Skip to comments.Shingles : Don't take chances
Posted on 09/04/2013 1:59:18 PM PDT by deputytess
Hey Folks, I recently recovered from shingles.Still have a bit of nerve pain. I was very lucky and managed to avoid the worst through early intervention. I just want to encourage anyone out there who's had chicken pox to talk to their doctor about the shingles shot. You don't want to go through what I went through. This especially goes for my fellow "Boomers". Stress is one of the main triggers for shingles and we 50 somethings have a lot of stress. God bless you all and stay healthy.
My mother got it and said the same thing.
If you lay down with roofers...
Thanks for the plug! As soon as I get the HSA debit card that my husband has been promising indefinitely, I plan to get the shingles shot. Our insurance doesn’t cover it, but I’m willing to pay to avoid it.
Sorry you had to go thru it. My neighbor had it and she was a mess for months. And months.
Since I had HORRIBLE chicken pox at age 13, I got the shot, though basically, I avoid drugs or shots or medicine for anything.
I agree with you. My mom suffered through it, but I don’t believe that you can get the shot until you are 60 years old.
I got it at our local Rite-Aid drugstore. REally inexpensive.
My PCP just told me to get that shot.
I asked him how on earth this has become such a huge issue.
Very, interesting reply: because a vaccine has been invented, that’s how.
My om had shingles a few years ago, I had never seen her cry from physical pain.
Glad you are recovering.
I had it in my early 50's. My wife hasn't had it yet, but her employer is not covering it if you are under 60.
I’ve never known ANYONE who has or had the shingles. And just about everyone I know of has had the chickenpox.
Is it that prevalent that you need to worry about it?
My cousin got it and suffered for months. She said the pain was worse than childbirth. I went out and got the shot as soon as I could.
Been there, done that. Not fun. Plus, it can flare up repeatedly.
BTW, not everyone is a good candidate for the shot. At least they told me that I wouldn’t be. Can’t remember why; it’s been a while.
I had full blown chickenpox three times.
Can’t wait to see what happens if I got shingles.
You may wish to check with your County Health Dept. Some Counties filed for, and received grant $$ to provide Shingles Vaccinations to residents over 60. Free of charge. No income statements,etc. necessary. Just age 60.
Otherwise, it’s $225-$300 around here at Walgreens/CVS. Not cheap. Some insurance companies will cover it.
My wife was 42 when she got the shingles.
I just had the vaccine..
“My wife hasn’t had it yet, but her employer is not covering it if you are under 60. “
I got it at a store. I think it cost $15-25. For goodness sake, some things are worth spending the bucks for.
I was about seven when I got chickenpox all three times.
I’m now 38.
195 in Rhode Island without insurance. With insurance... $) if you get it a the clinics run by Blue Cross.
No side affects for me and I have an auto-immune disease called Polymyalgia Rhuematica. I was afraid I might have a bad reaction from the vaccine, but thank God I was OK.
I’m 47. It’s not cheap, but I’ll pay as opposed to taking the chance of catching it before I turn 60. I don’t have time for shingles, or any other dmn thing that doesn’t kill me quick.
Me. Several of my friends. And several of my wife's friends.
All were in their 50's, usually on the low side.
My brother had it a few years ago. He was in severe pain with it.
I decided to get the shot, so I got it at Walgreens early this year. It cost about $200, but insurance paid $150.
I actually had Shingles back in the ‘70s... don’t remember much about it other than it was a pain.
Can I get it again? Just asking.
That must be after insurance, or some other form of reimbursement. It's $200, otherwise.
Makes me wonder,,,,, I never got the Pox. My Mom made me stay in my Sister’s room and play with her for days,,,,yuck! Had the mumps though. I have a feeling that I might still need the shot?
Anyone ever heard of contraindications to getting the shot if you did not have the pox? Would not want her to get something unwanted.
Our 27 year old son had them 3 months ago.....
Hint: Get the shot.
Chances are you won’t get it again, but you can. That’s what a doctor told my mother so my mom got the shot after her attack just in case.
One of my friends had chicken pox as an infant and shingles before she was 10.
Get the shot. Sooner than later.
You can, but it's unlikely.
The probability of shingles goes down significantly after the first outbreak, then again after a second outbreak.
Since I've already had it, my doctor doesn't believe I need the vaccine. The possibility of having another outbreak is less than the effectiveness of the vaccine.
Your mileage may vary. Ask your doctor.
Ive never known ANYONE who has or had the shingles. And just about everyone I know of has had the chickenpox.
Is it that prevalent that you need to worry about it?
Perhaps when you, and your “peers”, are a little older you’ll start knowing folks who have had shingles. And it can be very painful and long lasting if you’re unlucky. Luckier folks get it but, for them, it’s more bearable and of shorter duration.
I also got the pneumonia shot the same day.
It cost zero with Medicare, because it was covered under Part B, IIRC.
Here is the link to Children of God For Life’s vaccine chart that lists vaccines with aborted human baby cells, including the shingles vac: http://www.cogforlife.org/vaccineListOrigFormat.pdf
is this covered under obamacare? s/
It may have cost *you* zero, but there's no free lunch and there are no free medications.
Earlier this week, I called my husband at work so he could give the HSA payment information for our son’s new glasses, and I reminded him (again) that he’d said he was going to get me the HSA payment card so I didn’t have to call him all the time or bring home receipts that he never files for reimbursement. (He says he has ADD, yadda yadda yadda.)
Yesterday he told me the card should come in the mail within 14 days, so as soon as it does, I’ll go into some drugstore with “We have the shingles vaccine!” on its sign and get it.
It is written.......
“...I dont have time for shingles, or any other dmn thing that doesnt kill me quick.”
Not to worry, it’s not likely that it would kill you barring unexpected and rare complication. But it may make you wish you were dead if you would be so unfortunate as to get one of the more painful cases.
Pain aside (and THAT is reason enough to get vaccine!) the illness can and does sometimes cause blindness. Patients become reclusive if Shingles spreads to face. Visualize the worst case of acne you've ever saw, times ten!
Silver Sol (ASAP, Guardian Silver, American Biotics) cures shingles. The ASAP gel does the trick. It also cures MRSA.
“It’s $200, otherwise. “
Wow. I did it for cash several years ago. Of course, last year the cash price on my prescriptions averaged $80/month. This year, because, I’m told, of Obamacare, it’s $230/each.
I’m in a prayer group with ladies who are mostly in their 60s and 70s. Several have had shingles, and all of them attest that it’s very painful.
My mother had it on her back, but you can get it on your face & near your eyes which can case real trouble.
I’ve known three people that had shingles, including my younger brother and my mother. I had chicken pox when a child, then in my late 30s I got (of all things) German measles. Still don’t know where they came from. I wonder if that makes me a bigger target for shingles? I’m still debating about getting the vaccine.
No chance taking here...Last Fall we did an entire ripe off and put down a pretty classy metal roof....Snow just slides right off!
I appreciate that, but in my wife's case, there are some complicating factors.
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