Polymyalgia, Covid Infection, Anti-Virals
I have just finished a 5 day course of anti-viral tablets (‘Paxlovid’ – ‘nirmatrelvir’ + ‘ritonavir’) following a positive Covid test. Paxlovid is approved for use in Australia for vulnerable subjects who catch the Covid bug. I am 83, which accounts for my vulnerable status and have had PMR for a year, Prednisolone tapered now to 5mg from initial 15mg. Pain levels from PMR over the 12 months have been constant but bearable, once Pred kicks in after morning dosage. Reflections: 1. This was a mild Covid infection (I am 4x vaccinated) – it was much like a bad cold; 2. PMR pain didn’t seem much different – stayed on 5mg; 3. Paxlovid tablets had no noticeable adverse physical effects, apart from a persistent nasty mouth feeling/taste.
PMR is very variable in its manifestations of course. I post this anecdote simply to increase the stock of knowledge of our disease.