I am new here, but I am veteran with SLE. It's been exactly 20 years since I was diagnosed with it. I hav been doing pretty good for all this time. I was on prednison, very low dosage till 5 years, when I moved to Canada, where my new Canadian Rheumathologist changed it to Plaquenil. I have been doing pretty well till a month ago, when I first had cold which ended up with sinus infection and pink eye, so I was on antibiotics (nasal spray, tablets and eye drops). I finished with them two weeks ago. I had my regular six month lupus check up 10 days ago, which showed, I was ok. Then seven days ago I felt tingling and numbness in rib cage area and some pain. Then I felt painful lower back and left leg. I thought it's my chronic lower back pain issue, that needs some exercising. Eventually three days ago I came back home and noticed red rash in my lower back zone and back of my left tigh. Then, I left to GP next day and found out that I have shingles. Pretty bad one as dr said. All that wouldn't be so frustrating for me if I wouldn't have fibroid surgery in 8 days. So, I was prescribed antiviral drug for shingles for seven days. I will finish medication three days before surgery. I asked GP if I should cancel surgery. He said, yes. Then I called gynaecologist who will operate me and she says no, no need to cancel. I am stressed and don't know what to do. I called my Rheumathologist and left her message, but she is not calling back. Does anyone have similar experience or advice? Please help me. Thanks.