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I have read a lot of great informatinon on this forum, thank you! I was diagnosed with shingles on 7/21. I am 46 years old, and relatively healthy, as I am active and usually only get a cold and flu every year. Almost two weeks ago I started having some very strange symptoms, elevated blood pressure, headaches, digestion issues/dizziness, tingling and so on. This led to extreme anxiety After a week, I went to my doctor, and we were monitoring my heart. I didn't have any shortness of breath, but did have tingling in my neck and arms, so again, I was thinking the worst. After another few days, my symptoms were not getting better. I couldn't exercise, eat properly, work, concentrate or sleep. I was also getting dizzy. Around Wednesday 7/19, a rash started forming at the base of my neck. Felt like acne or ingrown hairs or something. I assumed that was just stress or me rubbing my neck so much. Then the rash got worse and was traveling up to the base of my skull. By Friday, I had enough of this. Almost two weeks of this suffering I went back to the urgent care. They did an ekg, they did blood work, and everything appeared to be ok. No infections they could see. Almost as an afterthought, I asked him to look at the rash on my neck. He immediately said it was shingles. He prescribed Valacyclovir and I started taking immediately.
Mentally, I started feeling better, so I went on to try and learn more about this. In the US, this is an "old person" disease, so I knew nothing, but learned this can happen at any age. I realized I was definitley experiencing a lot of the same symptoms as so many other.
So, I am near the end of day 3 of the treatment. I have felt a bit better, mentally and physically, but I still feel very "off". It is hard to explain, but it almost flu like, but no fever. I have bouts where I can't concentrate and can't engage in conversation. My bp is back to normal, and my dizziness/ear pain has really calmed down. I had a couple of new blisters show up yesterday, so I wonder if I am still is the "midst" of this. The rash doesn't seem to bother me too much, aside from some soreness on my neck and head. It is everything else that is freaking me out. I feel like I should be "turning the corner" and feeling healthy by now. Is it common for the sickness to go on for weeks? I see others have gone through this. Thank God I work from my home office, or I would have missed two weeks of work. I did take sick time for the worst days and doctor visits. I just still don't feel right as I get ready to start this work week. And I miss being a good husband and dad. I have been absolutely useless during this time.
Thank you all for advice, and for listening. Who knew shingles would be such a strange and stressful journey?
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