The day I got home, I had shingles.
I know, you may be thinking, "Isn't that like a rash?" Yeah, that's what I thought. What it's really like is the nerves on one side of your body are set on fire by left over chicken pox virus. A few days later a rash breaks out.
When it hit, I felt like I was being kicked by men with steel toed boots. I once passed a kidney stone. This was worse.
The first doctor couldn't make a diagnosis, so I spent a day getting a CAT scan for appendicitis or a stone. Two days later, the rash finally broke out and the second doctor took one look and said, "Shingles, here's a prescription for a painkiller and an anti-viral."
Well, I was lucky. Even though my face was itching, the anti-viral stopped the rash from spreading to there (you can have scarring and go blind if that happens). All I'm left with now is week two of the rash. An unremitting rash with itching 24 hours a day.
That's the horrible thing about shingles; there is not a second's relief for weeks on end.
You can get the shingle's vaccine now at 50. I had had it at 60 thinking I'd never get shingles. From this experience I learned it doesn't keep you from getting shingles, but it makes the outbreak less severe and last a shorter time.
If I hadn't had the vaccine, I think I would have ended up in the hospital
So, public service message.
Talk to your doctor about getting the shingles vaccine!