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Shingles, Not the 3 tab self sealing variety
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 Posted: Tue May 12th, 2015 03:41 AM
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Gentlemen, I'm coming off of a 3 week battle with the shingles. This was something I really didn't need to experience. In case you've never had them here's what they are about.

If you were ever exposed to or had the Chicken Pox the virus is in your body.

Your body's immune system usually keeps them in check but in times of stress, illness, immune depression like chemo etc. the virus can activate and inflame the nerve endings just under the skin.

The pain is intense. It usually is confined to one side of your body but can appear anywhere on that side, including your eyes. If in your eyes it can take your vision in a matter of days.

The pain, to me, felt like the worst sunburn you can ever imagine. You can barely stand to touch your skin or even wear clothes over the area. Showers are damn near torture, regardless of water temp. Just the little streams of water are instant agony. I got up in the morning, shirtless, to let the dogs out. I opened the patio door and the outside breeze on my skin felt like someone had splashed me with boiling water.

Usually the pain is followed by a rash and blisters on the skin. The blisters actually break and weep. At that point the itching will drive you nuts. I got very lucky and had absolutely no rash, or blisters. Possibly because I has a shingles shot nearly a year ago.

They usually will not give you the shot/vaccination unless you are over 60. It's not a 100% guarantee that it will prevent shingles but may lessen the severity. It is very expensive to get a shot though. $300 to $600 bucks depending on where you go. Shop around. If you have insurance it may not cover all of it or any of it depending on your choice of provider. Check it out first. BUT WHATEVER YOU DO, GET ONE!

If you do feel an unusual pain coming on. Like a prickly sunburn. GO TO THE DOCTOR immediately. They can give you an antiviral medication that slows or prevents the replication of the virus. But, the longer you wait the less effective it is. I waited 4 or 5 days and ended up still in pain for going on 3 weeks. They can also give you a pain killer that deadens nerve ends but it makes you drowsy so you can't take it during the day.

I had these pretty much over the right half of my body from the waist up. I usually don't get so personal but if you have had C.Pox and haven't gotten the shot I'm telling you to do so. RD



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 Posted: Tue May 12th, 2015 04:04 AM
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Sorry to hear you got it. It may have been worse without shot, at least that's what they say. I too got my shingles shot, it would've been $230, but ins covered it. Check around Dr. wanted $400 plus office visit, pharmacies that give shots varied from $200-400.

If you're under 60, you need RX, but most Dr. will give RX unless you have health reason not to, (lowered immune system, RA, ect).

I've known several to get it, from mild to severe. Anti-viral helps if given quickly. My Dad got it second time, even after shot and anti-viral, made it much less severe.



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 Posted: Tue May 12th, 2015 04:31 AM
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RD, I can feel your pain, and wouldn't wish it on anyone.

About two years ago I started losing the feeling in my pinky finger and the one beside it of my left hand. At the same time, my left side of my back and left arm developed a rash that hurt like hell. Asked the wife if she had changed washing powder or something. Thought I might be having a reaction to it. She said no, she hadn't.

Finally, I go to see the Doc. She says "This almost looks like shingles, but shingles HURT." I said " Doc, what makes you think this don't HURT!" She prescribes some Meds, that helps, and sends me to a Ortho Doc about my fingers.

Come to find out I had a ruptured disk in my neck that was pinching a nerve causing the Shingles flare up and the numbness in my fingers. We also confirmed it was shingles because my 2 yo,at the time, came down with the Chicken pox at the same time. They don't get the Chicken pox vaccine till they reach 4. His Doc thought he was gonna have to do a full CDC report on him, because he was the first case of Chicken pox in the state in 4 Years. Luckily he didn't have too.

Ortho Doc gave me a Steroid shot in the neck for the ruptured disk and all has been well since.

Like I said though, I wouldn't wish this on anyone!

Get well soon.....



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 Posted: Tue May 12th, 2015 08:42 AM
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Glad you are on the mend RD. Father had them in his side and wore a very loose fitting "T" shirt for weeks. Before pain meds some would take their life because of the severity of the pain.



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Man I'm sorry to hear that RD. I've seen the commercials showing it as a nasty, nasty ride, but your experience really drives it home. I didn't know they had a shot for it though, never heard it mention of that before. Thanks for the info, I'll certainly be talking to my docter about this. Glad you're getting better.



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Snuffy, Interesting about your pinched nerve. I had been battling a tough bout with Sciatica for two weeks prior to the shingles. Pinched sciatic nerve that made it difficult to even walk. It was just about cured when the shingles struck. Had to cancel what the chiropractor said would be my last adjustment for that problem. No way was anybody going to touch my back. RD



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RD, you are just having way too much fun--have to quit doing this stuff. "Debil made me do it"--Hope all this is soon behind you buddy.



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My Doctor thought my pinched nerve caused my outbreak, because the virus lays dormant in your nerves until something causes the outbreak. Probably the same with you and your Sciatica.

She was reluctant at first to diagnose shingles though, because of my age and really didn't, untill my youngest son came down with Chicken Poxs. Keep in mind you are contagious to anyone who hasn't had or been vaccinated for Chicken pox while you have your outbreak. My oldest son had been vaccinated and had no signs of the Chicken Poxs.



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Dad had shingles for over a week, burned bad so my mother got out the Aloe plant, applied it like it was a heat burn. It stopped the burning after a few minutes but burned going on. Might try it if you still have the burning sensation. That little cactus plant is pretty special.
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I have had them when younger,but still got the vaccine.Recent ads are indicatiing that the vaccine is not 100% effetive and another one has been or is being developed.

I was lucky.The county health dept. was giving out the inoculations for low income senior people I walked past and checked it out. Not that many were even showing up, so they told me to sit down and they would give me and my wife one.



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I put off getting the shot. Bad decision. Luckily just got a light case down my left arm and into my hand. Initial outbreak was bearable and lasted about a month. Normal feeling in my hand took months to return.

I guess I should get the shot hearing that it can come back a second time.:confused:



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my mother had shingles, and my brother got it not too long ago also. both had it down their spine, and said it was one of the worst pains they have ever had.

I'm still a relatively young man, but eventually I definitely will get the vaccine... why endure the pain when you don't really need to?



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Shingles is rough when I was over in Germany I got em the reached from my belly button to about mid lumbar on my back probably one of the single most irritating medical conditions.

Probably would have gotten over them sooner if I had recognized them and gotten help immediately but I got them at the same time I started a new medication and thought it was a bad reaction.



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