Patient Comments: Shingles - Experience

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Please describe your experience with shingles. Submit Your Comment

Comment from: lincoln log, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: June 25

I had my second shingles shot on Saturday, June 20, 2020 at 9 AM. I was very tired and weak that afternoon and night. I could not sleep on the arm where the shot was given. Sunday morning I got up at 6 AM, got out of bed, felt dizzy, took 5 steps, fainted and fell to the floor. My wife helped me back to bed and checked my blood pressure; 75/60, and pulse 132. She took me to the emergency room. They found no cause for problems except for getting the second shingle shot. My arm is still painful.

Comment from: Roche, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 28

I have postherpetic neuralgia in my buttock area. Sweat forms in the cleft and gives a tingle, burning and itchy pains. This has been hurting for 4 years after having shingles. Some days are good but some days are very bad.

Comment from: Selina, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 17

Get the shingles vaccine as soon as possible if you had the chicken pox in childhood. This is the best advice I can give now that I know what shingles are. The intensity of the pain is as intense as labor pain with the exception it's on your back and it doesn't go away. Then like boiling water and being scraped with a fork constantly 24/7 for over a month.

Comment from: Titso, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 24

It all started with heartburn and stomach discomfort. Test revealed Helicobacter pylori and I was treated with antibiotics. It came back again after months. This happened about 6 times in a span of about 2 years until I took Manuka honey with UMF 10 on an empty tummy, 1 teaspoon. Before then tests revealed I had gastritis because of constant hiccup and burping after every meal and drink. No more H. pylori but I still have hiccup and burp till now. Quiet frustrating even though I've observed 90 percent of healthy living.

Comment from: Kygal, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 05

This is September 2019. I caught the shingles from my husband receiving the newest vaccine, Shingrix. He got the first vaccine and he and I both got ill. He went back for his booster and we both got sick again. He was really bad. Fever, chills, aches, and nausea. I just felt the nausea. Next few days I felt tired and had headaches, numbness and tingling. Then the rash. Doctor diagnosed me and confirmed I no doubt caught the shingles from him being vaccinated. I am not the first. There are others.

Comment from: Campbellsoupgirl, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 12

I have had shingles approximately 25 times. I had the first shot 10 years ago. Now I am taking 2 part shingles vaccine shot, and I have had 1. I am 69 years old.

Comment from: Marymesaaz, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 16

It took 19 days for me to be properly diagnosed with shingles. I went to the hospital emergency on June 1st, they filled me full of morphine and pain medicines and sent me home. Next I went to my doctor’s clinic and saw someone there. He said I probably had shingles, but if I wasn't treated within a couple of days (now on day 6), there wasn't anything he could prescribe, I would have to just bear it out. When I finally got to see my doctor (June 19th) she took such good care of me. She is leaving her practice.

Comment from: Maureen , 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 21

I developed shingles at Christmas 2016, and it has left me with postherpetic neuralgia. I am still not able to wear a bra all day, although the hours have become more these past 2 months. I have tried everything I have read about to ease it, but nothing lasts more than a few hours.

Comment from: BetJo, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: August 21

I have had shingles for over 2 years. It settled in my left eye and it really causes me a lot of discomfort. It is a daily hurt and I am on gabapentin and I really want off of it. The medicine does take the itching away for a few hours, and then right back to the itching. I'm 86 years old and this has taken my life away for the last 2 years. The doctor that I have now is going to bring me off my medicines; or at least try.

Comment from: Bill, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: August 21

Shingles was one of the worst experiences of my life! I was 55. It felt like someone was holding a match to the infected areas and the sensation was there, 24/7 for 2 weeks. Started on the low back and moved down and up around to the genitals. I had postherpetic neuralgia for about 6 months after that. I would've paid big money to have had the vaccine before the infection! Time for the booster.

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Comment from: AT, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 26

I stepped on a board with a nail, it went straight in my foot and made a puncture wound. I pulled it out, now I can hardly walk. It hurts and I have a really bad headache.

Comment from: yogahelps2, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 13

Three years I had the shingles vaccine, but now at age 62, I ended up with the shingles anyhow despite being healthy with minimal stress in my life. It started at my hairline in back, and I've developed only a few new patches down the side and front of my neck, probably because I when to the walk-in clinic and started early on valacyclovir. The shooting pain to my ear, though, is unbearable, and ibuprofen helps some. What really helps is holding my head in a position that stretches the area where the rash started, below my left occiput at the hairline. Hope that helps someone out there who's also suffering with intense, shingles pain.

Comment from: Collin, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: June 11

I am a 42 year old male. So I’ve read a lot of sites now. I am the seventh case of shingles at our worksite in the last month. Two years ago I got the booster shot to prevent shingles. So the contagiousness of shingles I question a little bit. I can understand my immune system being down. I ended up with strep throat for a month, thought it was just a cold and didn’t get anything for it, so that probably wore down my system and the previous days before the oncome I helped my family move and really wore myself down. I ended up with ulcers on my lower torso, barely able to walk, and to make matters worse they got infected and my leg is swelled up. I have extreme pain, and to add insult to injury I also ended up with two ulcers on either side of my penis. I do not wish this on anyone.

Comment from: Tracy , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 22

I am recently getting over shingles on the left hip area. I started about a week ago with viral symptoms, shivers, and sore throat. Then 4 days later I started with some spots that looked like blotchy chickenpox in one area, then I noticed some blisters. I went to get checked out immediately, so glad I did. Having been a nurse I recognized the rash. I started acyclovir 800 mg first in the initial phase. It has been fantastic, spots reduced without becoming full blisters. Only thing now is, it feel like a pulled muscle in the leg opposite side and I have rib ache too, like pulled rib cage. I lathered calamine aqueous cream on to itchy spots. I hope this helps people. I am 52.

Comment from: Georgennad, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: May 22

At first, the right part of my body started aching generally as it seemed my hair follicles weren't giving me the normal feeling. I had some painful sensation whenever I touched it. Then I started having feverish feelings but normally malaria would make me lose appetite. Since I didn't lose appetite I felt it was typhoid symptom, I was having headache too and I took typhoid medications before going to sleep. The next morning after taking my bath, I noticed some rash at my back close to my waist. It had happened before, I went to a clinic and got treated but was never informed what it was. This time I took my time to make research on the internet until I got to know it was shingles as I have had chicken pox as a kid. It gets worse when I am in a hot environment and the pain becomes severe by the day as I also get tired most often. I stay hydrated, always stay cool and shower often, it helps a lot. I also started getting easily depressed always looking for who to talk to, who to encourage me and all that, as it happened when I am staying all alone. As at the time of typing this, am still battling with it. I take pain relief drugs but it doesn't help a lot! The next step now is to visit a hospital for shingles vaccination. I am also concerned seeing it's incurable, my female friend who am planning to get married to also has a cold sore which is said to be incurable.

