... lift myself up without JOLTING pain under my rib cage. i just had my gallbladder removed & thought i was having the same exact pain as i was with gallstones. does anyone think maybe having the surgery could of set the shingles to come out?
9 Oct 2010
I am not an expert on this, but my mother-in-law had shingles on her face. She went to the ER because she did not know what this pain was caused from. They told her it was because of her TB shot when she was younger. I don't know if this is true, but I do know she suffered until it went away. They gave her pain meds to help with coping. I wish you luck in your relieve from this painful situation. God Bless and I wish I had a magic wand to take away all of our suffering... kimmie1
9 Oct 2010
shingles can be brought on by a number of things. including stress. it is a form of the chicen pox virus. anyone that has had chicken pox could possibly get shingles later on in life. if you do have shingles and are around any children that have not had chicken pox, it is possible to give them chicken pox. gabapentin is often prescribed for the pain of shingles. i would def contact the doctor and ask him about this treatment. please try to distance yourself from anyone that hasnt had chicken pox. i hope you feel better soon! xoo
9 Oct 2010
Hello, yvonnebreedlove, having an infection in the body, any physical or emotional shock can trigger shingles. So, yes, the gallbladder removal could have triggered the virus. My mother had her gallbladder removed due to an infection caused by gall stones five years ago and right after she had a severe case of shingles. Granted, it's not clear what really triggers shingles to activate but the it is believed that it activates due to an immune system that has become weakened. Did you have an infection develop from the gallstones? If you have not gone to your doctor then it;s imperative you go right away. Shingles are contageous for chickenpox for those susceptible and neuropathy can devekop if not treated soon enough. The chickenpox virus travels down a nerve to the skin thereby causing the pain and subsequent rash. It normally lasts for 2-3 weeks but can persist for months.
Try a topical creme with capsacin to lesson the nerve pain and(or) an oatmeal bath, some ibuprofen and get in to see a physician. I feel for your pain and hope I may have helped some. Let us know how everything turns out for you.
10 Oct 2010
Yes, stress, such as the stress coming from a surgery, can be a trigger for shingles. Anytime your body is going through a trauma, such as surgery, it really puts your immune system under stress and shingles can be triggered by your immune system being weaker. I know Lyrica is often prescribed for shingles - for the neuropathy symptoms. Lyrica is very similar to Gabapentin - Gabapentin is a generic that was developed before Lyrica came along. I've found Lyrica to have less side effects than Gabapentin, but that's me. Gabapentin is often much cheaper than Lyrica. Go to your doctor and see what they can prescribe to lessen the neuoropathy effects of shingles, plus they might be able to shorten the time you suffer from them. Best of luck to you!
5 Oct 2011
I recently had surgery for colon cancer,after being home about 2 weeks later I developed a rash on my right side under my breast and around my side to my back.It was detrmined by the doctor that it was Shingles.after trying some medication for three weeks that was not working the doctor prescribe Gabapentin,ive been on this for two days and it seem to be working although I do feel a numbness in this area.To answer you question yes the surgery could have caused the problem due to stress and imune system being low according to my doctor.
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