Shingles

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  1. Bbucko

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    A small rash started forming below my left eyebrow last weekend. At the time I thought it was a minor irritation cause by a splatter of leather conditioner that I was using at work, and decided to monitor it without being unduly alarmed. But the whole area around my eye started swelling last night, and I woke up this morning unable to open my left eye: it had swollen to that extent very quickly.

    I was able to see my doctor right away, and he diagnosed the Shingles immediately. The good news is that the progression was arrested before there was any real danger to my eye (it's all on the lid, and the optic nerve is not effected). The bad news is that it's ugly and painful, and I cannot insert my contact lens in that eye until the swelling has subsided, so I'm forced to keep it closed as much as possible as I do not have a pair of glasses to wear at the moment.

    Oh well, at least he was generous with the pain meds :rolleyes:
     

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    Don't be a hero, take the Valtrex and the pain meds. I have been cursed with shingles twice and it ain't no joke. The pain can be excruciating. I was fortunate not to have it on my face; but around my mid section.

    Get some rest and feel better dude.
     
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    This is my third experience with them, and believe me, I'm not a hero about them at all. I'm on Valtrex and Percocets, plus he gave me some Keflex because the blisters had a touch of (minor and expected) staph infection.

    Once the swelling goes down I can get back to work; I'm aiming for the night after next. The rent doesn't pay itself, y'know.
     
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    Fucking ow, man!
     
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    It could be much worse, but yeah: fucking ow :wink:
     
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    Honey, shingles is awful and I'm sorry you're going through it.

    But you still look beautiful. I know, 'cause I'm sure. :wink:
     
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    It's amazing how unspeakable torment only adds to my coquin charm and allure, darling.
     
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    The nerve of those shingles invading your handsome face. Fuckers.

    Good to know there's no damage to your eye. Keep your chin up, B. :hug:
     
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    Nothing could possibly take away from it.

    I've loved you from the day we met but my love isn't blind.
     
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    I'm glad there was no damage to your eye. Feel better, I know it's a drag I have a friend who this happens to sometimes.
     
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    Oh Big B, that's horrid for you ? Did you catch chicken pox as a kid ? I hope you get better very very soon :(
     
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    I have felt your pain myself. Twice stricken with that horrid stuff. Not on my face. I cannot imagine how that must feel. Mine was on the back of my thigh, That area spread to about the size of a softball..shit was it hard to sit, and I was on vacation in Florida, and the drive home ...well!!!!!! and the others was on my lower back. Not as bad. I had no scaring and I hope the same for you.
    Quick healing to you.
     
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    WORD. Those shingles SUCK the big one!

    Get better, UB!!
     
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    I think I'm going to get the vaccine.
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    at least now you can wear a sexy eye patch!
     
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    Someone beat me to it, but I was totally going to say I think you'd look hot and dangerous in an eye patch.

    I'm sorry you're suffering, and hope you feel better very soon.
     
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    Hopefully this helps:

    A good friend of mine, big into herbs told me that Shingles are a form of herpes - but what makes them flare up - is a Lack of an essential Amino Acid - L-Arginine.

    Valtrex and the other herpe's drugs only slowly work to reduce the outbreak - but take a long time to heal. (sometimes not at all)
    By replacing the missing amino acid, the shingles dissapear quickly.

    Give it a try - it can't hurt!
     
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    I had shingles only once, can't imagine it on my face. Even though the word herpes is in the technical name I thought it was caused by the dormant chickenpox virus in those that had chicken pox. When I had shingles it was on the inside of my arm and on my chest and even my shirt rubbing up against it felt like I was getting stuck by needles. It ran its course over about 6 weeks. I hear the blisters can get pretty bad but mine became more like a rash and scabbed over pretty quickly.
     
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    YES IT CAN!!!

    I hate to contradict you because I know you mean well, but l-Arginine is a herpes protagonist. You want to decrease your intake of it, in fact you want to take lysine to help counter the l-Arginine.

    Check other sources for the relationship between arginine and shingles and you'll find the same advice.

    Black licorice, real licorice you can buy in better candy shops, not the fake candies, are very helpful at mitigating outbreaks as well.

    I'm so sorry you feel like crap and that you've got this shit flare-up. :hug::kiss: to my Uncle Buckles.
     
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    It's impossible to get shingles without having had chicken pox as a child.

    Shingles, a neurological illness, is the adult resurfacing of the chickenpox virus. The zoster-varicella virus lies dormant in a person who had childhood chickenpox.

    Definition of Shingles
    Shingles is the remanifestation of the varicella-zoster virus, otherwise known as "chickenpox." This virus apparently lies dormant after someone has childhood chickenpox, then it can attack the central nervous system, causing burning, tingling, numbness, and itching. Blisters, present in chickenpox, are also present in shingles, often in a "band-like" development around the torso. Just like with many other neurological illnesses, shingles can cause pain. Older adults are at a higher risk for developing shingles.


    To say that shingles can cause pain is the understatement of the year. :mad: If memory serves it was like being jabbed repeatedly with a very sharp hat pin, which had been heated until it was white hot. My shingles started low on my back, to the right of my spine; and wrapped around my torso. I couldn't sit, stand, lay down, or sleep w/o pain for about 2-3 weeks. It was shear misery and I can't imagine having that pain on my face.
     
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