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I've had shingles. Believe me, it's extremely unpleasant. Get the vaccination - painless and no side effects (with me, anyway).

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I had shingles in December 2010. Never felt pain like it although the rash was fairly mild. I pity those who get it on their face or scalp. Mine was on my left hip. Couldn't bear to wear anything that touched the area for 2 weeks and that went for bedclothes too!  Couldn't get a GP appointment and since there was a flu epidemic on at the time, NHS Direct, or whatever it was called, was running a pre recorded message basically telling those who had other problems to go away!

 

I self medicated on the strongest over the counter pain killers friends could find which they posted through the letterbox. They had never had chicken pox and I didn't want them to contract it from me!

 

The vaccination, I understand, is offered to those aged 70 plus. I'm too young. I understand it can recur but rarely. I would certainly never want to experience it again!

 

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I had mine a few years ago.  I think preventative measures are good.

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I had a shingles jab same time as my flu jab a couple of weeks ago. I'm all for it and really can't understand the assorted conspiracy theorists who claim some Govt. plot.

 

I had shingles around 2002..ish.  I think I got off lightly.  I felt a bit vaguely out of sorts for a few days and then one afternoon in work I noticed a rash around my right side.  Reddish rash with blistery lttle spots.  My female boss was pregnant at the time and basically ordered me to go off sick.  I called in at the Doc's who confirmed Shingles and gave me a course of Aciclovir.  Thing is.. I never had much pain with it.

 

Still.. where there's no sense....

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Because of health issues, I have the flu vaccine every year. I also  had the Pneumonia vaccine in 2006 and the Shingles vaccine 13.11 18. I am pleased to say no reactions to any of them, not even a teeny weeny sore arm afterwards. I just hope they work?:)

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I went to the doctor for a blood test for my thyroid medication 2 about months ago and saw the shingles vaccine flash up on the screen. I do normally like to check for side effects etc before I commit to anything like this, but decided to go ahead with it even though it meant a needle in each arm. When I went for my next blood test I ended up getting my flu jab at the same time. Started to feel a bit like a pin cushion.

There were no side effects, although my arm was a bit sore after my flu jab. 

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I’d like a Shingles jab, my husband has had Shingles twice and since had the vaccination, my son has had it too a few years ago but I don’t know if he’s been offered the jab.  

I’ve never been invited to have the Flu jab at the GP surgery but have had one the past two years at our local pharmacy.   

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Shingles is the left over chicken pox virus that lays dormant. I had chicken pox when I was 22yrs old, but no signs of shingles, hopefully I don't have the virus in me, or my immune system is strong enough to keep it in check.

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I was told that once you've had chicken pox, the virus remains within the cerebro- spinal fluid for the rest of your life but may never cause any problems.  I had chicken pox at 6 months. Caught it from my generous older sister!  Shingles erupted at the end of a very stressful period of my life and my immune system was probably at a low ebb. I hope it never recurs!

 

Sometimes there is a rash with no pain and sometimes there is pain with no rash. The pain didn't kick in for a few days but when it did, it was akin to being stabbed repeatedly with a red hot dagger. Absolutely horrendous.  I occasionally still experience a strange sensation where the rash appeared. It feels rather like sitting in a holly bush. This is the result of nerve damage. I'm told severe cases can destroy nerve endings and leave the affected areas totally numb!

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3 hours ago, LizzieM said:

 

I’ve never been invited to have the Flu jab at the GP surgery but have had one the past two years at our local pharmacy.   

 

I've just had my 4th yearly Jab.

All as a result of a letter from my G.P. Surgery.

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Chicken pox can be very stressful if it goes the wrong way, one night my friend called 999 her daughter was unwell, a few days before the doctor had said that she had chicken pox, advice keep her warm, plenty to drink and wait for all the spot's to come, instead of the spots coming out on her skin the erupted and went inside her body, it was touch and go for Larna her little girl, has due to the virus her body was shutting down, after 2 weeks in hospital she was fine, but what a scare her mum had.

