Had to cancel the PM doctor appt. cause I was supposed to have a shot in the L-5, S-1 area to figure out where my lower back pain is coming from (I also had lumbar fusion L-4/5 in 2006. I went to my PCP and sure enough it is shingles. Got a script for Valtrex to take for the next 7 days. Called PM cause pain was getting pretty bad this afternoon. I will continue with my normal pain meds, avinza and oxycodone but increase my neurontin to 60 mg. twice daily. He said the increase should help the nerve pain. Started running fever this afternoon but tylenol took care of that.
As far as the ceiling went, it is hand hewn wood, not smooth so a roller was out of the question. Won't be painting for awhile. I only paint about 1 hr at a time then take a break. It will take me all summer but that's ok. I've gotten used to pacing myself.
Thanks for all the support!!!
I am aware that I am contagious and will stay home until this passes. I will also get a shingles shot once this passes to minimize the chances of getting it again. Just to let anyone reading this to get medical attention as soon as you feel any symptoms of shingles. Especially if you see a rash or blisters. The faster you get on an anti-viral med the better. If you wait even a week it will be too late.
I am bummed though cause I can't go swimming at lake or pool for fear of bacterial infection in sores and I can't shave my right arm pit or use deodorant.