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Shingles : Don't take chances

Posted on 09/04/2013 1:59:18 PM PDT by deputytess

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To: taxcontrol
My wife was 42 when she got the shingles.

MY daughter is 23 and just got the diagnosis.

I'm not sure that I believe it, because she's in no pain.

101 posted on 09/04/2013 3:22:06 PM PDT by Half Vast Conspiracy (Now I am just being a punk.)
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To: Gen.Blather
I was told it’s because of Obamacare.

To my knowledge, Obamacare hasn't kicked in yet......

102 posted on 09/04/2013 3:24:01 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (')
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To: deputytess

The vaccine for shingles (Zostavax®) is recommended for use in people 60 years old and older to prevent shingles. The older a person is, the more severe the effects of shingles typically are, so all adults 60 years old or older should get the shingles vaccine.

The shingles vaccine is specifically designed to protect people against shingles and will not protect people against other forms of herpes, such as genital herpes. The shingles vaccine is not recommended to treat active shingles or post-herpetic neuralgia (pain after the rash is gone) once it develops.

http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd-vac/shingles/vacc-need-know.htm


103 posted on 09/04/2013 3:24:51 PM PDT by mad_as_he$$
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To: Hot Tabasco

“To my knowledge, Obamacare hasn’t kicked in yet...... “

I asked the pharmacist this and he said that they had advanced all of their prices already. I don’t know why and he couldn’t tell me. But, the price increases are real for generics that have been around forever.

Can anybody shed light on this mystery?


104 posted on 09/04/2013 3:27:56 PM PDT by Gen.Blather
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To: HotHunt

I was wondering if they used steroids for pain? I know they used them for eczema and other skin ailments..


105 posted on 09/04/2013 3:27:56 PM PDT by cardinal4 (Barack Barry Hussein Soetoro Obama, America's own Perkin Warbeck..)
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To: deputytess

Interesting thread. Had an outbreak of shingles last November around my left eye and forehead. Got to the doctor quickly and did the ten day, anti-viral protocol, plus took large doses of vitamin C, B-12 and L-Lysine.

Turned out to be a very mild case with only a few episodes of minor nerve pain and none since. Had the feeling of a mild sunburn around the outbreak, but that was the only persistent manifestation.

Lasted about two weeks with the rash taking a little longer to completely clear. Was definitely lucky compared to many who’ve had shingles.


106 posted on 09/04/2013 3:29:06 PM PDT by Will88
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To: deputytess

http://earthclinic.com/CURES/shingles.html#ACV


107 posted on 09/04/2013 3:35:42 PM PDT by B4Ranch (AGENDA: Grinding America Down ----- http://vimeo.com/63749370)
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To: deputytess

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJJUPNBEdBE

A close friend of mine. . .


108 posted on 09/04/2013 3:41:24 PM PDT by Hulka
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To: steve86
I offer you my apology, I was dead wrong. I just called my local Walgreen pharmacy and they said that a Shingles Vaccine without insurance would cost $219.00...............Wow!

I then asked about the vaccine with insurance and they couldn't say because it depended on the copay from the insurance carrier.

109 posted on 09/04/2013 3:44:19 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (')
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To: Gen.Blather
I asked the pharmacist this and he said that they had advanced all of their prices already.

I had an out-of-pocket prescription when the Medicare prescription bill passed. The prescription doubled in price immediately, even though the 'benefits' of the drug bill did not go into effect for 2-3 years.

They don't need much of an excuse to raise prices.
110 posted on 09/04/2013 3:44:33 PM PDT by TomGuy (.)
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To: Hulka

So you know Steve? Interesting........


111 posted on 09/04/2013 3:47:47 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (')
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To: Hot Tabasco

Thanks for checking, most people would just blow it off.


112 posted on 09/04/2013 3:52:43 PM PDT by steve86 (Some things aren't really true but you wouldn't be half surprised if they were.)
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To: Hot Tabasco

Yes. . .you. . .?


