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Had Shingles shot and now have PMRPolymyalgia Rheumatica (PMR) | Last Active: Apr 10 10:59am | Replies (37)
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I contracted Bell’s Palsy a few months ago after successfully (I thought) tapering off Prednisone over 20 months. As you probably know, the cause of BP is thought to be either a viral attack on one or more of the facial nerves OR an autoimmune flare of the nerve. I was treated with Acyclovir (another broad spectrum antibiotic) to clear the virus and put on heavy (60 mg) but short term doses of Prednisone again. I recovered quickly and without sequelae. Since my BP showed up while off Prednisone, and went away with more Prednisone, I’m leaning towards the autoimmune theory but it could be both or either theory is correct. Links to Shingles disease or vaccine problems are reported by PMR sufferers far more than to be coincidence but I haven’t seen any definitive answer to what links them. I just got the second Shingrix shot this week as I agree with the philosophy that at my age of 72 I don’t want Shingles and I already have PMR, which at least is manageable with proper Prednisone levels.
As it has been a while since you last posted, I was wondering how you are feeling now. When you last posted you were not planning on getting the 2nd Shingrex shot (at your doctor's recommendation). Did you find any other information about the vaccine and your own reaction?
I would love to hear how you are doing now. Would you post an update at your convenience?