Oh no! I think I have shingles again

  1. OH geez, enough is enough!

    My back has been killing me for a couple of weeks but it is getting better. Last night, my lower back felt itchy so I felt there and found a red spot, raised, just exactly where and exactly like the spot I had when I had shingles almost two years ago. So far there is only one spot, but it really feels a lot like it did two years ago.

    I happen to have a drs appointment tomorrow morning so I can get him to check it. The only saving grace is that if it is shingles, this time I caught it early enough to take an antiviral. Last time, it was way too late and I really suffered.

    If anyone has any fingers to spare, could you cross them for me. I'll never forget how sick I felt with it. I remember thinking shingles was just a nuisance, a painful and itchy rash, but I learned quickly that as a virus, it really can make you sick too.

    Is it 8:15 tomorrow yet???
    Last edit by clemmm78 on Jan 25, '07 : Reason: update
  2. 7 Comments

  3. by   muffie
  4. by   dianah
    (((((((((((((( clemmm ))))))))))))))))))))) If it IS shingles, I, too, hope you caught it soon enough for the antivirals!
  5. by   SmilingBluEyes
    oh dear that is too bad. Hope you are feeling better soon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  6. by   clemmm78
    Well, no further lesions so maybe it's just a coincidence that there's a lesion where it is. Just got back from the dr and I have new meds for muscle spasms. He thinks this will help my back. I sure hope so!
  7. by   bethin
    Clemm, hope everything will be ok. Never had shingles and I don't want them. Heard that they are painful and uncomfortable.

    Can you work with shingles?
  8. by   CHATSDALE
    had one patient with lesions that lasted for months...horrid ugly looking esp one in the middle of his back
    they have a new vaccine i got the md to order it for me it was like $200.oo and the hmo wouldn't cover it...pharmacy told be that it might be covered in the spring, this was last fall, i hope that i can get it [vaccine before shingles get me
  9. by   oramar
    glad you are looking into the vacine, hope you get well