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Old 06-17-2016, 07:31 PM
 
Location: A Yankee in northeast TN
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Still weird to get it at my age, but I used it's not as rare as I thought.
Just curious, but my son's doc asked about his exposure as a child, which was a very, very light case. The doc had a theory that the mild case of chicken pox may have made him more prone to shingles. Did your doc mention anything similar?
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Old 06-17-2016, 08:03 PM
 
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Just curious, but my son's doc asked about his exposure as a child, which was a very, very light case. The doc had a theory that the mild case of chicken pox may have made him more prone to shingles. Did your doc mention anything similar?
Yeah...thats not a "theory".....that's what shingles is....a re activation of the virus that causes chicken pox...
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Old 06-17-2016, 09:02 PM
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Location: Midwest City, Oklahoma
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Just curious, but my son's doc asked about his exposure as a child, which was a very, very light case. The doc had a theory that the mild case of chicken pox may have made him more prone to shingles. Did your doc mention anything similar?
She didn't, but I don't know what kind of chickenpox I had as a kid anyway.

She did ask about stress. I don't feel particularly stressed out, but maybe I'm just used to it as I am in a fairly stressful field.

I head one theory that it's becoming more common in young (20-30s) people who were too early for a chickenpox vaccine, so their immunity to it has gone down as we're not exposed to it as often as before.
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Old 06-17-2016, 10:12 PM
 
Location: Native Floridian, USA
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My youngest daughter had them in her teens. It was a very stressful time in her life. I felt so sorry for her.


I had chicken pox as a child and shingles 3 times since then. I have also had the vaccine. I do have residual pain in one spot on my back.


the anti viral meds help if taken early enough.
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Old 06-17-2016, 11:29 PM
 
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I would suggest taking the prednisone. The blast you get for just a few days is unlikely to cause serious side effects. The goal is to reduce the inflammation along the nerves.
I agree! Prednisone's side effects are usually long term, not for a brief course. If you can reduce the scratch-itch cycle, and minimize the pain and associated stress, you can heal much faster. Don't worry about side effects if taking for less than a week.
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Old 06-18-2016, 03:53 AM
 
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I'm 52 and have had shingles twice in probably the last 20 years. My symptoms have been VERY minor though. A patch of skin maybe 4" in diameter and barely any pain. Both times were cleared up within a day or two with some meds from my doctor.
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Old 06-18-2016, 04:51 AM
 
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Has anyone else had this happen or know someone who had this happen?
Yes, I have had shingles two times. First time I was around 19, then around 30.
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Old 06-18-2016, 07:38 AM
 
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Yeah...thats not a "theory".....that's what shingles is....a re activation of the virus that causes chicken pox...
I think the PP's hypothesis is that because the initial dose was mild maybe the immune response was not strong enough to keep it contained for fifty years.
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Old 06-18-2016, 08:44 AM
 
Location: Loudon, TN
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I had a friend who had it in her teens. I guess it's not that rare. Back then there were no anti-virals and it was very painful and had to run it's course. Glad you got the meds you need OP. I am going to get the vaccine as soon as my insurance will pay for it.
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Old 06-18-2016, 09:22 AM
 
Location: Montana
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I am diagnosing a lot more shingles in young people these days. Anyone who has had the chickenpox can get it, as the virus remains in your system but can be re-activated. The cases I've seen, someone's immune system was down because they got sick or took medication that can affect the immune system. They are usually very stressed as well. I always treat it aggressively early so that there is less chance of nerve damage.

The other thing is that I start giving shingles shots as early as possible. The CDC still says 55 but I start at 50 because that is what the research says. Honestly, for someone who has gotten shingles at a young age, I would vaccinate them because it can reduce the chance of a second outbreak, and lessen the risk of nerve damage.

You need to wait a year for your system to regulate before getting the shot (so that it is effective), but it is certainly worth it. Shingles is miserable.
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