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Author Topic: Could this be shingles...Again?  (Read 2740 times)

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Offline Dennis

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Could this be shingles...Again?
« on: April 01, 2007, 09:30:11 PM »
About 10 years ago I had bad case of shingles that started out as lower back pain on the right side of my body.  I was naive, even after I saw the rash, that I let it get so bad I was bed ridden for almost 2 weeks.

Well, I have that all familiar lower back pain again on the same side.  Although I don't see any signs of a breakout yet I think this may be a reoccurance.  Is there anything I can do to stop the onset?

Thanks
Dennis

Offline J.R.E.

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Re: Could this be shingles...Again?
« Reply #1 on: April 01, 2007, 09:41:34 PM »
Hello Dennis.


It's hard to say :

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/shingles/DS00098/DSECTION=7



"Doctors typically prescribe oral antiviral medications such as acyclovir (Zovirax), valacyclovir (Valtrex) or famciclovir (Famvir) to treat shingles preferably beginning within 48 to 72 hours of the first sign of the shingles rash. Sometimes, antiviral medications are combined with corticosteroids to reduce swelling and pain."


If it's not shingles, I wonder if you could possibly be having sciatica !! I have had sciatica on two occasions... always started on the lower right side of back toward the Butt, and then of course works it's way down the leg. Very painful .


Maybe you should call the doc, and get a prescription, or some advice just in case.



Ray
Current Meds ; Viramune, Epzicom, 40mg of simvastatin, 12.5mg of Hydrochlorothiazide.
Metoprolol tartrate 25mg



http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=40802.0

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=45159.0

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=39722.msg495621;topicseen#msg495621

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=46806.0

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=39414.msg491701#msg491701


 In October of 2003, My t-cell count was 16, Viral load was over 500,000, Percentage at that time was 5%. I started my first  HAART regimen  on October 24th,03.

 As of DEC 9th, 2013,  t-cells are at 437 Viral load  <40 .

 Current % is at 16% (L)

  
 62 years young.

Offline J.R.E.

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Re: Could this be shingles...Again?
« Reply #2 on: April 01, 2007, 09:45:15 PM »


PS, is there any possible way you may have twisted or exerted yourself in the last few days ?


Ray
Current Meds ; Viramune, Epzicom, 40mg of simvastatin, 12.5mg of Hydrochlorothiazide.
Metoprolol tartrate 25mg



http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=40802.0

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=45159.0

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=39722.msg495621;topicseen#msg495621

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=46806.0

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=39414.msg491701#msg491701


 In October of 2003, My t-cell count was 16, Viral load was over 500,000, Percentage at that time was 5%. I started my first  HAART regimen  on October 24th,03.

 As of DEC 9th, 2013,  t-cells are at 437 Viral load  <40 .

 Current % is at 16% (L)

  
 62 years young.

Offline Dennis

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Re: Could this be shingles...Again?
« Reply #3 on: April 01, 2007, 10:00:20 PM »
Thanks for the link Ray.  I haven't done any strenuous work lately.  At first I thought maybe I had done something in my sleep.  It's been gradually getting worse.  I try to call my doc tomorrow and see what he has to say. 



PS, is there any possible way you may have twisted or exerted yourself in the last few days ?


Ray

Offline RapidRod

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Re: Could this be shingles...Again?
« Reply #4 on: April 01, 2007, 10:31:31 PM »
Dennis, have you ever had kidney infection or stones? If it's a stone and you try to pass it, you'll know damn quick what it is. Been there done that, several times. OUCH!!!! Ouch will be tame, compaired to what it really feels like.

Offline J.R.E.

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Re: Could this be shingles...Again?
« Reply #5 on: April 02, 2007, 01:50:35 PM »
Hey Dennis,

Did you get hold of the doctor ? What did he suggest?



Take care-------Ray
Current Meds ; Viramune, Epzicom, 40mg of simvastatin, 12.5mg of Hydrochlorothiazide.
Metoprolol tartrate 25mg



http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=40802.0

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=45159.0

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=39722.msg495621;topicseen#msg495621

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=46806.0

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=39414.msg491701#msg491701


 In October of 2003, My t-cell count was 16, Viral load was over 500,000, Percentage at that time was 5%. I started my first  HAART regimen  on October 24th,03.

 As of DEC 9th, 2013,  t-cells are at 437 Viral load  <40 .

 Current % is at 16% (L)

  
 62 years young.

Offline Dennis

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Re: Could this be shingles...Again?
« Reply #6 on: April 02, 2007, 06:42:06 PM »
Thanks all.  I just got back from the Dr.  He doesn't think it's a kidney stone, although he did give me a urine test to rule that out.  He also doesn't think it's shingles.

So basically he doesn't know what it is.  He gave me script for Vicaden for the pain and Valtrex in case it is shingles.  I expected a more definitive diagnosis but I guess this will have to do for now.

Offline tigger2376

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Re: Could this be shingles...Again?
« Reply #7 on: April 02, 2007, 07:37:14 PM »
There can be no harm at all in drinking plenty of water, just in case its kidney related
I hope you feel better soon and get some answers
Take care
xxx
I know i'm going to enjoy the party in the afterlife, but do you all mind that I'm going to be VERY late!!!

