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Am typing this with a full-blown case (about 10 days now spreading across the upper left stomach & upper left back..At age 58, this came to me as a surprise..But, felt over a month or so that something wasn't right with me...Being tired & run down & doctors thought that this was rlated to my hormones or thyroid.... But. think I was in the works for something that my immune system was under attack...And, now, the result was this now painful condition to show up...The discomfort associated with shingles is something I was totally unprepared for, even though had chicken-pox has a child... For me,shingles is so much more painful, with it's stabbing pain involved, & ...Am thankful though, that was prescribed an anti-viral drug & prednisone, at the onset to help speed up the process & help with inflammation...It is a very trying time for me to deal with this....Was thinking about trying to get the Zostavax shot after a time that I recover from this...So, that I don't have to go through this once again & read how it can also attack the head & neck & cause so many debilatating problems that might hang on, like nerve pain or even worse problems...Unfortuantely prior allergy back testing by allergist finds that I test positive for to neomysin sulfate & to avoid its properties...So, being that this shot has this chemical, I don't think that I can get it. ....I,do, though so appreciate this article & look for others comments on dealing with shingles & its aftermath on their health..... Sincerely,Marilyn

June 4, 2009 - 12:53pm


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