Comment from: leylandlass, 65-74 Male (Caregiver) Published: April 24

My husband had rib/chest pain on right side front and back which he thought to be a slight strain. He used a buckwheat filled pad heated in the microwave to ease the strain but 2 or 3 days later a couple of what appeared to be insect bites appeared on his left front. Within 3 days these had spread from midline front to midline back in a zig zag pattern and became very painful overall and blistered. Six inches wide was the maximum. We realized it was shingles and for 3 days he took 1 Piriton a day and took occasional ibuprofen. We also kept the area washed, clean and dry as the large fluid filled blisters developed. He then wore clean t-shirts changing them every few hours when the blisters started weeping. The areas in between were very dark red. After another 4 days they began to recede and now after 2 weeks from the beginning they are beginning to peel off and the surface pain is almost gone. Itching is the main problem now.

Comment from: wutwoo6, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: March 28

I had the worst pain from shingles. My PHN (post-herpetic neuralgia) was off the charts! I was unable to sleep, eat, walk, or talk for three months. My daughter researched the internet and she found super pulsed laser therapy for me. I had nine 15 minute sessions and I am 100 percent out of pain. My chiropractor treated me with it.

Comment from: sally, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 08

I am a 58 year old teacher. About a week ago I started having a lot of pain in my right buttock and thigh. I thought it was sciatica because we had just finished re-doing a room and decorating for Christmas. The pain in my right thigh got worse and my skin felt super tight and felt like a bad sunburn. I had chills and little appetite. A rash started to appear in spots on my thigh and along my buttocks. I went to work in pain but had the school nurse check out the rash and she told me it looked like shingles. I went to the doctor that afternoon and he diagnosed it. Started the antiviral medication, Lyrica and hydrocodone for pain. I have to stay home from school this whole week. Pain is very bad! I also feel deep pain in the right groin area. Thank goodness for school nurses!

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Comment from: Angee, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 05

Thanks to all those that have posted their horrible experiences after having the shingles vaccine. Whether this is in fact the cause or that you would have gotten it after vaccine anyway, no one will ever know, as 1 in 3 people get shingles. In saying this I will not be taking the advice of my doctor and getting a vaccination. I will soldier through with Zovicor and St John’s wort and drink plenty of sulfur. I do not get the rash and have had pain only symptoms for 4 years, on and off. I started taking 2 or 3 tbsp twice a day MSM sulfur in water now (build up from 1/2 tsp) as this limits the rash outbreaks, gives you a bounce of energy and makes you feel less sick. But it does not cure shingles. No one has got that right as yet and I'm still waiting. Keep painkillers within arm’s reach for those emergency, sleepless, painful nights. Thank you again, fellow shingles victims. Research Mexican hospitals and stem cell therapy for another alternative cure if you can afford it.

Comment from: Andy, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 03

I was diagnosed with a fatty liver when I was 39. I was told by the doctor that it was due to drinking too much alcohol, but I only drank socially at weekends! When I went to see the specialist she said to me to lose weight or end up in an early grave! This really upset me when she said this but I did lose nearly 4 stone and have kept most of it off (put back on around 10 pounds). I am 49 in April, and it has been and continues to be a hard journey! I have not had a drink for many years but would love to have a glass of wine and lemonade on summer days!

Comment from: 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 19

I have always had health issues since I was a kid. I have had constipation all my childhood till about 4 or 5 years ago. I know have been suffering from constant diarrhea, gas, pain, and bloating. My stomach feels like it is a burning, a raw feeling as well. I also have Hashimoto's which started my journey. I researched about my Hashimoto's and found that most thyroid patients have a gene mutant the MTHFR. I was tested and my test came back I have 2 copies. Both my sister and I have the same C677T which is not good. Before this I went to the gastroenterologist and had a colonoscopy and endoscopy with biopsies. My doctor then ordered a breath test. It also came back very positive. So I have been reading as much as I can on SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth). I have tried the elimination diet with antibiotics, but nothing got better. So I am now trying to research for a doctor that works with both the MTHFR gene and my SIBO; they seem to go together so I have read. Wish me luck on my journey.

Comment from: Dras4033, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 14

I have experienced shingles 4 times so far, the first time I was 4 months old and had it under my left shoulder blade. The second time it was on my upper hip and down the side of my thigh on the outside on the left side of my body. The third time it was on my right upper hip and last but not least on my right ribs below my breast. I have been told it is extremely rare to get shingles numerous times and that mostly it only happens in older people. So far this has not been the case and now my youngest child has her first round of shingles at age 17, but neither my husband nor I remember her ever having had chicken pox.

Comment from: 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 27

I was given a vaccine for chicken pox (varicella) a month ago, and immediately broke out in a shingles type rash along my waist and abdomen. It is a month now and I am suffering from fatigue, depression and the shingles rash looks pretty bad. I was prescribed anti-viral medication today by my doctor. I had to have a vaccine as I had never contracted any diseases in childhood, and nearly died from measles in 1989.

Comment from: ScarlettandRhett, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 07

Two weeks ago Saturday, I got a little twitch in my right flank. I noticed a small bit of itching, but thought it was a bug bite. By Monday night I couldn’t breathe I was in so much pain and was throwing up. Since I had had a kidney stone before (same side) I thought that was what it was. I had my husband take me to the emergency room and I had CT scan blood and urine test. No kidney issue. Still no rash and morphine drip barely touched the pain. They sent me home with a flank pain release. I went to my obstetrician to see if it was my fibroid/uterus. She suggested we schedule a hysterectomy! Next morning my right side from my spine to my groin were itchy and, ta da, rash and we knew it was shingles. The deep kidney pain started to get better. Now I just have a slightly itchy rash. Glad it happened on my right side, since I already have little feeling on that side. I cancelled the biopsy and the scheduled total abdominal hysterectomy! If only I had looked deeper into shingles! I never would have known about the pain it can cause.

Comment from: SRT392, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: March 11

I had the shingles shot last year after having it. I had it 5 times in the last 4 years. I came down with shingles today again so now 6 times.

