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Comment from: Petunia, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 22

I started with high sensitivity on my inner upper arm. I could not find a position for my arm at night. I could not sleep for three nights. Then spots, hives showed, went to doctor and was told it looks like shingles. By then 2 of the spots had blistered. I was prescribed Acyclovir, 5x a day for 7 days. All I could do was sleep. Get up take meds, eat, sleep. By the 4th day I could stay up most of the day. Everything on my upper torso tingles. The spots continued to progress down my arm to the finger tips. My palm has pinpoint spots. Now it is day 5 and the pain is worse. Spots have darkened as the Doctor said they would. I am tingling more. Just bearable.

Comment from: Dee, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: February 15

I had pox when young, and I am now 66. I thought I'd overdone bouncing on a snow plow. The next day my hip hurt really badly. I went to a chiropractor and he didn't help at all. I went to another and he said put cold then heat. I went to another doctor and I could hardly walk. He told me I have shingles gave me pills for the rash and more pills for pain. It is now 4 weeks later, and I am still in more pain than I can stand.

Comment from: jean, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 14

I have a tingling pain on my mid torso and around to the front. I also feel tired and sick.

Comment from: Mathavan, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: February 14

I feel sad for the people who had shingles because I am suffering from the same. It started with left naval and left hip side. Luckily I went to doctor and the blisters are not there. The spots are changing to skin color. However, I have swelling and burning pain and I don't know when this horror is going to end. I was not given any medicine after blisters have gone and I told the doctor about pain but the doctor tells me that it will go automatically.

Comment from: April, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 11

I was just diagnosed today. For the past five days I have had a band of red from the midpoint of my abdomen just above my public bone and spreading out toward my left hip; then around the back a small dot on my upper left buttock. I could not figure out what it was, but last night I was up almost all night with pain shooting down my leg. I was afraid it might be genital herpes (even though I couldn't figure out how that would be possible), but there are no blisters anywhere in that area. Went to the doctor and he said it was a classic case of shingles. All I know is it hurts like crazy. He said he wished I had come in a few days earlier, but put me on acyclovir and steroids and gave me oxycodone for the pain. I just want this to go away. Hopefully it does and I never have to deal with it again. Wish me luck!

Comment from: sandild, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 10

Sadly I was 42 when I got my first case of shingles. I've had it four times now, mostly on the upper region of my face and to the side on my lower back. Oh and of course the pain didn't leave after the blisters, they put me on a nerve blocker called Neurontin which did the trick for me after nine weeks of sheer agony. My heart goes out to anyone who has this illness. For me it seemed like the pain would never end, pain killers did nothing to ease the pain. It was a big stressor, but not anymore, so if you have shingles stop...breathe...and try to get through it, it will pass eventually.

Comment from: Woman 56, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 07

When I developed shingles, it started with nausea and intense hip pain. I broke out two days later with spots middle back to front close to belly button. Now, I have stinging pain and itching.

Comment from: mississauga guy, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: January 31

My shingles started out as intense pain left arm. I also had shooting nerve pains and intense pain in the joints as well as numbness in the hand and fingers. The rash started three days later and have been concentrated between the heel of my left palm and just above the left elbow, with a little on my underarm. The pain is very bad and my medication. The pain increases with activity and sitting/standing.

Comment from: 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 25

Yes, I had the chickenpox when I was a child. Then when I was about 24 yrs of age I was diagnosed with shingles, on the lower part of my back. (It always comes up on the same place). The nerve starts on the bottom of my right foot and travels up my leg, resulting in the outbreak on my right side. I seem to have an outbreak whether I'm stressed or eat chocolate! (I haven't heard of food causing shingles, but happens every time, especially with dark chocolate). I spoke with my doctor about Zostavax, and she wasn't comfortable with giving me the shot since I have recurrent outbreaks.

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