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Old 06-11-2017, 04:51 PM
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My husband and I were talking about the shingles virus. Statistics show that 1 out of 3 people over the age of 50 will get shingles. He and I have a large number of people we've worked with throughout the years (he's a minister), and we could only count about 10 people we've ever known to have shingles. I don't remember hearing more than 2 or 3 people on PT ever mentioning having shingles. So I was wondering, how many of you have had them?
Please don't flame me, but I'm not a very trusting person, and I sometimes wonder if the push to have people vaccinated against shingles is a ploy by the pharmaceuticals to make money off the vaccination. Maybe not, but I just wondered how many of you have been affected by them.


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Old 06-11-2017, 04:52 PM
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I did while I was still in my 20s! My doctor said it was brought in by stress. Thanks to teaching. The pain was horrible. I didn't have many spots but horrible nerve pain.
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Old 06-11-2017, 04:53 PM
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I have not had shingles, but my husband got them this winter. It was extremely painful and lasted forever. So I then went and got the shingles vaccine. It was free at our local CVS.
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Old 06-11-2017, 04:56 PM
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I'm 37 and got them this year...from stress as well. I still have scars from the blisters.
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Old 06-11-2017, 04:56 PM
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in his fifties got shingles. The doctor had to look it up, because she said she'd never seen it manifested in that way. My daughter's MIL has had it twice in the last year. My daughter got it at age 24. She had never been vaccinated for chicken pox as she had a mild case of it at age 2.


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Old 06-11-2017, 04:58 PM
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My mother had them about a decade ago. Took her a long time to get over them. I was not around her to know how severe the pain was though.

One of our former teachers had them within the past 5 years. He said it was horrible.

I have not gotten the shot, but my SO has. I have a dim view of the pharmaceutical companies as well. However, I do get a flu shot every year.
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Old 06-11-2017, 05:01 PM
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I had it in my 30s!

I'm not sure why you think you'd know if someone you have worked with has had shingles or not.

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Old 06-11-2017, 05:06 PM
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My son had it while he was a teenager in high school. The teacher across hall from me also had them when she was pregnant so I think she was in her late 20's.
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Old 06-11-2017, 05:06 PM
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I am in my mid 40's, my parents are mid 60's, I know several people their age and younger who have had them. My uncle got them on his face very close to his eye. He was in severe pain for several weeks. Two teachers at my school who are younger got them, dr. said from stress. I know most people my parent's age now get their shot. I am not a big one on flu shots but will be getting this shot when the time comes.
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Old 06-11-2017, 05:08 PM
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I was 53. Awful nerve pain.


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Old 06-11-2017, 05:09 PM
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I had a mild case of shingles when I was 58. It was close to my eye and into my scalp and was nasty, but I remember reading that the vaccination wasn't a 100% guarantee that you couldn't still get it. The vaccination a few years ago cost around 300 dollars if I remember correctly and it wasn't covered by our medical insurance. I didn't get it and I don't think I would now, even if it was free with medicare. I get a flu shot, but that's it.
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Old 06-11-2017, 05:10 PM
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My son had them last year. He was 36 yrs old.
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Old 06-11-2017, 05:11 PM
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Has them now, and he has been in excruciating pain since the last week in May. My precious mother had them around her waist, and for someone whose pain tolerance was completely off the chart, she said the pain was horrific.
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Old 06-11-2017, 05:14 PM
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I had them on my leg a couple of year ago--definitely stress related. Luckily I got on the antiviral quickly which helped to shorten the severity and length of time. I was about 58 at the time--interesting how many people have had them at much younger ages!
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Old 06-11-2017, 05:17 PM
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My husband, my best friend and my mother have had them. My mother had the WORST case! She was so miserable for weeks, I went right out and got the vaccine as soon as I could!

ETA: I know it's doesn't guarantee you won't get it but if you do it will be a milder case. Having seen how much my mom suffered that was good enough for me.
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Old 06-11-2017, 05:24 PM
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I had them several years ago in my 50s. I got to the doctor very quickly and had a shot of an antiviral so my case was very mild. The key if you get them is to be seen as soon as possible.
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Old 06-11-2017, 05:34 PM
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I have had shingles, but I was only 12 at the time.

