Shingles changed Everything
A month ago I got shingles. Before that I felt young and vibrant. Since it's only been a month, I'm still hoping for a reprieve.
I do yoga, tai chi, etc so I am in touch with my body. I knew immediately I had shingles and went to urgent care, a good thing because there is now an anti virus medication that stops the shingles from spreading and you have to take it before 3 days after you get the disease.
The rash was gone a week later and I had none of the pain I hear about. But for a couple of weeks I was exhausted. I hate lying around, but that's what I had to do.
Now I have itching itching itching and if I scratch it I have terrific pain so I don't scratch. I've tried several different ointments and the itching comes back and it's driving me nuts and making me feel old.
So suddenly I feel old.
I have macular degeneration and the loss of vision and limitations on driving (I only drive in my neighborhood) did not make me feel as old and useless as this shingles!
Wendy Lynn, it sounds like you were actively taking care of your health before this happened, so I am betting you will be better soon. Give yourself a break and just let your body repair itself.
Interesting... I never knew there were meds for Shingles. I remember the great pain my grandmother endured many years ago vividly.
Anyone else out there who had Shingles?? Any help to offer?
Wendy's other site... because Aging Matters!