Comment from: carma, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 08

I never thought I would get shingles, boy, I was wrong. It started about 9 days ago, I thought I had a cold maybe a flu bug. Then the back side of my right arm felt like someone was holding a hot iron, but I couldn't see a rash, just pain there and under my armpit. Then I had a bump close to my shoulder blade and asked my boyfriend to scratch it and he took the head off. I thought it was a bug bite but it hurt. The next morning I was covered in blisters from my armpit to the side of my breast and chest. I was so sick and in extreme pain but luckily only for a few days. I started reading and this is what worked for me. I applied apple cider vinegar and Listerine 4 or 5 times a day, 200 mg Motrin every 6 hours, cortisone cream with pain reliever, and over the counter generic allergy medicines. I also soaked in a salt water hot tub but don't think that mattered. Within 2 days the pain was barley affecting me, and the blister started drying within 4 days and are almost gone on day 8. I still feel like I have a cold, nausea etc., but minimal pain under my armpit. I do have a very high threshold for pain but I wouldn't wish this on my worst enemy! Going to check out the reviews about the shot, I never want to go through this again if it can be prevented. Hope this helps and thank you to all who supplied wonderful home remedies. Good luck to everyone.

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Comment from: melkayham, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 01

I have been dealing with shingles for one month. While the pain is finally subsiding, along with the rash, I have bruises on my arm and underarm. I cannot find any references to this, but can only assume this is an aftereffect of the shingles.

Comment from: Filgrastin, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 13

I fortunately had an appointment with my doctor the day prior to discovering my shingles rash. As soon as she saw the rash on the right side of my abdomen she diagnosed it as shingles and gave me a prescription for acyclovir. This has been going on now for over a week. The rash is clearing up with the use of calamine lotion but I still have the pain unless I sit down very carefully keeping my body almost erect. I am taking Tylenol over the counter for pain. My doctor offered me a pain medication which unfortunately I refused but wish I had taken it. I did not get the shingles shot but when all of this is over I will ask my doctor if I should get it.

Comment from: Ann, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: October 12

I had the shingles vaccine in January, 2011. Pain in left cheek started on September 30, 2015. By Sunday, rash appeared on left side of face so I went to an urgent care center and was prescribed medication. As the week went on, I got blistery lesions on the side of nose and very close to the eye. Lesions also appeared inside nostril, on roof of mouth, in and around lips, and in throat. I saw my physician on October 7. I had bad headache and very sick feeling, and spent many days in bed. I have no confidence in the vaccine shot I was given. Perhaps it was nothing but water!

Comment from: ro, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: July 21

Many years ago my finger was slammed in a car door fracturing the tip of my finger. The nail was removed and served as a splint. My nail grew back in time but was only attached at the base and not at the top. It grew and continues to grow but now is black at the top.

Comment from: DSW, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 28

The pain started under my right breast. Thinking this is my normal minor pains I have, I ignored it. Then the breast started aching badly. Then the pain moved to under right arm, and then to middle back over to the spine. All in one day this movement occurred. I knew it wasn't normal, went to the doctor and he said it was shingles. He gave me pain medicines (making me sleep, but not long lasting on the pain), salve for the itching, and valacyclovir. I am miserable, but I've noticed if I just get up and move around doing chores, it is not so bad. I notice it much more when sitting down. I had the shingles shot 4 months ago! I am hoping this won't last long because of it. So painful!

Comment from: Karen, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: April 27

On March 26, 2015, I had my first annual anniversary with the horrible and constant pain of post herpetic neuralgia after shingles. The first 9 months was a nightmare; especially at night. I tried every medication in the book prescribed by my primary doctor; and finally ended up with a neurologist and 4800 mg of gabapentin daily. It’s the only thing that helps. It's in my armpit; so wearing clothing is difficult. My neurologist indicated he has several patients with the longest duration of 7 years. So by the time this goes, I'll be dead; often I wanted to be. Hang in there, folks.

Comment from: mollyz, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 18

To those of you who are brave enough to report your experience, thank you. However, contrary to the advertisements and popular belief, I am a patient who did get the vaccine and two years later, got a horrific case of shingles. I was out of work for three months and now 8 months later although I'm functioning, I still have PHN (postherpetic neuralgia). Messages to Merck to aid in their research have gone unanswered! Makes one wonder if they're interested in developing an effective product or just putting it on the market! My opinion: don’t get the vaccine; I couldn't have possible gotten it any worse if I hadn't!

Comment from: Dumpling, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 21

There is never a mention about shingles in the throat. That is where I had mine seven years ago. I lost 30 pounds in four weeks because I couldn't swallow. I still have nerve damage after all these years.

Comment from: JUSTAMOM, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 17

I had an awful headache on my 56th birthday. I told my husband it hurt from the temporal part of my skull to my sinuses to the top of head and down. Just like if you could take the left quarter of my skull. I went to the emergency room (ER) with my headache, received pain medications and was told to watch for a rash. Shingles had crossed my mind but 2 days later my left side of my forehead was covered in painful blisters, crusted up later but here I am 11 days later and feel like I have the flu! When will I feel like my old self! I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired! I have zero energy although the blisters are improving!

Comment from: REDWOLF49, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 16

I am a 64 year old woman and I started having pain in my shoulder blade. We thought maybe I pulled the muscle or bruised it somehow. The pain kept getting worse, then a welt appeared on my back and then a blister where the welt was. I told my husband to pop the blister. Meanwhile I had my husband apply Bengay on my shoulder and also wore a medicated patch for the pain, and nothing helped. I started getting bumps on my underarm which itched very badly. I scratched till they bled, so after a week of this I finally went to my doctor and that’s when he told me that I have my first case of shingles. They haven’t gotten much worse but they still hurt horribly and I am disabled from a failed back surgery so I know what pain is. I go back to my doctor tomorrow to be checked again and I am hoping he can give me a shot or something for this pain as my 10 mg oxycodone is doing absolutely nothing and that’s what I take for my back. I also take Topamax to help with the nerves in my legs and it doesn’t faze the nerves affected from shingles.

Comment from: Missouri woman, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 19

I had the shingles vaccine about 3 years ago, because both my mother and father had had them. Well, 2 weeks ago I broke out in a rash on my head and didn't go to the doctor until 2 days later. They said I should have come in within 72 hours. I didn't know what I had. My right eye swelled close, my face broke out, and the pain was unbearable. They put me on medications and had to go to eye specialist and he gave drops. The rash is clearing up but the pain is so bad at night. The pain runs up my ear and neck and to the top of my head. I am so weak and tired I have never felt like this. I wouldn't wish these on my worst enemy.

