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Vaccine AZ side effect for 70 years old lady

I am 72 years old diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. Now my condition is under control with oral medication Iressa Gefitinib.

For the past 2 months after my 2nd dose of AZ, I have been having joint pain around my knees and ankles. Which I have seen 2 doctors diagnosed me with Osteoarthritis. I have been given different types of painkillers. Almost every nights I am unable to sleep peacefully.

Even worst now, I feel like feverish and lethargy for past few days.

I would like to seek your opinion if this really side effects of the vaccine or there is something else of concern.

If it is side effects of the vaccine, how long will it last? When can I have a good night sleep?

Thank you in advance.

Madam Tan

Thank you for reaching out to us.

We understand that you have been experiencing joint pains around your knees and ankles since you received the AstraZeneca vaccine. We will try to help you out.

There are several possibilities for your problem. We will list it out below.

  1. Your symptoms can be due to the side effects of the Covid vaccine. Besides joint pains, other side effects that are often reported include fever, chills, headache, fatigue, diarrhea, and body pain.

  2. You might be suffering from a type of arthritis, osteoarthritis being the most common one in your age group. Other possibilities include gout and rheumatoid arthritis.

  3. You mentioned that you have been diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. There is a possibility that cancer has metastasized to the bones, causing joint pain.

We encourage you to speak to a doctor to find the root cause of your problem. You can register for online consultation with our orthopedics specialist so that we can help you further regarding your problem.

We hope that our answer has been helpful.
Thank you.

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