Skip to content


    Exciting News for WebMD Members!

    We've been busy behind the scenes building new message boards for you. You'll have new and easier ways to find messages, connect with others, and share your stories.

    And, this will all be available on your smartphone or other mobile device!

    What Do You Need to Do?

    The message board you're used to will be closing in the coming weeks. While many of your boards will be making the move to our new home, your posts will not. Want to keep a discussion going? Save posts you want to continue (this includes your member profile story), so that you can re-post them in the new message boards.

    Keep an eye here and on your email inbox, we'll be back in touch soon to give you all the information you need!

    Yours in health,
    WebMD Message Boards Management

    Polymyalgia Rheumatica and Zostavax
    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
    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.

    Helpful Tips

    Drugs and reactions
    As long as we're on the subject of reactions that Dr.s say they have never seen problems with their large number of patients over the ... More
    Was this Helpful?
    0 of 0 found this helpful

    Expert Blog

    Focus on Flu

    Find answers to your questions about seasonal flu issues and answers to your concerns about the flu season and H1N1...Read More

    Report Problems With Your Medications to the FDA

    FDAYou are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.