113 posted on 09/04/2013 3:54:18 PM PDT by Hulka
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To: Hot Tabasco

Yews. . .back in the day when I was a Temple PD officer and he was working as a US Deputy Marshal locally.


114 posted on 09/04/2013 3:55:06 PM PDT by Hulka
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To: Lakeshark

Somehow it is the fault of the shark that walks.
Lol.


115 posted on 09/04/2013 3:58:03 PM PDT by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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To: donozark

Yes, I’ve heard you can get it anywhere, including in your eyes. That would be horrible. I let it go too long before I went to the doctor. But still, I got off easy; it was on my side. It burned and stung and itched like crazy for a good six or eight months. Thought it would never end. Definitely don’t want to go through it again. I’ll ask about the shot next time I see the doctor. Thanks.


116 posted on 09/04/2013 3:58:48 PM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: Darksheare
Well, I HAVE installed shingles before........many times........for you, 114 times will be the correct number......

It is written.

:-)

117 posted on 09/04/2013 4:06:19 PM PDT by Lakeshark (KILL THE BILL! CALL. FAX. WRITE.)
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To: TomGuy

You’re welcome.


118 posted on 09/04/2013 4:40:14 PM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: 9YearLurker

Sorry, but you didn’t pay for it. I pay Medicare premiums monthly. I paid for it.


119 posted on 09/04/2013 4:48:44 PM PDT by TomGuy (.)
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To: fwdude

the thing with shingles is once you have it it can stay dormant for many years but its still there. then the day comes when you do the thing that ticks it off ... for me its the sun, i am fine if i sunbath in my home area but if i go to where the sun is stronger and do not use a sunscreen on my neck .... had my 1st encounter in my late thirties, two more times since then and i am fifty eight now and it has been at least ten years since the last time.
i did not know that the shot could help you if you had shingles already,usually a vaccine is to prevent you from getting something you never had ... will have to look into this.


120 posted on 09/04/2013 5:12:08 PM PDT by StephenC444
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To: deputytess

The shingles vaccine, recommended by the CDC for people over 60, is far from a slam-dunk success. Consider: it reduces the chance of getting shingles by only about 50 percent, though it reduces by 66 percent the discomfort and aftereffects of shingles even when it doesn’t prevent the condition.Shingles itself, for most people, is uncomfortable and then painful, But it generally runs its course after between 2 and 4 weeks and there are medications that can ease the discomfort. When you take the vaccine, you will have to stay away from people who haven’t yet had chicken pox, because you’ll be infectious. You could give it to your pregnant neighbor, for example, or to your grandchildren. Only around 1 in 3 unvaccinated people who have had chicken pox get shingles (this rises to half for those over 85, we should all live that long). Also, for some people the vaccine has fairly serious side effects. Before you get vaccinated for shingles, find out as much as you can about it and make an informed choice.


121 posted on 09/04/2013 5:12:59 PM PDT by Toucan Dance
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To: deputytess

Another thing to know .... if your shingles are active you can give the chicken pox to someone who has never had chicken pox or the vaccine against it. if you have never had chicken pox i would suggest you get chicken pox vaccine and you will never have to worry about shingles ....


122 posted on 09/04/2013 5:13:21 PM PDT by StephenC444
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To: deputytess

I got it when I turned 50. At first I didn’t know what it was but when it prevented me from sleeping I went to the emergency and they figured it out. I just got in under the 3 day onset period for the drug intervention. It does make you cry in pain but I am sure there are worse diseases out there. Fortunately the medication worked well and I got out of it as expected. Nothing now for 6 years so I am happy about that. That said I don’t wish even my relatively mild case on anyone. I had it mostly in the scalp area and no where else.


123 posted on 09/04/2013 5:32:22 PM PDT by xp38
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To: deputytess

the thing with shingles is once you have it it can stay dormant for many years but its still there. then the day comes when you do the thing that ticks it off ... for me its the sun, i am fine if i sunbath in my home area but if i go to where the sun is stronger and do not use a sunscreen on my neck .... had my 1st encounter in my late thirties, two more times since then and i am fifty eight now and it has been at least ten years since the last time.
i did not know that the shot could help you if you had shingles already,usually a vaccine is to prevent you from getting something you never had ... will have to look into this.


