Second time getting shingles this year—29F. AMA

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Why didn’t you just get a contractor to do the roof for ya?

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You’re welcome.
Hope the laughter helps your predicament a lil bit.

S1 I also have a big brother and a bunch of other big stuff?
I don’t understand.

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Ugh I had it once in my early 30s when I was super stressed out. Hope you get some relief soon 🫂

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Yeah there was some kind of cream I used for the rashes.

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Make sure you stay on top of regular bloodwork and checkups in the future since it sounds like your immune system is pretty weakened by the two rounds of shingles. The risk of stroke increases the year after having shingles as well. Especially people who have it under 40. You can be screened for stroke blockages though. Highly recommend doing this for the peace of mind. I had the ultrasound kind done myself and it was easy peasy.

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You’re so welcome! It sounds like you have a whole life ahead of you and I want you to live it. Oh and if you do chiropractic care, don’t let them do those crazy neck adjustments. Those seem to throw clots in younger folks.

No question but wishing u a quick n happy recovery 🙌🏻

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Thank you 🙏🏼

My dad has shingles and has been struggling the past month with it. Hope you recover soon.

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Thank you 🙏🏼 also wishing your dad a speedy recovery.

Is it contagious?

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It can be serious to the fetus if you expose shingles to pregnant women because it can spread the chickenpox virus which can cause birth defects. If you know anyone who is pregnant, stay away from them.

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I would also make sure you were not getting too much iron, and you’re not on birth control because both of those can also lead to strokes. Definitely you should not smoke.

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Thank you!

That sux. Is it painful?

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Painful AF. At least this time it’s not on my neck.

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I got it once when I was ~23 and it sucked even though it was a very mild case. Hope you feel better

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Can you get a shingles vaxx?
I thought they were for older people.

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Just a heads up that most insurance won’t cover it if you are under 50. I had to get it for an autoimmune condition, and it was $400 out of pocket (per shot) - but my GPs office waived the fees.

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Huh? Not roof shingles 🤦🏼‍♀️

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I thought only older people got shingles - did you have chicken pox as a kid?

I’m in my late 20s and raised in the US so I got the chickenpox vaccine as a child, as did p much everyone else I know my age. I now live in the UK where they don’t routinely give the vaccine to children, and 99% of the people I know have had chickenpox, which means they’re much more likely to get shingles later on… they even have chickenpox parties which I thought were a myth!

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What’s the recovery time?

Jesus that's horrible. I'll be getting the vaccine when I'm eligible.

Is the shingles vaccine an option?

I asked but now that it’s active, I have to wait until all symptoms clear up. Definitely will get it as soon as I can!

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Yoooooooo. Why tho?

Too much stress (good and bad). Recently got 💍 — great but now having to start to think about planning. Also been neck deep with things at work (bad—but hey with this economy, happy to have a job).

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What’s your name?

How much time in between? Is it possible they weren’t fully “gone”?

It’s a virus that lives inside anyone that has had chickenpox. Similar to herpes. It can reactivate at anytime. Twice is rare, but not unheard of by any means.

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Ugh been there! I hope you are able to recover quickly. I was in my early 40's and super stressed laying off a bunch of people at work. Mine was pretty mild so didn't catch it in time to get the meds. Mine lasted about 6 weeks and then another few weeks for the scabs to heal. I have some lovely scars though...

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