My best friend is a thin 21 yr old girl, she recently broke up with her bf of 1 yr and went to the dentist to get her wisdoms removed....she was on powerful pain killers she said....she had very bad chicken pox when she was 5......1 week after the dentist she developed shingles on her upper right shoulder and under her breast...is this something she has to wrry about and i thought shingles were common in over 50 people?
I had shingles when I was 25. My husband and I were having some hard times, and my grandmother was very ill. The doctor thought it was stress related.. I got it on my neck. I never thought the pain would go away. It took months. The doctor explained that in some people, the chicken pox virus lies dormant. Stress and sometimes auto-immune disorders can trigger it.
Just out of curiosity.....I know the pain can sometimes be permanent after a shingles attack, but how often can one have shingles occur?
Are there people who have frequent occurrences of attacks? If so, I cannot imagine the hell they would have to go through.
It's all a matter of perspective!
Since shingles is chicken pox the second time around
and it resides in your nerve endings forever, it can raise its' ugly head when traumatic things occur.
Surgery, serious infection, and certain meds that affect tissue, like chemotherapy agents, prednisone
or other steroidals. Even serious stress which causes
adrenalin and cortisol to flood the system has been
suspected of causing shingles to flare up.
Why is it that most doctors don't even prescribe anti-virals when the risk of complications is so great?
Ask them, is the best guidance I can think of.
Even if you don't have shingles, ask your doc what he
would do IF YOU should get it. If he says "just wait",