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I would have settled for back pain

Yesterday I went to the nurse practitioner I see (nobody sees a doctor anymore) for a routine physical before my bladder stone surgery next week. My back was killing me, and I thought I had pulled a muscle last week when I loaded and unloaded my truck with about a thousand pounds of landscaping boulders.

After my physical, I had an appointment to see a chiropractor about my back pain. But because I was scheduled to go to Florida Wednesday for a family get-together, I asked the NP if she could write me a prescription for some pain medicine.

"Let's take a look at your back," she said. She opened up the back of my gown and told me I hadn't pulled a muscle. Nope. I have shingles.

I've shaved part of my head and put a pain patch on it because today's headliner pain is a stabber right behind my ear. Yesterday it was my rib cage, but it only hurt when I inhaled, exhaled, sat still or moved around.

This really sucks. I thought kidney stone pain was bad, but this is in the same league. And I always thought shingles was a disease that older people get. I guess I'm older than the calendar says.

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nodressrehersal
Jun. 4th, 2013 04:54 pm (UTC)
Me, too!
OMG, I wnt to the doctor yesterday and I have shingles, too! But it sounds like my case is much milder. Did you get put on the anti-viral medication? I'm taking a huge blue pill 3x/day for 7 days. It's called Valtrex and it's supposed to help the rash clear up more quickly.

Also, I did some reading, and according to the People's Pharmacy, people have had good results putting original Listerine on the sores, it lessens the discomfort and speeds healing. I've been doing that and so far, I've gotta say it helps, because the antibacterial ointment I was using (before I knew what it was) didn't do squat:
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2011/04/25/listerine-helps-ease-shingles-pain/

I found this, too: Though shingles blisters normally take 10 to 14 days to clear up, oral vitamin C at doses of 600 mg to 1,000 mg has been used to treat chronic recurring shingles and resolve symptoms within four days. Regular use of vitamin C can also reduce the number of recurrences that you experience. When an attack of shingles occurs, John D. Kirschmann, author of the book "Nutrition Almanac" advises taking 1,000 mg four times per day to speed healing.
http://www.livestrong.com/article/492195-vitamin-c-treatment-of-shingles/#ixzz2VGb9G5H6

I'm so sorry to hear that the pain of your shingles is so severe. I'm hoping mine doesn't progress to that, but I guess only time will tell.

Are you still going away tomorrow? Egads...traveling while in such discomfort sounds like a yucky plan.
anita_margarita
Jun. 4th, 2013 05:34 pm (UTC)
I haven't had it, but my SIL's father had it in his mid-80s. He had it for a LONG time. Now this is a very conservative Baptist Christian man, you understand, but he was in so much pain that he told my SIL that if it didn't go away, he was going to ask for medical marijuana.
patrick_vecchio
Jun. 4th, 2013 08:12 pm (UTC)
I'd be OK right now if it weren't for the fact that it feels like somebody is stabbing me behind the ear every five or 10 seconds. I try to act all stoic, Clint-Eastwood-spaghetti-western, but the pain zaps me and I can't help but wince.
callioperato
Jun. 4th, 2013 06:05 pm (UTC)
My boss had it earlier this year and a friend my age got it senior year of college, too. I'm sorry to hear you have it. It definitely doesn't sound like fun.
patrick_vecchio
Jun. 4th, 2013 08:10 pm (UTC)
It's weird: the pain comes and goes. I was OK while I was watching the hockey game last night, but when I went to go to bed I felt like I'd been in a street fight.
minnesattva
Jun. 4th, 2013 09:27 pm (UTC)
My co-worker was telling me the other day about her son having shingles, and he's a teenager. Don't feel too old.
patrick_vecchio
Jun. 5th, 2013 12:21 am (UTC)
That isn't fair. Being a teenager is tough enough.
sahlah
Jun. 5th, 2013 02:08 am (UTC)
Hope you get to feeling yourself soon. Take care.
patrick_vecchio
Jun. 5th, 2013 03:10 pm (UTC)
Thanks. Better must come.
tanadariel
Jun. 5th, 2013 02:55 am (UTC)
Man. Here's hoping you are feeling better.

For whatever it's worth, though, your vivid descriptions of these recent maladies are so real that I get sympathy pains.
patrick_vecchio
Jun. 5th, 2013 03:11 pm (UTC)
My writing often leads to painful reactions.
(Anonymous)
Jun. 5th, 2013 02:25 pm (UTC)
High doses of vitamin C are thought to contribute to formation of kidney stones, especially in men.
tvc
patrick_vecchio
Jun. 5th, 2013 03:12 pm (UTC)
My problem is that I don't do a good job staying hydrated during the summer.
(Anonymous)
Jun. 5th, 2013 05:20 pm (UTC)
yeah... but i'd still stay away from any vitamin c supplements if I were you. just sayin'. that's my professional opinion, same advice i would give to anyone prone to kidney stones for whatever reason - dehydration is probably only one factor, since not everyone who gets dehydrated gets stones. by the way, have they ever analyzed one of your stones to see if they are oxalate or calcium or what?
patrick_vecchio
Jun. 5th, 2013 09:35 pm (UTC)
Calcium. He put me on Allopurinol, which may or may not have something to do with the calcium; I can't remember. And I don't take any vitamin supplements at all, not even a daily multi-vit.
cwmackowski
Jun. 12th, 2013 03:56 am (UTC)
Ouch, man. Hope the flare-up goes away soon.
patrick_vecchio
Jun. 12th, 2013 03:04 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Cmac. Every time I think I've turned the corner, I find another corner.
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