Comment from: Francie, Female (Patient) Published: July 05

I think I am currently experiencing my third bout of shingles. My first in January was in the upper back; just extreme pain like muscle spasms all the time. I went to the osteopath thinking it was my spine. A month later I experienced extreme pain in my left groin where I then developed a rash that travelled up my buttock. After a week I went to a doctor who diagnosed shingles which really surprised me as I hadn’t thought of that. A blood test later confirmed it but meanwhile the doctor put me on an antiviral and antibiotic. This started helping after about 4 days. I needed sleeping pill to get to sleep though, because of pain. Now 4 months later I am experiencing the severe pain in my back again but no rash again. I went to an osteopath again, then a skeletal muscular specialist in the hopes of getting a muscle relaxant or steroid injection for the pain but he sent me for a chest x-ray which turned out to be fine. He mentioned that it was the same pain as shingles but because of the lack of a rash was puzzled. Now I am convinced it is shingles again as it is so much like the last time; worse in the evenings and night. The doctor has now given me the antiviral drug which I think is gradually helping. I wonder why I am getting this as I have a relatively stress free life and am otherwise healthy. I don't seem to catch colds or flu.

Comment from: Murphy's Law, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 13

When I got shingles, it was too painful to have any clothing or even a sheet touching my skin. Nothing helped and new ones continued to appear. My doctor tried everything and could not understand why they just got worse. After three weeks of medications, it started to subside. I have quite a few scars on my back, chest and shoulder from going through that awful experience. As a child, I was exposed to chicken pox but never showed any signs of getting them. Maybe that is why I kept breaking out with more for weeks.

Comment from: Cindy R., 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 07

Two years ago this month while sitting on the floor, I suddenly had a horrific shooting pain, like a 12 inch serrated knife blade shoot through my right eye. Within a few seconds, I saw smoke, lightning flashes then my world went dark gray. Prior to this experience, the only thing I had noted was feeling of skin crawling, burning in my throat, an earache with some dizziness and an intense itching buried in the death of my skin. It was horrible! Since, my diet has had to change because I cannot eat certain foods like oranges, yogurt with fruit, etc. More so, my life has changed! This night two years ago the cornea of my right eye ruptured and a shingle now lives active on the front of my eye controlling my every move and emotion. I no longer work, still have intense shooting pain when I least expect it, cannot drive at night because of light sensitivity and fogged vision and I have to regulate my every move and reaction to stressful moments just to exist. I have been through a gamut of health care physicians who blew off my symptoms because there are no external signs of rash, scars or symptoms. The only person who took me serious, other than my significant other, was my optometrist. He is the one who finally came to understand I am an internal shingle carrier. Shingles will change your life when left untreated. My only suggestion is twofold: first take the vaccine if you possibly can as it may not prevent shingles, but it will reduce the magnitude of your symptoms and length of stay. Second, when you suddenly experience burning, itching, swelling in lymph nodes, or an unfamiliar rash - seek attention! I know one day I will be blind from another opening of my cornea. Until that happens I will give my body the respect it deserves, listen wisely to what it is telling me, and will take my acyclovir every single day for the rest of my life because my little eye shingle refuses to go dormant and gets angry very quickly. I share my experience because I would never ever want your life to change as has mine.

Comment from: 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 15

I am a 53 year old female with lupus. I was diagnosed with shingles on New Year’s Eve. It was on my right scalp, forehead and also affected my right eye. I started anti viral medication, and drops for my eye. I am still on drops for my eye. I still have itching on the scalp and forehead and when I scratch it seems to break out. I use Capsaicin for the itching and it does work but it hurts like crazy if it accidentally gets in my eye.

Comment from: PHNSufferer, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 11

Quickly...1978, first round of Herpes, and future bouts came with a sticker pain in right ear, traveled down to mouth causing Herpes outbreak. Years of this. Fast forward to near 50 years old. Headache where half of face itched, stung, burned, ached in right temple, ear ache, worst headache ever. Neuralgic pain as well. Doctor prescribed meds for migraine. No success. Still got the headaches, aching, and itching and neuralgia, ear pain. Pain jumps from ear to eye to forehead to cheek to teeth back to temple. Eyelid burns and did have droopy eyelid about a year ago. Prescribed Neurontin from neurologist. Helps. I don’t know if it is shingles or herpes. I did only have 1 or 2 extremely painful pimples, twice in temple area, another time once on temple, chin. Get "hot spots" on half of affected side of head like neuralgia. Mostly confined to the right side, where original Herpes symptoms started. Deal with on a monthly basis. Just getting over a bout, having itching in the area and have to be careful not to get upset, as if it isn’t "finished", will get another round of it. This time, dull ache temples, eye pain, nose pain, burning eyelid and eye blurry, itching. Neurontin. I don’t know what I would do without it. I feel like I am the only person who has this and hope that this helps if there is anyone out there with similar symptoms.

Comment from: ssingerss, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: July 21

I was told by my pharmacist that the shingles vaccine was free with my insurance and that I should take advantage of it. I know of the pain associated with the malady so I consented. I did, like others, have swelling, redness and then quite a large lump on my arm but was told this is normal. It subsided in a week and so far so good.

Comment from: Sheila, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: May 17

I had an electrocardiogram (EKG) and it came back abnormal ECG, nonspecific T-wave abnormalities.

Comment from: Sanith, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 26

Salicylic acid is a good medicine that can remove plantar warts if you use it properly. I have experience with plantar warts. Use the medicine as described below. Soak your feet in hot water at least 5 to 10 minutes before applying salicylic acid. Apply salicylic acid in the affected area on a daily basis and cover it with a Band-Aid. After one week you can easily remove the wart from your foot. Keep patient and apply the medicine, this is not a dangerous disease but it is a little painful, that’s it.

Comment from: sMEKENS, 75 or over Female (Caregiver) Published: January 23

My husband has had the shingles for 3 years. The treatment the doctors have him on is hydrocodone and gabapentin. He is always in pain.

Comment from: grammazr, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 10

I first got shingles, when I was 23 years old, and have had them 5 times, they are the most painful thing I have ever had! Right now I think I'm getting them again. They want me to get the shingles shot, because I have an auto-immune deficiency, but I'm not a needle person, I will be taking an antibiotic! Anyone who has had this knows the pain, I still have pain in my right hip and leg!

