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    Default Heading to the Doc today.

    I'm pretty sure I have shingles and it's pretty painful on my ribs. What types of things should I be aware of to ask the Doc? Any specific drugs to avoid?

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    No advice. Heres hoping its just a rash and some cortisone can catch it quick.

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    I hope so too because this (among other things) kept me up most of the night. So lets see.. It's Monday, gotta go to the Doc, got a headache, I feel like crap and my ribs hurt. bleh.

    Advice to all the "internet doctors" out there: don't read too much, it only makes you think the worst.

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    Hugs from me. I remember when I had shingles while pregnant with my second child.

    If it is early enough since you first broke out the doc can give you Valtrex. You take that it gets better fast.

    Shingles is not nearly as long lasting and many side affects that it once had.

    Also note: If you have shingles you are contagious only to people that have not had chicken pox. You can give them chicken pox.

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    I had it while pregnant with Moo. Freaking awful. My rash itched, but when I scratched it, it would start burning.

    Hope you are wrong!!

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    Poor Russ.
    One of the bosses here had it..and she was miserable. Did you know there is now a vaccine for shingles? Most insurance companies won't cover it unless you are 60.
    "you might want to look into it after you get cleared up".

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    Quote Originally Posted by CrazyCat View Post
    Poor Russ.
    One of the bosses here had it..and she was miserable. Did you know there is now a vaccine for shingles? Most insurance companies won't cover it unless you are 60.
    "you might want to look into it after you get cleared up".
    The shingles vaccine is a weakened chickenpox virus

    "The shingles vaccine, Zostavax, contains a weakened chickenpox virus (varicella-zoster virus). The shingles vaccine helps stimulate your immune system to battle disease caused by the varicella-zoster virus, reducing the risk of getting shingles in people aged 50 and older. In scientific studies, the shingles vaccine reduces the risk of developing shingles by about 50%."

    Shingles Vaccine Information, Side Effects, and More

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    Hope you feel better asap Russ!

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    Russ are you back from the docs? How did it go?

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    Russ, I read in a natural remedies book to take extra vitamin C and B12. DH did that when he got shingles and it stopped it in it's tracks. Later I told another relative about it and it didn't help him at all. I don't know if we caught DH's earlier or what but it's worth a try.

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    Hugs, but not in direct contact.

    My Mom was given a script for Neurontin which helps with the nerve pain. One of the times she had it, it was around the face and eye which really had us concerned. I would apply a cold pack or ice pack if you can tolerate it so to help numb the skin/nerve endings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by imagine View Post
    Russ are you back from the docs? How did it go?
    My appt is at 2:30 ET.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ceashels View Post
    I would apply a cold pack or ice pack if you can tolerate it so to help numb the skin/nerve endings.
    My shirt rubbing on it hurts.

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    we checked into Dh getting the vaccine because he had relative that had it and of course most everyone our age has had the pox. But it was not covered by ins. and flooping EXPENSIVE. I'm pretty sure it was like$230.?

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    While researching info about the Shingles vaccine.

    I found this on the FDA's Q and A about the vaccine
    "Should someone who has already had shingles use the vaccine, so that they don't get them again?


    An episode of shingles boosts immunity to the virus and may help protect you from getting shingles again. Although it is uncommon, some people may get shingles more than once. The effectiveness of Zostavax in preventing repeated episodes of shingles has not been demonstrated in clinical studies.

    Zostavax (Herpes Zoster Vaccine) Questions and Answers

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