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#3239220 - 05/05/13 07:19 AM Shingles Infection
jar
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Has anyone had the Shingles? I had radiation treatment for cancer 18 months ago and now I have the Shingles,my doctor says more than likely the radiation has stressed my body even though it was over a year ago. Im healing but these things are no joke. Atleast they are on my side and not on my face. I do have a decent excuse for not getting a Turkey this year.
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#3239222 - 05/05/13 07:23 AM Re: Shingles Infection [Re: jar]
trealtree
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I think anyone can get them that has had the chicken pox. My mother had them a few years ago and she was miserable for many days. I have never had the chicken pox, so I hope to never get either. Good luck with it. I have heard calamine lotion helps with he itch.
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#3239228 - 05/05/13 07:50 AM Re: Shingles Infection [Re: trealtree]
rabbit hunter
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I have had them twice, VERY VERY PAINFUL! Get on the medicine as soon as you can. They usually give you Valtrex. They will probably want to give something for pain, unless you have a high tolerance for pain, take it. Good luck!
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#3239365 - 05/05/13 10:49 AM Re: Shingles Infection [Re: rabbit hunter]
Piddler
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I've them a few years ago. Like rabbit said they are painful. After the worst was over they settled in my right shoulder. I don't think you ever get rid of them entirely.
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#3239536 - 05/05/13 02:13 PM Re: Shingles Infection [Re: Piddler]
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About the most painful thing I can think of ever having! I came down with shingles two days before heading to Fla on vac a couple years ago. Shingles and heat are not compatible...the most miserable vac I've ever been on. Trying to keep pace with the kids on the beaches and parks was almost unbearable...almost. it took weeks for them to clear up for me, but still have a little nerve damage on my right side where they first broke out. Hope you heal quickly. After some research I found that 90% of folks only have the one outbreak and don't get them again, but that 10% that have reoccurences . There is an injection you can get to help prevent them, but you have to be completely over the initial outbreak before you can take it.
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#3239705 - 05/05/13 06:19 PM Re: Shingles Infection [Re: MUP]
swoods72
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Ask for high dose gabapentin - my professional opinion :-)
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#3239713 - 05/05/13 06:25 PM Re: Shingles Infection [Re: swoods72]
eightpointer
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How do you know you have em. Like what are the symptoms?
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#3239715 - 05/05/13 06:26 PM Re: Shingles Infection [Re: swoods72]
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My cousin is dealing with them now and they are in his face and head. Said he wouldn't wish it on anybody. His mom, my aunt, says he never had chicken pox.

I don't know if I've ever had chicken pox. The only person who would know is dead so I can't ask her. They have a shot you can take now to prevent them, but you have to be 60 to take it.
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#3239735 - 05/05/13 06:58 PM Re: Shingles Infection [Re: jar]
redblood
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 Originally Posted By: jar
Has anyone had the Shingles? I had radiation treatment for cancer 18 months ago and now I have the Shingles,my doctor says more than likely the radiation has stressed my body even though it was over a year ago. Im healing but these things are no joke. Atleast they are on my side and not on my face. I do have a decent excuse for not getting a Turkey this year.



how old are you? over 55
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#3239782 - 05/05/13 07:49 PM Re: Shingles Infection [Re: redblood]
jar
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Im 42.I had testicular cancer which means they cut off one of my nuts and then 20 radiation treatments. I was doing fine once the radiation side effects wore off. The first sores looked like a bunch of blisters and are clearing up but they get freaking sore every once in a while. When it starts to really hurt it feels like you could have a bad burn or have a broke rib, that sounds crazy but it hurts.
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