Ever had shingles?

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    A few years ago my mom had them.  Very similar to what I'm reading here.  She was a tough, I mean tough(!) old New Englander.  These brought her down.  She resorted to drugs and Lidocain patches just to function.  They eventually resolved themselves but since I somehow escaped having chicken pox as a child, I went right out and got a dose of Zostavax!
     
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    I had a small rash on my back. Slightly uncomfortable, but no real pain.
    I was dumbfounded when during a routine appointment for something else, my doctor said the rash was shingles. I said "but it doesn't really hurt." He said "you're one of the lucky few." Another doctor during an appointment for something else agreed it was probably shingles. After a couple of weeks it went away, no pain or treatment. A few weeks later I got a recommended shingles prevention vaccine. Had a bad reaction to that (no shingles, but coupla hives, stomach cramps, headaches etc. over 2 weeks time).
     
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    I had shingles this summer.  I didn't realize it was shingles until about a week and half later.  It was originally believed to be Poison Ivy so we put some lotion on it and needless to say, it did not improve.  I went to the doctor with excruciating pain.  I could barely go for the car ride it was so painful.

    The shingles were located on my lower back and spanned an area that roughly could be covered by a post card.  The two doctor's on duty said that it was the worst case of shingles that they had ever seen in their careers.

    They not only gave me Valtrex but they also perscribed me Vicodin for the pain.  Thank god for that or else I would have lost even more sleep and been even more miserable.

    I am just now starting to see the scars fade and fortunately there is no chronic pain.  But I would defintely say that it was brought on by stress as it occured after a few traumatic experiences this summer.
     
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    Yes!  I had them a few years ago when I was 30.  I woke up one day with a  small rash, about silver dollar size, on one side of my stomach.  it wasn't itchy but it kind of stung.  I went on my laptop nad looked up the treatment for 'heat rash', thinking that is what it was, only to be told that it could be shingles.  After seeing pcitures of what untreated shingles can turn into, I went to the doctor that day and within a week the rash had stopped, and within a nother two weeks it was gone completely with no scarring.  Thank God for the internet and I caught it very early before it had a chance to explode!
     
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    I had them a few years ago on my chest (the bra line). The pain was excrutiating!  The strange thing was that i went to the doctor with the pain, he snet me for x-rays thinking I broke some ribs. Right after that I noticed the rash, looked like poison ivy so i went on WebMD and called my doctor. The pain was so bad at times that even wearing loose clothing made it worse. He gave me some meds that cleared it up but the pain lasted a while. He said I ahd a "very small" case and caught it in time before it exploded into something worse.  I had a hard time sleeping, sitting, driving - I hurt all the time.
    I woudn't wish it on my worst enemy-my luck it would come back 3 fold!
     
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    I got them in the middle of my chest when I was 26 (I'm 37 now).  It itched like crazy, then came the pain.  Excruciating.  The irony was that I worked at a local hospital, and one of the doctors just happened to be doing a clinical study on a topical medication which cleared it right up.  The nurse thought it was unusual that a healthy 26 year old male had shingles, so they photographed the area and wrote up my results in a medical journal wth before/after pictures. 
     
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    I got them my junior year in high school, right before prom.


     
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    I had shingles 2-3 months ago -- started with intense back in the back rib area, followed by skin sensitivity around the bra line.  Finally became so uncomfortable that I went to the doctor; coincidentally the rash appeared at the same time.  The pain was intense and unrelenting for 2-3 weeks and although I consider myself fairly stoic, I was on prescription pain medication for about 10 days (and glad of it).
     
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    My poor wonderful husband is on month 15 of post-herpetic neuralgia, which is a really esoteric way of saying he hurts like hell, both on his back (itching and burning) and on his chest (deep, visceral pain). Nothing he has tried has helped, even though he got the anti-viral meds within a few days of the initial symptoms. He's tried NSAIDs, anti-virals, anti-depressants, and topical creams and patches, and nothing really helps. He won't take anything narcotic because they make him nauseated and he's concerned about addiction.

    It's a horrible, horrible affliction. All we can do is hope that someday his pain will ease.
     
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    Yes.  I had then about 15 years ago along with the chicken pox (they are 2 strains of the same disease).  Most people get the shingles on their midsection but mine were on my head.  They were quite painful and caused fits when attempting to sleep.  Luckily they lasted less than a week.  Don't pick at them and you'll be fine with some Tylenol or Ibuprofen to ease the pain and swelling.  Oatmeal baths do wonders to ease the itches...beware the oatmeal makes the tub VERY slppery!
     
