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    Quote Originally Posted by nlee View Post
    Shingles is no fun. I had it once and it was three blister/bumps under my right breast and a couple bumps on the right side of my back. Ughhh! It burned so bad and was so painful. I first went to the dr for a sinus infection and was put on an antibiotic for that. Two days later I felt even worse and noticed the blisters- so back to the dr I went. As soon as he came in the room he asked what was wrong now. Lol. I said, not only do I not feel better, now I have these bumps. He nodded and said "Shingles!" as he put on gloves. I was put on a steroid and pain medication. I spent a few days in bed with no shirt on, just laying on the cool sheets and sleeping thanks to the pain meds. I'm glad it's not unbearable for you though. Feel better!
    Ow. Yours definitely sounds worse. I think I have it on a good place because it is my thigh but on the outer side/saddlebag area and not a part I sleep on. I was also told to use an ice pack on it and that actually feels amazing on it.



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    Quote Originally Posted by psparks View Post
    I got shingles 6 months after i had surgery no fun hope you feel better soon
    You know I think that we do have a bit of a weaker immune system post op and I know that makes getting shingles easier. I was actually shocked at how prevalent it is. I mentioned it on facebook and was shocked to see how many people have had it. I also thought it was more for people over 50 but people were saying that they had gotten it in 8th grade, someone's kid had it at 8, and all sorts of other ages.



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    Quote Originally Posted by elllie View Post
    wishing you a speedy recovery. x
    Thank you Ellie!



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    Quote Originally Posted by KiwiGal View Post
    Ow - Shingles are certainly not fun. Hope you are feeling better soon.
    Thanks Lisa. I am hoping to get past this quickly.



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    I hope you feel better very soon!! Take care!
    Big hugs!!

    (My bday was also not that good this year...next year will be better!)


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    Quote Originally Posted by Sandra3 View Post
    I hope you feel better very soon!! Take care!
    Big hugs!!

    (My bday was also not that good this year...next year will be better!)
    I actually feel really good. It is almost all gone. So glad I caught it early. Hope your birthday is better next year as well. Hugs my friend!



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    Default Re: Shingles!!!

    Hope you're feeling better peachy face xxx


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    Quote Originally Posted by Stacey03 View Post
    Hope you're feeling better peachy face xxx
    I am all good doll! Feel great. Rash is almost all gone. It was a breeze!



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    Ouch! Feel better! I had it once on just a tiny part of one side of my face and it felt like someone was putting a knife in my skin. I can't imagine the pain on a large section of your body.

    Now that I'm old I had the shingles shot so shouldn't get it again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sraebaer View Post
    Ouch! Feel better! I had it once on just a tiny part of one side of my face and it felt like someone was putting a knife in my skin. I can't imagine the pain on a large section of your body.

    Now that I'm old I had the shingles shot so shouldn't get it again.
    I was super lucky because I caught it fast and got the antibiotics only about 48 hours after rash started. I had a suspicion it was shingles but felt kind of stupid self diagnosing it. BUT I had read if you catch it early it is better so I bit the bullet and went to the doctor. It also went away relatively quickly since I caught it early. I never realized how common it actually is. Anyone who has had chicken pox can get it. The myth that only older people get it prevents a lot of people from seeking treatment right away.



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    Menthol talcum powder helps with that.


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    Default Re: Shingles!!!

    I've had the shot, which they now tell me only lasts a few years -- th enew vaccine, Shingrex, is a double dose and not available and expensive.
    [I]HW: 240 lbs SW: 199 lbs GW: 140 lbs

    1 MO = 167.0 2 MO = 156.4 3 MO = 148.4 4 MO = 140.6
    5 M) = 136.0 6 MO = 130.0
    1 YR = 122.0 2 YR = 140.00 2.5 YR = 139
    Happy with my weight; happy with my size; over-the-moon with my health!

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    Hey, did it pass quickly?! I think that I have the same symptoms. The worst thing is that I have skin tags and I'm afraid because of it. I know that it is a little dangerous, skin tags can create cancer and different infections. I started to look once for some solutions with the skin tags and found this blog skintagsoff.com. There I found the information that I have never thought about. Also, they are writing there about a natural oil that works as a skin tag remover. I'm thinking to order that oil and maybe it will help for the shingles too?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Christie13 View Post
    So I was just diagnosed with Shingles yesterday. I had started to have some pain in my skin on my thighs. I was trying to explain it to my hubby and I kept saying, "I know this sounds crazy but my skin hurts." We have had rain every day for almost 2 weeks so I haven't been out in the sun. I thought maybe it was from my skin bouncing when running but then realized that it didn't make sense since I have been running forever and the skin has been there for over a year. After about 5 days of the painful skin I developed a rash on my left thigh (only one side) Saturday afternoon. (The day before my 45th bday...lucky me.) Luckily I had remembered that those were symptoms of Shingles. (The painful skin, the rash on only one side.) So I began to google and it said if you can get treated within 72 hours of the rash developing then it heals a lot faster.
    I went to my PCP less than 48 hours from the rash onset and was given antibiotics. The rash is painful but not unbearable. My only concern at this point is the antibiotic. So far I have taken 4 of the 21 pills with no issues. (3X a day for 7 days) I am so lucky I caught it early. I do think that I might have a more mild case of it because of the fact that my pain is not unbearable.
    I had posted about it on Facebook and one of my coworkers mentioned it to my manager. (I had been off Friday and Monday for my birthday.) She sent me a text Monday night saying I would have to be cleared by our work clinic when I came in today. I went in and they told me I needed a note from my doctor. I called my PCP but he was in clinic and they said they would email him. I waited for 2 1/2 hours and still no note so I went home. When my doctor called me I said to put on the note I could return to work tomorrow and just enjoyed another day off.
    Funny thing is you can't pass on Shingles. It is only contagious when you have open blisters and there is direct contact. And what you are passing on is chicken pox to someone who has not had it. I work with adults so there is less of a chance that there are people who have not had chicken pox. I also have it on a spot that is not exposed at work. But since my manager insisted I get a note saying I was cleared for work I got to enjoy an extra day off. LOL. Not
    At any rate...hoping this passes soon. I have been so uber busy lately with life. My oldest daughter is a senior so it has literally been one thing after another. I need a vacation. LOL.
    Hope you are all doing well.
    Oh my goodness! Hoping it passes quickly. We did the Shingrix (lifetime 2 shots) this year. Hoping it truly works. Lots of prayers & hugs!
    [I]HW: 240 lbs SW: 199 lbs GW: 140 lbs

    1 MO = 167.0 2 MO = 156.4 3 MO = 148.4 4 MO = 140.6
    5 M) = 136.0 6 MO = 130.0
    1 YR = 122.0 2 YR = 140.00 2.5 YR = 139
    Happy with my weight; happy with my size; over-the-moon with my health!

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