Arthritis flare ups from the vaccine adjuvant..
I noted that my initially mild (almost unnoticeable) arthritis symptoms in sept2020 quickly accelerated ~4 weeks after each vaccination (covid 1 astra, covid 2 pfizer & flu).
After first dose walking distance got reduced considerably from my usual 12Km per day to 8km, no hand involvement. Put it down to sport injury to recover from, and seemingly resolved.
After the second dose (+4wks) the stiff hand joints symptom first appeared. Walking further reduced to 4km before feet got too painful. Symptoms resolved after a couple of weeks. Referred to Rheumy.
After Sept Flu jab (+4wks) the RA went wild, first got my right index tendons, then all the joints, - elbows, hips etc. Rheumy confirmed high RA serology in Oct.
There isn’t much study of this in the UK, but I heard UCLH recommends (from my dentist) taking steroids before & after the vax to avoid adjuvant (immune stimulant) related flare ups.
In terms of studies there are a couple of limited papers (US) indicating the possibility.
Note it does not matter which vax, any that contains an immune stimulating/triggering additive (adjuvant). Normally this is a good thing, but in our RA case the last thing we need is boosting the immune system when we are trying to suppress it with drugs.
GP could not help, but honest enough to say “not aware of any new advisory to general practices” but specialist centres might know more at the coal face.
Any advice from the Team here?
My primary concern is that as my RA has moved faster & ramped up (but not down) after each vax, will the booster make it worse for me? Can it induce addl autoimmune problems?
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