Just got back from the dr ... aw, cr*p

Discussion in 'The Watercooler' started by TerryJ2, Jun 29, 2012.

  1. TerryJ2

    TerryJ2 Well-Known Member

    I have poison ivy on my legs and arms, and the ribcage is shingles.
    Just what I needed.
  2. InsaneCdn

    InsaneCdn Well-Known Member

    Shingles! Too bad you can't put them on your roof... <wink>

    Terry - it's your body telling you that you've had too much stress for too long. But... what's a person to do!
  3. hearts and roses

    hearts and roses Mind Reader

    Oh that stinks! I'm so sorry-is it painful? Hugs. I was going to suggest a bath in epson salts for the shingles to relax, but that would not be good for the poison ivy.
  4. buddy

    buddy New Member

    Oh man ....just not fair!
  5. FlowerGarden

    FlowerGarden Active Member

    A double whammy, oh no! Hope you feel better soon.
  6. busywend

    busywend Well-Known Member Staff Member

    Hopefully he gave u the steroid cream. husband had it and it was painful, but he was back to work in a few days. Stay away from pregnant women!
  7. klmno

    klmno Active Member

    Ooowwwiieee! I guess you miserable with itching! I hope you get on the mend and feeling better soon!
  8. Lothlorien

    Lothlorien Active Member Staff Member

    Shingles AND poison ivy at the same time? Holy moly! What saint did you tick off? Just kidding. I bet the shingles started because of all the stress you've been under. Was the doctor able to give you that medication that helps to mitigate the symptoms? You poor thing. Shingles and posion ivy.....that is just so unfair.
  9. TerryJ2

    TerryJ2 Well-Known Member

    Yes, I'm on medications, and they make me shaky and agitated. That part usually goes away within 2 hrs and then I'm okay. But I was up til midnight with-the shakes, then hot flashes, then chills, then stomach issues, and then just as I fell asleep, we had a thunderstorm. Sigh.

    It really burns, and then it itches, and I can't scratch it because then it hurts, and it feels raw, but underneath, like someone slugged me. Very achy.

    I have to get better so I can fly to Colo to my b-i-l's celebration of life.
    And to go to court for difficult child, whenever *that* is.
  10. DammitJanet

    DammitJanet Well-Known Member Staff Member

    Ick. I imagine the poison ivy will clear up rather quickly if they gave you a steroid but the shingles can take awhile. What medications did they give you for that? Normally they give you something that ends cyclivar along with neurontin or lyrica for pain. If the pain is really bad they give a narcotic. I had a coworker who had shingles on her face and they worked into her eye and that got really painful and she lost vision for a period of time in that eye.
  11. Oh geez Terry - like you need that. Just one more thing to add into the mix. I sure hope the medications work quickly, even though the side effects sound awful.
  12. TerryJ2

    TerryJ2 Well-Known Member

    I am not taking predinosone for the poison ivy ... they're not bad enough. I am taking Famvir. No percocet ... I hate it. Makes me feel like mashed potatoes. I have been using my regular muscle relaxants and/or fiorocet for headaches (one of the side effects of Famvir). So far, so good. Except that it has spread from my back/shoulder blade to my front right breast. Sigh.