After three weeks of not sleeping well...

Discussion in 'The Watering Hole' started by deirdre, Jun 4, 2011.

  1. deirdre

    deirdre Top Veteran

    Sep 26, 2010
    ...I have shingles. :(
  2. Oooh no. Not had them myself but i hear they are painful?

    Hope you get rid of them soon.
  3. deirdre

    deirdre Top Veteran

    Sep 26, 2010
    I knew it was shingles when I woke up and felt like I had lightning bolts zapping my face. Yeah, it's quite painful!

    They put me on steroids (no world-class athletics for me!) and anti-virals and I'm already starting to feel better, though.
  4. stillshunter

    stillshunter Super Moderator Emeritus

    Nov 5, 2010
    Down Under
    You have my absolute sympathy Diedre. I've had them twice and they burned for weeks! Best of luck sleeping....codeine was my only friend then.

    Again my heart is with you!
  5. deirdre

    deirdre Top Veteran

    Sep 26, 2010
    I'm already on all the drugs for pain management due to fibromyalgia. I think I would have felt the pain a day or two ago if I weren't, so now it's worse. :(
  6. Herman

    Herman The Image Stimulator

    Jul 11, 2010
    The Netherlands
    Get well real soon !
  7. Lili

    Lili Hall of Famer

    Oct 17, 2010
    Dallas, TX
    HUGZ, know they are no fun :(
  8. christilou

    christilou Legend

    Jul 13, 2010
    Sunny Frimley
    oooh, I've not had Shingles (yet!). Take all the drugs you can get :wink:
  9. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
    I'm very sorry, deirdre, but very glad you got to the doctor quickly! I had the displeasure of having them a couple of years ago. Fast treatment is extremely important, so that's a big plus in your favor. I hope you get over it super quickly!
  10. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs Legend

    Sep 21, 2010
    Not too far from Philly
    you should be able to figure it out...
    Ouch, sorry to hear Deirdre. Hope the meds work well and you're better soon. Never had them but aren't they sort of similar to chicken pox - same type of mechanism or something???

    Hang in there,

  11. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
  12. Pelao

    Pelao All-Pro

    Jul 11, 2010
    Ontario, Canada
    Sorry to hear about your illness. Hang in there...
  13. pdh

    pdh Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    Diet may help; it appears that herpes viruses are exacerbated by some amino acids, mitigated by others. Chocolate and nuts seem to be things best avoided ... and, despite what christilou suggests, I'd lay off the crack too ...

    anyway, hope it settles soon ...
  14. Alf

    Alf Top Veteran

    Oct 11, 2010
    Northeastern Tuscany
    Hope you get well soon.
  15. turbodieselvw

    turbodieselvw Rookie

    Jul 11, 2010
    My grandmother had shingles a couple of years ago and it wasn't fun. I hope you'll get better soon; the sooner the better!
  16. pictor

    pictor All-Pro

    Jul 14, 2010
    My mother had very bad shingles some years ago and thus I know how bad that is. I hope that you will be fine again without enduring unpleasant health effects and wish you the best!
  17. deirdre

    deirdre Top Veteran

    Sep 26, 2010
    I feel only half as bad as I did yesterday, though the anti-virals do give me a stomach ache something fierce. Fortunately, I only have to take them for a week.
  18. wt21

    wt21 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 15, 2010
    So sorry. I've not had them, but several friends have. They are miserable. Be well soon.
  19. Crsnydertx

    Crsnydertx Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Jan 21, 2011
    Houston, TX
    For those of us who are senior citizens, there is now a shingles vaccine available. I gladly accepted that recommendation from my doctor, having seen my father suffer from the disease while recuperating from a triple bypass....
  20. vincechu

    vincechu Veteran

    Sep 14, 2010
    Get well soon :)