Offline RapidRod

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Re: Could this be shingles...Again?
« Reply #8 on: April 02, 2007, 10:01:24 PM »
Dennis, maybe the doctor will come back with, "Reframe from aggressive masturbation." ;)

Offline bimazek

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Re: Could this be shingles...Again?
« Reply #9 on: April 02, 2007, 10:16:06 PM »
herpes is what causes shingles... see my post search on my user name and word herpes

basically the word herpes and herpetology are from same latin root which means

snakes, does the pain feel like little snakes some times moving at the beginning, that is where the name comes from

but the pain can be acute and dull

herpetology = snakes

the ancheint people felt something akin to snakes under or in the skin

very painful

can be excruciating

very very important to start treatment immediately

with in hours of pain or first rash

Offline Dennis

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Re: Could this be shingles...Again?
« Reply #10 on: April 02, 2007, 10:17:41 PM »
NEVER!

Dennis, maybe the doctor will come back with, "Reframe from aggressive masturbation." ;)

Offline Dennis

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Re: Could this be shingles...Again?
« Reply #11 on: April 02, 2007, 10:20:21 PM »
Thanks Biz.  I had shingles about 10 years ago and the pain is similar to what I felt in the beginning stages initially.  And in the same exact spot the first breakout occurred.  I let it get so bad that I could not move for almost 2 weeks.  I literally had to crawl to and the from the bathroom.  I filled the prescription of Valtrex I got today so if it is shingles hopefully this will stop it in its tracks.

Offline Gary

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Re: Could this be shingles...Again?
« Reply #12 on: April 03, 2007, 06:13:56 PM »
Hi Dennis,
Funny you should mention shingles as the nerve under my arm round to my back has been stinging and giving me pain more often than it normally does.  I don't think it ever really healed from my first attack of shingles in 2000 which caused encephalitis. I've been waiting for a rash to appear then I'll go and see the doc and get some acyclovir which knocks it on the head.  It's flared up a few times since but I've gotten treatment in time.  I think the only good thing that comes out of having shingles is that you'll know for next time and not just see if that strange rash goes away, as we both did!
Hope you feel better soon  ::)

Offline J.R.E.

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Re: Could this be shingles...Again?
« Reply #13 on: April 03, 2007, 06:24:38 PM »
Thanks Biz.  I had shingles about 10 years ago and the pain is similar to what I felt in the beginning stages initially.  And in the same exact spot the first breakout occurred.  I let it get so bad that I could not move for almost 2 weeks.  I literally had to crawl to and the from the bathroom.  I filled the prescription of Valtrex I got today so if it is shingles hopefully this will stop it in its tracks.



I do understand that.  The worst case of shingles I had, was in  1989. And it also crippled me up, for a good two weeks. Couldn't stand at the toilet !! Crawling across the floor, on all fours...


I still have an area on my back and stomach that has no feeling. Just feels dead !! When it started for me, I thought that I had come into contact with a  chemical at work. Started off red, then the blisters going around from my stomach to my left side. Some of the worst pain I had ever been in !!

Ray
Current Meds ; Viramune, Epzicom, 40mg of simvastatin, 12.5mg of Hydrochlorothiazide.
Metoprolol tartrate 25mg



http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=40802.0

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=45159.0

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=39722.msg495621;topicseen#msg495621

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=46806.0

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=39414.msg491701#msg491701


 In October of 2003, My t-cell count was 16, Viral load was over 500,000, Percentage at that time was 5%. I started my first  HAART regimen  on October 24th,03.

 As of DEC 9th, 2013,  t-cells are at 437 Viral load  <40 .

 Current % is at 16% (L)

  
 62 years young.

Offline thunter34

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Re: Could this be shingles...Again?
« Reply #14 on: April 03, 2007, 06:29:30 PM »
Whoo, Lordy!  I had 'em last year around April.  The scarring is still there on my right shoulder blade.  Just this past weekend, I felt that familiar sting twitch a few times in that area.  It was enough to send a chill down my spine.  Kept checking in the mirror for signs of an outbreak for the next two days.  NOT something I want to ever endure again.

Yee-ouch.
AIDS isn't for sissies.

Offline budndallastx

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Re: Could this be shingles...Again?
« Reply #15 on: April 03, 2007, 10:28:21 PM »
How old is your mattress?

I had shingles two years ago and went to the doctor the same day.  He prescribed valtrex but I still had them but luckily the valtrex kept it from getting too severe.  My doctor indicates that stress can cause shingles to reappear so the open question to you is have you been under any stress lately?   He also said he's seen more cases of shingles in his practice over the past five years.

Here's hoping you only have muscle pains and that it passes quickly!

Tom

Meds since: 11/20/2006
Sustiva / Truvada
12/08/2008 VL:<48 CD4 622 (38%)   
9/8/2008 VL:<48 CD4 573 (30%)
5/2008 VL:<48 CD4 464 (30%)
1/2008  VL: <50  CD4 425(28%)
9/2007   VL: <50  CD4 465 (27%)
6/2007   VL: <50   CD4 443 (26%)
3/2007  VL: <50   CD4 385 (25%)
12/2006 - VL: <50   CD4: 384 (25%)
11/2006 - VL:  22K  CD4: 208 (18%)

 


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