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    • McKneff
    • By McKneff 2nd Jan 18, 7:15 PM
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    Shingles...
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    • 2nd Jan 18, 7:15 PM
    Shingles... 2nd Jan 18 at 7:15 PM
    I thought i had a burn, it changed so i thought i had pricked my hand on a rose Thorn, it changed again got some pimples and so i have blummin shingles
    make the most of it, we are only here for the weekend.
    and we will never, ever return.
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    • Pollycat
    • By Pollycat 3rd Jan 18, 10:19 AM
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    • 3rd Jan 18, 10:19 AM
    I thought i had a burn, it changed so i thought i had pricked my hand on a rose Thorn, it changed again got some pimples and so i have blummin shingles
    Originally posted by McKneff
    Has your GP confirmed that it is shingles or have you self-diagnosed?

    See your GP as-soon-as.
    • Janey3
    • By Janey3 3rd Jan 18, 2:02 PM
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    • 3rd Jan 18, 2:02 PM
    Sympathies from me too. Have had shingles right side of torso, went to GP who straight away diagnosed shingles. Prescribed big bullet type pills, probably antibiotics and some soothing cream. Mine took approx 6 weeks to clear. I took myself off to the spare bedroom to sleep and did not share towels with anyone. Made me feel abit down but made a full recovery. GP said it can recur. All the best to you.
    • Lizabeth21
    • By Lizabeth21 3rd Jan 18, 2:09 PM
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    • 3rd Jan 18, 2:09 PM
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    • 3rd Jan 18, 2:09 PM
    It can appear when you are in a particularly anxious state where you see no way out. Usually on a nerve. Very painful and takes awhile to clear. Related to chicken pox I think.
    • Katiehound
    • By Katiehound 3rd Jan 18, 5:17 PM
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    It is the chicken pox virus, so I think you are more liable if you have had chicken pox in the past- that's my understanding. However, I have heard of children as young as 4 getting shingles......
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    • unrecordings
    • By unrecordings 3rd Jan 18, 7:47 PM
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    • 3rd Jan 18, 7:47 PM
    I'm just getting over it. Thought I'd trapped a nerve in my shoulder - I was in agony for two weeks even with medication. I'm getting over 18 months of chemo and was really getting back on track when this hit me. The shingles themselves scabbed over and dissipated within about a week, but the pain still lingers even nearly six weeks later - it's like banging your funny bone but constant...
    • McKneff
    • By McKneff 3rd Jan 18, 9:00 PM
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    • 3rd Jan 18, 9:00 PM
    Has your GP confirmed that it is shingles or have you self-diagnosed?

    See your GP as-soon-as.
    Originally posted by Pollycat
    Gp confrmed it before i posted here.
    make the most of it, we are only here for the weekend.
    and we will never, ever return.
    • unrecordings
    • By unrecordings 4th Jan 18, 3:47 PM
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    • 4th Jan 18, 3:47 PM
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    • 4th Jan 18, 3:47 PM
    Good luck with it. I found heat worked nicely for the pain. Conversely the cold really did make it feel worse
    • McKneff
    • By McKneff 4th Jan 18, 6:32 PM
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    • 4th Jan 18, 6:32 PM
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    • 4th Jan 18, 6:32 PM
    Good luck with it. I found heat worked nicely for the pain. Conversely the cold really did make it feel worse
    Originally posted by unrecordings
    I think you are right, i had a hot bath, as opposed to the cool one suggested and it was a bit less painful.

    Calamine lotion does nothing
    make the most of it, we are only here for the weekend.
    and we will never, ever return.
    • McKneff
    • By McKneff 4th Jan 18, 7:28 PM
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    Good luck with it. I found heat worked nicely for the pain. Conversely the cold really did make it feel worse
    Originally posted by unrecordings
    I think you are right, i had a hot bath, as opposed to the cool one suggested and it was a bit less painful.
    make the most of it, we are only here for the weekend.
    and we will never, ever return.
    • sammyjammy
    • By sammyjammy 4th Jan 18, 7:29 PM
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    It is the chicken pox virus, so I think you are more liable if you have had chicken pox in the past- that's my understanding. However, I have heard of children as young as 4 getting shingles......
    Originally posted by Katiehound
    You can't get shingles if you haven't had chicken pox, its cause by the chicken pox virus which lives dormant in your spine.

    I've had it twice so you have my sympathies, the key is getting the drugs as quickly as possible.
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    • annie_d
    • By annie_d 4th Jan 18, 8:22 PM
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    10 years on, the pain in my back can still wake me up.
    • unrecordings
    • By unrecordings 4th Jan 18, 8:50 PM
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    I had it on my arm, it didn't itch so the cream was pointless - i asked for it to be left off my prescription. a cool bath would be for the itching if you have that.

    Hot water bottle lodged in the armpit when I went to bed did the trick for me
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    • Callie22
    • By Callie22 4th Jan 18, 9:29 PM
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    I've had it twice so you have my sympathies, the key is getting the drugs as quickly as possible.
    Originally posted by sammyjammy
    Absolutely this. My mum had shingles really badly last year but it was initially mis-diagnosed. She's still suffering really badly from nerve pain and various other issues, so get the anti-virals asap!!
    • OldMotherTucker
    • By OldMotherTucker 5th Jan 18, 10:53 AM
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    I was in hospital some years ago when a woman was brought in - she was screaming, swearing and fighting the medical staff like she was possessed by a demon - turned out she had shingles . .

    I had it myself but, luckily, I was perscribed antivirals within a few hours of the welt appearing on my back. I had the typical 'spine to sternum' configuration and the skin was very sore to touch but it was the random stabbing pains and prickling that caused the most discomfort. This carried on for about 6 months although the rash itself faded in about 2 weeks.

    Hope you get better soon and aren't in too much pain!
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    • Pollycat
    • By Pollycat 5th Jan 18, 11:30 AM
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    My Mum had it too.
    She cried with pain.

    Hope yours is a short-lived and not too painful bout.
    • DREKLY
    • By DREKLY 7th Jan 18, 7:21 AM
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    There is an anti - shingle injection available, after suffering shingles myself last year on my torso (and I wouldn't wish it on anybody), I have never been in such pain for so long...
    I managed to convince my surgery to give me the injection.

    Initially I was told it was only available if you birthdate was xyz after a september, or some such restrictive ruling...
    I pointed out that the injection was available to anyone over 50 in the USA, so why not here ??
    You can imagine the reply I got from the medical staff.....
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    • GwylimT
    • By GwylimT 7th Jan 18, 8:54 AM
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    There is an anti - shingle injection available, after suffering shingles myself last year on my torso (and I wouldn't wish it on anybody), I have never been in such pain for so long...
    I managed to convince my surgery to give me the injection.

    Initially I was told it was only available if you birthdate was xyz after a september, or some such restrictive ruling...
    I pointed out that the injection was available to anyone over 50 in the USA, so why not here ??
    You can imagine the reply I got from the medical staff.....
    Originally posted by DREKLY
    For which they will pay around $250 unless they have very good insurance, in which case they will pay around $100. It only costs £100 if you pay yourself, after the flu jab I think it's the cheapest vaccine you can get privately.
    • katiekittykat
    • By katiekittykat 7th Jan 18, 11:25 AM
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    I have had shingles twice and they are horrendous - I was still using the Lidocaine patches from the Dr 8 months later for the pain.

    Hope you feel better soon x
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    • jeradon
    • By jeradon 10th Jan 18, 6:39 AM
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    Shingles can be treated by taking an anti-viral drug. Go to your doctor as soon as possible.
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