COVID-19 vaccine: will it exacerbate my pain?

COVID-19 vaccines are important in preventing ICU admission, death and mortality. Side-effects like transient flares in pain can occur lasting days to weeks, but it prevents severe COVID-19 symptoms. Severe COVID-19 symptoms are life-threatening and may necessitate ICU care which will put you at a much higher risk of chronic pain and permanent physical and psychological disability.

Fight pain like an Olympian

With the vaccination, some patients with chronic pain feel that their back or neck or neuropathic pain hurts more. I reassure them that it is temporary and will go away with time. It is nevertheless a fight daily, to be positive, to keep moving, to keep breathing, to never surrender to chronic pain. Once in a while you may need a minimally-invasive procedure like an injection to the muscle or joint or disc to break out of the vicious pain cycle.