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I hope you were fortunate enough to have gotten the drugs before the 48 hours were up so you won't every have them again!!! I almost didn't, because I thought it was poision ivy or something - and then the doctor thought I was too young for shingles - now I am hearing about it younger all the time. Even after taking the meds, and after the spots were healed, that stabbing pain continued for 2 or 3 months.
Glad I looked on this thread, my husband has shingles at the moment, unfortunatley he didnt realise it either and it was four days before he saw the doctor, so does this mean he will get them again? He has a terrble pain in his shoulder as if he had a pulled muscle, is that a part of shingles. Thanks for the info bbwchatt, if you have any more that would help him would you let me know please.
I get shingles a lot (once every 4 months or so) its always either at the top of my leg or on my collar bone - in patches the size of a 2p piece. Unfortunately its a strain of herpes (simplex as opposed to complex which is the genital type) so I'm stuck with it for life . I go to the docs and get cream for it (aclivor) but zovirax will help clear it up. Its brought on (in my case anyway) by either stress (I'm not a worrier so its my body's way of dealing with it) or, more commonly, extreme temperatures (hot and cold). I hasten to add in my case although the pain is extreme at the time (being a nerve condition it doesn't just hurt where the spots/blisters are - it travels right down the nerve, it doesn't hurt after the blisters have started to dry up.
I had terrible pain for about a week before the spots appeared and when I woke up and saw spots I knew what I had got. The unfortunate thing is long after spots vanish you can still get pain because it affects the nerve endings. I think it depends on where the rash is as to the amount of pain involved.
bubbles - I am sending you a link to the Mayo Clinic website that tells you everything about shingles. I wish my pain had ended with the blisters, but it went on for months. I sincerely hope yours is different!!!
Unfortunately i have shingles at the moment, i was so clueless to what was going on, just had really tingly feeling in my right hand, had really shocking pain in my shoulders as if i had slept bad, the rash stated coming out, still clueless as of whats going on, went to the ER, seems as thought the doctor was clueless as to what was going on with me, so days 5 i went to a private doctor in which he told me what was going on, the discomfort and pain is high, calamine lotion helps cools it, i am scared that it comes back its an horrible virus