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Potsie
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   Posted 4/5/2012 10:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Has anybody here ever had shingles or still have it? Tell me your story please. I've got a rash on the top half of the back of my arm. It hurts like a bruise, itches, stings and burns. It's like a huge blister. I don't know if I had chicken pox when I was young. I've never had anything like this before. Any help will be appreciated.

White Beard
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   Posted 4/6/2012 12:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Potsie I would recomend that you see a doctor or go to your clinic or something. You can not have shingles unless you have had the chicken Pox. But if you do have shingles you should not be around anybody that is pregnant or has not had the chicken pox or the vacination for them. Because if you do have shingles these people can get the chicken pox from you if they are exposed to you. Shingles can be extremely painful, and often people are given something to help manage the pain.
 
See a doctor  ASAP if you can.  Good Luck to You
 
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   Posted 4/6/2012 4:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Morning Potsie!

I agree with WB here on this. Shingles for an adult can be very painful, and can take quite some time to get rid of. Also it could be any number of things, so please get in ASAP as WB suggest.

Take care,

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   Posted 4/6/2012 5:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello Potsie,
 
My husband had shingles several years ago now that left scars on his back.  He said they were the most painful things he had ever experienced, bar none.  He also did not remember having had the chicken pox as a child, but must have at some time...perhaps a very mild case...
 
Anyway, he did go to the Dr and it was essential that he received the treatment to help dry up the lesions.
 
One of the things they had him do was get the strongest pepper cream (capsasim (sp?)) that he could find and put on gloves to spread it on.  Then he had to rub the cream directly over (and only over) the areas that were blistering.  For some reason, the nerve endings were confused by the burn of the cream and it stopped the horrible burning of the nerve endings themselves.  He said he could not have lived without the stuff.  Neither he, nor I, use pepper creams on a general basis.  I do use biofreeze, but it did not do anything for him with the shingles...only the pepper cream and the shots and meds they gave him at the Dr. 
 
I agree it is VERY important to get in as quickly as possible...especially since today is Friday and it will be hard to get in before lunch (when most offices close on Friday).  Perhaps an immediate care type of clinic will help..  they are actually WAY cheaper on my insurance than any Dr and hundreds cheaper than the ER for me.
 
Good luck!

Potsie
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   Posted 4/6/2012 9:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the replies. I did have my doctor look at it and he said it was a fungus and gave me a fungal cream. I didn't tell him that it hurts though.

krw135
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   Posted 4/6/2012 12:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Potsie,

I had shingles a few years ago and it was incredibly painful. It was awful. Glad you got it checked, but I would tell him that it hurts, I wouldn't leave that part out.

Hope the fungal cream works for you!
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   Posted 4/6/2012 1:30 PM (GMT -6)   
My daughter got some funky fungal thing around her lips after swimming in the river (somewhat stagnant water). We went to every Dr we could find and all the creams did nothing. Finally, we took a cotton ball and wet it well with white vinegar. I mopped it several times a day with the vinegar and it went away completely very soon. It took several months for the discoloration to leave completely, but she finally got back her beautiful, soft skin back with no scarring. I'm certainly no Dr, but it might help (but it will sting) if the Dr's aren't able to solve the problem. They told us everything from bacterial to fungal and whatever is in between. Nothing from the Dr's ever did any good whatsoever.

Good luck!
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Snowbunny21
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   Posted 4/6/2012 2:06 PM (GMT -6)   
I would either go to the ER or back to your DR. and tell them exactly how much it hurts...

If it is indeed shingles....than the antiviral medication needs to be started within the first 72 hours to do it's best...

As well as taking anti-inflammatory medication...along with pain medication and how to properly care for the effected areas.

And as mentioned....it's EXTREMELY important to know how contagious it is around certain people....As well as know the dangers of not treating this properly for yourself and the complications that can arise....

I'm curious why you didn't tell him about the pain?

Anyway...you need to go back ASAP to really determine if this is shingles or just a fungal infection...

Good luck...keep us posted...
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Potsie
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   Posted 4/6/2012 7:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Snowbunny, I don't know why I didn't tell him. At the time I didn't think it was important.

Thanks RetiredMom, I'll keep that in mind.

Snowbunny21
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   Posted 4/6/2012 7:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Was just curious...that's me.:)

I do hope you go back to him or to the ER to get a definitive diagnosis to be sure it's not shingles....Pain is one of the main symptoms...

Good luck..
SB and "the pup who snores loudly" 
 
ACDF C5-C7, (no hardware), with autograft bone Nov. 2001
(reabsorption of bone 2 years later...still lost in body..expect to burp it out at anytime..haha")) 
ACDF with hardware, allograft bone Nov. 2005 
Anterior and Posterior CDF, allograft bone with BMP, removal of old hardware, use of titanium plates, rods, screws, & kitchen sink (lol) Oct 2006
 
 

chico 4736
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   Posted 4/8/2012 10:40 PM (GMT -6)   
i am 52 yrs old.  Had shingle in January of  2012.  i used apple cider vinegar for the itching.   I had some pain but not to bad.  Lots of itching thought.  Like i said the vinegar worked great for me.    I too have scars where the shingles were.  Don't take this lightly.  never use the same towel after shower.  I wore a shirt to bed after applying the vingear. Good luck and keep us updated. yeah

vestabula
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   Posted 4/9/2012 7:20 AM (GMT -6)   
On Christmas day in 2011, I went to Urgent Care with blisters on my eyelid, forehead and scalp.  The  sinus cavity under my eye was so swollen I couldn't see over it and the gland next to my ear was the size of a walnut.  From clear across the room a doctor who was clearly ticked off because he had to work on Christmas, glanced at me and said I had pink eye.  He never even touched me.  Sent me to a the only drug store that was open in the area...a fifty mile drive where I got two prescriptions to the tune of $58.  It got worse and the drug he gave me to rub on my eyeball...OMG...I levitated.  It got worse so I went to an opthomolgist the following Monday.  It was shingles and if I had not doubted that moron doctor in Urgent Care I could have gone blind.  If you have any doubts about your diagnosis, get a second opinion.  Shingles are nothing to fool around with.
 
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