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Unread 11-19-2003, 10:22 AM
shingles again-me too!! 1st. time

Hi Gidge,
well-i've got them too!-but for the first time ever. Mine are on
my breasts-feels like a hot poker in the breasts/and have some
on my legs too! doctor gave me a topical cream to apply to affected areas/but he told me considering the tremendous stress that i am under now/with my job situation-he isn't surprised. never even heard of shingles until now. May we both get better soon!

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Unread 11-20-2003, 11:57 AM
shingles again :(

((Gidge))...just checking to see if your feeling any better I hope the shingles have calmed down some ::crossingfingers::

I ran across some excellent MS info I wanted to share:

How is multiple sclerosis diagnosed?
No single test detects multiple sclerosis, which makes the disease difficult to diagnose. Symptoms can mimic those of a number of other conditions and they can change depending on the area of the central nervous system that loses myelin. Symptoms can also vary from person to person, and from day to day in the same person. Some early symptoms of MS are:
  • Numbness or tingling in parts of the body, usually an arm or leg
  • Unexplained weakness, dizziness and fatigue
  • Blurry vision, double vision or blindness Other symptoms include:
  • Muscle spasms
  • Impairment of the sense of touch and the ability to feel
    temperature changes and pain
  • Problems with balance and coordination
  • Tremor
  • Slurred speech
  • Bladder and bowel problems
  • Sexual problems
  • Depression <--who wouldnt be depressed when dealing w/ all this
  • Mild difficulties with concentration, attention, memory, and poor judgment
  • Moderate to severe pain
  • Heat sensitivity
I underlined some symptoms I remember you posting about...seems like a lot

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI):

If doctors possibly suspect MS after a physical exam, they will probably order additional diagnostic tests, starting with an MRI. During an MRI, a patient's body is placed within a magnetic field and scanned by radio waves. This combination creates detailed pictures of the part of the body being examined. In MS, doctors take scans of the brain or spine depending on the symptoms and physical exam. The resulting pictures can show patches, or scars, in the central nervous system where myelin has been destroyed. These areas are referred to as plaques. Since other disorders can cause these patches, an MRI scan can't provide definitive evidence of multiple sclerosis. But doctors rely primarily on MRIs to see evidence of the disease. MRIs are also important in tracking the progress of the disease, and doctors may order new tests from time to time to monitor a patient's condition. Researchers also use the test to see if experimental treatments have an affect on scarring in the central nervous system.
MedlinePlus: Multiple Sclerosis

National Multiple Sclerosis Society:

Multiple Sclerosis International Federation:

Pls keep us posted ((Gidge))

Unread 11-21-2003, 12:59 PM
shingles again :(

thanks for the links and info Sheri I'm going to try and go over them on the weekend!

well as luck would have it I've had my all time worst week at work, I've even had to come in at 7:00am (which means leaving my place at 6:00am) two mornings to try and stay ahead of the game......have definitely been at the height of stressfullness all much for avoiding job does nothing to help my health that's for sure but I dont' think it can be blamed for making me feel this awful!!

the shingles have started to quiet down but yesterday I forgot to bring my lunchtime dose of Valtrex with me so I had to take two doses last night.....hopefully by the end of the weekend it will be gone (fingers double crossed)

the appt with the eye doc was unproductive she says my eyes look healthy but agrees I can't see well (took 4 patients while leaving me sitting there) put drops in my eyes that I was allergic too (despite me telling her not to) and then I had to take a $25 cab ride home because I couldn't see to find the darn bus! Anyways she's sending me for three tests at the hospital one is an OEG and I don't know what the others were......but to quote this abrupt, nasty eye doc "she would be shocked if it shows something" in other words she doesn't know why I can't see well :cry:

I feel like I'm spinning out of control and if I was tired at the beginning of this week I don't know what I am now....I've never been this exhausted...I just want to cry, thanks for listening girls I don't know what I have but I want to feel better!
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Unread 11-21-2003, 02:15 PM
shingles again :(

Dear ((((((((((Gidge))))))))))

First let me send you many - many healing S My heart goes out to you my friend.

I hope and pray that this weekend brings you much needed rest and an end to those horrible shingles.

I'm still struggling here in Toronto. On a bright note, I was asked to be involved in a non-malignant Chronic Pain seminar (at the Hospital where my pain clinic is). I was asked questions for almost 2 hours by Dr's from all over Canada (who are actually interested and studying CP) about my pain as well as my medical history. I honestly was not up to the trip downtown...But then I thought about my sisters in Canada...and prayed that somehow I could make a difference - even a small one. They seemed to really listen and I made sure to let them know how I had been treated so miserably by Dr's in the past. It was an emotional experience...& I hope and pray that the Canadian system is gearing up to change the way they deal with Chronic Pain.

One of the Dr's did an examination/test on my arms, and said that perhaps I should be tested for Parkinson's Disease I am not even thinking about that right now.

Sorry to go on and on here on your thread. I just want you to know that I understand what you are going through....Even though each of our experiences are 'unique' we all seem to have a lot in common.

Sending you much Love and some more S

Unread 11-21-2003, 02:24 PM
shingles again :(

ahhh thanks Jude and great to hear from ya sweetie

good for you for participating in the study, ya just never know when something is going to help I"ve found on this road that the funniest turns spell relief while the surest routes seem to take you nowhere!!

at least we all have each other to lean on and compare notes with......maybe if someone was to fix what was actually wrong with us we wouldn't have these other things going on, who can tell?

hang in there baby and remember we're all here for ya too!
Unread 11-24-2003, 09:51 AM
shingles again :(

well here we are Monday on my 2nd round of Valtrex cause the shingles aren't gone yet......better then they were but not gone and my dr was kind enough to phone in a refill....doesn't surprise me considering how hard I was worked around here last week coming in early and working through lunch etc and then the weekend wasn't much better

then I just sneezed and felt like I blew an old stitch in my incision my god it hurt.......

well that's me update ........I have a ton of work to get to, hope you're all doing ok 's!
Unread 11-24-2003, 10:38 AM
shingles again :(

doesn't surprise me considering how hard I was worked around here last week coming in early and working through lunch etc and then the weekend wasn't much better
Pls be careful (((Gidge))) Your not feeling well, have soo much going on & by over-working yourself & placing added stress upon you, will possibly hinder your recovery
Stress is a trigger for Shingles along w/ a compromised Immune system...both of which it soulds like you have extra of
Hang in there my friend & PLEASE try not to work too hard. Your body needs some extra *REST* to overcome these Shingles....pls keep us posted..........(((hugs)))
Unread 11-24-2003, 10:43 AM
shingles again :(

thanks Sheri

I do know I"m supposed to be avoiding stress and getting more rest unfortunately my job isn't allowing it, it's a super busy time and they just keep loading on the work.....if I say no I could lose my's an evil cycle that's for sure, I keep saying as soon as I'm better I'll get an easier job ......that's been how many years now?

it's just got to get better that's all there is to it! Thanks for being there!
Unread 11-24-2003, 02:15 PM
shingles again :(

so as I've been working away here this morning my back has gotten itchier and itchier....finally go look at lunch and not only is my shingles not gone but I have a fresh rash besides the old one that goes from my waist around my side........grrrr!

I've never had this happen with the shingles before has anyone else?

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