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    i was diagnosed with shingles in 2000 in the right trigeminal nerve path including my right eye.  at first i thought i had hit my head on something but the pain kept getting worse so i went in to the hospital.  i was not given acyclovir but only some steroids and pain killers which did nothing for the pain.  i had to see the eye doctor every other day and then weekly for six weeks before i was given the all clear.  in the meantime i lived in a dark room and my right eye remained closed for almost a month.  the pain in my forehead was, in a word, incredible and i thought i would go out of my mind.  i might have if not for very caring friends and a spanish doctor who understood shingles because she had had it herself.  because i wasn't given the acyclovir i have post-herpetic neuralgia and, at times, the pain is very intense and has not lessened over the years.  i have since become very vocal in urging anyone who has the symptoms to not waste any time in seeing a doctor and to make sure they are given the proper medicine.  so many people, including the physician's assistant who saw me at the hospital, have no idea what shingles are.   
     
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    Yes, I got them at Lowe's and used them on the roof of my shed.
     
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    My 16 year old son got shingles about 2 weeks after a car accident.  There is no scientific back up that it is caused from stress but I firmly believe he got it from the stress of the accident.  He just had a small patch on his axilla area mid chest.  It was painful and he was given anti viral medication early on to prevent spread.  It remained limited to one small patch- thank goodness!!
     
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    I had shingles back in the mid 90s while in my late 20s.  I awoke one morning with a horrible burning sensation and redness on the upper right side of my face by my temple.  I was dizzy and had a horrible headache and at first thought I had the flu.  As the day progressed the redness/burning spread to my cheek and my headache increased to such an intensity that it felt as though a bowling ball was inside my skull rolling from side to side in slow motion.  Accepting something was terribly wrong with me I called a friend who picked me up and escorted me to the emergency room of the hospital where my PCP had his practice.

    Once in the examination room I was questioned and examined from afar by a rather obvious nervous intern.  Without knowing anything about me he immediately assumed I was HIV+ (I wasn't btw.).  When I asked why he thought that he said it was because shingles can be a symptom.  This ignorance infuriated my friend who accompanied me to the hospital and was with me in the exam room for support.  I was too sick to fight with the idiot intern.  I was given a C-pak and sent on my way along with an early morning appointment to see my PCP.

    The next day I had to endure a 2 hour eye exam because my PCP was worried the shingles had moved behind my eye.  There was also concern if it continued to spread across my face it might reach my nose.  Apparently there's a nerve ending there that can affect the optic nerve in our eyes and result in blindness.  Luckily it didn't get to that point.  I was put on steroids and more heavy duty antibiotics. 

    Over the next 2 weeks I had to return to the PCP for the same 2 hour eye exam to ensure my eyes had not been infected with shingles.  The headaches persisted so it made getting to the appointments horribly painful and tiresome.  Bright light was also not pleasant and made the headaches worse. 

    It took about a week before I began feeling better and another week before the shingles went away.  Luckily I've avoided getting them again ever since. (knock wood)
     
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    A few years ago, I found myself with a line of lesions going diagonally down my face from my left ear to the top of my lip. It felt as if burning needles were being pushed through my skin from the inside out. My Dad had shingles a few years back and suggested I go to the doctor asap.

    I got a same day appointment was waiting in the examining room a few hours later. I heard the Physician's Assistant outside the examining room, ruffling through my file, and heard her burst into laughter. She walked in, took one look at my face and said "You have shingles." I asked her why she was laughing and she said that the admin had typed "Reason for visit: SINGLE" on my record and she knew even before seeing me that that I wasn't there to find a date. I asked her how she knew it was shingles and she explained that there are a few distinct patterns where it occurs due to the nerve pattern that the outbreak sits on.

    She put me on Valtrex and I remember sheepishly going to the pharmacy to pick it up. As I paid for it, I pointed to my face and whispered "I have shingles" just to let the pharmacist know that I didn't have the STD form of herpes. She whispered back "That's ok."

    The Valtrex got rid of the lesions but not the pain. Even today I can feel the sting of pain on that line going down my face when I'm in brutally cold weather.

    I wouldn't wish that pain on my worst enemy and I had a very mild case of it.
     
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    Just a thought for readers with youngsters around.  Shingles themselves are not contagious: one person cannot get shingles from another.  However, someone who has never had chickenpox CAN develop chickenpox from exposure to someone who has shingles.  My son got chickenpox from me when I had shingles several years back.
     
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    I've had just a very small case a few times. It's always, at least so far, on my shoulders and between my shoulder blades, and it is more like scabby cat scratches or minor poison ivy than what others describe. I've not had a lot of pain but with one episode my upper back ached quite a bit for several weeks. My doctor did not give me an anti-viral, she told me to rest.

