Shingles.. DONT GET IT!!

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    Aug 19, 2013 9:40 PM GMT
    About 3 weeks ago I came down with shingles. That I found out thats what it was after couple days getting the rash.. At first it was flu like illness. I have the rash that goes around my stomach and lower back. I cant belive how painfull this is, expecially after 3 weeks. I took the medication for it which was helping the rash. I still have it, but its not in the oozing blister stage anymore.

    My advice to anybody who may of had Chicken Pox or not sure, and is over 50 yo, Get a Vaccine shot. After reading online and depending on the person and general health, the pain could last for several weeks to several months or more..

    Its a stinging itching pain that is extreamly sensitive to touch which makes it worse, like wearing clothing or laying in bed with the rash touching. In my case, it keeps me awake at night to where im tossing and turning all night long. Pain Meds dont seem to work very well. Only releaf is taking showers, going swimming (salt water) or not wearing a shirt.

    While at work, Im about ready to strip my shirt off before the end of the day. It gets bad toward end of my shift... THis shit SUCKS Badly.......
  • AMoonHawk

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    Aug 19, 2013 11:22 PM GMT
    Maybe try cannabis creme
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    Aug 20, 2013 12:17 AM GMT
    I had shingles on my back right over the shoulder blade. I caught it very early so I never got the weeping rash but the pain was intense. Heat seems to work as did ibuprophen as that works better on nerve pain. I would not wish this on anyone. It caused the muscle below to spasm non-stop. I hope you feel better soon.
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    Aug 20, 2013 12:26 AM GMT
    Man same here it sucks! From center of chest across left pec under pit to my back. Thankfully it was gone in 2 weeks. Residual pain and sensation remained 2 weeks. Get icon_evil.gifvaccinated!
  • hdurdinr

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    Aug 20, 2013 12:34 AM GMT
    I've heard that taking the amino acid l-lysine can help a lot whilst also reducing foods containing the amino acid l-arginine. Feel better soon!
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    Aug 20, 2013 12:36 AM GMT
    Feel better soon! You have my empathy!
    I had shingles about 15 years ago.....
    OMG! The pain was a non-stop, searing, burning, itching sensation...I had it on my back, sides, chest, arms, scalp, and right side of my face and on the backs of my legs to my knees, on my scrotum......It was EXCRUCIATING pain!
    I was out of work for a month and the sores and everything took about 5 months to heal....I was on VALTREX for a period of time and then several types of steroidal creams and percocet...I spent a week in the hospital knocked out, to keep from ripping my skin off...
    WOW! this was one WICKED virus...its the herpes virus, the same that causes genital herpes, chickenpox, Cold sores, also called a fever blister or herpes simplex type 1.... not sure I would wish this on my worst enemies...very miserable. icon_cry.gif
  • Rhi_Bran

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    Aug 20, 2013 12:43 AM GMT
    If you had chickenpox, then you already have the virus. It doesn't go away, it just becomes dormant in your body and can mutate later on in life. If you get it, blame your genetics icon_razz.gif
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    Aug 20, 2013 12:58 AM GMT
    Sporty_g said...its the herpes virus, the same that causes genital herpes, chickenpox, Cold sores, also called a fever blister or herpes simplex type 1....


    Herpes zoster (or simply zoster), commonly known as shingles and also known as zona, is a viral disease characterized by a painful skin rash with blisters in a limited area on one side of the body (left or right), often in a stripe.
    Herpes zoster is not the same disease as herpes simplex, despite the name similarity; both the varicella zoster virus and herpes simplex virus belong to the same viral subfamily Alphaherpesvirinae.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herpes_zoster

    I had it on the right side of my face about 10 years ago.
    Nasty. icon_mad.gif
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    Aug 20, 2013 2:50 AM GMT
    Rhi_Bran saidIf you had chickenpox, then you already have the virus. It doesn't go away, it just becomes dormant in your body and can mutate later on in life. If you get it, blame your genetics icon_razz.gif
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    Don't wait to get it and then blame your genetics. If you had chicken pox, get the vaccine. It prevents the virus from reactivating in most people. Why would any rational person take a chance on a disease that is preventable by vaccination?
  • LJay

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    Aug 20, 2013 3:01 AM GMT
    Sorry to hear of your suffereing, OP. It certainly is a serious affliction and I understand it gets worse as you get older.

    The question is how would you avoid shingles other than the vaccination? I don't think there is any other way.
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    Aug 20, 2013 3:09 AM GMT
    How do you find out if you had the Chicken Pox?
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    Aug 20, 2013 3:13 AM GMT
    I had it when I was 15... and OMG, PAIN. The worst. You already have the virus in your system and the antibodies to fight it. It sort of remains dormant until an opportune time when your immune system is weakened.
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    Aug 20, 2013 3:17 AM GMT
    Scruffypup saidHow do you find out if you had the Chicken Pox?

    Ask your mom. When a neighbor kid came down with chicken pox, Mom sent us all over to visit so we would get them too.
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    Aug 20, 2013 4:32 AM GMT
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    Scruffypup saidHow do you find out if you had the Chicken Pox?