124 posted on 09/04/2013 5:58:19 PM PDT by StephenC444
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To: cardinal4

I have no idea but I wouldn’t take steroids for anything. I lived with flareups on an irregular basis for years without medication before I knew exactly what it was. The pain was not excruciating. More like uncomfortable and distracting. Not something you couldn’t tolerate.


125 posted on 09/04/2013 5:59:28 PM PDT by HotHunt
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To: StephenC444; deputytess
I didn't know what it was the first time I got it, which was a few years ago. No one in my family had ever had it. In a four month period, I had it three times. After that, I began taking L-Lysine and vitamin D3 daily, and haven't had it since.

Stress seems to be my trigger.

126 posted on 09/04/2013 6:03:24 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: steve86
I have gout and will vouch for the epic experience that is /sarc. If you have untreated gout, colchicine should stop an attack and allopurinol and a few others will prevent it (a few cases are refractory).

I'm familiar with both of those drugs. Fortunately, I haven't had a flare since starting allopurinol. Gout is a great motivator - I made a lot of positive lifestyle changes because after my last flare I swore that I'd do anything I could to avoid another flare. I now know that some medical conditions are just as bad as the medical community says so I'm going to check out this shingles vaccine.

127 posted on 09/04/2013 6:04:27 PM PDT by CommerceComet (Obama vs. Romney - clear evidence that our nation has been judged by God and found wanting.)
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To: deputytess

I came down with shingles the first Christmas after my father died.

It started out as a few painful bumps just inside my hairline on the left side, oddly tingly too, and felt cold, not to the touch just a sensation of cold. At first I thought I’d gotten bitten by a spider or something. Then the bumps spread and became a generalized rash out onto my forehead into my left eyebrow. At that point I became concerned it was MRSA and scheduled an appointment with an after-hours doc-in-a-box.

The sensation is difficult to describe and it’s also difficult to believe just how painful it is. It’s not just the rash or even the skin that’s involved as far as the pain, it’s nerve pain and it felt as if it was shooting down inside my skull, very unnerving and excruciating.

It was apparently caught in time because it cleared up in a amtter of weeks. I was warned that it can get in your eyes and cause partial or complete blindness. Five years later I still have minor residual effects, tingling, numbness, sensitivity to cold in the area affected.

It’s to be avoided, trust me.


128 posted on 09/04/2013 6:14:37 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: fwdude
A stressful event will trigger the shingles. No, you don't know if you will ever get shingles. My husband had them about 3 months after he had bypass surgery. He was absolutely miserable for months. You never know when a stressful even will pop into your life.

I don't remember having chickenpox so my doctor did a blood test and yes, I had chickenpox but such a light case that no one noticed. Probably it was at the same time my brother had a horrible case of chickenpox.

I got the shingles vaccine, I don't want to suffer like my husband did, ever!

129 posted on 09/04/2013 6:26:12 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: BamaDi
finally worked up the nerve two weeks ago....it truly does give you peace of mind!

One less icky thing to think about! Now we can focus on Syria. Or on how cute our pets are. I prefer the latter.:)

130 posted on 09/04/2013 8:17:54 PM PDT by Veto!
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To: fwdude

I do know a couple of people who got shingles. Older people. It was absolutely dreadful, painful, disgusting, and took months to go away. One woman was never the same again. Scary.

So as much as I had meds, I got the shot. Hope it works


131 posted on 09/04/2013 8:20:57 PM PDT by Veto!
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To: Veto!

“Or on how cute our pets are. I prefer the latter”

Me too!!!


132 posted on 09/05/2013 8:19:01 AM PDT by BamaDi ("The definition of a racist today is anyone who is winning an argument with a liberal.")
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To: deputytess

Bookmark.


133 posted on 09/05/2013 9:59:02 AM PDT by manic4organic (It was nice knowing you, America.)
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