    BTW, for the poster above whose husband can't take narcotics. I am like that with a lot of them but can take oxycontin with no nausea or dizziness (found that out from surgery.) I also did not find it habit forming at all. The only problem was not remembering when I took it so I had to write down each time I took a pill.

     
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    I have it now.  Not pretty.  I am 56, very athletic, active and retired with no stress at all.  When it first appeared, I thought I had scrubbed my left arm too hard with a washcloth, the skin was sensitive to the touch.  Then my left index finger felt like I got a splinter in it that I couldn't see.  Then my left thumb felt that way.  Then I got deep shoulder pain, and went to the doctor for an x-ray, because I thought I ripped my rotator cuff in the gym.  No shoulder injury.  The next day, before playing tennis, I noticed two little blisters appear on my left palm, under my thumb and index finger.  That night, the shoulder pain kept me up.  The next morning i woke in excruciating pain, deep bone injury-like pain, then I looked at my arm.  A rash had developed heading up my arm.  My neck hurt.  We went to the hospital and they said it was shingles, gave me percocet for the pain and Famciclovir, the anti-viral.  It has been eleven days, and the rash has nearly disappeared, but the night shoulder pain and arm pain (deep muscle and bone pain that, according to my Dr, radiates from the brachial nerve which my chickenpox attached to via my cervical C-6 spine.) has not disappeared.  The daytime is much easier than the night, and I know there's an end to this and hopefully, I won't be one of those who get the post-herpetic pain.
    Run and get the vaccine - you don't want this- and don't wait until you're sixty or under stress.  I'm neither and I got it.
     
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    Yes, two years ago at age 51. I had pain under my R arm pit and it got worse and worse for two days--my husband, a physician, was out of town and I told him about it on the phone. "You have shingles!" he said. "But I don't have a rash," I said. I did--I just hadn't noticed it. It had a very wide distribution and the occ health nurse at my work said it was the worst case she'd ever seen. I missed three weeks of work and was beside myself with pain--before I could get to the doctor, I went through my drawers for some old narcotics I had from an injury. It was AWFUL. I wouldn't wish it on my worse enemy. I still have pain along those affected nerves to this day.
     
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    [QUOTE]My 16 year old son got shingles about 2 weeks after a car accident.  There is no scientific back up that it is caused from stress but I firmly believe he got it from the stress of the accident.  He just had a small patch on his axilla area mid chest.  It was painful and he was given anti viral medication early on to prevent spread.  It remained limited to one small patch- thank goodness!!
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    Shingles is caused by the latent chicken pox virus that sits around in your system, dormant, until something triggers it.  Stress depresses the immune system, so there IS scientific evidence that the outbreak of your son's shingles could have been caused by the stress of the accident.  No definitive proof, of course, but you're not crazy to think it could have been it.

    Personally, I've never had the pleasure, but my great-grandmother had shingles when she was about 85 (she lived to 101), and we thought it was going to do her in.  She had the scabs all inside her mouth and down her throat.  She had the neuralgia that shot through the nerves in her face and scalp.  And, she had a fever to the point of having hallucinations.  She was sicker than I'd ever seen anyone screaming, "This new robe is INFESTED - get it off, get the BUGS OFF ME!!"  It was terrible.  She recovered, though, after about 3 weeks, and lived a long time after.
     
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    I know, you were trying to be funny, but you missed it. Shingles are no joke, it is extremely painful. Anyone, who had chicken pox, could be a victim. It is a latent virus.
    I don't wish you get them, but I do wish you would be more emphatic, with the ones, that has to suffer from them.
    Your humor is disgusting.

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    [QUOTE]Yes, I got them at Lowe's and used them on the roof of my shed.
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    I don't think he meant any disrespect - there were hardly any posts at the time.  And, it is the same word.  Just a play on words, my friend.
     
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    Yes, I have had shingles….twice.  First, I am a ‘full body’, Non-Hodgkin’s cancer patient at MGH so am prone to all infections having a suppressed immune system.  I developed shingles for a 2nd time in Jan. 09, it began on top of my head, traveled down my forehead, ending in my left eye.  I’ve had two surgeries at Mass. Eye & Ear and am still being treated there on a monthly basis….the shingles have taken away my vision in that eye and even though retina & cornea surgeons operated together, the sight could not be restored.  I am followed diligently now to make sure further infections don’t occur or the ‘defect’ doesn’t become larger.  Shingles and the Herpes virus is the most painful disease I have ever experienced and the pain was even more extensive and more prolonged than any chemo or radiation treatments I’ve been through.   Can be totally debilitating!
     
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    Flopsy, my goodness, what a time you are having.  I thought my great-grandmother had it bad with it all in her mouth and throat, but your EYE!  And, to have lost vision, too.  And, all this on top of cancer.  You must be one strong gal.
     
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