Was in contact with a friend with shingles prior to this latest flare.....hmmmm?

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Christine1946
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   Posted 6/24/2009 11:34 AM (GMT -6)   
     I was just reading through the posts, forget which one and they mentioned shingles.  A few days before I started flaring this time (about three weeks ago or so), we went out with friends.  I was sitting right next to her when she mentioned she had the shingles!  I never put two and two together until today.  Never even mentioned it to my GI doctor whom I saw yesterday.  Wonder if it is related somehow and if it contributed to my flare?  Of course I would never tell this woman.   They are good friends.  She would feel so bad.
62 yr old granny. South Jersey
Diagnosed with ulcerative proctitis in 1998 in hospital
Hospitalized (2nd time) in May 2008
Meds as of June 09: Colazal (6 per day), 6MP (50 mgm), Probiotic (upped to 3 per day), Fish oil capsule, calcium, multivitamin, Cort enema nightly, Canasa in morning.  Also taking Benicar and Toprol to control high blood pressure.  Getting old is a b****.


quincy
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   Posted 6/24/2009 5:00 PM (GMT -6)   
who knows...do you have any other symptoms other than flaring...such as severe nerve pain over a larger area but no vesicles?

quincy
*Heather* Status: maintenance Asacol 6 daily + Salofalk enemas every 3rd night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~UC meds: Asacol (3 @ 2x daily); Salofalk enemas nightly for flares & taper to maintenance 
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed; Ranitidine (reflux);  Effexor XR 75mg(depression);  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma) 
~vitamins/minerals/supplementsProbiotics....(RenewLife Ultimate Flora Critical Care + Primadophilus Reuteri). @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!
 


Old Hat
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   Posted 6/24/2009 8:51 PM (GMT -6)   
People taking immunosuppressant meds are generally advised to avoid contact with known viral carriers. This means that you should not help tend your friend's shingles rash or come in contact with her saliva or other body fluids. However, just being around her in a group should not endanger you as long as there was adequate air circulation & good hygiene practiced otherwise. / Old Hat (30 yrs with left-sided UC ... [etc.])

Christine1946
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   Posted 6/25/2009 5:24 AM (GMT -6)   
     Ok, other than pecking her on the cheek as a Hello..lol.  No, we didn't have any bodily contact.  But I did sit pretty close to her on the bleachers watching a show at Hershey Park.  Didn't touch the Shingles either.  So, guess it was just a coincidence.  I'm a bit relieved to hear this.
62 yr old granny. South Jersey
Diagnosed with ulcerative proctitis in 1998 in hospital
Hospitalized (2nd time) in May 2008
Meds as of June 09: Colazal (6 per day), 6MP (50 mgm), Probiotic (upped to 3 per day), Fish oil capsule, calcium, multivitamin, Cort enema nightly, Canasa in morning.  Also taking Benicar and Toprol to control high blood pressure.  Getting old is a b****.


burnabygirl
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Date Joined Jun 2008
Total Posts : 205
   Posted 6/25/2009 2:35 PM (GMT -6)   
I had shingles on my right leg several days after a colonoscopy last year. I was flaring and was taking Azathioprine. I never thought my shingles might be related to my UC until I read this thread.
It was a nightmare for me last year---a bad flare which lasted for 10 months, DVT on my left leg due to diarrhea and dehydration, then shingles on my right leg after a colonoscopy. (Did I get it in the hospital?)
And I was asked to wear compression stockings for the rest of my life.
Ulcerative proctitis diagnosed in July 2006. Medications: Salofalk enema nightly.
Remission from Nov 2006 to Oct 2007. Then a bad cold and a bad flare for 1 year till Nov 2008.
Pancolitis diagnosed in April 2008. Current medications: Salofalk enema, Salofalk suppositories, Salofalk tablets 1000mg x 3/day, Entocort enema (tapering).
Supplements: Calcium with Vitamin D, Vitamin B Complex, Vitamin C and psyllium capsules (Metamucil).


quincy
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Total Posts : 30984
   Posted 6/25/2009 2:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Do the research as well...various sites to give you the information you need regarding shingles/chicken pox and exposure.

You might, however, want to start a supplement called L-lysine...it's been proven to help with herpes viruses. I give it to my cat as well as recently have started to use it for colds.

quincy
*Heather* Status: maintenance Asacol 6 daily + Salofalk enemas every 3rd night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~UC meds: Asacol (3 @ 2x daily); Salofalk enemas nightly for flares & taper to maintenance 
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed; Ranitidine (reflux);  Effexor XR 75mg(depression);  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma) 
~vitamins/minerals/supplementsProbiotics....(RenewLife Ultimate Flora Critical Care + Primadophilus Reuteri). @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!
 

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