PHN in young people - Shingles
idea

Davis, CA

#102 Oct 10, 2010
my 18 year old son may be currently breaking out with his second case of shingles. I hope not, but last time we discovered that an aspirin pill chopped up in rubbing alcohol and gently put on the sores helps because aspirin goes right to the nerve. we put it on with a Q-tip.

Not sure, but I read that shingles is becoming more prevalent in younger people due to the chicken pox vaccine. when we are exposed to children with chicken pox then our immune system remembers and strengthens (provided we have had the chicken pox before)when we are exposed to the live virus. NOw, since the kids are all getting vaccinated, we are not exposed to the virus and therefore more suseptible to it in our lifetime. There is a shingles vaccine, but they only give it to people over 60. I don't know why. Do your OWN research and ask your doctor about it.
Laurel

Chatham, NY

#103 Oct 15, 2010
I have had three bouts of oral shingles (on my left gumline) in the past three years. It is so incredibly painful to where it effects my vision, and my face has horrible pain.I am 36. I have celiac-disease (an auto-immune disorder)and have always been stressed. I have a panic disorder and depression. Nonetheless my Dr and the infectious disease specialist are stumped and do not think those factors are relevant...HOWEVER the only test that they ordered was an HIV test....WTH??? I have been married for 15 years, was NEVER exploratory nor permiscuous and by state law, was tested for HIV with both of my pregnancies and all came out fine. Is HIV all they think can cause this recurrence? I am highly annoyed and upset over their methods...so my next step? They tell me to wait for another outbreak so they can culture it. That is their plan of action??? I mean, SURE...like my body can afford to WAIT around to get shingles again! Doctors can be so ignorant....Needless to say, I am dropping both of them...
Misel

Belgrade, Serbia

#104 Oct 15, 2010
Nausea and blisters are other symptoms of shingles that you should pay attention to. If you persistently feel nauseated, or if you notice that your child is always telling you that they have to throw up
http://www.shinglessymptomsguide.org/
Dan

Calgary, Canada

#105 Jan 18, 2011
I'm Dan, I'm a 35 year old sufferer of Postherpatic Neuralgia. Shingles origionaly affected my right arm, and ofcourse I am right handed. Well it's been 2 and 1/2 years since the original outbreak of blisters... I still have the nerve pain in my right arm as bad as day one. I'm on enough pain meds to knock out King Kong. and have been told that I'll probably have this pain for the rest of my life. It has affected my work as I have just lost another job due to my condition. Stress is the worst antagonizer of this pain. Only advise I can give anyone is get the vaccine before it's too late!
Elaine

Hialeah, FL

#106 Jan 26, 2011
Thank you for all this info. My daughter just got diagnosed with shingles at 21. She had a chicken pox as a child, but it really freaked me out because I worry too much. First think that came to my mind was ; o my gush my daughter has HIV, that's not normal that young person like that get shingles.It usually happens to old people. But from your stories I can see it can happen at any age. Especially when they are under stress. She is in college, so I'm assuming she is under a great stress. Well, I hope she realizes soon that nothing is more important than your health. If something stresses you out that much, then get ride of it. Live is too short to worry that much.!!!
Jane

Jacksonville, FL

#107 Feb 20, 2011
I'm a healthy 21 year old college student and am in my ninth day of shingles. Luckily I started taking acyclovir about the third day the blisters appeared. I have three relatively small areas of shingles across one dermatone on my left side(1 spot that has the big, painful blisters and 2 spots that are more like little tiny clusters of pimples). Even though I started an antiviral early and don't have a lot of blisters, this is still extremely uncomfortable. It's a combination of burning, itchiness, sharp needle like pain clawing at my insides and skin. I have discomfort in my left armpit, hand, and wrist. My lymph nodes aren't noticeably swollen, but I think it has to do with virus taking over my nerves. It is too early to say if I'll have PHN, but for some of my spots, the pain has not subsided, but only increased! Although I don't have shingles as bad as most people do, I definitely did not fit the typical description of who is supposed to get shingles. I'm 21 and swim laps 4 times a week! This was definitely a wake up call to starting eating healthier and controlling my stress. Get well everyone! Brighter days are ahead =]
Lorinda N

Winnemucca, NV

#108 Mar 7, 2011
I have had shingles 3 times in 6 months....... yeah I hate life. This current outbreak is due to stress....... teenager who thinks she knows it all. I have been out of work for 6 months........ due to sleep issues, like I dont sleep for days at a time....so far sleep docs havent helped. I actually fall asleep standing up......and when i fall down i get hurt... have a fractured cheek bone at the moment. I have hashimotos. I think unless i start living in someone elses life..... this will continue to happen. Stress reduction... a lot easier said then done. I would rather have anything than shingles....... I feel like I have the flu....body aches.... headaches,,,etc,, then the tingling and blisters.... Doc wants me to get vacination....insurance wont cover it.. its $150....reminder I havent worked for 6 months...... of which im sure im gonna be fired anyday... running out of LOA......
Lorinda N

