Skip to comments.Shingles : Don't take chances
Posted on 09/04/2013 1:59:18 PM PDT by deputytess
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I posted that for FYI, not for your agenda bandwagon.
The pneumonia shot is covered under Medicare, for those who are on Medicare.
I pay the Medicare premium every month, so YOU didn’t have to pay for the shot, I did.
If I ever get it I am going to strip nekkid and spray my body down with a complete bottle of lysol...
Joann from my prayer group, the one who had it when she was 9, had it in her ear and lost most of the hearing in that hear.
I just had it last December, took me 6 weeks to recover (2 of which were figuring out what the heck I had).
The problem with the vaccine, is if you are under 60 you need a doctor’s prescription to get it. I’m just over 40. The CDC doesn’t really want to give to people younger than 60, basically due to the effectiveness of the shot.
The problem, is that once you’ve recovered from the boil-like blisters, pain, and itching... there is phantom neuropathy (sp?) that is residual in the affected areas. I’m going for a doctor’s visit in the AM to see if I can get the shot, because that helps eliminate the pain.
Chicken Pox, who knew that all those chicken pox play dates so many years ago, would come back to all of us with a vengeance?
Personally, I’ve only known 3 people who’ve suffered shingles, but those who have were absolutely miserable for quite a long while. It’s the sort of thing you wouldn’t wish on your worst enemy. Maybe odds are in your favor, but I wouldn’t want to test it. I got the shot.
From Shingle Prevention Advocate site;
Vaccine is 70% effective in 50-59 yo
51-55% if over 60
effectivness of vaccine past 5 years is unknown at this time
1 in 3 adults will get shingles
if you live to 85 your chances of getting it are 50%
98% of all adults have been infected with chicken pox
if you get shingles after you have had the vaccine symptoms and damage are less than without the vaccine
Need to shoot the lysol.....Its a virus hanging out in your ganglia and can surface at any time.
I always felt our universe was a virus in something else’s...but I dont get out much...
If you have a lasting excruciating pain, and you start seeing a rash (red splotches), go to the doctor. You may have shingles.
It happens primarily if you have overstressed your body in one way or another. Two years ago, I had been working physically hard, and going through emotional stress at the same time.
The pain was in my left shoulder blade. Even if I laid back on a soft pillow, it felt like a knife in my shoulder. I lost the use of my left arm for a while. Could not lift it, write or or eat with it.
I still primarily use my right arm because there is still a burning sensation in my left arm. I can use it more now, and regained my strength in it, but the burning is there all the time. It isn’t terrible, but it’s a reminder to take it easy.
Apparently shingles is fairly prevalent. My dad (in his 80’s) got a mild case of it a year or so ago but recovered reasonably quickly. However, an older lady I knew who was already in ill health got a bad case of it, very very painful, and died a few days later of a heart attack. Her daughter has told me she really thought her mom’s death was hastened by the stress of the shingles attack.
I just got rid of a major stress producer in my life, so I'm not as worried about getting it as I once was.
My elderly mother got shingles - pretty much destroyed her vision in one eye. It was a year-long battle between the inflammation and pressure of glaucoma, and the steroids used to battle it. In the end, she lost a cornea.
My local CVS and Walgreen pharmacies are only charging $25 regardless of insurance coverage.
Let me guess, they also tried to sell you some property?
You gotta weigh everything, I understand. It can be devastating, it was for my dad. Look up some of the pics and stories of bad cases of shingles, it can be a disaster.
My dad kept telling me that I had the worse case of chicken pox on the planet and that I’d better get the shot.....didn’t listen of course. However, because I went to the doctor as soon as I did get them, didn’t have that severe a case.....I did get the shot after full recovery - my doctor said it wouldn’t stop me from getting another bout but would make the time shorter and not as severe!!!!
Once I got an anti-viral from the doctor, it went away pretty quickly. I had a relatively mild case, so there wasn't any recovery. It hurt, but I could still work.
I did have the phantom neuropathy for a while. It didn't last more than a few months.
I know where you’re coming from - I avoid shots at all costs - in fact, I walked around with the prescription for the shot for 4 months.....finally worked up the nerve two weeks ago....it truly does give you peace of mind!
Had shingles on my face. Felt like someone was slapping me nonstop for days. It consumed my every thought.
I am 40 and had a mild case of chicken pox. Apparently the milder the chicken pox, the more likely of outbreak of shingles.
Glad you are on the upswing, but keep stress down, it can come back.
$205 at our local Rite-Aid.
Definitely not "REally inexpensive" to me or most people.
