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She's right. The full moon wreaks havoc on emergency rooms, obstetrics, nursing homes and surgical units. If it can go wrong, it will go wrong. If there is an obscure and intractable disease, it will emerge. Bizarre accidents happen.

Kevin Wolf

Maybe you've already been through the worst of it. I hope so.


So maybe it's not too early for some of us not-yet-old folks to get vaccinated for Shingles?!

I once had poison ivy so bad the intern in the ER wouldn't come near me. He told me so.

I hope you've started your prescription already and that catching this early has done the trick!


Ophthalmologists, do your stuff! Be sure Lance's eye(s) get protected!

Which shirt manufacturer had the ads with the eyepatch guy?

Samuel S (@samselv)

Take care and be well. A lot of people I know (including me) have had chicken pox growing up in India and I didn't even know what shingles was till I came to the US. I hope things clear up soon.


I was told, the first time I had shingles (I'm an over-achiever), that as long as the lesions weren't appearing on the end of your nose, you probably weren't going to have the ophthalmic problems. They still sent me to the ophthalmologist to get checked out.

My problem was not in ignoring the shingles and not getting treated. My problem was that I was pregnant, and the drug to treat the shingles wasn't approved for use in pregnancy. So, yes, I got post-herpetic neuralgia, and even now, 19 years later, I have some itching and burning in part of the area I had shingles. That's how I realized that I had them the second time - I had a small rash, but the itching and burning had suddenly ratcheted up. I rushed right in and got the drug, and it settled back down to normal levels.

Cathie from Canada

Umm...Its not exactly true that shingles pain is due only to a secondary infection -- its actually the nerve itself that is inflamed and painful.
I had shingles this winter, which affected the nerve which runs down the outside of my left arm, including the thumb and first two fingers. The morning of new years eve, I realized I had a horrible rash all down my arm. I started on an antiviral within 24 hours of the rash coming out, so that helped. But the pain didn't strike until another day after that. For the pain, I took a fairly strong anticonvulsant drug called gabapentin, which works particularly on nerve pain.
I finished the anti-viral in two weeks, but I was on gabapentin for more than a month.
In your case, the location of your shingles is particularly dangerous to your eye and your vision so I am glad you got some help right away.
Shingles can happen at any age, though for people over 60 it is more likely they will have a worse case, and some long-term or permanent nerve damage.
Mine is pretty well gone, though a bit of residual numbness is still noticeable in my finger tips.
There is a vaccine now which will prevent shingles or much reduce its effect -- apparently it came out in about 2006.
Good luck with it and get as much rest as you can!

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