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    Bless your heart, Miranda!! I hope you are feeling better soon.

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    Oh Miranda....what luck :roll: Well..as they say, the good new is that you now know what the problem is...the bad news is what the problem is!! Take good care of yourself...hope they leave soon! Hugs!

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    Sending big hugs your way, Miranda, and hoping
    you feel better real soon......(I thought only old
    people got shingles...guess not!)

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    Oh goodness. I had them at age 24--but not a terrible case. There was a round spot on my back. It's so strange how it hurts all the way to the front--but only on half the body. I'm 48 now and haven't gotten them again--yet.

    Now I've heard they are contagious. I was a waitress at the time I had them and the doc said since my spot was covered with a shirt, it was okay to go to work. But when the blisters pop--the fluid is contagious. A teacher had them last year and was told the same thing. It's worse to be near any woman who's pregnant.

    Good luck.... it's no fun at all. :(

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    Aww, I sure hope you feel better soon. I had shingles on my legs in 5th grade, right before my sister's wedding. Not fun. I still have minor scarring from them.

    I don't have any advice, but I'll pray that you heal fast and dont have the pain anymore. (((Hugs)))

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    Sending you hugs and telling you that you will be in my heart and prayers. Do your best to take really great care of yourself. I know that is easier said than done.

    You deserve the best. Keep in touch on this board and we will continue to offer support ;-)

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    Maybe you want to see...maybe not. Have any of you looked at the pics on the internet? There are some nasty scary pictures. My DH was looking. I told him not to show me more. This was taken today. Day 5 of the rash.

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    Call your doctor and have him refer you to a pain specialist-- may be a CRNA or an anesthesiologist in your area. Get an intrathecal block. It will make the pain go away. This really works-- is a documented medical therapy- most docs don't recommend it because the family practice docs don't know about it. I know because I am in anesthesia and we do these all the time. You will be so relieved.
    Good luck.
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    Thank you for the info on this, Cheryl. I imagine this procedure is quite expensive. Hopefully the pain will subside soon. I have no insurance and already owe the hospital $2,000 for a stress test last fall.

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    Thank you so much to everyone for their posts, care, and concern! It makes a large difference to have so many friends sending their wishes! :D

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    Miranda I am so sorry you are going through such a bad time. My prayers are with you for a quick recovery.

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    It already looks so much worse than it did Sunday!!! :( I hope it goes away really fast. I hate it that you have Shingles. I swear you have the worst luck. You need to slow down, all of this stress you've been under has brought these on, I'm sure!!! If you need ANYTHING at all...the kids can come out and stay with me and PJ anytime, if you need me to come out and do your laundry or cook and clean, let me know. Both of my great-grandma's have had Shingles and said they are extremely painful and both of them still have pain where the Shingles were sometimes. You be sure and try to rest and get your immune system built back up. If you feel like it, you could post daily and show us what the rash looks like. I've never seen actual Shingles...well I mean I could look online..but you know what I mean.

    We're sending you love and hugs and hoping you get better SOON...VERY SOON!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ButtercreamCakeArtist
    Thank you for the info on this, Cheryl. I imagine this procedure is quite expensive. Hopefully the pain will subside soon. I have no insurance and already owe the hospital $2,000 for a stress test last fall.
    I would check to see about the cost- you can't believe how much better you will feel.
    Cheryl

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    I always thought if you HADN'T had chicken pox you would get shingles.
    Alas! In my case, I was over and through the whole event before I knew what was happening to me. But, I will never forget the itching, and then the extreme PAIN when I would scratch, and the internal pain ... that was really strange!
    I recall a lady who talked about singing hymns, reading the Bible, praying to the Lord, and when she couldn't do any more of that, she would just sit in her chair and let God just love her.
    Maybe ... God just wants to love you some more. I know idleness is not in your job description, but sometimes ... we need to slow down.
    WIll be praying for you and your treatments.

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    So sorry to hear that you have shingles. I know how painful it can be as my mum had it too and hers was brought on by stress..poor thing not only did she have rheumatoid arthritis severely she also got psoriasis and then shingles. Mum just worried about everything so the only advice which other ladies have given as well is for you not to stress which is easier said than done so take care of yourself and rest whenever you can. Her shingles did go away with no lasting pain so hope that is also the case with you.

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    I have heard shingles are horrible. My heart goes out to you. Hope you get to feel better soon.

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    Like everyone else, I'm going to tell you to take your medicine and rest, rest, rest. Maybe your kids won't get chicken pox. There's a vaccine available now and I sure recommend that all parents have their children vaccinated because shingles is just too painful, and who wants to live knowing that a childhood illness can cause later grief?

    I had shingles a few years ago and the pain was awful. It started just after I had slipped on ice and thought I had pulled a muscle in my back, so I left on holiday armed with heavy duty pain pills. They caused hallucinations so I had to stop them, and thankfully I found a doctor who recognized what I had and got me started on that anti-viral medicine. I feel sorry for you, looking at that rash. Luckily mine was on my lower back so I never actually had to look at it. DH rubbed a cream on me twice a day - I think he just liked rubbing my butt :wink:

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    Hang in there, gotta get better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ButtercreamCakeArtist
    Maybe you want to see...maybe not. Have any of you looked at the pics on the internet? There are some nasty scary pictures. My DH was looking. I told him not to show me more. This was taken today. Day 5 of the rash.
    OOPS. Actually yesterday 14 April was day 4. Today is day 5--15 April.

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    It's weird. Sometimes it looks like it is getting better, then it will look worse later. ???? Thank you to everyone for your kind words. It means a lot to have so many that care.
    Heather, thank you. ;) Yes, I will post some pics of the stages of this stuff. I hope it doesn't turn black. Or get on my face.

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    And, yes, both of my kids have had the varicella vaccine to help prevent chicken pox, but there is still a chance they can get chicken pox. Most likely, if they do, the chicken pox will not be nearly as bad of a case as it would've been without having the vaccine.

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    MIL had it last year. I had a friend whose mother had shingles & when she was in the hospital, they brought her one of those wash basins full of ice & orange juice , cranberry juice & other acidey juices. Nurse told her to drink as many of these as she could a day. Something about the acid is suppose to help. You are scaring me. I had chicken poxs with a vengance when I was a kid. Please take care of yourself & get well soon.

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    Oh my gosh, I'm so sorry to hear this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Debra Mc
    MIL had it last year. I had a friend whose mother had shingles & when she was in the hospital, they brought her one of those wash basins full of ice & orange juice , cranberry juice & other acidey juices. Nurse told her to drink as many of these as she could a day. Something about the acid is suppose to help. You are scaring me. I had chicken poxs with a vengance when I was a kid. Please take care of yourself & get well soon.
    OK...good. I had some OJ last night. I will have some more. Sorry to scare you, but I'm quite scared myself. If I really let myself think about it a lot, I start crying.

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    Yikes.... I hope you feel better soon! I had shingles this past winter, my right shoulder felt like it was on fire to the bone. I work in a hospital and went to our occupational health dept to get some 'exercises' to loosen up my stiff shoulder. Uh, I got sent home and told to stay away from work for a week. I think I slept the entire week. I still have pain in the bone just about everyday. Sleep, sleep, sleep- we will be here when you wake up :):)

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