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I have had recurrent shingles at the base of my back and on the side of my head since I was in my late twenties. I am now 52 and still get it. It took doctors years to diagnose at first treating the rash as a boil. I have been to specialists been on Valacyclovir, Acyclovir, and famvir I now have to have doses of Acyclovir if an attack occurs 800mg 5 times a day. I have been left with constant pain in my ribs joints and take paracetamol and codeine daily. I also have numbness in areas on my back and legs. I sympathise will all fellow sufferers and you have probably had friends family work colleagues tell you you can't get shingles more than once. Well I've heard it all and now suffer chronic fatigue and struggle with concentration. I really wish doctors were made more aware of the condition now and realised how debilitating it can be after suffering it for so long . It affects your life and mental wellbeing after coming across this forum I never realised how many people suffer the same as me .
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