    Ask your mom. When a neighbor kid came down chicken pox, Mom sent us all over to visit so we would get them too.


    She passed away. Is there some kind of way to test for it?
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    Aug 20, 2013 4:38 AM GMT
    As someone who suffers from migraines several times a week, I know pain. Shingles? Worst pain I've ever experienced. It lasted for seven weeks earlier this year. I had it across the left side of my face, and in my ear and mouth. The ear was by far the most excruciating. Some people lose their hearing permanently or go blind in one eye. I guess I was lucky not to have any lasting damage.

    I wish I could tell you how to lessen the pain, but I don't know of anything that works. A friend suggests cayenne pepper capsules.
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    Aug 20, 2013 4:59 AM GMT
    The key is to catch it early enough and get on the anti-virals STAT. I was very fortunate so the pain part only last a couple of weeks and minimal weeping sores.
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    Aug 20, 2013 5:04 AM GMT
    davidingeorgia saidAbout 3 weeks ago I came down with shingles. That I found out thats what it was after couple days getting the rash.. At first it was flu like illness. I have the rash that goes around my stomach and lower back. I cant belive how painfull this is, expecially after 3 weeks. I took the medication for it which was helping the rash. I still have it, but its not in the oozing blister stage anymore.

    My advice to anybody who may of had Chicken Pox or not sure, and is over 50 yo, Get a Vaccine shot. After reading online and depending on the person and general health, the pain could last for several weeks to several months or more..

    Its a stinging itching pain that is extreamly sensitive to touch which makes it worse, like wearing clothing or laying in bed with the rash touching. In my case, it keeps me awake at night to where im tossing and turning all night long. Pain Meds dont seem to work very well. Only releaf is taking showers, going swimming (salt water) or not wearing a shirt.

    While at work, Im about ready to strip my shirt off before the end of the day. It gets bad toward end of my shift... THis shit SUCKS Badly.......


    Shingles is the second stage of the chicken pox. It's basically a nerve viral infection. The trick is to treat it early with an anti-virus. Almost any good doctor can spot shingles a city block away.

    If you take an anti-viral upon the resurgence of the virus, the effects of shingles will be less pronounced. If you don't treat shingles and it gets into your optic nerve, or ears, you can lose your sight, or hearing. You need medical attention if you shingles.

    Shingles is one of those things that can be treated cheaply and effectively. If you've had the chicken pox, and you're near middle age, you can get it. On the morning of my 50'th birthday, I got it, right in the middle of my face. I saw the doctor two days later, and he laughed, and said "you have shingles."
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    Aug 20, 2013 5:07 AM GMT
    Philibuster said
    Scruffypup saidHow do you find out if you had the Chicken Pox?

    Ask your mom. When a neighbor kid came down chicken pox, Mom sent us all over to visit so we would get them too.


    Exposure to the chicken pox virus a second time is known to prevent shingles...basically a booster shot / immunization.

    Shingles is extremely common.
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    Aug 20, 2013 5:11 AM GMT
    When I moved to get away from all the death and betrayal I experienced, I so stressed myself out while already weakened that I got it. I did have chickenpox as a kid. The doc gave me some sort of pills, sorry but I don't recall what, and also Lidoderm patches. I believed all that helped as I seem to recall the episode not lasting as long as google lead me to believe it would.

    Also, I recall reading somewhere that if you had chickenpox, that you generally only get shingles once when you get older. So I'm hoping that was my one and only time and also that I might then not require the shot they have for it now. I think you get that shot at age 60, but I haven't read about this stuff in a while.

    The other thing worth noting is that while shingles aren't themselves contagious as shingles, someone not already exposed to chickenpox can get chickenpox from a person with active shingles so you need to be careful. Double check me on that. As I said it's been a while since I looked into it.
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    Aug 20, 2013 5:51 AM GMT
    Try gout attacks.I had a horrible gout attack 2 months ago and todayI went back for m 3 shot.My toe joint is damaged from repeated attacks and I will surely need surgery in the future.I hardly drink alcohol because of this and I avoid the other trigger foods for gout.The side effects of the popular gout meds have me terrified to use them. I will be going to a rheumetologist soon for advice.This sucks so bad.Scientists find a cure for shingles and gout already!Ryan.

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    Aug 21, 2013 12:55 AM GMT
    Scruffypup saidHow do you find out if you had the Chicken Pox?

    There is supposed to be a blood test.
  • killercliche

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    Aug 21, 2013 12:58 AM GMT
    I had shingles when I was 19. Go figure.
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    Aug 21, 2013 1:34 AM GMT
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    Aug 21, 2013 1:58 AM GMT
    I had shingles but it didn't itch, burn or spread very far. Maybe the size of a quarter, but I still spread the virus. In case you didn't know, you can spread the virus to people who have not had chicken pox, so be careful!
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    Aug 21, 2013 7:12 AM GMT
    Lottttaaa old people in this thread....