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I know how you feel. Shingles take a lot out of me now that I'm older. I'm 55 and I don't think it's hormonal. Prior to menopause, I had outbreaks and I thought it was nerve related from the inflammation from menses. The older I get it seems to have an effect on my bladder too. I currently have low back and leg pain and lesions. It's the worst outbreak I've ever had. I've been so tired for 3 days that I've hardly left the house. I have reservations about the vaccine because I'm afraid that will just suppress the virus, like the Valtrex does, which is practically useless.
Please trust me I am more certain than ever now that it is hormonal and here is my reason which for once was told to me by a doctor who himself has had shingles and actually wants to help!! I broke down in tears in his surgery because quite frankly I couldn't take anymore and I am a really strong person in both mind and spirit but I had had enough!! Through my tears I said to him that the only reason I had been looking forward to my menopause would be so that the shingles would go away along with my monthly's!! He said something I hadn't even considered and that was: "why on earth would you think that they would go away? You are more hormonal now than ever!!" Well, why didn't I think of that?? I honestly believed I would be free of it all but it has got worse as I have gone deeper into menopause.
It is interesting that you say it is affecting your bladder because I too am getting the same. At first I thought I had an infection because I now seem to get a stabbing pain in my back around my left kidney. I started to worry about that and had tests which were inconclusive but I always get the feeling that the pain might go if I go to the loo but when I get there I can only manage a teaspoon full if that. Again this all flares up when I get shingles.
As for the vaccine they will not give it to you anyway because it is only for people who haven't had shingles to prevent them getting it in the future and as for all the anti virals my doctor was completely honest with me, they only mask the problem they will never cure. I always found the lesions would not arrive but I would still get all the symptons and it is the symptons that are so debilitating, the lesions I can cope with!! I am interested in your diet? Can you tell me as honestly as possible about your eating pattern and please tell me about what you like to drink i.e. spirits, beer, wine and be as honest as you can it may help all of us!!