Patient Comments: Shingles - Experience

Please describe your experience with shingles.

Comment from: JustAKid, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 19

I am 57 years old. When I was 8 years old I had shingles. It started as a patch of what looked like blisters on my right hip. They ran in a line that wrapped around to the inside of my leg stopping behind my knee. As a result I have always had a good sized scar on my hip. I remember the pediatrician telling my mother that it was probably caused from stress. My mother tells me it lasted several weeks. I remember hurting but don't recall being kept from any activities due to pain. I have always thought it odd to have been so young with shingles.

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Comment from: 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 05

I had terrible pain from my shoulder blade radiating down my arm to my wrist to my fingers. I thought it was a pinched nerve as my arm and fingers were tingly. Went to my chiropractor and didn't get any relief. After my third treatment my back hurt so bad that I jumped in the shower. It was then that I noticed the "rash" from the top of my shoulder the whole way down my arm. I was lucky to get to my doctor in time to get on anti-viral meds right away. The pain in my arm felt like a horrible chemical burn with stabbing pain that at times was unbearable. On the third day of treatment my pain went from a 10 plus to a 3. What I'm experiencing now is extreme fatigue and I still have shoulder pain. Today marks three weeks and I think I am getting hopeful that the worst is behind me. Shingles are a nightmare! Oh one hint...a heating pad felt good on my arm as did Zostrax. Good luck!

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Comment from: hcavlrs3, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: December 05

I am 61 years old. I noticed two red bumps on right cheek; thought they were pimples. After about five days several more bumps appeared around initial two; I had only mild itching. Within two days more bumps appeared on my chin. As I had little to no pain I ruled out shingles: wrong! My doctor diagnosed it one week after initial symptoms. Within two weeks the areas were crusted over. I didn't know you could have painless shingles!

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Comment from: bedders, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 30

I am a 49 year old woman. Woke up one morning with a spot on my right cheek, thought I had been bitten by a spider. Later that day a second spot appeared about 1inch under the 1st spot. I also had what I thought was cold sores up my right nostril (very painful) My cousin told me that I should go to the Doctors, so I did and he diagnosed me with Shingles! A big surprise to me as I thought it would be a lot more painful. He prescribed 'Famvir'. Since being diagnosed I now have 5 spots on my cheek, and in my nose which is very painful with heaps of blisters. I have found that I am very tired, don't have much energy, a few headaches, diarrhea with a bit of a tummy upset. Being that I got onto it very quickly (2nd day of seeing spots) and taking the medicine, it seems to have knocked it on the head. I think it probably could have been much worse had I not acted so quickly.

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Comment from: whiteoak, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 17

I had shingles on my forehead and right eye. I went to Instacare and was given antiviral medications and pain medications. I thought I was having an allergic reaction to something but I was diagnosed with Herpes Zoser Opthamalicus. I was immediately sent to the eye doctor and prescribed 5 different eye drops and the acute headaches began. After 3 months of treatment my vision slowly came back but I still have a 5% loss and have glasses to correct the problem. I still have occasional headaches and some numbness on my right eyebrow. The most concerning thing to me is I feel a loss of the ability to focus and concentrate and put things together. The Doctors have said that it has affected my trigeminal nerve. I am now wondering if there has been some permanent nerve damage that is causing cognitive problems.

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Comment from: Painbug, Male (Patient) Published: November 04

I am 70 years old and had lymphoma 2 times. I was cured by two sessions of chemotherapy and radiation therapy over a span of 15 years. As a result of which my hemoglobin was always low. I had to take iron supplements. Then I contracted Shingles on my right-hand side. Blisters as big as my hand on my back and underneath my right rib. Famvir 3 times daily was prescribed which heals the blisters but the pain persists. It was then when I decided to boil coffee and tea water in an iron utensils. It immediately helped for my low hemoglobin. I do my cooking also now in iron utensils. Please tell people to through away their plastic electric kettles. It is doing much harm. I had to rely on pain pills for the shingles pain. Tegretol is helpful. I am just wondering for how long.

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