It's very painful and it hurts to move my arm. It's red and swollen with a huge knot. What's wrong?? I went to my doctor and he gave me infection pills and something to bring down swelling.
It's possible that the Depo shot wasn't given deep into the muscle, as it should be.
When given correctly, the shot should create a pool of oil based fluid, deep inside the muscle, & it is gradually released over the 13 weeks, into your body.
If the shot hasn't been put deep enough, or is pooling under your skin, then it's possible it's causing the problem/reaction, & your Dr may have given you antibiotics just in case any infection is present, or may become present as a result.
You have the right to ask your Doctor what exactly has happened. It is your body, & apart from anything else, if you've been given the shot wrongly, then you may well be entitled to make a complaint & perhaps a claim against the person who gave you it.
The other reason you need to know what exactly has happened, is because if the pool of fluid has been placed elsewhere than deep in the muscle, it could well mean that all of the hormone in the shot will be released too quickly & absorbed too quickly by your body, which is a huge dose of hormone for your body to handle all at once, & it may mean that you are not covered against pregnancy for as long as you are supposed to be.
I would see another doctor, if you're not getting the answers from your usual one. You deserve & need to know what is happening to your body.
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