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Shingles

Postby rustychisel » Tue Aug 23, 2011 1:36 pm

Shingles - anyone had it, want to share any experiences and stories.

I've got it. It's not fun. It's getting better. I'm still cycling, but struggling.
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Re: Shingles

Postby ozjolly » Tue Aug 23, 2011 1:41 pm

I had shingles last year. From what I can gather, I had an easy run with just 4 days off work. Was bedridden for a few days through the stabbing pain when standing or sitting. It gradually passed, though I still have one spot on my back that is always itchy.

There are some horror stories out there though!
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Shingles

Postby Dr_Mutley » Tue Aug 23, 2011 2:33 pm

Depends a little on which nerve distribution u get it rusty... People who get it in their cranial nerves can suffer badly, both at the time and for years after... Those who get it in a peripheral, or spinal nerve (ie trunk or limb involvement) tend to have less severe symptoms, and less likely on going issues...
Where did u have yrs rusty?
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Re: Shingles

Postby rustychisel » Tue Aug 23, 2011 4:21 pm

Jaw, 2 of 3 nerve groups; shooting pains along jawline and up behind the ear.
Bugger all sleep for 2 nights...
Two visits to the dentist because I thought it was a old tooth going bad, then diagnosed by GP friend. This was 3 weeks ago. Just getting off the painkillers now as it's eased off pretty much but still feel like poo and have to nurse myself carefully. Riding to work (round trip commute of about 14km) seems to be as much as I want to do for the moment.
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Re: Shingles

Postby toolonglegs » Tue Aug 23, 2011 4:29 pm

Mother in law got it bad...looked like she had had a stroke...took 6 months to get back to normal...can be pretty nasty indeed.
Riding...maybe lots of rest is better in the long run.
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Re: Shingles

Postby rustychisel » Tue Aug 23, 2011 4:36 pm

you oughtta see me normally anyway :wink:

nah, I'm taking it easy. Had a couple of afternoons off work.
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Shingles

Postby Dr_Mutley » Tue Aug 23, 2011 8:20 pm

Definitely take it easy until u get over the acute phase of the illness..

Recovery sometimes can be quite dependent on the delay between the onset of symptoms and treatment, especially in shingles involving the trigeminal nerve (ie in your case). Delays in diagnosis and antiviral treatment longer than 48 to 72 hours increases the risk of you developing ongoing neuralgia pain, in the affected area. Hopefully this isn't the case.

For further information, try googling "post herpetic neuralgia", and "trigeminal neuralgia".
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Re: Shingles

Postby winstonw » Tue Aug 23, 2011 8:21 pm

Dr_Mutley wrote: "post herpetic neuralgia", and "trigeminal neuralgia".


herpes!!!!!!!!! hell.....gee, can you get shingles from a hooker? :cry: :cry:
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Re: Shingles

Postby elantra » Wed Aug 24, 2011 9:16 am

winstonw wrote:
Dr_Mutley wrote: "post herpetic neuralgia", and "trigeminal neuralgia".


herpes!!!!!!!!! hell.....gee, can you get shingles from a hooker? :cry: :cry:

Almost never.
The shingles virus is similar but not identical to the STD type of herpes virus.
Herpes is the Latin word for snake, and this word became used to describe the burning skin rash caused by certain viruses for obvious reasons.
Anyone who has had Shingles will see the logic behind this I suspect.
Shingles is a re- awakening of dormant Chickenpox virus that most of us had in childhood. :cry:
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Re: Shingles

Postby rustychisel » Wed Aug 24, 2011 10:40 am

elantra wrote:Shingles is a re- awakening of dormant Chickenpox virus that most of us had in childhood. :cry:



yeah... you wait til I track down that chicken. She said she was clean... :wink: :evil:
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