Well, my pharmacy has been out of Shingrix, so I finally went yesterday after work to another pharmacy in town (same chain) to get the first shot. I woke up in the middle of the night with a very sore arm. so I got up and took a Celebrex. Between the arm pain and my husband's bi-pap mask leaking (it makes a loud snoring noise when it leaks) I did not sleep well the rest of the night. I felt like I had been hit by a truck when I got up this morning. I'm not sure how much of that was from the shot itself and how much was from lack of sleep. I'm feeling a bit better now that I'm up and going. I have a welt on my arm that looks like a mosquito bite, and my arm still hurts when I move it (muscle pain because the shot is intramuscular). I'm running low-grade fever (99.5). I just took some Arthritis Tylenol, so hopefully that will help with the arm pain.
I've gotta say that even with the discomfort I'm experiencing (and presumably will again with the 2nd shot), it's definitely worth it. I know several people who have had shingles, and it is a terrible thing to have to endure.
Ginny - 57 year old female
Dx with USpA in March 2013; changed to AS in July 2015
Iritis and Scleritis
unicompartmental knee replacements: right-June 2014, left-Aug 2018
MTX, Humira, Cyclobenzaprine, plus Celebrex as needed
Supplements: Folic Acid, Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Calcium, Fish Oil, Culturelle probiotic, Melatonin (as needed)