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Shingles

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  • Posted By: Michaela
  • October 29, 2006
  • 11:19 PM

My 15 year old daughter has shingles. The doctor asked about the stress in her life. My husband has cancer. I try to keep the household calm, peaceful, our normal. How can I keep everyone- including myself - safe, content, healthy, "normal"? :confused:

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  • My 15 year old daughter has shingles. The doctor asked about the stress in her life. My husband has cancer. I try to keep the household calm, peaceful, our normal. How can I keep everyone- including myself - safe, content, healthy, "normal"? Comments from every age group very welcomed.
    Michaela 2 Replies
    • October 29, 2006
    • 11:20 PM
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  • My 15 year old daughter has shingles. The doctor asked about the stress in her life. My husband has cancer. I try to keep the household calm, peaceful, our normal. How can I keep everyone- including myself - safe, content, healthy, "normal"? Comments from every age group very welcomed.
    Michaela 2 Replies
    • October 29, 2006
    • 11:21 PM
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  • Micheala,I had Shingles when I was 11. I am now in my forties. My mother was told the same thing about my shingles - it was caused by stress. She felt terribly guilty that she had done something or not noticed something that had caused me such stress that I got Shingles. It wasn't until years later when I casually discussed with a doctor some recurrent symptoms that I had. Painful tingling up one side on the back of my leg and then down the other side over several days, always going away on its own.) He explained this was a side effect from the Shingles I had as a child. He also told me that Shingles is not caused by stress! It is caused by a virus - the chicken pox virus, which I'm sure your daughter had previously. Don't worry about stress!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 10, 2006
    • 06:48 AM
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  • I am 49 and have had repeated bouts of shingles. Yes it is caused from the chicken pox virus that lies dormant in the body only reamerge into shingles later. You said your husband has cancer. This would make any family feel alot of stress. If I were in your shoes I would try to make sure your daughter feels heard. This is a problem with most teens, feeling like their parents don't listen. Also make her a part of the process with her father and there is nothing like prayer that soothes a soul. Pray together often and hug each other often. Just knowing you are all in this together and holding each other up is so important and stress reducing. Also always be honest with her about her fathers illness. This will help lesson her anxiety.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 2, 2006
    • 07:04 AM
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  • I had the shingles this spring and the pain was awful....The only relief I found was a cream called "Pain Break" that a poctor makes in Florida. It is cheap.$5.00 for a sample, shipping included and order all the samples you need.It looks like old fashion cold cream and smells like Ben Gay. 20 seconds after applying..pain is gone for 2-3 hours Type in "Pain Break" on your computer search engine and you will gind all kind of info on it and the shingles. Bob Whitlow go_dawgs@verizon.net
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 19, 2006
    • 07:28 PM
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  • If you think you have shingles, get yourself to your doctor or ER STAT. Itching and blisters on ONE side of your body is often the start and can be minimized if you start taking anti-virals within 72 hours of the first symptoms. I thought I had shingles and received the full treatment from a VERY sympathetic ER doc. He prescribed anti-virals, anti-itch pills and pain medication. This was a Saturday. By Wednesday, I was beginning to feel that it was NOT shingles, as I had no pain, just an itch with attitude. My circular welts were across my whole abdomen. I went to the dermatologist on Wednesday and he said it was not shingles and I had "gotten into" something. As it was still cold here, I hadn't been working outside and I doubted it was any kind of contact dermatitis. I had a lot of time on my hands and researched every dermatology web site and deduced it was pityriasis, a benign viral rash which is very itchy and lasts about six weeks. Though more common in young adults, many pix I saw were of 50-year women, of which I am one! There is some evidence that anti-virals help this rash also. I can testify to that. My rash only lasted a couple of weeks. Also, I will now go and have an immunization for shingles that is now available. It's mainly for 60 year old and above, but I'm going to fib. I don't want that rash, itchiness or possibly pain again. I'm telling all my friends about the injection. It is called Zostavax and their web-site will scare the heck out of you. Hope you don't have shingles!
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