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Hello friends. I hope this finds you all doing well this Christmas Eve night. I have not posted in a while but i have not forgotten any of you or the wonderful support you all gave to me at one of my lowest times.
Those of you, who know me, are aware that i took the Shingrix vaccines June and August 2018 and had amazing results after. I did have to take both vaccine doses, with active shingles, and this caused the side effects to be severe at first but the aftermath made it all worth it. Other than the damage caused to my fifth cranial nerve, from having shingles in my eye so many times over 8 years, that resulted in Trigeminal Neuralgia, i did get my life back again, after taking the 2-dose vaccine.
Unfortunately, things changed thereafter. The doctors do not know if the physical pain of Trigeminal Neuralgia (TN) caused the shingles to return, or if the shingles returned on their own and are bringing on the TN. Either scenario, i have had several hospital stays since i last posted here on the site. Despite the reason unknown, after having both doses of the Shingrix vaccine, the shingles have returned.
I hope this does not discourage anyone from taking the Shingrix vaccine because it DOES work for most people. I still believe this firmly and believe my current condition is NOT the norm for most.
Despite CDC recommendation, 5 days ago, i received my 3rd dose of Shingrix vaccine and i DO intend to have the 4th after the normal two-month waiting period between doses. Like the previous 2 vaccines, i have also taken this latest vaccine with an active case of shingles...not that i had much choice in the matter, as the shingles were not subsiding. If this does not work, i have prescription to receive AGAIN, the live virus vaccine, Zostavax. Of course, ALL of this is being done under CLOSE doctor supervision.
At this point, i can only confirm that this route is not advisable, unless absolutely necessary, because the path is a rough one, but it is survivable. To my knowledge and my doctor's knowledge, i am the only one that has tried this so far. To confirm or deny, i hoped i might find the answer here. I am in a great deal of pain, with shingles appearing in several places on the right side of my body. Has anyone else repeated the Shingrix vaccine?
Merry, have you heard??
Merry Christmas to ALL.
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