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    Has anyone suffered with Shingles? Is there any source of relief? I am in constant pain.

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    I have had shingles. I contracted them when I was in my 20's. I never had chicken pox as a child. I had 2 bouts of them. When I was in my late 20's the chicken pox vaccine came out. I talked to my doctor about it and he said I didn't need to get it because I had had Shingles. Well, when I was early 30's I got Chicken Pox!! (I was a nurse and a patient had shingles)

    Are you seing a doctor? He can prescribe pain medication for you. It can take a long time for the pain and discomfort to subside because the shingles follow a nerve. I know that when I had my outbreak, I was given what I believe to have been a steroid cream and that helped dry them up. Did I mention that my shingles outbread was on my face under my left eye? Weird place, Dr. was baffled!!

    I believe that there is a shingles vaccine now, check with your doctor.

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    My mother had them once and unfortunately they have to run their course. Can your doctor give you a low dose pain pill?

    Sorry to hear you have them, they are not fun at all!

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    Quote Originally Posted by maurie
    Has anyone suffered with Shingles? Is there any source of relief? I am in constant pain.
    Regretfully I had them last summer along my chin, cheek and in my hair. I couldn't stand for my hair to move at all and had headaches for months and months.

    I had to take a "shingles" medicine right away (was way way expensive :() to help keep them to a minimum (so they said). Was also on lortab for the pain if that gives you any idea of what they prescribe for it. I was quarantined from work for a week as a couple people there hadn't had chicken pox yet. (There went my vacation time)

    Hate that you have them ... it is along the nerve endings and because people can't "see" them after the rash fades, they don't realize how painful they can continue to be.

    It's been a year since I had them (last June) and I still have the "itches" along my jaw line and they can't say how long that will last....at least it's not the pain. Don't think you're crazy if you "feel" stuff for a long time.

    Wishing you the very very best and a quick recovery. Sadly I don't have any "relief" miracles for you...wish I did.

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    Valtrex by prescription and L Lysine from the natural food store or vitamin section at WalMart and other retailers. 500 mg a day for maintainence - 1500 mg when a flare occurs.

    Shingles have a way of never leaving your body and reoccurring often after you are 50. Those of you who haven't had the vaccine should look into it. I'm nort sure about the vaccine if you have the shingles. My doctor says to get it, but I haven't.

    The nerve pain is excruciating at times and the side effects can be serious. 15 years ago, the ones on my face went into my eye and detached a retina. That's when Vatrex became my best friend.

    I hope you can get yours under control. I haven't had a flare in several years. No Valtrex now, but yes to the daily Lysine.

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    I have been give pain patches and pain medication. I did not have a rash and it has taken 5 months and mulit test and lots of pain to finally diagnosis my problem. As a child I had chicken poxs and as an adult I have had the Shingles Shot. And I still suffer. Thank you for letting me know that this does run its course. My pain in under the left arm that radiates toward my back and stomach. It is next to impossible to wear a bra for any extended time(over 2 hours) without complete misery.
    I continue to suffer. My quality of life is far below par.

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    It has been about 12 years since I had them, but they really had nothing much for the pain then. I actually had the pain before I had the break out and they kept misdiagnosing me. The only relief I got was putting a Mercurichrome or iodine wash on it. That was prescribed. But then I had to put clothes on and go to work and every time I moved ..... I had other complications that have a long term consequences, but nothing like that pain. Time is the best healer, unfortunately. I wish I could be more uplifting, but do know it does pass. Valerie

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    I had them when I was about 11-12 in the 50's. I had it on my neck on the right side under my ear. I don't rememeber pain but it sure itched. My mother had to make a sulfur paste and slapped it on there every morning. None of my classmate would sit near me for about 2 weeks but couldn't blame them....I flat out stunk.

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    Good luck. Hope the meds help!

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    Yes, there is a shingles vaccine now.

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    Bless your heart... I hope the pain goes away real soon.. I know that it is extremely painful, as my brother had them and he suffered so very much. His was on one side of his face and in his eye...

    I've had the shingles vaccine, and just hope it prevents my getting them...

    Blessings on you...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sandee
    Yes, there is a shingles vaccine now.
    I have been told that once you have had shingles, the vaccine does no good. If you haven't had them, I cannot encourage you enough to get it ..... anything to avoid this horrible disease.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maurie
    Has anyone suffered with Shingles? Is there any source of relief? I am in constant pain.
    Forgot to tell you... my FIL had them, and used a vibrator on them. He said it helped relieve the pain. I don't know if I would recommend that, but it helped him.... Hugs...

