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Old 01-26-2012, 08:46 PM   #21
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It's good you caught it early. Hope you recover quickly with a minimum amount of discomfort. Relax and get that rest and take care.
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Old 01-26-2012, 09:29 PM   #22
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My daughter recently had shingles involving scalp, forehead, and her eye. Horrible pain. Special very expensive meds for her eye in addition to anti-viral. She said it felt like a combination of cactus and glass shards sticking in her eye and a needle through her skull. During the second visit to the ophthalmologist I asked if he could prescribe some pain meds so she could get some relief and rest.

Bought an aloe vera plant, peeled strips, sliced it into thin "slabs" that she kept on her forehead. After three days her face looked great - only one scab.
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This was a good reminder, I'm heading to my pharmacy over the weekend and getting this shot out of the way.
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Our daughter contracted it in her early 20's. She is high-strung and was under a lot of stress, which can trigger it we were told.

Anyone who has not got it yet, take the vaccine! (with your Dr's recommendation, etc. I am not a doctor, but I slept at a Holiday Inn and now think I can walk on water.)
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Once my symptoms clear, the shot will help me from having shingles again.
Why will the shot do you any good after you have had the outbreak? The outbreak didn't give you lifetime immunity like having the measles or mumps?
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Get plenty of rest, follow doctors' orders, and above all take good care of your eye. Sounds like the first branch of the trigeminal nerve is involved, so be prepared to see an ophthalmologist if required, and take the antiviral religiously. I hope you are not left with any residual pain.

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I got shingles right before I retired. I wanted out of there so bad and I was so anxious, it was enough to wake up the virus. I got a Tamilfu shot and it knocked it down. Good thing you caught it. I had it on the side of my head too. In some ways its a good place to get it. It stays withing the network of nerves it start in. When you get it on your torso, those networks are extensive. On your head, they are small. Mine got into my jaw and it hurt to chew for a couple of weeks. Got me out of a few meetings, but nothing like when I was exposed to H1N1 the year before. I was practically banished then.
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So if you have already had shingles, do you need the vaccine?
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I am no doctor, however mine did say you can get shingles twice, or even more times if you are unlucky. (That doesn't make sense to me either. Once you get something, I thought you had immunity. Perhaps this virus acts differently.) My doctor suggested that once my current flare up is over, I should consider the vaccine, to help prevent future out breaks. Perhaps you never really kill the virus, since after chicken pox it remains latent in your system. It waits to be triggered by stress, or some other trauma.

You would think being retired I would be stress free, however, all I have to do is remember back to the fall when my father passed away, and there you go. We all handle and process events differently.

Again, do not rely on this forum for the end all in medical advice. See your Doctor for expert opinions!

Oh and by the way, the anti virals I am taking for my current case, are really working well. My symptoms are diminishing each day, and I only started this past Thursday. Early detection is key.
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I am no doctor, however mine did say you can get shingles twice, or even more times if you are unlucky. (That doesn't make sense to me either. Once you get something, I thought you had immunity. Perhaps this virus acts differently.) My doctor suggested that once my current flare up is over, I should consider the vaccine, to help prevent future out breaks. Perhaps you never really kill the virus, since after chicken pox it remains latent in your system. It waits to be triggered by stress, or some other trauma.
So I wonder how/why the immunization works?
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So if you have already had shingles, do you need the vaccine?
My brother got shingles and was instructed by his doc to get the vaccine after the initial outbreak was treated.
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Spouse has her shingles vaccine paperwork now and will be surrendering to Tripler Hospital later this week...
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So if you have already had shingles, do you need the vaccine?
It's highly recommended by the vaccine manufacturer.


More seriously, shingles can recur, and the vaccine is said to mitigate the problems if it does.
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More seriously, shingles can recur, and the vaccine is said to mitigate the problems if it does.
But doesn't it seem strange that having the outbreak doesn't provide immunity? Wonder what the vaccine does to prevent a new outbreak versus actually having a shingles outbreak.

Can anyone think of another disease/outbreak that doesn't provide immunity and for which there is a vaccination that provides more protection than the real thing?
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My brother, a friend and a co-worker all had shingles in their late 30's. Stress related, but it really makes me want to get the vaccine. I'll look into it, but I don't know how old you have to be.
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Some scary things we were learning when DD had shingles - some people end up with ongoing pain even after the episode is over. Some say that taking steroid pills/cortisone during the outbreak would minimize the chances of this.

Not sure if the following information "from the Internets" (Shingles.com) is accurate:

What is postherpetic neuralgia (PHN)?
PHN is the most common complication of shingles. It is a condition in which severe pain from shingles may last for months, and sometimes years, after the shingles rash has healed. PHN occurs from damage to the nerve fibers, caused by the varicella zoster virus. Nerve fibers send messages from the skin to the brain. When nerve fibers are damaged during an outbreak of shingles, they are not able to send messages as they normally do. The body may perceive these "mixed messages" as pain.

What is ophthalmic zoster?
Ophthalmic zoster is the involvement of any part of the fifth cranial nerve (trigeminal) with the varicella zoster virus. The symptoms include a zoster rash that extends from the eye to the vertex of the scalp. If left untreated, ophthalmic zoster can lead to inflammation, corneal ulcers/scarring, impaired vision, and even blindness.

What is the incidence of ophthalmic zoster?
Of the 1,000,000 herpes zoster outbreaks every year in the U.S., an estimated 10 percent are ophthalmic zoster patients.

There seems to be conflicting information about getting Shingles a second time (some articles say 4% get it again, some say a second outbreak is usually in a different place).

But then, you gotta do your own homework - as one Internet source also recommended additional reading by pointing to "this" article.... Architectural Shingles Vs. Regular Shingles | eHow.com
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anyone know the actual name of the vaccine or what you would ask the pharmacist for?
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anyone know the actual name of the vaccine or what you would ask the pharmacist for?
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But doesn't it seem strange that having the outbreak doesn't provide immunity?
In most cases, I agree completely.
Bt this one is different. Remember that you only get shingles if you were infected with the virus from chicken pox earlier in your life (same virus).
So that didn't give you any immunity. The virus takes up permanent residence, and flares up when it wants to.
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Reminder - the shingles vaccine cannot be taken by anyone who has a compromised immune system.
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