Recurring Shingles Pain: An Unwelcome Encore

Recurring Shingles Pain: An Unwelcome Encore

Shingles is caused by the same virus that causes chicken pox. Lysine and Systemic Formula’s VIVI have been big helpers for me. Administration is oral. It was hot and itchy. Today’s treatments provide a variety of ways to shorten the duration of a shingles outbreak and to control the associated pain. However what has been said by experts worry me as it is supposed to be a once or twice in a lifetime occurance and for those with reasoned compromised immune system like cancer, HIV, Lupus so is it possible that I may have some hidden infection too? Apart from having a full body CT scan I have pretty much had every else tested.

Are both your FT3 and FT4 levels high enough? Early treatment can ease the severity and the duration of the disease, help avoid related problems, such as hearing or sight problems, or severe headaches if you have shingles on the face and/or head. When symptoms first show up, get to a doctor as quickly as you can. People with shingles may experience numbness, tingling, itching, or pain before the classic rash appears. This can help reduce the risk of shingles in adults age 60 and older who’ve had chickenpox. In modern times, everything around us is a potential thereat to a sensitive or exhausted nervous system – cell phone alarms, freeway driving, TV news, bad food, insomnia, and worries over money or our health. Sacks at the Clinical Dermatology 2000 symposium on the issue; Review of the antivirals acyclovir (Zovirax), famciclovir (Famvir) and valacyclovir (Valtrex);…

The reading material explained that shingles (Herpes Zoster) was caused by the chicken pox virus that was dormant (until it was active again) in my nervous system. Since shingles occurs in an area of the skin that is supplied by sensory fibers of a single nerve–called a dermatome–the rash usually appears in a well-defined band on one side of the body, typically the torso; or on one side of the face, around the nose and eyes. (Shingles’ peculiar name derives from the Latin cingulum, which means girdle or belt.) If a diagnosis is in doubt, lab tests can confirm the presence of the virus. I take Manuka ’12’ honey daily and a ‘lemoil’ solution which is a high dose (easily absorbed) Omega 3 & 6 oils in a palatable solution. In turn, the blisters fill with pus (pustules), break open, and form crusty scabs. You can also supplement with a daily Vitamin B Complex to help keep the immune system strong and keep the disease dormant. This is going to help with pain and the reduction of swelling.

Not everyone sails through without incident, however. Fibromyalgia was my diagnosis and I took one percocet a day and that would take my pain away. A new kind of gelatin made from fish by Vital Proteins has less Arginine and should be ok. Another complication called the Ramsay Hunt syndrome occurs when the varicella-zoster virus spreads to the facial nerve, causing intense ear pain. You can see my dilemma. The hearing loss, vertigo and facial paralysis that may result are usually, but not always, temporary. Occasionally, the rash will appear as a single spot or cluster of spots on the tip of the nose, called Hutchinson’s sign.

Usually once the rash appears it is like someone has turned a switch back on & I feel fairly ‘normal’ again. It means that the ophthalmic nerve is probably involved and the eye may become affected, possibly causing temporary or permanent blindness. Exercise, meditation, and relaxation techniques can help keep you healthy and manage stress. Think again! Shingles finished him.” In people whose immune systems are extremely weakened, the shingles virus can also spread to the internal organs and affect the lungs, central nervous system and the brain, sometimes causing death. I take more Antivirals and the ZPac (Antibiotics) for the Bronchitis. Stress depresses your immune system.

However, anyone who has had chickenpox has the potential to develop shingles, because after recovery from chickenpox, the virus settles in the nerve roots. Researchers are not sure exactly what triggers the virus to spontaneously start reproducing in nerve cells later in life and reappear as shingles. However, they do know the virus may reactivate when the immune system is weak. Certain factors can cause the immune system to let down its guard. I am sure however that my work attitude & tolerance has changed. Immunity declines with aging, so susceptibility to disease increases. The incidence of shingles and of resulting PHN rises with increasing age.
Recurring Shingles Pain: An Unwelcome Encore

More than 50 percent of cases occur in people over 60. Older people may also lack exposure to children with chickenpox, thereby losing an opportunity to boost immunity and prevent virus reactivation. I need some help, insight to what possibly could be going wrong. Here’s links to an article and a podcast on K2, the most important nutrient you never heard of! However, people who’ve never had chickenpox can be infected with chickenpox if exposed to someone with an active case of shingles. The rash sheds the varicella-zoster virus and can be contagious. A caregiver or other person who lacks immunity developed from a prior case of chickenpox or the vaccine must avoid coming into contact with the rash or contaminated materials.