Sounds like your co-payment.
The unasked question is what is the downside of the vaccine? (yes, there IS a cost to pay, people just don’t want to talk about it.)
My Son in Law had shingles while on a year long tour in Afghanistan. He is a Navy guy on an army tour. They made him keep working 12 hour shifts, 7 days a week.
Our CVS in southern Rhode Island would not even HANDLE the vaccine.
Blue Cross up here is a joke. They control everything. Most corrupt state in the union. Anyway, BC would not cover any pharmacy in my area. They would only cover getting from a clinic.
$0.00 if you get it from the clinic. Blue Cross covers the whole cost that way.
In most case we don't know why.
But let me please warn you, that if you suspect you have shingles, see your doctor right away.
The anti-viral meds are really only effective if you catch the disease within 72 hours. And if you're over 50 you can get post herpetic neuralgia, where the shingles goes away, but the pain stays forever.
You do NOT want that.
In a lot of cases, people feel a tingling or stinging at the site before the blisters/rash appears.
And unless you are REALLY immunocompromised its only on one side of the body.
Downside is, it may not stop you from getting shingles. Upside...is you probably won’t get shingles but if you did it would be mild case.
Rare reactions to the vaccine but I think that is true with most potent vaccines.
It’s a nasty experience. If you get to the doctor quick they can knock it down with anti-viral medication, but you need to do it very fast.
“Sounds like your co-payment. “
I had no insurance when I got this. It was several years ago. But last year my generic script cost averaged $80/month. It’s now $230/month/script. I was told it’s because of Obamacare. So, if the price has gone up several hundred percent we can probably thank Obama.
Like everything else in life, the vaccine has its pros and cons. Here’s one take (if you will disregard the source):
Could you please FReepmail me what city so I can call and confirm that? (And then I will ask my local stores why they are adding almost $200).
What causes the pain? I thought it was horrible itching?
I want to get the shot this year. My dad had it bad and we never knew how much he suffered from pain until after he died. We found many letters he had written to places trying to get more help. [that was many years ago]
Can I watch?
I got a shingles outbreak every 6 months to a year for about 12 years when I was middle aged. It was a nerve pain thing around my midsection and sometimes accompanied by some small, red pustules around a small portion of my waist. The first two or three days were the most painful but the outbreak usually cleared up after 4-6 days. I never sought treatment and just put up with it when it occurred. I was in the mortgage business during that time but don’t remember it being a time of particular stress. I have not had an outbreak in at least 25 years now and don’t have an explanation as to why. But I’m glad I don’t have it as an issue anymore. At 65, I have other more pressing health issues to deal with.
As I understand it, if you didn’t have chicken pox, you won’t(can’t?) get shingles. You should ask your doc, but a friend told me she was tested to verify her claim of never having had chicken pox, so doc told her no need for the shingles vaccine. Consider yourself lucky!
I like the metal roofing that I am seeing. Lasts longer than shingles.
From the NYT article. I'm really skeptical about any pharmacy charging $25 cash, but if so I want to know about it and contact them.
You should get a blood titer for chicken pox antibodies to see if you have any immunity. If you have no immunity, get the chicken pox vaccine... You DO NOT want to get chicken pox as an adult. It is extremely painful - I know someone who caught it from their preschooler (who got it because he wasn’t immunized). His mouth and throat were covered in very painful blisters, as well as his entire body.
I don’t know why the vaccine seems to be for the >60 crowd. My sister had it when she was late 40’s.
I actually asked if I could get one if I paid for it. They said no. My doctor said no too. Not til 60. Of course my cousin had them at 55. Lol
When that percentage of the population comes down with this debilitating disease, why is so much money going toward a wholly preventable, behavior-based disease like AIDS?
The pain comes as a non-specific nerve pain that is hard to explain. I always got it around my midsection. I used to describe it to my wife as that “nervy thing”. It wasn’t a sharp pain or even a dull pain. Just a “nerve” pain. The pustules are itchy but I didn’t scratch them because they had puss in them and didn’t want to get an infection. Once the pustule inflammation subsided (usually after a couple to 3 days), they were not near as itchy. The pain and inflammation all cleared up in about a week.
I have been symptom free for 25 years now and never sought or received any kind of treatment for the condition.
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).
Been there, done that.
Also bit by a brown recluse and attacked by a pit bull.
Survived them all.
Yea, I have superpowers.
Because those whose behavior leads to, or could lead to, AIDS are very politically powerful.
Thanks! Seein’ my personal doc next week. Will ask.
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