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I had noticed over the past couple of weeks I was getting a bit wheezy but as my sinuses were playing up and dumping gunk down my throat (sorry to be explicit:wacko:) I presumed that was the cause of it as well as my slight cough. However last nite I woke up struggling to breath, bit frightening when you are on your own, and then had a fit of coughing. I ended up going down stairs and spent the rest of the night on my recliner which seemed to help. 
Managed to get an appointment with my doctor this morning and took a very slow walk there, felt as if I wasn’t getting enough air somehow and had to sit down on a bench halfway there to get my breath back. It was no surprise to be told I had a chest infection and I have got a weeks supply of tablets that would cure an elephant. Also the “you have stopped smoking” talk. (As a matter of interest I can’t remember having many chest infections when I smoked, but perhaps rose tinted glasses are in play!)
Even slower walk back (but it is uphill), my road seemed to stretch for miles before I got home. Now curled up on settee with a blanket, feeling sorry for myself, eyeing the box of walnut whips I treated myself to. A girl has to have some pleasures!

 

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Hope you're feeling better soon, SG. Chest infections are no fun. I had what turned into pleurisy a few years ago. It was December, couldn't get a GP appointment so just ploughed through it and continued to go to work. A colleague also picked up similar chest infection which turned to pneumonia. She had 6 weeks off. I covered her job as well as mine. Felt lousy. When I lay in bed at night, I could feel fluid moving in the area of my heart, worried me a bit but I ploughed on.

 

Had the cough for a year before it finally went. Changed my GP too.

 

Take care and get plenty of rest.

 

As my mum used to say...Do as I say, not as I do! :blink:

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Take it easy SG and get better soon..

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SG  Hope the meds will soon clear your chest infection x. 

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A couple of days on your Antibiotics should start to make you more comfortable SG. All the best for a speedy recovery Miduck.

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Thanks for all the good wishes, hope the tablets work quickly as we are supposed to be exploring Bramcote Park with my boys over the weekend. Certainly could not do a walk at the moment.
I had a little nap this evening, woke up and realised I hadn’t had my tablet and Wolf hadn’t had his either. Went into kitchen got tablets out, got my water and then realised I was just about to take Wolf's tablet. Good job it is bright pink and round, mine are dark green capsules. Much to his disgust I swapped them over and he had crunchy wafer thin ham again. 
 

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Careful, SG. You've already got a chest infection. You don't want to be barking as well!  Loppylugs doesn't need the competition. :rolleyes:

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Give 'em a good hug SG.  The boys will love it and you'll feel better as well.  Hope you are soon 100% again.

 

I've already got competition, Jill.  Anyway my Bach is worse than my bite.

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Hope you feel better soon SG!!

 

Loppy,  that's a great 'in joke'.  :)

 

Just an update.  I've had assorted appointments at Gastroenterology coming out of my ears. including two for the same place, same consultant, same day, 40 minutes apart..  It all seems to be down to the fact  that one Doc referred me to GE, and then another Doc referred me to GE but 'urgently'.. So I've got 'follow up' appointments booked  to happen before there's anything to follow up.. etc.

 

So, today I cancelled them all except next week's, which is for a 'virtual' colonoscopy...  That seems to be an MRI scan of the inside bits. which is rather better than the indignity of a camera intruding 'where the Sun don't shine'.. as they say... :wacko:

 

However.. a thoughtful delivery of several medications through the post today.. reminded me that while the imaging process is a little more dignified.. the necessary preparations aren't... :Shock:

 

Still... keeps me off the streets....

 

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Was it 2 GPs who referred you to GE?   If your notes are electronically stored, how can this happen?  We've signed up for something called 'systmonline' which allows any GP or hospital to access  our notes.   It's also good for ordering repeat prescriptions and making appointments... when doing the latter we get a list of available doctors and times and just tick the one we want.   We still have to wait a few days/weeks though if it's not an urgent appointment!  We can also view our test results online... I think it's really good.

Hope  your virtual colonoscopy will provide some useful information.   

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