bleh...shingles...not the roofing kind
I've been feeling crappy for a few days, then hideous pain in my scalp, ear, eye, neck. Went to the doctor this morning and turns out it's shingles. I always heard this was a painful condition, but yikes! Maybe it's worse when it's in your head rather than your arm, leg whatever. And apparently I'm at risk of having it go into my eye and cause blindness. SO... I've been reading a lot about the newly approved shingles vaccine. Wish I had checked into it. I'm mostly writing this to encourage other forum members to talk about the vaccine with your doctors and consider it. According to the CDC, half of people who live to age 85 will get shingles, and it is estimated that more than a million new cases of shingles occur in the US each year. "Shingles and a complication called postherpetic neuralgia (PHN), consisting of pain originating in damaged nerves that can persist for months or years, can diminish the quality of life and functional capacity of older adults, and markedly reduce their enjoyment of life." Yuck. I'm getting anti-viral treatment and we caught it fairly early, so hopefully I'm not going to be condemned to a life of misery - heck, I'm only 53! Well, off to take some narcotics. If I post anything weird in the next few days, please chalk it up to the drugs.