Shingles and in hospital, would like encouragement to get through it and what it was like for you?
- 25 Feb 2013 by endlessPred
- 28 February 2013
- pain, herpes zoster, medication
Hello everyone. What it is and using antiviral medication I know.,but, the amazing pain and the effect of a person with a compromised immune system has me baffled. I had this when I was 26 as well.
Just started Friday evening itch one spot. Then there were two. Sent a picture to the Rheumy on call and she said shingles on Saturday. Today I was so sick and the burning so intense I was at the ER. Now I write from my hospital room. they gave me dilaudid and the pain disappeared like magic. Never had a drug like this before. No wonder people get hooked. Magic. Also an antiviral in IV and pills. Much higher dose than I tarted yesterday.
They are concerned and said that I am very high risk. Continuing to show more and more rash. Just wanted to know how others have handled this and how long they had it. The literature says three or four weeks. Karen
I'm so sorry to hear of your situation. My uncle had shingles. He said it was very painful and burned relentlessly.
Did you ever have the chickenpox when you were a child? If so, they claim there is a higher risk of getting shingles. One in three people who had chickenpox as a child are more likely to have shingles as an adult.
I truly feel for you, knowing how bad my uncle felt. He stated he felt he was on fire and having chickenpox all over again. I really and truly hope you don't suffer too much or too long. I don't know if this helps, but tis all I can offer. I wish you a speedy and painless recovery. Please keep us posted. You're in my thoughts and prayers, Karen.
I have never had shingles but my husband has, many years ago, so I asked him how he got through it and he stated that his were very painful but not as painful as others that have had shingles. He remembers that it lasted a few weeks but the intenceness of the pain reduced as time went on. It sounds as if you have it in a bad way. So sorry you are going through this experience with such pain. I know myself, when I am in a lot of pain I try to keep my mind busy like a good TV program or a good movie at home. I don't know where your shingles are but it seems wearing loose comfortable clothes would help and maybe a baking soda paste would help also so I guess it is worth a try. Good luck and I hope this passes quickly for you.
My dear Karen,
We know the Historical Buddha said in the Four Noble Truths that "Life is Suffering." But you take it to another level! A little humour to perhaps bring a tiny smile to your sweet face.
Just know I'm thinking of you, we all are! Get some well deserved rest and let them care for you. Hope you are able to remain comfortable with the Dilaudid.
Please keep us posted over the next day or two.
Lots of love n' hugs,
Sorry to hear about your shingles, but you are absolutely doing it right to be getting all the treatment right away in the hospital. Hopefully you will fully recover. My friend who is 96 years old has had unrelenting herpetic shingles for about 10 years and has had every treatment. But it wasn't diagnosed in a timely fashion as yours was which is critical. The hospital thought it was his heart and missed the rash.
My dear friend,
Glad to hear you're improving/feeling some relief. Now really... why would your going to Rehab be a sad thing? I understand wanting to be home but... maybe it's just what you need right now. You'll have continuity of care! Don't try to push help away. Consider help to be worthwhile in any form. You deserve some emotional support, rest and treatment. Please keep us posted.
Love to you from
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