Get Shingles

This started with a pain on my right side on a Monday afternoon/evening which I assumed would go away overnight – as many things do.  It didn’t.  So I gave it another night then phoned the doctors on the Wednesday and they phoned back.  After discussing it they said come in at about 3.30, which I did.  A good examination later, there was no firm conclusion, but a possibility of gall stones, so I was to be sent for a scan.

On Thursday a rash/spots appeared, so I phoned the doctor again and after they phoned back I was again called in and shingles were confirmed (and the scan cancelled).  I was prescribed some anti-viral tables to take for a week and told to continue with the paracetamol for the pain.  Everyone I mentioned it to said I should also take things easy as that should speed up recovery – I hope.

Initially there were shooting pains along the nerves, but that subsided into stabbing pain where the spots were – waist at the front and where the bra strap goes at the back, but only on my right side.  This changed into more like a soreness of the skin, most of the time.  The skin is also very sensitive and clothing rubs, which is a bit of a pain!

After nearly 4 weeks, it still hurts – but most of the time it is just sore with a few stabbing pains.  I also feel really washed out and get tired very quickly.  How can I sleep for over an hour in the afternoon and still sleep at night?  I am also getting bored, fairly fed up and just want to get better!  I have been doing as I was told and taking things easy, too.  And I was just starting to get up my fitness at the gym and that has all gone – it will be like starting again.  I keep thinking that the spots are fading, but I fear that is wishful thinking……  It is now 4 weeks and I am fed up……

So?  Definitely not recommended.  I would avoid it at all costs!  Not that you can catch it – it just can appear if one has had chickenpox in the past.

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