Anyone else dealing with shingles?

Posted by oldkarl @oldkarl, Apr 20 12:18pm

I now have shingles. My inoculation this year did not work. In fact, I am worried that I was given something else, as my shingles started up about two months after the shot.

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@sue225

My doctor told me that some people react to the Shingrex vaccine but your experience was not what she described. My dentist had the vaccine and he experience flu-like symptoms and just felt "under the weather" for a few days.

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I had absolutely no side-effects from the Shingrex vaccine.

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@sue225

My doctor told me that some people react to the Shingrex vaccine but your experience was not what she described. My dentist had the vaccine and he experience flu-like symptoms and just felt "under the weather" for a few days.

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that was dentist. It was not me. I checked reviews on 02/13/ and on 02/15/20 I am sure more reviews has been added since those dates. If you want I saved the links to the reviews document form and pdf form. I can give you the direct link to start to read the reviews. Those reviews are from one site only and if you google reviews of the Shingrix vaccine you probably will come up with more reviews from other places. I don't make up symptoms, had many, many, tests done from a neurologist and a therapist that I had to go to. All I am telling you is do your research and then "you" decide what is best for you! Mine was a very bad experience and now I won't be taking any new vaccines especially the rushed Covid-19 when it becomes available.

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@dablues

that was dentist. It was not me. I checked reviews on 02/13/ and on 02/15/20 I am sure more reviews has been added since those dates. If you want I saved the links to the reviews document form and pdf form. I can give you the direct link to start to read the reviews. Those reviews are from one site only and if you google reviews of the Shingrix vaccine you probably will come up with more reviews from other places. I don't make up symptoms, had many, many, tests done from a neurologist and a therapist that I had to go to. All I am telling you is do your research and then "you" decide what is best for you! Mine was a very bad experience and now I won't be taking any new vaccines especially the rushed Covid-19 when it becomes available.

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I do not think for one minute that you are making up symptoms. My husband had the shingrex vaccine and had zero side effects. You reacted badly. Everybody is different. I am sorry that you had this experience.

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Did you get the "old" shot, which was 50% effective or the new, 2-shot version? I had shingles twice, and got the shot. Within a year, the new one came out, and I have to wait a few more years to get it. However, I have not had a recurrence in the past 8 years. It is misery. Prescription lab recommended B-12 and capcasin cream for pain. (Use gloves for the cream as it is pepper and remains on your hands). If you can get in to the Dr right away, an anti-viral may help reduce your case.

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@sue225

I do not think for one minute that you are making up symptoms. My husband had the shingrex vaccine and had zero side effects. You reacted badly. Everybody is different. I am sorry that you had this experience.

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I was just trying to point out that everyone should do some research but if no one wants to that is fine by me! Glad your husband had no problems. I didn't have any problems with the old shingles vaccine, the one with the live virus but the new one was quite a different story

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I was very sick with the first Shingrex vaccine. I, literally, couldn't get out of bed all day until the nighttime. I was afraid to get the second injection, but I did. I was fine with the second one. The covid vaccine will be a different story. I'm going to wait longer to get it; not enough time for safety data.

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@peach414144

Hello all. I am peach and I did not have the vaccine because my two endochronologist's told me not to. (I have many medical issues which forbids this.) Anyway I did get the shingles. Freezing, nausea with no vomiting, the rash, etc. I did not suffer to bad with this because the chronic venus insufficiency PAIN, PAIN, PAIN is so excrutiating it takes away the Shingle pains. The rash is quite painful. l have the Shingles for about two months now but do not worry about getting this. There are much worse medical problems. I am still waiting for the crusts to heal over the rash. But, do not take this to lightly as it can be serious depending on the many different patients and their many medical problems. What might be very important is: I looked up the symptoms on the internet and the different treatments because with this corona virus I did not want to expose myself by leaving the house and going to the doctor. If it would have gotten out of hand I most certainly would have gone to the doctor. Also there was no temperature. Keep your head and your mind open and smile when you hear the music. Love to all Peach

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I used Chinese acupuncture by surrounding the dragon, eventually cutting off its head and tail. I also used Chinese salve. I have had some Post shingles neuropathy, but that is lessening.

