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Sunday, January 16, 2011

Anyone have experience with shingles?

I ended up in the ER this morning - after 3 full days on antibiotics I was still sick, and feeling worse every day. So I went to a local hospital ER & was immediately diagnosed with shingles.  I had several misconceptions about this ~ I thought it was only for "old" people, but actually people my age (early 40's) are quite likely to get it if you have had chickenpox before.  I had them in 1st grade.  And now, 36 years later, they came back.  It's been agonizing pain on the right side of my face, scalp, neck, ear, throat and even teeth.  I wouldn't wish this on my worst enemy!  Do any of you have experience with this nasty stuff? I would welcome ideas on how to deal with the pain, and any tips you can share.  TIA!

I am on antibiotics still, plus antiviral med, lots of pain meds, and a topical anibiotic cream.  So, it looks like I will be off from blogging a few more days trying to rest and recuperate.  The kids are home tomorrow but they go back to school Tuesday.  I really promise to be back here with my Florida reviews soon ~ I want those of you planning a spring break or summer vacation to Orlando to learn more about the three "hidden" gems we enjoyed the last week of December!

Hope your week is great, and I'll be back soon.  I'm linking up with a few blog hops in the meantime, and I'll follow back my new followers soon ~ thank you for stopping by!


  1. I am so glad that you finally know what it is! I will be thinking about you and I hope you feel better.

  2. I have worked with MANY residents in the past with them. One thing my charge nurses told me while I was pregnant was to not enter a room where a resident had them. Many people do get them... and honestly many people get misdiagnosed having shingles. I do know that there is an elevated pain factor and I am sorry you are experiancing them. My heart goes out to you.


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