Post # 1
So, I have shingles! On my back. They are absolutely horrible!! What’s crazy? I’m EIGHTEEN years old and in good health. I’ve been SO, SO stressed recently with work stuff and school stuff, and the doctor even looked surprised when she said “Well, I guess it isnt always disciminating of age…” but still looked at me like I was crazy (or an 80 year old hiding in an 18 year old’s body, lol).
I honestly didn’t know it was possible to get shingles this early in life, especially since I’ve had the chicken pox vaccine (and it’s the same type of virus).
I guess I’ve been so stressed that it’s given me shingles. I do have an anxiety disorder, and panic disorder, so that could have some relevance to it. But DANG!
Post # 3
I’m sorry to hear that. I’ve had chicken pox, an I remember being very uncomfortable. Shingles is probably worse. 🙁
I can see it being possible and 18 year old to get shingles. Chicken pox is a strain of a herpes virus. Once you get it, it’s there for life. Then…like other herpes types (cold sores for many people) if you get stressed it pops up to make you miserable.
I hope you’re not too uncomfortable.
Post # 4
First of all, I’m not a doctor, so this is just from personal experiance and research I’ve done on the internet.
Don’t feel weird about getting it, my fi got it last year and he’s only 24! Last year was actually the second time he’s had it, he also had it come back when he was in like 1st grade! It does seem to like to pop up when your stressed. If you start getting outbreaks often there is a vaccine for zoster (shingles) but it’s mostly for people over 65.
Honestly the chicken pox vaccine is why it was there in the first place. The vaccine is a tame (so to speak) strain of the varicella zoster virus. Although you are protected against getting chicken pox the live virus from the vaccine just kinda lurks in your body waiting to pop up as shingles. the vaccine also only lasts between 5 and 10 years. If your immunity were to dwindle you could catch the wild strain of the virus and later in life you could have either strain pop up as shingles. Being around people with chicken pox boosts your immunity (for both shingles and chicken pox.)
I’ve had the vaccine as well, but that was yeeeaaars ago so I feel kinda lucky I didn’t get the wild strain from him during his outbreak. Either way, I’d rather get shingles from the vaccine than chicken pox.
Post # 5
I don’t think its too weird, I had them when I was 14 (or 15, i can’t exactly remember). It was extreemly uncomfortable, so I hope you feel better soon 🙂
Post # 6
I’ve known quite a few people in their 20s who have had shingles. Unfortunately, it’s becoming more common to get it at a younger age because we aren’t being exposed to young people with the chicken pox virus as often because they are being vaccinated.
Post # 7
I got shingles on my back a month before my wedding! I was 27. The doctor said it was from stress.
I was extremely lucky though because the rash was very small and on my mid back so it wasn’t visible in my dress. I was given a bunch of medication including steroids. I obviously didn’t take the steroids because I didn’t want to gain weight right before the wedding. But the rest of the meds made it go away pretty quickly so that by our honeymoon it was all gone.
If they gave you a lotion for it, just keep putting it on and it will really help.
Post # 8
My cousins got it at 24 from stress and over working. She got it so bad and she was in a lot of discomfort…I hope you feel better! 18 is the youngest Ive heard…but it seems like getting it when your young isnt that far fetched.
Post # 9
I got shingles when I was 15, crushed aspirin mixed with rubbing alcohol to form a paste that you can put on the shingles makes it feel soooo much better. That was the only thing that helped me!