Comment from: 40yrMale, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: October 08

My experience with shingles: Three weeks ago I awoke with the right side of my face tingling and throbbing pain in my teeth. I visited the dentist who performed a root canal that day. I awoke to significant pain on the right side of my face the following day. I had fever blisters inside my mouth and running up into the right ear canal. I was given famciclovir, which may or may not have helped clear the blisters. I am experiencing numbness on the tip of my tongue and constant itching and burning on my cheek. Oxycodone has helped with the pain but takes a toll on the digestive system.

Comment from: 35-44 Male (Caregiver) Published: February 13

After a month of low back pain, I was diagnosed with shingles. I am now an antiviral medication and Advil for pain. I have been under a large amount of stress (holidays, mom having a heart attack, work etc.). The best thing is to get treated soon.

Comment from: girlfriend5520, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 27

I first had an ear ache in my ear canal. I was treated but then a day later developed a spot on my tongue. I went to the doctor and was put on another antibiotic. Then I had this numb feeling on my head. I went to the E.R. with a rash on my neck. I was told I had shingles. Two days later the pain and burning was so intense only on my head, and only on the right side of my head. My ear had spots inside and out. My face had a few as well. My head was so bad I was sobbing in pain. I went again to the doctor and was given antiviral medications and Percocet which was the miracle pain medication for me. It took approximately 6 weeks and I am now pain free and rash free.

Comment from: lori1234, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 30

This has been going on for about 15 years. I’m 52 now, however the more frequent the bouts and the more painful. It usually starts by a huge sweaty night of sleep and chills the next day, just as if to get a cold sore the body in whole is achy and tired, I could fall asleep standing in the mid of this. The face nose ear and my neck swells on one side always the same symptoms, it seems but I have been keeping log this one I’m entering now has already taken a week and my mid back is numb small blisters under breast none yet in my ear or nose but left eye and teeth hurt when I blink, eyes water, I have 4 blister type bumps on my chin and jaw and my feet and legs starting to hurt, oh I left the feeling of fire on my whole body. The neck pain has only been the last 2 times but lately at least 2or 3 weeks rest and 6 of pain. My doctor wants to take me from pain meds, are you kidding me I’m in search of new doctor, no one sees anyone new here is a small town. I am so stuck you can’t imagine. I am getting rheumatoid arthritis and have had osteoarthritis for a long time, I remember at age of 19 I used to before my cycle have this same thing but my doctor told me is chicken pox. Well off to be and so far until I can find a real doctor I am on Norco 10/325. I dose myself about 2 pills about 4 to 6 hours. Then when not in this much pain I take 1 6 to 8 hours. Good luck and I hope all is well.

Comment from: reb in the desert, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: May 21

I was forty when I was experiencing what I thought was an ear infection, along with severe headache for days or a week or so. I also broke out with what appeared to be a small bout of acne, but the usual treatment of cleansing the area was painful. I finally went to urgent care when I couldn’t bear the pain, and was diagnosed with shingles. I was given the antibiotics for that and it cleared up. since then I’ve researched symptoms and causes that can bring on the episodes, and found that stress,( in my relationship) the heat in the desert and not getting the rest and healthy diet to keep my immune system strong was my triggers. I’ve since learned to recognize the onset of a breakout early on and can address the issue sooner, thus avoiding advance of the breakout with better care of myself and distressing myself. Coincidently, I haven’t had a breakout since my (of ten years) and I split. Also my episodes were either during the holidays, or heat of summer in palm springs,(trying to keep my gardens alive).

Comment from: caroleconaway, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: April 23

I am a 74 year old woman who had chicken pox as a child and again as an adult with my small children. I went to Walgreens to get the vaccine and my insurance rejected it. The pharmacist said the vaccine would be $215.00 which I cannot afford. I know Medicare does not approve the vaccine; however I feel that if I get shingles the supplemental insurance will have to pay 20% of what Medicare pays. This makes no sense. Preventive medicine has proven to be utmost important to keep disease away from people. Now it seems the government is taking a wait and see attitude while many folks over the age of 60 get the relentless pain and need treatment by a physician. Not only that, but it is contagious to others who have not had chicken pox. I had them twice which proves that the pox lingers within the body. Perhaps a large medical society can encourage insurance coverage to those of us who really need it but cannot afford the high cost.

Comment from: barbara, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 20

I am 58 years old and was feeling great went outside to rake and that evening I had a blister rash under my chin, went to the doctor and they said I had some type of Allergic reaction. Went back the next day for had blisters on the right side of my head and badly around my ear a face also. Such SEVERE never ending pains that I was on the floor crying. They gave me a prescription that cost $250.00 and went to Health Food Store and bought “SHINGLES RESCURE" which is a homeopathic gel. It really helps with the bad pains, just rub it on where you have those bad pains. It cost about 30 to 40 dollars so get it. It does help!!!

Comment from: islagirl59, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 07

I am a 52 year old woman and started 9 days ago with a sore throat. Next my back was very sore, then a lot of pain around my waist area. 5 days ago the first blisters started and are still appearing daily. I started on an anti-viral the day after they first appeared. The pain has been terrible: throbbing, stabbing, felt like possible heart attack, numbness in hand. All clothing hurts terribly. (All on left side) I am exhausted by this. Hot shower does feel good and lying on the floor to stretch out my back, which has been killing me. The last 3 days I have been taking Advil, extra-strength every 4 hours and I can tell when it is wearing off. Don't know how I will handle this if it lasts 3 more weeks.

Comment from: Nellie13, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 01

I had a spot on my forehead on the right side. I was not sure what it was, but figured it was a pimple or in grown hair. It hurt to touch it and it grew bigger over the next 3 days. Then I noticed a bump on the jawline by my right ear. That same evening I had a bad ache from the little bump up the side of my jawline toward my forehead. The next morning I had shooting pain that would not stop and made me cry! I went to an urgent care and was told I had Shingles! I was shocked and relieved at the same time. I had seen it on people before, but not like this, on the forehead and all. It has been 5 days since that apt. and I am going to see a doctor today to be checked out. I was given pain meds and antiviral meds and I still have a long way to go taking the antiviral meds and the pain in my head is still real bad. Slow recovery that is for sure. I just can't wait to wake up and feel normal!

