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my story so far
On Tuesday 27th Feb when I was at work, i felt a tingling near the out side of my left eye and also noticed a dry sore patch on the side of my nose. Put it down to the very cold weather but I also notice my teeth and gums were very sensitive, thought I couldn’t be a dental problem because I had just been to the dentist and everything was fine, , i was off work due to the snow, but I felt really tired and the next 2 days I was sleeping a lot. To relieve then what I thought was sinus trouble was doing the hot water in a bowl thing.
by the Friday I noticed red patched coming on my cheek and tender to touch.
11pm that night I was so concerned and in quiet a bit of discomfort my friend drove me to A&E only to be told it was gingivitis and sent home with antibiotics. I did say could it be singles.
The next day Saturday my partner came home from being away took me to the pharmacy and she had a look and said she thinks it’s shingles.
dr on the Monday afternoon by then I looked like the elephant man the pain was getting worse the confirmed shingles and put me on antiviral tablets and stronge painkillers,
My partner Skyped me that night saw one look at me and took the next flight home.
my left side of my face was like a balloon the pain was horrendous it started getting so close to my eye very worrying. The aptment that the gp had email through with urgent on seemed to by pass the system at the hospital.
On Friday 9th I already had an appointment to see my gp for something else, she said the shingles are now infected and put me on antibiotics. shes also did a full blood test get that next Friday.
i chased up the eye clinic and I went last Thursday and he said that I still have live shingles and gave me another dose of antiviral tablets and drops for my eye. He said it does look like it’s damaged my eye. Got to go back for a check up next week.
My scabs have just about gone, biut it feels like more want to erupt.
feels like something is crawling under my skin.
a lot of nerve pain and teeth and gums are still numb. And the top quarter of my left side of my face also feels numb.
im 57 and I do thing mine is stress related.
I wouldn’t wish this illness on anybody.
Im just over 2 weeks in and I know iv still got along way to go yet.
i took a photo of myself every day to see the difference,
i feel your pain if you are going through this.
Sending hugs to all shingle sufferers
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