Hi everyone, I'm new here and am wondering if anyone else has experienced Shingles as a result of Steroids? I was diagnosed about 18 months ago with seropositive RA. I take MTX and Hydroxychloroquine. I had an initial Depo-Medrone jab to help until the drugs kicked in. All was well until I had a bad flare a few months later. I'd been advised that I could have a Depo shot at such times, which I duly had. A couple of days later I had a Shingles outbreak-an awful experience! The upshot being that since then I've not been allowed any Steroids for fear of it happening again-except for one occasion when I was allowed to take a low dose of Prednisalone for 5 days. This worked amazingly well and I felt virtually symptom free for the week. I've asked for it since to manage flares but My Rheumatologist explained that at my age(59) there were too many risks attached. My flares are getting worse and more frequent -I've currently been flaring for over 4 weeks. I've asked about Sulfasalazine but my Rheumatologist is afraid this may also trigger another Shingles outbreak. (Obviously if it happened I'd have to suspend MTX) Any advice would be most welcome!
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