et al. 2019: Septic arthritis of the glenohumeral joint following influenza vaccination: case report and review of the literature

Walker 2021: You know where you can stick that … or do you? Where to inject the deltoid and why

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9 thoughts on “Roundup of SIRVA-related news, Spring 2021”

  1. Thanks very much for creating this site. First, I have to say that I wasn’t even going to get the shot. But societal pressure pushed me over the edge. It’s hard to know how many of us are out there, doing daily battle with pain, trying to find a doctor who’s even heard of SIRVA. My second try was a D.O. who diagnosed “impingement of the shoulder” and possible bursitis, but stopped there. However, he said there is no way of knowing if it was caused by SIRVA. (My first doctor said it was probably a pulled muscle.) I’m still searching, and it’s exhausting. I only wish I’d known how it could have been prevented.

    1. Hi Patricia,
      Yeah, finding doctors who have heard of SIRVA is a huge part of the battle. I hope you find someone good. I have a page dedicated to talking to doctors about SIRVA…you can find the link under All Blog Posts.

      It is really too bad when we get injured for doing the right thing (i.e. getting vaccinated in the interest of public health), but hey, at least we were doing the right thing. I got SIRVA from a flu shot and never regretted that I was getting flu shots, just that, like you say, I wish I’d known it could be prevented. Best of luck.

  2. Thank you so much for your site. I (and everyone else) thought I was bonkers or just some old lady with an age related issue, when I kept complaining about continued shoulder pain after my covid-19 injection. Now I’m armed with information that I can use to help my situation. At the very least, I don’t feel like I’m alone. That in and of itself is a huge relief. More important even than any treatment.

      1. Hey Amy,
        What do you think would be the best way to educate Doctors and nurses about SIRVA. My ortho Dr had never heard of it. I’ve mentioned it to several nurses as well.
        Maybe a nonprofit that ensures proper training or refresher courses on shot location? Just thinking about it in NC

        1. Ashley, I dunno, I think all of us are on a one-man or one-woman mission to teach every doctor/ortho/PT/nurse etc about it, but it’s sure not the most effective way!! Love your idea about a nonprofit to educate. That’s a great idea.

  3. Has anyone recovered from sirva? I’m 17 months in and feeling hopeless. Wondering if I should just give up treatment and accept this pain for my life.

    1. Hi Jen
      I suffered with the pain for only 6 months. I opted for surgery. Best thing ever. Recovery was slow with lots of physical therapy appts. My bad shot was Nov 13, 2019. I had surgery June 2020. I would say I’m 99% better. Sometimes it aches but never hurts.

  4. Hi all! My wife is just now in the process of hopping around different orthopedics to find viable treatment for SIRVA. So far the best doctor relationship we have come across has no previous experience with treating it. Is anyone aware of any services in Florida with experience in treating this injury?

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