Winnemucca, NV

#109 Mar 7, 2011
Oh......and im 39......... I am seriously afraid its more than stress....... lots of talk of cancer with numerous outbreaks.......
Lorinda N

Winnemucca, NV

#110 Mar 7, 2011
Catfish wrote:
The only useful piece of information I've received about how to deal with shingles was from the doctor who said I should start taking antivirals as soon as possible immediately upon feeling the sensation I associate with the onset of shingles. This is supposed to shorten its duration. Think I must've started on my antivirals too late with this, my first bout. The rash, though very much weakened, remains a full month after it started.
I agree with this. My doctor has an open prescripton for antiviral and I always have it on hand. I feel it start tingling and I take one...my current outbreak lasted 12 hours...i believe it does help. In 24 hours since break out I have no new blisters,,,,,,,,the ones that showed up are already crusted over. Now if I could only realize the flu like sympoms the few days before that.... i would get a sooner start on the medicine.
sas

Arlington, VA

#111 Mar 7, 2011
i have nerve damage from toes to neck from reoccurring shingles on multiple dermatones. after 5 years i turned to some eastern medicine as well as western. acupuncture really helps - although my insurance doesn't pay for it. i have also had luck with this essential oil - i think it is called PHN no more??- i felt like it really helped. i've also tried hypnotherapy tapes. the pain has been going on for years now, so i'm willing to try about anything. i don't know if it is the placebo effect or not - but i don't really care if it lessens the pain...
Brittany

United States

#112 Mar 15, 2011
I'm 19 and going through my 5th bout of shingles. The first time I got it was when I was 8 and each time I've gotten it since then the pain and symptoms have gotten worse each time and lasted longer. I'm on my fifth weeks with this bout, and my doctors have no clue as to why it all seems to b getting worse and steadily growing more and more frequent. Since every man made drug doesnt help my situation at all, anyone know of any herbal remedy that could help?
Goldie

Westfield, MA

#113 Mar 15, 2011
Lorinda N wrote:
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I agree with this. My doctor has an open prescripton for antiviral and I always have it on hand. I feel it start tingling and I take one...my current outbreak lasted 12 hours...i believe it does help. In 24 hours since break out I have no new blisters,,,,,,,,the ones that showed up are already crusted over. Now if I could only realize the flu like sympoms the few days before that.... i would get a sooner start on the medicine.
Thanks, Lorinda, thats a great idea!Catfish forget to mention the problem with discerning the shingles sensation from other common skin ailments that start the same way. Good luck, I'm happy to say I've been shingles free for years. Wish you well.
flower

Kissimmee, FL

#114 Mar 15, 2011
I am 34 years old - rec'd the chickenpox vacccine twice as an adult (1st time it did not take)- I believe I was over-vaccinated or the vaccine caused my problem. 3 months after my vaccination, I was under a lot of stress when I began having the on-set of PHN - severe nerve pain down left side of body. Painful!! After 7 months and time on Lyrica - nerve pain ( PHN) went away....I spent months trying to get a diagnosis. Now fast-forward after 5 years living normally, again a stress-ful time in my life after my 2nd child was born --- PHN is back and worse than ever!! I fear that I will have to live like this forever and be on Lyrica forever. It does help....but I feel as if I am just covering up the symptoms and not getting to the root of the problem. My question is this: I never broke out in a rash so I have not been diagnosed as ever having shingles. Is there a test I can take to see if I had shingles? Is there such a thing as internal shingles? What else works for the pain?
PJay

Westfield, MA

#115 Mar 15, 2011
flower wrote:
I am 34 years old - rec'd the chickenpox vacccine twice as an adult (1st time it did not take)- I believe I was over-vaccinated or the vaccine caused my problem. 3 months after my vaccination, I was under a lot of stress when I began having the on-set of PHN - severe nerve pain down left side of body. Painful!! After 7 months and time on Lyrica - nerve pain ( PHN) went away....I spent months trying to get a diagnosis. Now fast-forward after 5 years living normally, again a stress-ful time in my life after my 2nd child was born --- PHN is back and worse than ever!! I fear that I will have to live like this forever and be on Lyrica forever. It does help....but I feel as if I am just covering up the symptoms and not getting to the root of the problem. My question is this: I never broke out in a rash so I have not been diagnosed as ever having shingles. Is there a test I can take to see if I had shingles? Is there such a thing as internal shingles? What else works for the pain?
Abstract
The best-known complication of shingles (herpes zoster) is postherpetic neuralgia (PHN). PHN is commonly studied to investigate causes of and treatments for neuropathic pain. However, many patients with shingles experience neuropathic itch accompanying, or instead of, pain. Some report severe disabling postherpetic itch (PHI), and though it is rare, some patients injure themselves by scratching itchy skin that has lost protective sensation. To date, there is virtually no mention of PHI in the medical literature; neither epidemiologic, anatomic, physiologic, nor treatment studies. We analyzed 3 independent existing sets of data from 586 adults with shingles or PHN to glean epidemiologic information about pruritus during and after shingles. All data refer to itch localized to shingles-affected areas and initiated by shingles. They indicate that pruritus, usually mild or moderate, commonly accompanies both acute zoster and PHN. There was no significant difference in age between subjects with and without PHI. In one group, but not in another, there was an increased number of women with PHI. Subjects whose shingles affected the head, face, and neck were more likely to experience PHI than those whose shingles affected the torso. These findings indicate a need for research on zoster-associated itch, including prospective studies on frequency, impact, and treatment.
The Journal of Pain
Volume 4, Issue 6 , Pages 338-343, August 2003
Please find a cure

