posted 3 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
15011 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I’m sorry, hope you’re feeling better soon! 

Post # 4
6407 posts
Bee Keeper

All I know is it’s herpes zoster (chicken pox) and usually dormant in you and something happens that makes it flare up again, happens to like a third of ppl I think, but usually seniors. It could also happen to immunocompromised people. Do you have immune system issues or are you taking a med that suppresses your immune system like a corticosteroid?

Post # 5
7664 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

No, but it just means that you had chicken pox as a child. The virus lives inside your cerebro-spinal fluid. If your immune system is compromised, it reinfects your system in a different way. For example, sunburn can set it off.

Here are some links:

Hope you feel better soon! Shingles is supposed to be a real *****.

Post # 6
42082 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@sherryberry:  Shingles is a flare up of the chicken pox virus which goes dormant on a nerve root and then can flare up in later life. Did your doctor prescribe an anti-viral medication? It can help to shorten the duration and lessen the severity of the illness.

Shingles can be quite painful.

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ETA Be careful with any medical information you read here on WeddingBee. A good deal of it is incorrect.


Post # 7
871 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@sherryberry:  Yep! I got it at 21. Usually its due to stress if you are under 60ish. I did not take the antivirals (valtrex-same meds for herpes simplex 2 because shingles is herpes zoaster) because they made me sick and your body will reoslve on its own eventually. That being said I actually got mine on my back horseshoeing into my leg so if its in a danger zone like your face take the medicine to get better faster! (Your eyes for instance would be a danger zone). I will tell you also make sure to use the antibiotic ointment because getting staph from a shingles blister popping would suck! Finally it sucks but try loose clothing and wet washclothes of cold water to counter the stingy burny feeling and eventually it does get better. My shingles did leave some scars which is common and scar cream helped too! 


Post # 8
2076 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Did you get a prescription for an anti-viral? I think Valtrex (generic valcylovair) can help lessen the severity of the course of the virus. My DH’s cousin got shingles and it’s no picnic.  So sorry to hear you got it.  

Post # 9
2169 posts
Buzzing bee

@sherryberry:  My roommate in college had it senior year. She didn’t take antivirals because it was too late by the time she got it diagnosed and the whole thing was unpleasant, but her symptoms subsided over the course of a couple of weeks.

Post # 11
2169 posts
Buzzing bee

@sherryberry:  You can take over the counter pain medications to help with the pain. I really hope that your symptoms improve as soon as possible!

Post # 13
5697 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

All I know is that my mother in law and DH’s 21 year old cousin both had it the same season about 2 years ago. And I know it’s super painful so I don’t envy you. I hope you feel better really soon :

Post # 15
212 posts
Helper bee

My mom had it a few years ago and I felt so bad for her, she was in so much pain. I hope the medication helps and you feel better soon!

Post # 16
262 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

@sherryberry:  I had it last year. It is so extremely painful, I am so sorry to hear that you have it.  I was 21 and still in university when I got it and I had to take 2 weeks off.  I couldn’t sleep, I couldn’t lie down. I wore a giant shirt and took a lot of tylenol.  My doctor didn’t believe it was shingles until it had spread across my back and chest.  


Get yourself a good tv series and a big shirt and just try not to move. I hope you feel better asap.

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