Shingles is the chickenpox virus, You can not get shingles unless you have had the chicken pox. Once you have chicken pox the virus hides away in the nerve cells, and remain dormant, if for some reason your body is stressed or your immune system is lowered or compromised the chicken pox virus will become active and come out as shingles! If you notice when shingles appear they follow the nerve root path. Because that is where they reside, and that is also why they are so painfull! In some people Steroids lowers your immune system, they often tell you to avoid people with colds or with the flu while you are on steroids! So that might be why you got shingles, the steroid lowered your immune system and the chicken pox virus came out. When you have shingles you should avoid being around any one that is pregnant, or any one who has not had chicken pox or has not been vaccinated for the chickenpox. Because they can get chicken pox from the person with shingles!
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I'm Retired USAF, went back to school and became an RN, and now am on full disalbility!--Degenerative Disc (affecting mostly the thorasic disc but all levels involved), C6/7 laminectomy/diskectomy& fusion, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!) Medications: Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV
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