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Old 10-27-2015, 01:49 PM   #81
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I got the vaccine a couple years ago. I forget the exact conversation with my GP, but I think he said it may or may not be covered and it was up to me, but he recommended it. I went ahead and my insurance did cover it. I had just heard from a friend who'd had it how painful it was.

In just the last couple weeks I've had a small, somewhat painful and itchy breakout on my side, just above the belt. Now that I think about it, it probably is shingles. Apparently the vaccine doesn't always prevent it but can reduce the symptoms. It's not bad enough to go see a doctor, and seems to be subsiding. It did puzzle me how this breakout could be hurting more and differently than a rash should until I realized what it probably is.

Assuming that's what it is, and that the vaccine did help tone down the symptoms, I'm very glad I got the vaccine.
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Old 10-27-2015, 05:59 PM   #82
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Thanks- that's good information. I had shingles when I was in my late 40's. It was a milder case- I thought I was getting attacked by bugs during the night or something. There were "bites" all over my back. Then DW noticed the peculiar pattern. Last month I looked into immunization, but my insurance declined coverage, since I'm not yet 60. So now I'm trying to decide whether to spend the money, or wait another year.
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I got the vaccine a couple years ago. I forget the exact conversation with my GP, but I think he said it may or may not be covered and it was up to me, but he recommended it. I went ahead and my insurance did cover it. I had just heard from a friend who'd had it how painful it was.

In just the last couple weeks I've had a small, somewhat painful and itchy breakout on my side, just above the belt. Now that I think about it, it probably is shingles. Apparently the vaccine doesn't always prevent it but can reduce the symptoms. It's not bad enough to go see a doctor, and seems to be subsiding. It did puzzle me how this breakout could be hurting more and differently than a rash should until I realized what it probably is.

Assuming that's what it is, and that the vaccine did help tone down the symptoms, I'm very glad I got the vaccine.
If you have a case of shingles you should see your doctor for treatment - but you need to see them within a week (or something like that) for the treatment to do any good. Treatment will help alleviate symptoms even with the vaccine.
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If you have a case of shingles you should see your doctor for treatment - but you need to see them within a week (or something like that) for the treatment to do any good. Treatment will help alleviate symptoms even with the vaccine.
Yea, you want to get on valacyclovir antiviral immediately if you have an shingles outbreak.
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Even if the symptoms weren't very bad? It was really more of an annoyance. I ran my 3rd fastest marathon ever this weekend with it, so it didn't seem to be otherwise affecting me.
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I got my physical today. I asked the doctor to write me a prescription for the shingles vaccine. The pharmacy that is in my PPO for my insurance would not give the vaccine unless they had a prescription for it. I have BCBS Federal and called them before going to the pharmacy with the prescription to make sure I would not be billed full price since I am under 60 years of age. I am 57. BCBS told me no charge for people 50 and over. So...I got the shot. You folks need to do the same. My wife just got over a mild case of shingles and it is some of the worst pain there is.
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We went on vacation earlier this year, and the wife spent her nights itching and itching. Fortunately she had some Neurotin with her--a prescription medicine--that stopped most of the itch.

As we got home, she broke out with a rash on her neck/face and she peeled in those places. Looking back, she had a very minor case of the shingles while we were on our trip. Had she not taken the Shingles Vaccine earlier, my wife would have had a full blown, painful case of the shingles.
I had a small mild outbreak as well this year after having the vaccine maybe two years ago. More irrritating than painful, so glad I got the shot.
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