Never Really Knew

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  1. Von Jones

    Von Jones Very Well-Known Member
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    I finally got in to see my PCP for a rash that I had noticed a week ago today. "Did you have the chickenpox?" he asked. I answered honestly with "I really don't know." It's shingles. :eek:

    After I got home I emailed my younger sister and asked if she knew if I had chickenpox and she replied, "We both did but you had it worse." I told her I just remember having the mumps, "Yeah, you had that too."

    I never thought to ask my mother about chickenpox when I got older never thought about it until I started working in the healthcare environment. I would hear all kinds of experiences of how awful having shingles can be. It's no exaggeration either.

    I asked my husband if he had chickenpox and he remembers he did. Was it so bad for me that I blocked that memory when I was a child, I asked myself?

    I've been researching shingles and the interesting fact is that the chickenpox vaccine was developed in the Japan in 1970s and was licensed to use in the U.S. in 1995. I think that there are a lot of people like me that are not sure about having chickenpox and should be made aware of these facts so that they can get the shingles vaccine. I wouldn't want any one to experience what I'm experiencing today.
     
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    I got the shingles vaccine after I saw the hell my ex went through with it. Next thing I'm getting is the flu shot....I never want to be as sick as I am now. :(


    Hopefully you'll be one of the lucky ones with a mild case...they're not all the same.
     
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    Sorry to hear that Von, you can't remember everything! Hope you make out OK!;)
     
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    @Von Jones
    Ooooohhh, sorry to hear that. :(

    I definitely remember having chicken pox as a child.
    Got the shingles vaccine a few years ago.
     
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    I don't know what diseases I had as a child. I don't think I had very many, but I am pretty sure that I didn't have any that I saw a doctor for, unless I was very young. I remember one long sickness, but I think that was the flu although, like most everything, diseases were parent diagnosed and treated, rather than doctor diagnosed.

    I can remember my older brother having the measles but, despite measles scares that we hear these days, I am fairly certain that no doctor was consulted. I don't think I have had any diseases that involved hives or anything of the sort.

    I don't think I have had chickenpox, but am not sure. Shingles is a vaccine that I might consider because my oldest brother has it, and an aunt was miserable with the shingles before she died.
     
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    I never had the mumps.
     
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    I also read that once you have had shingles that the chance of it recurring again is very slim but still possible. Only two known cases of a second bout has been recorded.
     
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    I'm not an expert, but I believe it's more common than that. WebMD says that the risk of getting shingles again, once you already have it, is about one in three. People who suffer pain from shingles for 60 days or more after their shingles attack are five times more likely to suffer a recurrence. I know that both my brother and my aunt have had recurring bouts of shingles.
     
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    Small comfort, I know, but folks who have died from the first dose, have never been known to come down with second one.;)
     
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    Awww sorry @Von Jones to hear you've got the dreadful painful shingles.

    I'm fortunate that I never had chickenpox as a child...I had Mumps...

    My daughter had chickenpox as a child..perhaps I should tell her to get the shingles shot. I wonder if at 41 she's too young for it tho"..


    I do wish you a very speedy recovery..I'm not going to depress you with horror stories, but I really do know how horrible shingles can be at its worst..



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    In 1980, at 38, I was working beside our dirt road out front, and they were spraying some kind of oil on the gravel. Somehow, a splotch of that oil struck my bare chest. The stuff stank like Creosote. Within a day, my upper chest had blotches forming, which became blisters, quite painful. This progressed across, under my arm, the armpit becoming torturously painful. From there it spread to the upper-right part of my back. Somewhere during this process, I went to the doctor, who denied any posibility of the smelly oil bringing on the shingles. He said it was caused by a virus, Herpes Zoster, which I harbored in my body since childhood. He gave me two steroid shots, and that helped, eventually; it lasted several weeks. moving my arm was quite painful to the armpit.
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    Do you recall if either had, if available then, gotten the shingles vaccine? I read that the vaccine would lessen the severity if shingles returned.
     
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    I've seen photos and I think my case is no way near as bad as those photos but the pain is so, so discomforting. I've been taking the medicine for almost four days now and see improvement with the rash shrinking and in some areas turning to scabs.
     
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    I don't know if there was a vaccine when my aunt had shingles, but my brother hadn't had the vaccine.
     
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    Did you only have the vaccine once?
     
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    Somehow I managed to not get the mumps, measles, or chickenpox. :rolleyes:

    My mother would actually ask the parents of other children if I could stay and keep their infected child company. My brother got all three, but not me. My mother was worried I would get one of those conditions when I was older, and supposedly it was worse on older people.

    @Von Jones did your doctor say you could use anything kind of lotion or ointment to help keep your shingles from scaring you? I have a friend that was scared by his shingles. :(
     
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    Very similar except on my left side. Before I saw my doctor I was trying every thing so that I could keep that area under my arm from touching the blisters for fear of bursting. I finally applied baby powder with cornstarch and wore my husband's shirts. I found that to be a comfortable way around the house.
     
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    @Von Jones

    Yes, only once.
    From Wikipedia:
    The shingles vaccine is routinely recommended for adults older than 60 years of age. The vaccine is given as a single dose and is only given once. The shingles vaccine is recommended even if you have had a previous episode of shingles, as long as the disease is not active.
     
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    No, he didn't. Which I was surprised about that. Maybe he is waiting until my follow-up visit to discuss what happens next.

    Anyway, I read coco butter was recommended to help lessen the scarring. I'm not to concerned with the scarring because of where the rash is located. Once the blisters start to scab I will be using vaseline and let my skin color return naturally, or if not I'll wear my battle wounds proudly as a shingles survivor . :)
     
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    Thank you, Arlene. I'm going to make sure to get it when I have my doctor's okay.
     
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    Praying for those shingles to be short lived @Von Jones and for the pain and scarring to be minimum.
     
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    I you have already had the shingles, you don't need a shingles vaccine, do you?
     
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    @Ken Anderson based on what I've read it's purely up to the individual to get the shingles vaccine 'after' having had the shingles.

    My understanding of is shingles is like a movie similar to Harry Potter or Twilight - Shingles - The final episode of having the Chickenpox - there's always the possibility of a continuing storyline or a remake - Superman or Batman.
     
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    My wife, from what she remembers, had Chicken Pox when Shaw was young. Her brother had it also.

    This past Saturday, we went to CVS Pharmacy for her Shingles shot. Her brother got the shot a few years ago.

    Now, from what I remember, the only disease I had when young was measles. I asked the Pharmacist if a person who has not had Chicken Pox should get the shot and she said “yes”. I’m going to find out what my VA PCP says about me.

    BTW, the shot cost us $233. Medicare “D” Prescription Plan will pay for part of the cost, but we only have Medicare A & B. Our Prescription Plan, Humana Walmart, will only pay $30 out of $200. My wife’s PCP charged $345 for the shot. No thanks!

    So, for me, just waiting to hear from my VA doctor.

    We will both be getting the Senior Double Dose Flu shot in a couple of weeks. That is 100% free thru Medicare B.
     
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