I am relatively new to this site - and it has been oh so helpful to me over the last month.
Today I got my appointment for my second shot of the Pfizer vaccine for 27th Feb. Very pleased but a bit apprehensive! My background story is that I am 81, diagnosed some years ago with bronchiectasis and osteoporosis, but that has never stopped me from being very active - dog walking, pilates, gardening, travel, having fun with 8 grandchildren etc.
On 16th Dec 2020 I had my first vaccination. The following day I felt stiff and achy and a bit feverish. Thought nothing of it, but it went on and on and in fact was getting steadily worse. My GP was nonplussed but we both assumed it was an extra bad reaction to the vaccine. He sent me off for blood tests which showed raised CRP and ESR. However 6th Jan approached, the date for the second shot. I was feeling awful, could hardly move, phoned the GP who agreed I had better cancel it. He then prescribed 15mg pred for a week, just to see. Magic for 24 hours and then sheer murder. Another phone consultation, sent off to A and E to check for GCA. They thought not, which was a relief. So another phone call with my GP, increased dose of pred to 20mg and had a useful chat with him in which he casually mentioned he thought I'd probably be OK in 2 - 3 years. Knowing next to nothing about PMR this came as a bit of a shock!! Now I know better. Anyway I'm now on 17.5mg and doing well, get very tired though. And all of you keep me cheerful and well informed.
But I do wonder if the vaccine triggered something that was about to happen anyway. Thinking about it, I was a likely candidate. I already have an autoimmune condition (a form of alopecia) and my mother had PMR. My GP of course says it is just coincidence. But it's a mighty big one.
If you have managed to read this far, I would be so interested to hear any of your views.