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I'm 40 years old why can I not get the shingles shot
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gilleyrich posted:
I am 40 years old and I have had shingles four times in the last five years, I would like to know why it is that you have to be 50 or older to get the shingles shot.
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hummingbirdm responded:
This condition is very confusing to me this is no text book case and it's diffenatley put a damper on my life. They (supposedly experts) reserve it for older people 50 it use to be 60 because when we are younger are own natural antibodies are suppose to fight and prevent us from getting this. As we age our defence system breaks down. It may have once been an older persons condition but not any more.
When I was diagonosed I was 40 and at that time my Dr said there had been an 8oyo man and a 12yo boy in to see him that had it. Maybe we should petition to get it to younger ages. They also say (old wise ones who've never had it) once you have shingles the shot is no longer as helpful there's still alot of debate going on about that one. I say who ever wants it should get it if I'd had a choice and realized how bad this could really get you betcha I would of liked to been immunized against it.
In 2008 I had another outbreak of it,worse than the first if possible ( it is) at first I just thought it was flea bites because I'd been told you don't usually get it twice but I did and have reoccurring outbreaks about every 3 weeks. It has never went away and it's been excuse me H*** for the last 1 1/2. I think like many diaseses it maybe making a come back or like antibiotics we build up a immunity against this drugs. What you have now may be what they call PHN ( post herpetic neurolgia ) a condition that really doesn't go away as in my case it has damaged the nerve route system where the initial breakout was. or rather lies in the root nerve sending agonizing pain. I feel for you and you'll have to really stand up for yourself and fight for pain pills. I've tried about 6 different
meds Valtrex and cousins of Acyclovir. My insurance is very strict about refills and these are very expensive and where between $ 500 ~~ $1200 for a thirty day supply.
I'm really sorry you have this let me know if I can be of further assistance if I haven't scared you to death.

Hummingbirdm
 
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gilleyrich replied to hummingbirdm's response:
Thanks for getting back to me you have helped me understand a little better. Hope you get over it or some relief soon
 
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hummingbirdm replied to gilleyrich's response:
Are you still in alot of pain? or have you been diagnosed with the phn? That is actually worse than the initial outbreak itself because it seems to be there all the time and dealing with it gets exhausting & curtails our activities.
 
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gilleyrich replied to hummingbirdm's response:
I'M STILL IN PAIN BUT MY DR HAS GIVEN ME PAIN MEDS
 
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hummingbirdm replied to gilleyrich's response:
You're the only other person I know that has been dealing with this for a long time, I just want answers and to know what's normal and what's not if I wasn't dianosed with this I'd say it had to be close to having a bone spur on my hip or foot, pinched nerve but my Dr did an Mri & xrays to rule that out. I never knew a body could hurt this bad muchless trying to cope with it and learn to live with it.It seems to be taking a toll emotionally to fight pain all the time. thanx
hummingbird
 
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gilleyrich replied to hummingbirdm's response:
My shingles have cleared up for now, but my nose still hurts if I touch it just right. I hope you can find some relief soon. If you find out anything about the changing of age to get the shingles shot please let me know and I will do the same.

Thanks
gilleyrich
 
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hummingbirdm replied to gilleyrich's response:
Some Drs will give the shot even if you have had shingles, there is alot of controversy about it helping or not but some say it lessons the duration.
 
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2Stubby replied to hummingbirdm's response:
In 2007 I had radiation and chemo. I was worried about getting shingles and asked my doc for the shot. She dragged her feet and said it was very expensive and the insurance company resisted. I didn't have any symptoms but my Mother had had shingles as did my significant other. Well, by the time I was ready to pursue it again, I suddenly came down with shingles. They did give me Valtrex. The pain killers were no good -- I passed out after taking the first one.
 
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sharonamartinez responded:
gilleyrich
i agree we should be offered the shot.if insurance wont cover it then we should have the decision to pay out of pocket. i am a 44 yr old woman that has been dealing with this since november of 2011. i believe i break out at least once a yr sometimes two times. i would not wish this on my worst enemy. ive noticed that my breakouts usually shows its ugly lil head after ive had something really stressful happen.


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