Conyers, GA

#116 Apr 23, 2011
I am 33 years old and I have had shingles since I waas 19 years old. My first outbreak(1997) i noticed a blister on my inner leg above my knee. I thought maybe something bite me but it lasted a few days the area was really swollen and red. So it went away then every month around the same time as my menstrual cycle i started feeling that excrutiating pain on my inner leg where the blister was. OMG, that was the worst pain i have ever had.the itching would start in the same spot and it would reappear. then i started getting them on my knees. always the same spot. Im sitting here now because i have one on my arm. When i woke up friday morning from a nite out with my bff my middle finger on my right hand starting to hurt(PHN). and to my surprise i have a real blister on my arm.I havent had a blister outbreak since 2006(which was on my lower back). And it wasnt necessary a blister that formed the area was hurting and swollen but no blister actually formed.I was diagnosed one time back in 1997 given some cream and that was it. Throughout all these years i have suffered from outbreak of the blisters inside the bottom of my foot, on my arms,on my loweer back, and on my legs. I have suffered from PHN maybe three times a year only for a couple of days, but it hurts.Im surprised that i have not had it near my eyes and face as i read many stories being told. Ive always been afraid to tell anyone that i had this because like they say,they asked me had i been around someone with hiv and i was scared.I mean you say herpes zoster and you automatically think its something wrong so i was only 19 at the time it really bothered me. but as i have gotten older and done numerous research i feel at lil at ease that im not the only one. I hate this disease for all of us. I just called walgreens to ask about the vaccine and the requirements are over 65 im like that is bs. I should be able to get something for this. I have had this for over 15 years and when it reactivates at any time(menstrual cycle, a nite of partying,stress)it really hurts. I have a 2 year old daughter and im scacred for her to be around me right now because i have this painful blister on my arm.I will be going to the dr on monday to see what they say because i havent spoken with a dr about this in years.I just pray to a God for a better day than today.
Timber

Westfield, MA

#117 Apr 23, 2011
Of all the effects caused by my anxiety, SHINGLES is the one I fear the most. Thank goodness I haven't re-experienced it... yet.

I believe that if I manage to remain medicated for my anxiety and stay mellow that the terrible pain may not re-occur.

But I fear if I go off the anti-anxieties, I'm far more at risk for another outbreak.

I really don't want to bring on that kind of pain again.
Steve

United States

#118 Jun 7, 2011
I have shingles at 28 and attribute it to over training. I don't have much mental stress in my life and can only imagine my immune system is weak from over activity. I feel for everyone who has it severely as I am beginning to understand just how painful it can be.i just began an anti viral and am hoping for a speedy recovery. Am I naive to think I'll feel better in a few days?
memolara

San Jose, CA

#119 Jul 6, 2011
Is it normal to get shingles n early age.I am freaking out.
Joanne

Glasgow, UK

#121 Jul 20, 2011
My 12 year old brother currently has shingles, it is his 3rd outbreak in as many years. The blisters always occur at the top of his left shoulder, he is healthy, active and doesn't really get affected with any other ailments. Doctors don't seem to be able to tell us why this happens. Due to him being so young,(which apparently is already rare), and the fact that it is a recurring problem, was wondering if anyone had advice on how to reduce the reoccurrence?
Blergs

Krems, Austria

#122 Jul 21, 2011
I am 24 and just got diagnozed with shingles. I had alot of stress at uni and I also live abroad and two weeks ago I moved back home for the summer holidays. All that stress and the change of locatin must have weakened my immune system.
My rash was preceded by a nerve pain on my innner upper arm, which then, after a whole week of pain similar to a really strong sunburn (without rash), really tiny blisters started to appear. My rash is still tiny, a few centimeters long, and the blisters are small as well, they are already fading away since day 4, and today, on day 5 of the outbreak, they are not very painful anymore. My doc was surprised, as I am younger than the average shingles-patient, but she said it's a small version of it and very probably won't come back!

The whole HIV related discussion scares me too, but I do think that it's just because of the stress, might get tested for HIV anyway though.

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