Comment from: rcalvarado, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 06

When I first noticed something was not right was the right side of my face next to my hairline was burning with slightest touch. Two days later I had a red spot about the size of a dime that later that day grew to a quarter with a blister forming on it. I felt a sensation of severe tingling, burning and itching. I could feel more burning under my lip and chin which then turned into redness and blistering. I made a doctor appointment 2 days later which confirmed shingles. My son had them two weeks prior on the back of his neck. I received a shot along with Prednisone and Acyclovir. I am into day 8 and they are starting to itch more with very dry crust. I found that Oatmeal bath and Oatmeal facial does heap along with calamine lotion. I can't wait to get better and don't wish this on anyone.

Comment from: LouiseDS, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 01

It started for me in my late 30's the 1st time I had it coincided with being diagnosed with strep, it was a little spot on the right side of my face, it was not that painful and I have had the same thing a couple of times since then that responded well to the valtrex and antibiotics. This past year (I am now 52) I have had mega stress. About 2 weeks ago I started with major pain in my right side, at the emergency room I was checked for Gall bladder and kidney stones, had 3 days in the hospital with rip screaming pain and then broke out in the rash about 10 days ago...it is slowly disappearing but the site is very sore and I still can’t sleep for the pain, there is also the tingly burning sensation. I am a marathoner and practice yoga and weight lifting and try to eat a healthy whole food diet, this illness is soooo frustrating, I am so exhausted and sore.

Comment from: 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 05

I had terrible pain from my shoulder blade radiating down my arm to my wrist to my fingers. I thought it was a pinched nerve as my arm and fingers were tingly. Went to my chiropractor and didn't get any relief. After my third treatment my back hurt so bad that I jumped in the shower. It was then that I noticed the "rash" from the top of my shoulder the whole way down my arm. I was lucky to get to my doctor in time to get on anti-viral meds right away. The pain in my arm felt like a horrible chemical burn with stabbing pain that at times was unbearable. On the third day of treatment my pain went from a 10 plus to a 3. What I'm experiencing now is extreme fatigue and I still have shoulder pain. Today marks three weeks and I think I am getting hopeful that the worst is behind me. Shingles are a nightmare! Oh one hint...a heating pad felt good on my arm as did Zostrax. Good luck!

Comment from: hcavlrs3, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: December 05

I am 61 years old. I noticed two red bumps on right cheek; thought they were pimples. After about five days several more bumps appeared around initial two; I had only mild itching. Within two days more bumps appeared on my chin. As I had little to no pain I ruled out shingles: wrong! My doctor diagnosed it one week after initial symptoms. Within two weeks the areas were crusted over. I didn't know you could have painless shingles!

Comment from: bedders, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 30

I am a 49 year old woman. Woke up one morning with a spot on my right cheek, thought I had been bitten by a spider. Later that day a second spot appeared about 1inch under the 1st spot. I also had what I thought was cold sores up my right nostril (very painful) My cousin told me that I should go to the Doctors, so I did and he diagnosed me with Shingles! A big surprise to me as I thought it would be a lot more painful. He prescribed 'Famvir'. Since being diagnosed I now have 5 spots on my cheek, and in my nose which is very painful with heaps of blisters. I have found that I am very tired, don't have much energy, a few headaches, diarrhea with a bit of a tummy upset. Being that I got onto it very quickly (2nd day of seeing spots) and taking the medicine, it seems to have knocked it on the head. I think it probably could have been much worse had I not acted so quickly.

Comment from: whiteoak, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 17

I had shingles on my forehead and right eye. I went to Instacare and was given antiviral medications and pain medications. I thought I was having an allergic reaction to something but I was diagnosed with Herpes Zoser Opthamalicus. I was immediately sent to the eye doctor and prescribed 5 different eye drops and the acute headaches began. After 3 months of treatment my vision slowly came back but I still have a 5% loss and have glasses to correct the problem. I still have occasional headaches and some numbness on my right eyebrow. The most concerning thing to me is I feel a loss of the ability to focus and concentrate and put things together. The Doctors have said that it has affected my trigeminal nerve. I am now wondering if there has been some permanent nerve damage that is causing cognitive problems.

Comment from: Painbug, Male (Patient) Published: November 04

I am 70 years old and had lymphoma 2 times. I was cured by two sessions of chemotherapy and radiation therapy over a span of 15 years. As a result of which my hemoglobin was always low. I had to take iron supplements. Then I contracted Shingles on my right-hand side. Blisters as big as my hand on my back and underneath my right rib. Famvir 3 times daily was prescribed which heals the blisters but the pain persists. It was then when I decided to boil coffee and tea water in an iron utensils. It immediately helped for my low hemoglobin. I do my cooking also now in iron utensils. Please tell people to through away their plastic electric kettles. It is doing much harm. I had to rely on pain pills for the shingles pain. Tegretol is helpful. I am just wondering for how long.

Comment from: paul, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: October 13

I got shingles about the last week in August that were from the coccyx area down the right buttocks. I was treated with acyclovir and amitriptyline about the 3rd day. I continued with pain and was started on Neurontin. I now have lost of feeling and movement of my toes. I had swelling in the foot, but think that was caused by turning my foot. I am now trying acupuncture 3 treatments tonight. I am hoping for some improvement.

Comment from: cws42, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 11

I am a 69 year-old very active woman and have recently had my first episode with shingles. First appeared as small itchy bumps on the left side of the back of my neck, then spread up into my hairline. Once it became obvious that it wasn't a spider or bug bite, my doc started a course of Acyclovir for 1 week. I knew after that week that it had not disappeared, so went back for another week of the drug. Two weeks after that course of drugs ended, the tingling, itching started again, this time on my left ear. I'm now into the third round of acyclovir. At the end of this round, doc says I should take a 400 mg dose twice a day for 3 months - and perhaps longer. Fortunately, I do not have the excruciating pain described by others but it is definitely debilitating by producing body aches, headache, dullness and depression.

Comment from: GoCats, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 21

I was 18 years old the first time I had shingles and the blisters and pain was on my left arm, about where you are vaccinated. I remember the pain feeling like someone had taken a red hot poker and stuck me to the bone. I thought I had bitten by a spider but then I had another outbreak on the same arm within the next 2 years and the doctor diagnosed Shingles. I'm now 51 years old and I have experienced at least 6 other outbreaks but these have all been on the left side of my back. I'm pretty sure I have nerve damage in this area because I continue to have pain all the time here. The longest period without a breakout was 6 years. The burning sensation is still as bad as ever but now I know as soon as either symptom starts, burning or one little blister, I call the doctor. Stress seems to be my culprit for out breaks, although I can't image what type of stress I could have experienced when I was 18.

