Polymyalgia Rheumatica and Zostavax
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joancope posted:
My doctor ordered the shingles vaccine, Zostavax, for me. I understand that a "possible" side effect could be polymyalgia rheumatica. I had p.r 12 years ago, when I was 56, and it was dreadful. I am reluctant to take Zostavax for fear it may bring the p.r. back, as I understood from the doctor who treated me at the time that it lies dormant in my system. Could Zostavax really bring the p.r. back again? I am really afraid to take the drug and just don't know which way to turn.

Joan Cope
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Rod_Moser_PA_PhD responded:
I don't know that answer, Joan....I do not use Zostavax in my current pediatric and adolescent practice, and this is not an issue that is typically addressed on the Ear, Nose, and Throat board. Sorry that I couldn't help you with this issue.