My mom had them when she was older than 50.
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Old 06-11-2017, 05:39 PM
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I got shingles the first time around my eye when I was 40. It was scary b/c it can go into your eye. I got it the next year again around the other eye. The doctor said it was stress but I really wasn't feeling stressed. I can't get the vaccine for 9 years when I turn 50.
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Old 06-11-2017, 05:41 PM
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I had them when I was 19. I still get residual pain and tingling when I'm highly stressed. I'M 45. They were awful. Even a t-shirt touching them was excruciating. My grandfather had them when he was older. down one side and completely circling his waist. He was a tough as nails type but he was in significant pain. His didn't heal. He had them for years.
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Old 06-11-2017, 06:05 PM
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I had shingles last fall. I'm 48. It started with a few bumps, then they got itchy a couple of days later, then the pain started. I was on hydrocodone for pain for a week. Mine were at my waist and I couldn't stand anything touching that spot. I kept a large gauze bandage over the rash. It was awful. I went to the dr asap and got the antiviral. They cleared up in about a week or so. Do not ever want to go through that again.
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Old 06-11-2017, 06:08 PM
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I had them on my neck when I was 30
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Old 06-11-2017, 06:16 PM
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I had them around the underwire area if my bra. Not fun! I get phantom pain from time to time still.
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Old 06-11-2017, 06:21 PM
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I am knocking on wood now as I say neither of us have had it. I am 58 and DH is 65. I actually only know two people who have had it.

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Old 06-11-2017, 06:29 PM
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I got them under my arm during the summer. We had a lot of stressful things going on and that's what brought them on.
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Old 06-11-2017, 06:33 PM
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I had shingles when I was 32 about a month after Man and I were married. When my doctor said, "This is shingles. Have you been under any stress?" I said, "a little...I just changed schools 3 months before, planned and had a wedding, moved to a new apartment with Man, I just found out I have to change schools again in 3 months, and I just finished writing report cards."

It was painful and itchy and when I scratched, because I HAD to scratch!, it was painful in the extreme. I used a LOT of calamine lotion and I took a lot of advil. I was happy to get the vaccine a couple of years ago. The pharmacist recommended that I get the vaccine because I am more susceptible to shingles since having had them (it? them?). Man also got the vaccine because he remembers how horrible it was for me 25 years ago.
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Old 06-11-2017, 06:39 PM
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My dad had them later in life in his early 80's on his face. I plan on getting vaccinated at 50 since I had chicken pox but my bout of chicken pox was bad and maybe I won't get shingles?
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Old 06-11-2017, 07:35 PM
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My DD had it on her back in her 20's, I had it in my 40's. My neighbor is our local clinic doctor and she laughed that I had had it. She got a few months later in her 40's. My mom had it in her late 80's and I think that was part of her decline and death a month later.
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Old 06-11-2017, 08:12 PM
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Is nota pleasant disease. My husband and I had our vaccines at CVS for $10.00 each. We had a good friend and almost lost his eye sight over five years ago and still has pain flairs. Any people working with the public should consider getting the vaccine. to protect themselves and those they serve. Make it a date night.
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Old 06-11-2017, 08:13 PM
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I posted this on another thread back in April.
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I had shingles when I was 44. I figured it out quickly, got into the Doctor the very next morning and was prescribed the anti-viral med. I ended up with a mild case and it was STILL painful and irritating. Within the next couple of years was when the vaccine was becoming available. I asked my doctor if I would be a good candidate for the vaccine. He said, "Yes and soon." He wrote a prescription for me. I went to the local pharmacy (big chain) and they sent me to a store in the next county because they couldn't get it at my store. This was in 2008. I ordered it and waited 10 months for it to come in. I paid $225 out of pocket because I was (and still am) "too young." Long story to say I'd pay for it out of pocket again if I had to. You do not want shingles!
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Old 06-11-2017, 08:16 PM
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I had the shingles at age 34 due to stress. My cousin had shingles in his late 20s and lost part of his vision in one eye. My mom had the shingles in her late 30s when my siblings and I had chicken pox. She is now in her 70s and gets the vaccine. I'm too young for the vaccine. I hope to never have the shingles again. They are awful and so is the treatment for them.
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Old 06-11-2017, 08:22 PM
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In my quilting group three of the eight of us (ages 60-73) have had shingles. I got mine at 59. After seeing me suffer (lots of pain) DH went right out and got his vaccine. I did too.
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Old 06-11-2017, 09:31 PM
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I had Shingles in my late 40's.

Health issues involve a lot of secrecy. Because I was working part time that year in a new place and hoping to go full time at some point, no one at my work knew what was going on.
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Old 06-11-2017, 09:55 PM
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I had shingles when I was 10 years old.
I still remember how painful it was and I am much, much older than 10.
I got the shingles vaccine this year.

