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Julie H
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« on: February 09, 2018, 01:04:39 PM »

So I have 6 small dots ( close together)  right below my ribs on my left side.   At first they itched and now occasionally they hurt when my clothes brush against them.   Is this shingles??
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nancy d
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« Reply #1 on: February 09, 2018, 01:14:11 PM »

Get thyself to Dr NOW!
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« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2018, 06:42:12 AM »

I have suffered with chronic cases of shingles since 2001.  Yes you have the shingles.  You will need a doctor to prescribe you Valtrex.  It works quick and it works good.  Do not, and I seriously mean this, do not get in a hot shower or bath tub.  Keep your body as cool as you possibly can.  Shingles attacks your nerves, and when they get hot, they will strike that nerve like a hot butter knife cutting you to pieces.  I have had them on my face, and even had them wrap all the way around me.  There is no pain like it.  After they have healed and even gone away, you may experience striking pain in that nerve.  This pain  is called "Post Herpetic Neuralgia" and that pain will have to be controlled with what's called "Neurontin" and that pain killer will absolutely put you off your feet for several days.  DO NOT...seriously...do not apply any ointments or itch creams to the affected area.  This is a virus, it's a herpes virus, stemming from the chicken pox...this virus can become infected, so do not use any types of creams on them.  Let them dry up on their own.  Keep your body cool and dry.  The cold eases the pain.    

Shingles is no laughing matter...the faster you get it looked at and get on the medication, the faster it will heal and less likely to damage your nerves.  I live with this damage every single day.  I got 2 and 3 cases a week of them.  The zoster got into my spinal fluid.  Now, all I can do is suppress them with the Valtrex.  Which works really good.  No nerve pain, no shingles out breaks no nothing.  Go off Valtrex and it starts all over again.

See your doctor ASAP.
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nancy d
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« Reply #3 on: February 10, 2018, 02:05:42 PM »

good info Pam thank you.
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« Reply #4 on: February 11, 2018, 07:29:50 AM »

You're welcome Nancy.  When I first got them, I didn't know what they were, until the nerve pain started, and I went to the doctor.  I had been exposed to a little girl who had chicken pox, and hence, I got the shingles from her.  However, all the times I have had a case of shingles, which have been thousands upon thousands of times, Shane has never gotten them from me.  "We" 1960's born kids are more susceptible to getting them than any other generation.  Why?  I don't know.  But we are.  The shingles shot will not prevent you from getting Shingles.  It will lessen the severity of them, but it will not prevent you from getting them.  Indeed now I am finding out that the shingles shot can be deadly to some folks, and makes other folks very ill.  We just saw on the local news that there are several patients who are filing law suits against the manufacturers of the shingles shot.  So I do not suggest anyone to take that shot.

You won't believe what that shot costs if you are not over 60 years of age.  That shot is not covered by insurance if you are under 60 yrs old.  Out of pocket for that shot is 485.00.  Even if insurance covers that shot, it's still 150.00 your cost.  To me that shot isn't worth the money you pay for it.  Not from what I've seen of folks who do take it and still get shingles.

Shingles is shingles, the nerve pain it causes is still the same with or without that shot.  The damage is still done, no matter how severe you get them.

 
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« Reply #5 on: February 11, 2018, 10:41:13 AM »

A friend of mine (in his 80's) had an outbreak shingles 2 years ago. Stubborn old Maine farmer refused to go to the docs. By the time he finally went, it was really bad. They got him on medication and it finally cleared up but left him with pain that continues to this day. They said it wouldn't be this bad if he had gotten treatment right away.

Good luck Julie.
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« Reply #6 on: February 12, 2018, 05:27:20 AM »

By Julie not posting in the last 2 days, I'm assuming the shingles pain has taken over.  It's a pain that you do not want to move, it hurts too bad to move.  Any thing and every thing that touches you, hurts super bad.  God Bless her...I sure do sympathize with her.  It'll be a few days before she feels like doing any thing.

The first year I kept getting them, the pain was awful.  Now, when I get them I can deal with the pain.  Valtrex is an awesome medication.  It literally stops it in it's tracks.
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Julie H
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« Reply #7 on: February 12, 2018, 01:28:24 PM »

No I am still here  Grin

I still have my 6 dots  and while I get a twinge every now and then nothing more.  I am waiting to see what happens and if I get more spots or pain changes I will go to the doctor ( so says my hubby)
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« Reply #8 on: February 12, 2018, 02:16:27 PM »

Thanks for sharing all that Pam.  I wasn't aware of all that.  Really good to know since I am in that 1960s born group. 

Make sure and listen to that husband  Wink  and not wait too long!  Sounds like it can change quickly and hit like a vengeance.
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« Reply #9 on: February 12, 2018, 05:16:39 PM »

Julie please do not wait. Get in asap!!!
Right now I am dealing with a slight rash of some sort on my bad leg & waiting for call from my infectious disease Dr.
Do not fool around!
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« Reply #10 on: February 13, 2018, 06:02:56 AM »

Julie...my line of thought was the same as yours after my first case...my first case went all the way around me, and let me tell you what, I was terrible sick with it.  The second case, was a mild rash as you describe, and I didn't go to the doctor.  I played it out alone and took what is called "L-Lysine".  That is an all natural "Shingles" supplement that you buy OTC at Walmart or any where that sells vitamins.  That stuff does not work.  The damage it did to me by not going in allowed it to get into my spinal fluid where now, I am inflicted with constant reoccurrences of Shingles.  Once it damages your nerves that damage stays with you for life.  It never goes away.  When I got them on my face, that was absolutely the most horrific thing to happen to me in a long time.  Doc told me it could have blinded me if I had not gotten medical help immediately.  I saw 4 different doctors...including a Neurologist (which I will never use one of those again), and an infectious disease specialist (which Nancy I hope yours is better than the one I had, because he was worthless for sure).  None of which could help me at all.  It was my dermatologist that actually helped me the most.  My family doctor (at the time, I don't have one now) put me on "famvier".  That's a medication that helps fight the shingles, but it works more like an antibiotic.  I finished that 10 day round of medication and they came back with vengeance.  It was my dermatologist that put me on Valtrex, and what a saving grace that was.

All this led to this because I dealt with a case of them on my own.  BIG, HUGE, HORRIBLE MISTAKE.  Go to the doctor now Julie.  Valtrex off insurance is only 50.00.  On insurance 5.00.  It's worth every single cent you pay for it.
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« Reply #11 on: February 13, 2018, 09:07:03 AM »

Yeah, my friend has permanent nerve damage from not treating it right off. He is in constant pain.
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Julie H
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« Reply #12 on: February 20, 2018, 01:35:40 PM »

Thought I would let you all know that the spots are almost gone and I have no pain at all.  I hope it stays that way  Smiley

So far so good.  Maybe I will be one of the fortunate ones who only get it once.   It happens  Roll Eyes
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