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Shingles Update

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Shingles Update - pain is manageable with correct medications!

So I made it over to see my physician, Dr. Albert Ahn, on Monday.

At first he didn't believe that I had shingles on my sciatic nerve. Until he saw the pox.

Because I caught it early, he put me on 1 gram of Valtrex 3x a day, 100-300mg of neurontin 3x a day, and an acyclovir ointment up to 5x a day. Plus naproxyn and benadryl as needed.

I started at 100mg of neurontin, but that was not enough. 200mg does the trick. Am I a little fuzzy? Yes! But not too fuzzy to work.

My problem is that when I feel better on the meds I sometimes push myself. Friday I decided to demonstrate a single upside down push up on the Wunda Chair, and the moment I got off the chair I felt the pain down my leg.

On a side note, I am amazed at how much the meds cost. Seriously, I pain $100 with my insurance for these meds. Worst part? It was the ointment that was a $60 co-pay. The medication that is the least important for stopping the virus, but the most important for my personal comfort. If I didn't have the money, I would have not gotten the ointment and would be much less comfortable.

The rash is much better this week, but pain is still there. Hopefully just another week and things will be back to normal. I miss exercising.

Shingles On My Sciatic Nerve

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Progression of shingles. A cluster of small bu...

I have shingles on my sciadic nerve. Literally a giant pain in the ass!

I grew up at a time when every single kid got the chicken pox. Seriously, to get it over with many of my friends' parents would specifically have them go to play dates with the infected.

Not my parents. It was too much for them to deal with.

So instead of suffering through the chicken pox at age 3 or 4, I caught it from my step-son when he was 3 and I was 27. Adult chicken pox sucks, and is much more dangerous.

In my last year at Parrot Cay, after breaking my finger and bruising my entire left side, I contracted shingles on my sciatic nerve.

At first I thought it was a virulent heat rash (normal in the Caribbean, especially when you exercise a lot), so I didn't get to the doctor for a couple of weeks. The entire illness lasted about 6 weeks, and with acyclovir and neurontin I was lucky to not suffer from longer term nerve pain.

The chances of getting shingles twice are really low. So, of course, I now have shingles again.

I woke up around 3am with a powerful and painful itch just under my skin. By noon there was an entire patch of pox sitting on the ganglions right next to my sacrum. By last night my entire right leg hurt down to the bottom of my foot.

Why did I think that I would make it through the last year with no fallout other than dealing with the 30 extra pounds on my frame?

I will see the doctor on Monday, and cannot wait to get some pain meds and anti-virals into my system.

What a pain in my ass!