Comment from: Keisha, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 03

I was walking down some stairs and missed one twisting my left foot.

Comment from: Wildgees, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: December 14

I retired due to a stroke and a bout with shingles with lasting effects over a year to date.

Comment from: bigsam, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 22

I have had my shingles since August. The rash has gone but the pain is still there.

Comment from: Becky, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: November 11

I have fainted a few times in the past, and I often feel dizzy and lightheaded. Today I had to have my blood taken and as soon as the needle goes in I start to feel light headed, then my eyesight starts to blur and eventually I cannot see anything. Also my hearing goes slightly and all I can hear is buzzing. This usually this only lasts a few seconds and then I return to normal. Today I fainted and when the nurse woke me up it was the strangest feeling, like I had been dreaming and I didn't understand where I was.

Comment from: 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 30

The worst pain I ever had since childbirth; or maybe worse. My doctor now says it is eczema, but I still think I get shingles outbreaks. I am on gabapentin. The skin on my back burns. I go to the emergency room, and they just give me mupirocin, and antibiotic Cleocin. Each outbreak lasts about a month. I am so frustrated.

Comment from: nekokiddo, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: August 20

When I got shingles and it was the worst thing I have ever gone through. I have scars covering my body, and it's the worst on my neck. I had the most severe case for my age that any doctors had ever seen. Shingles massively changed my life. It was extremely painful. Everything hurt. Doctors told me that my pain rate was higher than giving birth and that I'll probably get it again before I die.

Comment from: Lori, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 09

I have Lupus and have been undergoing different treatments for the past month. I've had to take Citoxin and Ratoxin(?) and they both weakened my immune system. This weekend I woke up with a 'bite' on my chin, and thought nothing of it, then it grew and I thought ringworm? Then is spread all up my chin and towards my ear. I'm still thinking something is biting me in my sleep. Doctor on Tuesday told me it was shingles and prescribed an antiviral. I'm just hoping we caught it early enough, as it was past the three day mark. Hoping for the best, as it's just starting to itch today. And finding out that this will last for a month or more has put me in panic mode. Hope you all feel better soon.

Comment from: 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: July 10

I am getting treatment from a neurologist for shingles. I have had shingles now for 50 days and I still have pain. I cannot wear a shirt because I cannot stand the shirt against my skin. I would like to know how long it will be before my shingles will be gone and no longer cause me pain.

Comment from: kraftiegirl, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 02

Pain, not even the pain meds help. The shingles rash is located under my arm around the top of my chest and a spot on my back so wearing clothes is painful. I just dealt with colon cancer and I think the pain from this is worse. I can't work since I work with children. I am usually such a Happy outgoing person... this is about killing my spirit.

Comment from: Mariella, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 25

I had chronic pain in my left hip for around 6 days, thought I'd done some damage at the gym! on the 7th day I notice a burning sensation in the same area towards my waist, a couple of spots had formed in a band like strip. went to the doctor & yes it was shingles. because it as diagnosed so quickly, ie within 72 hours that spots had formed I have prescribed an antiviral medication, 'famciclovir sandoz'250mg tabs, 3 per day.

Comment from: Kay, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: June 13

I have had peripheral neuropathy for years. Recently I had abdominal surgery. 8 weeks after that I got a burning pain from my elbow to my arm pit. I was given prednisone which helped a little. Then I took Lyrica which helped a little. The stronger doses knocked me out.The Lidoderm patch helped the most.

Comment from: Nicole, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: May 31

I'm 22 and was just diagnosed with shingles. My symptoms were what I thought just a cluster of pimples on the right side of my forehead and then moved to the right eyebrow. The constant burning and itching is enough to disturb you throughout your whole night and most of your day. The pain is consistent. My doctor started me on acyclovir, a steroid pack, and tramadol for the pain (which works wonders). I also found relief with a cold ice pack on the infected spots. I also found myself with no appetite. I'm only on day three and still in a great amount of pain. They say time heals everything. Let’s hope so!

Comment from: 32yearold, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: May 20

I would brush my hair back with my hand and it felt like someone was pulling my hair. I developed blisters right above my ear, in the hairline, on my lip, and inside my mouth. My jaw tightened up and it became hard to talk or swallow. Tylenol, ibuprophen, Aleve, and even oxycodone wouldn’t calm the pain. I hope it goes away. See a doctor right away.

Comment from: subha, 3-6 Female (Caregiver) Published: May 06

My daughter appeared to have chicken pox in the past year. Today I have a similar rash on my neck and arms. I was wondering if chicken pox can reappear.

Comment from: Lynnz, 45-54 (Patient) Published: April 24

I am currently being treated for shingles for the sixth time. I had my first case in 2001 when I was 36 years old. I had a severe case of chicken pox when I was 4 years old. Each time I get shingles it is worse than the last. My doctor is convinced it is stress related. The anti-viral medication simply makes me sick, as does Neurontin for the nerve pain. I pretty much have the routine down pat by now, but honestly, if I were a horse I would have been shot by now.

Comment from: tazborn, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: March 08

I had shingles after having had the vaccine. My shingles case was mild affecting only the right side of my face. Treatment included prednisone and Valtrex. The day I finished medication, I felt extremely tired. A week later I was in ICU with Guillian-Barre Syndrome. Almost three months later I am still out of work. GBS is triggered by bacteriological or viral infection creating an auto-immune situation where the white cells attack and destroy the peripheral nervous system.

Comment from: Wanda, 65-74 Female (Caregiver) Published: February 13

My mother experienced an outbreak of shingles which is related to Chicken pox at an early stage of life. Tradition medication does not work for her. However homeopathic medication does work for her, Oil of Oreganol by North American (brand).

Comment from: CharlieBear, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 31

My first episode of shingles began with a severe headache on the right side of my head. I had sensitivity to light and my right eye was tearing frequently. Before long, I felt itchy painful bumps in my mouth on the right side of my palate and inside my right ear. I also had severe pain at the roots of my teeth on the right side. In and outside of my nose had blisters too. A few blisters appeared on the side of my face and on my scalp. I went to the ER and got the diagnosis. I was prescribed 800 mg of Acyclovir 5 times a day for 10 days. And Prednisone and Lortab for pain. After a couple of days on the antiviral, no new blisters were forming. It took about 2 weeks for all the blisters to heal, but the residual pain and headache lasted another 2 weeks. The side effects of Acyclovir caused a lot of stomach pain and nausea. I had been told that a person can only get Shingles once in their lifetime. That is untrue. I have been treated for shingles 6 times in 5 years. It flares up when I am under an extreme amount of stress and also if I do not get enough rest.

