I had shingles twice. The first time I had them on the right side of my face and eye. The second time was in the same place but no that bad. Shingles are related to chickenpox. I had chicken pox twice in my life as well. The will put you on viral medication like valtrex (the same as herpes meds) and this will help lessen the length you have them. The biggest problem is that you will have phantom pain from your nerve ends where the shingles have been and possible scars. That is why shingle will only be on one side of your body. If you have a reoccurrence of them have your doctor get you on the viral medicine right away. My transplant team didn't have a great fear for me having them.
Best of luck
I had shingles a few yrs back (pre-TX). My PCP told me that shingles need to be treated within 72hrs to prevent the long term nerve pain (Neuralgia).
Honestly I can't recall what other symptoms I had besides the pain. The pain is what made me go see a Dr.
I was put on Aciclovir and was told to stay away from young children who had not had chicken pox yet.
I heard they can also prescribe aciclovir cream to apply to affected area. You're right Dave, shingles will only affect ONE side of the body.
I also have had shingles a few years back. Dr [not my TX Dr] said there was nothing I could take to treat it because of having a TX. It lasted for about 10 days to 2 weeks of pain [4 weeks to be over it]. Went back to Dr about day 5 to see if there was something to handle the pain [no sleep for about a week]. Dr gave me Lyrica which took the edge off the nerve pain [not stop it] so i could function and get things done and sleep. There now is shingles vaccination. Medicare will pay for it I understand if on Medicare........... BUT............
Yes, you can prevent shingles by getting the shingles vaccination. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that adults over 60 years of age get a one-time shot of the vaccine, even if they have had a prior outbreak of shingles.
Some people should not get a shingles vaccine, however. Talk to your doctor before getting the shingles vaccine if you:
You may be vaccinated if you are mildly ill (a slight cold). But anyone who is moderately or severely ill should wait until they recover before getting the vaccine; this includes anyone with a temperature of 101 degrees Fahrenheit or higher.
Link to Shingles info I used..........
Shingles is a live vaccine, so not recommended for TX patients. Unless your specific TX center approves of it.
Thank you for sharing this. I had just recently asked my local doctor about the shingles vaccine, and I had not heard back from him yet. May you have a blessed week. Many hugs.
I developed shingles on only my right thigh about two years or so after my transplant. I remember having chicken pox when I was very little. I was put on oral Acyclovir and was given an ointment to put on the rash. I had some burning and pain for about a week or less, but I had no long lasting side effects like nerve pain. I do have a few light scars as a reminder that I had it, but that is certainly nothing of which to complain. I hope you may soon feel better. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Many hugs and wishes for healing and renewal are being sent your way on the wings of hope.
I had a kidney transplant 5 years ago and contracted shingles a month ago. The rash was on the right side of my face accompanied by headaches. I was hospitalized for 6 days being treated with antiviral IVs and various pain relievers, morphine, vicodin, and oxycodone. Now the headaches persist and last night I developed facial paralysis also on the right side of my face. From what I have read, I am experiencing postherpetic neuralgia, which occurs in approximately 20% of the shingles cases. I have made an appointment to see a neurologist. Has anyone gone through postherpetic neuralgia and how long did it take to go away?