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    I had them about 2 1/2 years ago. I also had an ear infection and the flu at the same time. They were mainly on my neck. The doctor hospitalized me for 3 days, until I was no longer infectious. I do not know what medication was given. As far as pain, maybe I was lucky and didn't have any to speak of. The one issue I did have was I had a hard time holding up my head for about a week. I didn't have chicken pox until I was 27, and my shingles when I was 49. Where the shingles were located on my neck, it took away the pigmentation in my skin. I have patches that are albino white.

    When my mom had her shingles they were on her butt and hip. She also was suffering from sciatica. She was miserable.

    I see that they are now offering vaccination to prevent shingles at some pharmacies where I live. If you have them, I'm sorry, it's too late. But for those of you who haven't, I would go get the preventative shot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sandee
    Yes, there is a shingles vaccine now.
    I was told this is only 50% reliable (better than nothing I guess). My elderly neighbor has suffered with shingles and ice packs helped with the pain and itching. Good luck to you.

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    My DGS had shingles when he was about 4. Talk about an unhappy child. The doctor told me it was in the chicken pox family, something about the nerves. He had red welts all along the nerves in his back. Doctor had us give motrin and tylenol for pain but said just had to run it's course. Sorry you feel so bad. Hope you get better soon.

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    My first time I had them was back in 1998. Didn't know what I had, but first I had a red rash that followed a line of nerves in my back, they were itchy at first, then a few days later, they started to hurt enough, I went to the emergence that night and yeppers had shingles...The doctor told me at the time, that I was luck that I had come in when I did as they were continualing to travel the nerve path and were heading into a full circle from back to front (which by the way can possibly kill you if the circle is complete) Wow I was scared. So pain meds, and some kinda of cream was given...I don't remember how long it took for them to go away...Then for the next 3years at around the same month I got them the first time, they came back. So for about 4 years after that I had nothing...Then suddenly 2009 I got them again, but this time, I got them on the bottom inside of my feet. Wow didn't know they would go there...There is a vacine for shingles, and I was told that even though you have had them, you should get the shot. I feel for you....good luck on a fast healing

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    Had them twice and you need to get to a doctor. The longer you wait the harder it is to get rid of them and they are definitely painful. The second time I got them I got to the doctor the next day and it went away quickly. The cream they have is great, but must be obtained by prescription only. Feel so bad for you, they are not fun. Good luck.

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    For cold sores, chicken pox, shingles, try L-Lysine it is an amino acid and you can buy it at almost any store which sells vitamins (Safeway, Walmart, Raley's, King Soopers, CVS, etc., etc.) We take 500 mg 3-4 times a day when we first realize what's going on. If I start taking them at the first signs of a cold sore beginning I can almost totally avoid getting a cold sore. I gave them to my daughter when she was in the 5th grade and had chicken pox. The chicken pox began to dry up and scab over almost immediately. My husband had an outbreak of shingles and took them, ended up being a 'minor' outbreak.

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    i just had a spot break out near my right ear on my face. the Doctor said it might be shingles. i've had the shot. i have one spot of herpes near my tailbone on my back and it breaks out once a year.
    for this face spot i put on Cortisone 10 several times a day and it helped the itch a lot. never did take my medication. the cortisone 10 seemed to help enough. took over a week to go away.

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    I know a friend who had the shingles just last month...she had to go to the Dr. and was given a shot and some meds...she's fine now!!

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    Gabapentin is a non narcotic pain reliever for nerve pain. You will have to get a prescription from your dr. It really works well. It takes a couple of days to build up in your system, but once it does RELIEF! You can also try cold or ice packs. Do ask your dr about Gabapentin. I hope you feel better soon. I had it on my face/eyelid about 10 years ago.

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    I had shingles a few months ago. Had the vaccine and thought I was safe. Fortunately, I had a mild case but the pain was terrible until I got to the dr. and started taking the medicine. You can check with your Health Dept. Some of them have the vaccine, very reasonable, because a lot of the insurances will not cover the cost.

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    I had shingles a year ago, and was screaming with the pain. It was like spasms that would last 1-2 minutes, felt like being pinched with hot pliers. Then it would go away for a while, maybe an hour or two, unpredictable, then spasm again. Would wake me up with the pain.

    Now, a firm touch is good, but a light touch (fabric, etc.) causes itching that scratching won't help.

    Be sure to stay away from pregnant women when the blisters are open. -can cause birth defects.

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    i had them last year....very uncomfortable. Didn't realize it was shingles until it was too late for any medication. I used ice packs and that helped alot.

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