Also at risk for shingles are people with leukemia, lymphoma, or Hodgkin’s disease, and those whose immune systems have been weakened because they are HIV-positive, or have undergone chemotherapy, radiation, transplant surgery with immunosuppression, or treatment with corticosteroids. Moreover, about 5 percent of people with shingles are found to have an underlying cancer, about twice the number of people in the population expected to have undiagnosed cancer. It pays to be vigilant when unexplained symptoms occur. “New development of a rash or pain, especially when it occurs on only one side of the chest or face, should prompt a visit to the health-care provider,” says Therese A. Cvetkovich, M.D., a medical officer in the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER). To relieve pain, the doctor may recommend over-the-counter analgesics (pain-relieving drugs), such as ibuprofen and naproxen, or prescription drugs, such as indomethacin, all members of a class of medications known as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Anybody?

Do your test on Day 21 of your cycle when Progesterone is supposed to be much higher than estrogen. In some patients, the misery continues long after the rash has healed. Many of the 1 million people who develop shingles each year experience a complication called post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN). This term refers to pain that is present in the affected area for months, or even years, afterward. Although the acute pain of shingles and the chronic pain of PHN (called neuropathic pain) both originate in the nerve cells, their duration and the reaction to treatment is different. Pain that occurs with the initial outbreak responds to treatment and is limited in duration. In contrast, PHN lasts longer, is difficult to treat and can be incapacitating.

Furthermore, for unknown reasons, older people suffer more from this debilitating pain than younger people. In many individuals, the skin is so sensitive that clothing or even a passing breeze cannot be tolerated on the affected area. Described by PHN sufferers as agonizing, excruciating, and burning, the pain can result in an inability to perform daily tasks of living, and lead to loss of independence and, ultimately, depression and isolation. “I would rather have ten babies than the pain I’ve endured for the past ten years,” says 87-year-old Etta Watson Zukerman of Bethesda, Md., who has lost partial use of her right arm and hand due to nerve damage from PHN. Check out my page on Food First as the best way to help most any health condition. I even went to a sports medicine specialist who recommended exercises. They didn’t help either.” Many PHN sufferers receive no relief at all, no matter what medications or therapies they use.

And what works for one doesn’t necessarily work for another. Doctors use other methods to alleviate pain with varying degrees of success. “One of the relatively new medications that I’m enthusiastic about is the Lidoderm patch,” says Veronica Mitchell, M.D., director of the pain management center and inpatient pain service at Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, D.C. “It’s the transdermal form of lidocaine and it’s been studied in the PHN population with very good results,” adds Mitchell. “We prescribed the Lidoderm patch for a patient who had intolerable side effects with oral medications–and no relief–and she’s had about a 50 percent-plus improvement in pain relief. It’s one of my first-line therapies.” The medication contained in this soft, pliable patch penetrates the skin, reaching the damaged nerves just under the skin without being absorbed significantly into the bloodstream. This means that the patch can be used for long periods of time without serious side effects.

Yet another method used to treat PHN is transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, or TENS. A device that generates low-level pulses of electrical current is applied to the skin’s surface, causing tingling sensations and offering some people pain relief. One theory as to how TENS works is that the electrical current stimulates production of endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers. Injection directly into the spine is another option for relief of pain that is not easily treated. A Japanese clinical study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that an injection of the steroid methylprednisone combined with the anesthetic lidocaine reduced pain by more than 70 percent in one patient group compared with groups that received lidocaine alone or an inactive substance. Before the FDA approved the chickenpox vaccine in 1995, about 95 percent of the U.S. population developed chickenpox before age 18.

Since then, more than 60 percent of American youngsters have been vaccinated against chickenpox.

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