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Old 12-18-2006, 10:14 AM   #1
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Shingles in a Young Person

Is it possible for a young person to get shingles due to extreme stress and be otherwise healthy? I keep reading that it can be a sign of underlying illness in a young person. I am in my late 30s and had a mild case of shingles after going through a stressful time. I recovered quickly but now I'm worrying that something else might be going on.

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Old 12-18-2006, 10:52 PM   #2
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Re: Shingles in a Young Person

It occurs only in people who have had chickenpox in the past and represents a reactivation of the dormant varicella virus. Why the virus reactivates in some individuals and not in others is unknown

Yes I think stress can help bring out underlying problems.

Old 12-19-2006, 04:02 AM   #3
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Re: Shingles in a Young Person

blazegirl----my first time around with shingles i was only 37. my dad had just passed after a lengthy illness. at the same time I was dx with EBV. I believe stress causes alot of health issues.

Old 12-19-2006, 04:20 AM   #4
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Re: Shingles in a Young Person

two of my friends... both 19 at the time have both had shingles. i know one of them was very stressed at the time and we think thats why she got it.

Old 12-19-2006, 04:24 AM   #5
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Re: Shingles in a Young Person

Thank you for your replies. It makes me feel a lot better to know I'm not the only one to go through this. I'm going to try to stop worrying now!

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Old 12-19-2006, 05:50 PM   #6
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Re: Shingles in a Young Person

my dad had shingles at 16

Old 12-20-2006, 06:45 AM   #7
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Re: Shingles in a Young Person

My sister, 20 at the time now 21, had shingles. They believe stress triggered it.

Old 12-20-2006, 05:55 PM   #8
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Re: Shingles in a Young Person

I am not a doctor but from what iknow about shingles i don't think age has anything to do with it. you can catch it at any age and it is very contagious so just be real careful

Old 12-20-2006, 08:34 PM   #9
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What do I do now??

I am a 41 year old woman with diabetes. In the past 2 years I have nearly come to a complete stop. I have been to my doctor numerous times for left sided pain, muscle pain, nausea, and swelling... each time it's blamed on poor control of diabetes. A Ct scan revealed a small cyst on my left ovary... but other than that it was ok. I have taken the medicine, etc. but continue to feel worse and worse. I'm in such pain now... I can't do anything or go anywhere. I feel like I'm dying... and can't find help. What kind of doctor could or should I go to for a second opinion. Please write back... my children need me.
thank you

Old 12-21-2006, 01:17 AM   #10
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Re: Shingles in a Young Person

This question is for anyone that may have an answer for me. My Uncle has had shingles for 3 years now, and that is not come and go, he has had shingles for 3 straight years and it hasn't went away and he stays in constant pain and there is nothing that the Doctors have give him that has done any good at all. They tell him the shingles are inside, and he looks like he is blistered from his side and it goes around his back. Would anyone have a suggestion of something that he might try over the counter or maybe a home remedy of some sort. He is at his last wits with this and when I seen this post I thought maybe someone could suggest something! Thanks


Old 12-21-2006, 03:20 AM   #11
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Re: Shingles in a Young Person

coyote bound-------your uncle's dr. can prescribe one of the anti-viral drugs for him. i prefer valtrex as it's the easiest on the stomach but there are a couple of them. no one should have to suffer like that. shingles are so painful.

fatigued40------what is your A1c? are you on diabetic meds? there has to be a reason your dr. puts it on poor diabetes control. I am a diet controlled diabetic. give me a little more info as i also have a mix of many health ailments maybe i can shed some light on this for you if i know a little more about your diabetes control and all of your symptoms.

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