I know dozens of people who have had shingles.
Some mild cases, some severe.
All ages.
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Old 06-12-2017, 01:42 AM
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I got a very, very mild case (phew!) at about 50. It wasn't painful and only very mildly itchy. I had no idea it was shingles, thought it was a reaction to a bug bite or a rash. Only got it checked because it happened 2 days before I was going away for about 5 days and was getting redder. I never took the meds they gave me. Didn't need them. They thought it was going to travel down my sciatic nerve but luckily it just stayed on my "backside"
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Old 06-12-2017, 02:56 AM
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I had shingles at 12 years old. It was absolutely horrible! And it seemed to last forever. I remember missing a lot of school for a long time. I just hope to never, ever get them again.
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Old 06-12-2017, 02:59 AM
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I have not had shingles, but I am not over 50.
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Old 06-12-2017, 03:46 AM
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My husband had it in his twenties, and a reoccurrence a few years ago. Both were related to extreme stress. Not fun!
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Old 06-12-2017, 04:50 AM
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I got it right after I finished treatment for Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. I actually got it on my chin and in my mouth. It was awful!!! Thankfully, I went to the doctor's right away and was placed on medication, which thankfully helped a little.
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Old 06-12-2017, 04:57 AM
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MY brother and i have both had it. Mine was caught very early and responded to the meds the doctor gave me. It took me about eighteen months, though, to be able to tolerate wearing a necklace again due to where my outbreak was. My brother was not as lucky and he really struggled.

My doctor wanted to give me the vaccine after the outbreak but I was too young for the insurance company to pay for it. I'm plannning on mentioning it when I see him later this month. I'm not sure my oncologist will let me, but I see her before I see my primary.
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Old 06-12-2017, 06:49 AM
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Four family members have had them. I got the shingles shot 8 years ago when my doctor insisted on it. I was having major surgery and he didn't want me to have to deal with getting shingles. I told my husband to get the shot, but he did not listen. He now has subclinical shingles which are under the skin and harder to get rid of. He has been on meds twice since last August and now he says they are back.
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Old 06-12-2017, 06:53 AM
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I had Shingles when I was in my 30s. It was a mild case with just a patch of them on my back and side. The nerve pain was terrible though and lasted for months. My grandmother and father both also had Shingles and theirs was so much worse than mine. I would get the vaccine.
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Old 06-12-2017, 07:22 AM
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I got it when I was 29. Doctor assumed it was brought on by stress.
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Old 06-12-2017, 07:30 AM
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Obviously, I have not gotten my vaccine. I was going to get it when I had my checkup last summer. I got my pneumonia shot at that time, and my dr told me that I had to wait a month before getting the shingles shot. Then, soon after that, I was diagnosed with breast cancer, and we never did the shingles vaccine. I've read articles that say the vaccine can actually cause shingles, and that kind of scared me off. I'll check with my dr. at my next checkup.
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Old 06-12-2017, 07:55 AM
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I had them in my 50's.(about 8-9 years ago) Pain was intense(my case was fairly mild, I think) but no lasting damage, that I can tell. I don't plan to get the vaccine . I am hoping I don't get them again! Good luck with your decision, Linda. (I do get flu shots, etc.)
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Old 06-12-2017, 01:18 PM
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My mom and I were just talking about this earlier today. She said she should probably get the shot, but that she was a little reluctant because two people she knows had the shot and got shingles anyway. She said for one especially it did not make the symptoms or the pain any less.
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Old 06-12-2017, 05:26 PM
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I had them exactly a year ago, at age 39. I know 4 other people who have had it in the last year. Last week was very stressful, and I could feel the same nerves tingling. I would like to get the vaccine, but it is $280 for me, so I haven't yet.
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I had shingles in my late 50s. It was a very stressful time and I suspect that was the cause of my outbreak. My mom died two days after I was diagnosed. Doctor said I couldn't hug anyone at the wake/funeral. I must confess I did hug several of my dearest friends and family.
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Old 06-12-2017, 06:42 PM
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I know of a couple people from work who got shingles. My DF and FIL got shingles while they were fighting cancer. It was extremely painful for them.
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Old 06-12-2017, 10:23 PM
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I've had shingles three times in my 20s. My other sister would get shingles anytime she was exposed to chicken pox.

It's horrible. I was considered too young to get the vaccine though.
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