Comment from: ravensburger, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: January 31

I woke up with a rash on my chest and a pain like a stiff neck. Then I started to have sharp stabbing pains around my neck and across my shoulder. Intermittently the whole area became super sensitive to the touch. I have now had it for two weeks and counting.

Comment from: Mary-Rose, 55-64 Female Published: January 22

I am a 63 year old female and I have had at least 13 bouts of shingles. They would mainly breakout on my lower abdomen on my left side. However, I started to get shingles on my face and decided to get the shingles vaccine. I am so glad I did as I haven't had an outbreak since I received the vaccine six months ago.

Comment from: Jody, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 10

I have shingles in my left eye on my optic nerve. I have had several injections, laser, and oil bubble treatment.

Comment from: connie, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 10

I am 25 years old and have Addizon's disease. Today I was diagnosed with shingles. I went to the ER because of the severity of my pain. I had a rash on the back of neck and active sores on my scalp. I thought i was going to die cause the pain was so bad. I am on steroid pain medications and antibiotics at this time.

Comment from: mikey, 55-64 Male Published: January 03

I have had shingles for the last three weeks. I have experienced itching, blisters, etc. My friend told me to rub apple cider vinegar over the areas affected. My itching went away and 2 days ago my shingles went away. Call me crazy but it worked as it did for him.

Comment from: JEM, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 27

I am 44 years old and have had shingle three times already. My cases were mild because I did go to the doctor right away. If you can get to a doctor and get the antibiotic in your body within 72 hours of seeing the outbreak, it will help but not heal. My first experience, the doctor asked me if I wanted pain meds. I said no, but two days later I called back and pleaded for something. There is a neurological pain med that helped more than anything else. Ask your doctor and go as quickly as you suspect you may have shingles! I broke out last night and couldn’t get into a doctorr today because of the holidays. But I am going first thing in the AM and will still be within my 72 time frame.

Comment from: Cherif, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: December 24

I am 50 year old and I had shingle last year but the doctor I saw at the emergency room did the wrong diagnostic, so it was late for me to be vaccinate. I had a lot of pain for three days but after that I had a good drug for pain from my MD doctor, i got much better and without trace and so I was very lucky that it was only on my back. For me it must be the right medication and everything will be in order. Hope you get better.

Comment from: june, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 19

I have had shingles for most of my life. It seams to attack my face. I get it on my eye sockets, eye brows, and face. I am 64 years old. My mother also suffered with this. I have had three weeks of it this time, first on the left side of my face, and now on the right. I have been given Aciclovir for the first time ever, and it seams to be helping. I was always told there wasn't a lot that could be done and for it to run its course. Maybe they think differently now.

Comment from: Doris ., 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: December 14

I started with shingles on my left side. It started creeping up my left side gradually. Fortunately I have no pain. A rash occurred but by the time it reached my lips they were puffed out to twice their side. I have had frequent visits to my internist and my eye doctor. It is considered to be caused by stress.

Comment from: wsgpaintball2012, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: November 29

My shingles started on the top of my head and also on my eye lid. The portion on my eye lid made it feel like there was a foreign body in my eye and the eye was scratched. The eye specialist said there was nothing on my eye but the rash was not large enough to notice at that stage. It then grew to my forehead and nose and it quickly struck me as a problem. I got into see a doctor and he gave me the antiviral meds and told me to get back to the eye doctor to make sure it was not on my eye ball because it could cause a loss of vision if untreated on the eye. It took 5 days and I am finally seeing the rash heal.

Comment from: [email protected], 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 26

I received the prevention shot for shingles Oct. 2011. The next day I had the shingles. Three doctors said they had never heard of anyone getting them from the prevention shot. Wrong. I have gone through a living hell for over a year. My right hand has been numb since I got the shingles. I had surgery on it to release the nerves in my hand and elbow. It only half worked. Now I have to see the doctor again. I had more nerve tests and I now have a blockage in some nerves in my arm. The shingles were in my hand, all the way up to my elbow. I will probably have surgery on this too. I went to physical therapy. That only made it worse. The pain is like when I first got the shingles. At times, I want to scream. If you haven't had the shot, I advise you not to get it. You may end up with messed up nerves and a numb hand that you can't even do your housework.

Comment from: Hollis, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 26

I am a healthy 62 year old female. I received the shingles vaccine one year ago and developed shingles two weeks later. I knew what it was and started Val Acyclovir within 48 hours, a good thing. The outbreak started on the right side of my chest and moved around to my back. It lasted a couple of weeks, and the pain a month. I managed the pain with Aleve. I couldn't sleep for a week, but took nothing for that. Today it is starting again on my left side.

Comment from: JoJo, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 14

Itchy, very sensitive to touch, blisters form center of back to over the hip, across the belly to my navel and down my panty line almost to the groin. I have the worst migraine headache, 24/7 I have ever had, and chills. I've been in a 72 degree house, covered with six layers of blankets. Advil helps, but as soon as it wears off, the pain is back, two fold. Doctor prescribed meds (Zovirax and neurodin) help, but boy, this is truly a virus I never, ever want to experience again!

Comment from: Maepat, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 05

I have just contracted Shingles and am hoping that I didn't have the rash for more than three days as the medication works better if you start taking the tablets (Valacyclovir ) within that time. It was interesting to see that another person contracted Shingles after a Hepatitis C vaccine. I had a Hepatitis B only four days before I noticed symptoms of Shingles. The Doctor told me that I should be fine after 7 days on the tablets. I'm hoping so as this sensation isn't too good.

Comment from: 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 15

I am 40 and am having a bout of shingles. It started with my lymph node swelling along my neck and into my scalp with burning itching pain. A few days later, while on anti-virals, blisters started to form in my scalp. The burning pain is quite bad. Itching is continuous. So far, there are only a few blisters and they are contained to the scalp. The lymph nodes are still enlarged and painful.

Comment from: daisy1si, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 15

I am a 45 yearr old mom who works and has a lot of stress. At first I thought a bug had bit me on my waist, then it started spreading and feeling like I was being poked with pins. The doctor confirmed it was shingles. I am on Valtrex for a few days and the pain is way less. The rash is getting crusty. The Valtrex is killing my stomach and I am afraid to stop because the doctor said it helps prevent future outbreaks. I am going to look into the vaccine after I recover.