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#1 whirlway

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Posted 05 October 2007 - 02:32 AM

So how many of you out there have had shingles? At least I figured it out and started treatment in less than 24 hours. I can't believe how painful it is, I have it on the left side of my forehead and into my scalp a bit. Of course it had to be on my face. Hopefully it won't leave any scarring. It is very close to my eye, so I have to call my optho guy first thing this am. What a bummer! Oh, and I get to start on 40 mg of pred this am also. Joy, joy. Only for three days and then start a taper, but it will take several days if not weeks for me to get from 10 to 5. It usually does. I hate that stuff.
The big reason I hate this so much is that my son and his wife just had a baby boy last week, and now I won't be able to see him for quite a while. That is the real bummer. I love that little guy. I got to be in the delivery room when he was born. What a thrill.
Here's to better days for all of us.
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Posted 05 October 2007 - 03:57 AM

I've never had it, but I've heard shingles is terribly painful. You poor thing! I'm glad you got treatment so fast, hopefully you will be feeling better soon.

Congrats on the new grandbaby!

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Posted 05 October 2007 - 04:22 AM

Whirlway,

Sorry to hear about your Shingles. Approximatly 2 weeks after my Limited/Crest diagnosis in May I got Shingles. Sure didn't need that on top of everything else going on. I didn't catch on and get the anti-virals in time so had to suffer the whole course. Mine were on my right side and breast and I couldn't wear a bra for 2 months because of the pain.

I hope that you get well really fast so that you can hold that precious new grandson. Congratulations!

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Posted 05 October 2007 - 04:22 AM

Whirlway,
I'm so glad you figured out what was going on so quickly! Apparently, if you don't start taking the drug within 4 days of onset, it turns into a full blown case of shingles. I'm sorry you're still having to deal with the pain. I, too got shingles right above my left eyebrow. Like you, I self-diagnosed and started the pills within 48 hours. Luckily I didn't have any pain, but I did develop a couple of calcium deposits in my left eye and a swollen gland on the left side of my neck. This was 8 years ago and the gland is still swollen (but no problems from it). I did have to switch from hard to soft contacts because of the eye problem. That was for the better anyway.

At the same time, a poor student of mine didn't realize what he had and got a full blown case! His poor fact blew up like a watermelon and he was out for almost 2 weeks in severe pain. After seeing him, I considered myself very lucky!

I hope your pain goes away quickly and that you don't get any side effect from it. BTW - I did not get any scarring from it. Please let us know how you are doing.

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Posted 05 October 2007 - 04:26 AM

hi whirlway.
congratulations of the birth of your grandson!! my grandson is now 9 months old and I am an absolute fool for him.

since I first started to get "sick" in the fall of 2005, I've had shingles twice. once on my hip and once on my lip (hey, that rhymed, lol!!!). it was really painful on my hip. it was only about six or so bumps in a straight line and it was super painful to light touch. I caught it early both times and started acyclovir right away.
i noticed that my second breakout coincided with the birth of my grandson, so I think that stressful events contributed to mine. both times were in cold weather, too.

hope you feel better!!

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Posted 05 October 2007 - 05:15 AM

i heard these a singles vaccine out. I had the chicken pox and would not want shingles. you poor things. upping your prednisone and the meds... ugh I feel for you. does anyone know if we should get this?

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Posted 05 October 2007 - 05:53 AM

Whirlway, I am so sorry to hear you have shingles, but how fortunate you've begun treatment so quickly... I hope you have a speedy recovery from them.

They can really be horrible... my dad passed away with his(not because of, please note) ... went into post-herpetic neuralgia... that happened many years ago... treatment is much better now, plus he thought he had "pulled a muscle" in his back, so his treatment didn't begin until 2 weeks later.

I want to join in congratulating you too... Grandma! Grandchildren are so wonderful, aren't they?... All the more reason for a speedy recovery!

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Posted 05 October 2007 - 06:30 AM

Oh Whirlway,

I am so sorry!! Yes, I had them when I was in my early twenty's, or maybe late teens. It was a fairly large patch on my thigh and the pain was incredible! Really glad you were able to get treatment right away, I hope they heal fast!
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Posted 05 October 2007 - 07:14 AM

So Sorry to hear you've got shingles it is so uncomfortable. Yep you guessed I've also had them, they went around the right side of my waistline & boy was that painful because every piece of clothing irritated!
Glad you got the treatment quickly so hopefully you will mend sooner rather than later.

Oh & congrats on birth of your grandson.

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Posted 05 October 2007 - 03:12 PM

Thanks for all the kind words of encouragement. Yesterday, when I was at the doctors, he kept saying how sorry he was and wished he would have thought to give the vaccine to me. He said that if you have a 'compromised immune system' you should have the vaccine. Well, we all know that hindsight is always 20-20. :) I would reccomend talking your doctors about the vaccine, either by phone or your next appt. I wouldn't wish this pain on my worst enemy, not that I have any, anyway. lol Don't know of any. I am seeing the optho guy on Monday, due to the fact that it is so close to my eye and my eye feels like it has sandpaper in it. Hopefully everything there will check out ok.
I did get a disc of pics from my son this am and went to a local store and had some more up to date pics of my grandson made. Isn't quite the same as holding the little bundle of joy in my arms, but it's better than nothing. My favorite so far in Nathaniel asleep in his bathtub. I guess he wouldn't stop crying, so they put him in the bath and bingo, sound asleep.
Here's to better days for all of us.
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Posted 05 October 2007 - 04:45 PM

Whirlway,

Ouch, Ouch, and OUCH! I"m so sorry you've got those awful things, but thank goodness you recognized them in time. I have not had them (knock on wood) but have seen my mom thru them 2 times. She had them on her forehead once as well.

Congratulations on your new grandson. I am just silly about mine. I really have to control myself when people ask me about them or else I'll run at the mouth for hours boring them to death. I can imagine how you feel not being able to be around him right now. Think of the fun you will have once this passes!

Take care, let us know what the eye dr. has to say and take care. I hope they give you something to help manage the pain.

xoxo emmie

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Posted 05 October 2007 - 07:26 PM

Whirlway,

So sorry about your shingles. What do they feel like?

Congratulations on your grandson!

Take Care,
Love,
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Posted 06 October 2007 - 06:48 AM

My father and my husband both had extremely bad cases of shingles. Neither of them had any scarring, so that should reassure you. My husband is still suffering from post-herpetic neuralgia which can be quite debilitating. Once you get past the contagious stage, you will get to hold that grandson and forget all about these nasties.
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Posted 06 October 2007 - 03:43 PM

Whirlway,

I am glad you were able to diagnose early. In my case, I waited for almost a week and it spread on mu entire left arm including palm. It was very painful. Even after two years, I still have mild pain and scars from it.
Kind regards,

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Posted 06 October 2007 - 04:35 PM

Hi,
I had shingles in 1997 hoping that I would never have them again. WRONG! They're back. I had forgotten how painful they are. It has made me realize that I need to cut back on worrying and stress. It doesn't help me. I hope everyone is hanging in there. Take care and stay worry free! :D
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Posted 06 October 2007 - 04:39 PM

Hi,
I just posted about shingles before I saw this. They are painful! I have them on the side of my spine. Last time I had them on my face. Hang in there. The ones on my face left no scars.
Nan

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Posted 06 October 2007 - 09:24 PM

Hi, Nan. I merged your topic with this one since the answers will be similar. There must be something in the air. Staying stress and worry free is a difficult thing to accomplish in these circumstances, but it is something we all need to work on. Hope this is the last time for you.
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