Shingles, the worst thing EVER!

Long time since my last post, sorry about that. I got other stuff to post about too, but I want to start with this.

So, New Years day I wake up, hung over beyond all belief. I hadn’t drank like that in over 2 years. Anyway, I head into the bathroom and notice a little cluster of what looks like pimples on my forehead on the left side. I was like, I must have passed out on my hand. Whatever.

Drive home from the mountains, day goes by, get up Friday morning (the 2nd). The spots are still there but larger and there are one or two new ones. My left eye is bugging me as well.

We think it is an allergy or something, get some benadryl, take it and it doesn’t do anything. The spots are kind of itchy and the left side of my head is all sensitive. By the time we realized something was wrong my Dr’s office was closed. We figured, sleep on it one more night then go to urgent care if no positive change. Of course during this time we thought it was like a staph infection.

Get up Saturday, go to urgent care, right away they say “That looks like the shingles.” I was like, WTF is that? they ask, have you had the chicken pox, and I replied yes. Then proceeded to explain that this is the same virus and it can be caused by emotional stress, immune issues, and some other things. Sometimes, it just happens.

Well anyway, they give me some antivirals, tell me to take Tylenol for the pain. Now, the pain. The pain is brutal. It’s not like a broken bone pain. But this affects the nervous system so those pimple looking things are going to soone become these nasty blisters and I am having this sharp pulsating nerve pain on the left side of my face that no amount of Tylenol seems to be helping.

I went to my doc on Monday, they took a look to make sure things were doing okay and prescribed me some painkillers. Thank god. I usually deal with pain very well but this was maddening.

As the days went by the spread of the virus stopped, it covered most of the left side of my forehead, keep in mind it does not cross the mid line of the body as it follows the nerves. I had them along my left scalp as well and around my left eye. Luckily not ON my left eye, however it did cause pain in the area.

By Thurs day you could see the blisters were starting to change, I think people that get cold sores could attest to what was happening as the chicken pox/shingle and cold sores are both herpes viruses, different ones, but they behave similarly.

Everything has progressed well, the pain is subsiding a bit, most everything turned into scabs and is healing up. Taking pain killers only occasionally now. Some people can have pain for years, but I should be part of the majority and just have to deal with it for amybe a few more weeks.

I have to tell you, I would not wish this on my worst enemy. It is miserable, this is one of the top two or three worst things I have ever had to deal with in my life. There is a vaccine, but the state of Colorado is all out, it is really new and currently has been gettign heavily prescribed for people over 60.

If you have had the chicken pox, you can get this, as you get older the risk increases quite a bit. I think you can get it more than once, there seems to be conflicting info.

Anyway. some of you have read on facebook about my pain and painkiller needs so I figured I would post. What a shitty way to start the new year huh?

Happy new year to you all, and be well.

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