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On the 22 Dec 05 I contracted shingles. This a culmination of a divorce, the death of my brother, the sale of my home, and retirement. Some Christmas! I did not know what hit me so I did not get the anti-virals in time. Two years + on and the pain is still there and just as intense. I've tried all the treatments but with little success. I'm now on Lidocoam? Patches which I had to fight for. Too expensive said my trust! They were eventually prescribed by my pain clinic who seem to carry more weight than my GP in these matters. Just last week I had a steriod injection near my spine (Paravertebral/nerve root block). Thus far this has done no good and may be aggravating in the short time. I recognise this is early days yet though!
The pain from this condition is constant and can be unbearable and totally debilitating. It affects your whole life and your ability to function. Yet, from doctors, nurses, employers, friends, and even family, there appears to be complete ignorance of this fact. Most seem to nod their heads but continue as if you are exaggerating. This really helps you to cope!!
Reading these other accounts, my two years seem small fry. I have great sympathy for others with this horrible affliction. I just hope mine clears up more quickly. It would be nice if the problem were discussed more widely however. Once upon a time we encouraged our children to contract Chicken Pox. I wouldn't do that now! How many employers think their employees are exaggerating or worse I wonder? How many careers are affected? How many relationships?
Spreading a little education here might generate more understanding and tolerance.
I wish you all well!!
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