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My husband put Kaopectate on a cotton ball and dabbed on lesions to stop itching and dry it up.

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@basslakebabe19

I used Chinese acupuncture by surrounding the dragon, eventually cutting off its head and tail. I also used Chinese salve. I have had some Post shingles neuropathy, but that is lessening.

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@basslakebabe19 Can you tell me more about the acupuncture? Surrounding the dragon sounds so neat!

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@charlena

My husband put Kaopectate on a cotton ball and dabbed on lesions to stop itching and dry it up.

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@charlena Was your husband ever prescribed a med for the lesions/shingles (an anti-viral)? That takes care of the lesions from the inside out. After three days of the med, my lesions were almost cleared up. I just had 3 lesions, and I don't know that amount or the severity of your husband's lesions.

If he hasn't been prescribed an anti-viral med you might ask his doctor if it would help.

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Hello @oldkarl,

I just noticed your post from April. It came to my attention because I had the Shingrex shots last year and have a terrible case of Shingles that started about 2 weeks ago. I've never had Shingles before, this is my first case and it's really terrible!

I'm trying to get some perspective on what I consider an anomaly. If you are comfortable answering some questions: how is your general health? Have you had Shingles before? If so, is this case worse or better than the others? Do you think your immune system is compromised and do you get sick easily?

Thank you for whatever information you feel comfortable sharing.

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@charlena

My husband put Kaopectate on a cotton ball and dabbed on lesions to stop itching and dry it up.

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How did your husband find out that Kaopectate would work? I would not have thought to try it.

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@walisky

How did your husband find out that Kaopectate would work? I would not have thought to try it.

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Do you mean calamine lotion? They are both pink.
Kaopectate is not for the skin. It’s basically peppermint oil.
Calamine lotion is a drying agent for the skin and helps to control itching.

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@funcountess

Do you mean calamine lotion? They are both pink.
Kaopectate is not for the skin. It’s basically peppermint oil.
Calamine lotion is a drying agent for the skin and helps to control itching.

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@charlena posted that her husband used Kaopectate on his shingles and it helped. I was asking for more information. If you have any questions, please ask @charlena. I was wondering where her husband found out that it would work.

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@hopeful33250

Hello All:

I am definitely a newbie to this whole Shingles diagnosis. Was just diagnosed a few days ago and I can say (very literally) that I feel your pain. As my Shingles started on my back laying down and sleeping has become a whole new experience. A lot of you have posted about Shingles on the face (which I'm glad I don't have) but wondering about Shingles on the back. Any pressure I put on my back (including laying down or being propped up in bed) puts pressure on these nerves and really causes problems. Walking tends to be the best position for me right now.

My PCP gave me an anti-viral med which made the sores dissipate completely within a couple of days. I'm wondering,@oldkarl if you have had an anti-viral drug, as you mention that you "oil the lesions?" For me, the anti-viral med worked very nicely to get rid of the lesions. Has your doctor ever recommended such a med?

At the ER last night I was given some prednisone. Anyone else treated with that? I slept for several hours without pain but then woke up and knew the med had worn off. I have several days of a prednisone pack so I hope it will help.

Has anyone been treated with Gabapentin for the Shingles pain? As Shingles pain is nerve pain, I'm going to ask for that next.

By the way, Shingles was not even on my radar as I've had all of the Shingles vaccines that are available including the most recent Shingrex that is given in two doses. I had this a year ago.

Looking forward to hearing from everyone who can help with this. Thanks for your posts so far. Always good to hear from others in the trenches, so to speak.

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4 years ago I had a severe case around my left lower side to my back the nerve pain has never gone away numbness and spiky pain from spine to back keep your stress low take vitamin D and soak in epsom salts after you get over the lesions.

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