Can a person get shingles more than once?

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Heart5 asked...

Can a person get shingles more than once?


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Bcassin43 answered...

For the most part, it is not possible to get shingles more than once. Occasionally a person will get shingles twice in their lifetime, but rarely more. Most times, people only acquire shingles one time. Having shingles allows your body to build up antibodies to fight against it, which is why a recurrance is unlikely. If the immune system is compromised by some chance, the ability to develop shingles will arise, and in this case it would be possible for a person to experience them again periodically. In one known case of a person with a compromised immune system, he battled shingles four times in his adulthood.


Ladynajera answered...

Actually BCassin43 your wrong. I am 31 and in 6 years I have had shingles 7 times. My immune system for the most part is as good as anyone elses. The doctor told me that shingles lays dorment in your nerves if you ave problems with panic attacks or stress levels this could be a reason why you can have shingles multiple times. But some people get shingles and some dont.


Momofboys answered...

ladynajera is correct. I too have had shingles more times than I can count and I'm mid-50's. They happen when your immune system is run down, your stressed etc. One of my sons had shingles when he was 3 years of age.


Cmfun1 answered...

I as well have had and continue to have reoccurring episodes of shingles. Approximately 3 to 4 times a year, some worse than others. I wish more information was available to those of us who are not the "one timers". Someone needs to conduct a new study on Shingles, to include the more common than not, reoccurring outbreaks.


A fellow caregiver answered...

During my life time I also have had recurring bouts with Shingles. Sometimes I have the pain and no visual outbreak of the rash. Yes a study on this would be extremely informational to those of us who suffer multiple bouts of Shingles.


A fellow caregiver answered...

I am 77 and have just had a second episode of shingles after the first one two years ago. I should have had the shingles vaccination after the first episode but my doctor convinced me that I would never have it twice in a life time. So much for incompetent doctors;


A fellow caregiver answered...

I am 40 years old and just got shingles for the 2nd time in 7 months. I am currently taking oral steroids for a bout of hives (not to be confused with shingles) that may have weakened my immune ststem. I consider myself a very healthy person with great eating habits and regular exercise. I also have friends who have coninued to get shingles after their first occurance. Not only is it possible to get shingles more than once, it seems more probable than not. The doctors have this one wrong.


Mama a answered...

Yes, someone can have shingles more than once. I got them for the first time when I was 13 years old & got them every year after until just a few years ago when I began getting them between 4-7 times a year!! I'm only 31. I currently have them now which makes the 3rd time since January.


A fellow caregiver answered...

i also get them several times a year, generally the same area, i get them when i am under stress, i have the nerve pain for several months in my hip and down my leg. i have been getting them several times a year for 30 years.


Wipedout answered...

I too am on my second boutof shingles, the doctor I just seen said impossible and the pharmacist agreed, yet I sit here with them. I am happy I found this as I am really concerned that maybe I have an underlying illness that is getting undetected. Thanks for posting


Auntie g answered...

I have also had the shingles more than once. In fact, I have had it 10 times in the last 3 years, and I am only 19 years old. I had to drop out of college because it was to stressful for me and I missed to much school every time I got a bout. I get it on my face and in my right eye...the eye specialist I see when I get a bout says that I will lose my sight in my eye because of it! I agree that a study should be done for those who get it more than once. Thanks for posting this, it's nice to know that I'm not the only one out there who has it shingles multiple times.


Lorij119 answered...

Is true they do reoccur. I have had since I was 15 tho I have been told scabies heat rash and blisters from herpes around my mouth. Are they not in the same family or the rash any how. Im 53 and on the average I have them 6 months of the year if not more. The pain has increased each time and the length of time I have a flare. It's more painful now then it ever has been so yes you can get more then one time.


Ahenry answered...

I turned 45 last month and have had shingles at least 6 times over the last year. Interestingly enough, the first case was on the right side of my torso. All subsequent outbreaks of blisters have been on my left hand. However, the nerve pain affects both areas, sometimes without the blisters. No idea if it's a factor, but I did not get chicken pox until I was 18 and I was very, very ill from it. Now I know when I start getting fever and flu like symptoms, a shingle outbreak is sure to follow within a few days.I work with doctors and nobody seems to have an answer or a cure. The nerve pain is unbearable and nothing, Valtrex, Acyclovir, Lyrica helps


Rkwnyc answered...

Even some doctors will still tell you it doesn't recur, but recent research has established that 1 out 20 shingles suffers can expect a second occurance within an average of 8 years or so. Details at http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/shingles-can-strike-twice-will-the-shingles-vaccine-help-201103021531


A fellow caregiver answered...

I've had shingles about five times now and yes, it manifested itself during highly stressful times. For years, I had nothing, and poof, at 57, reared its ugly head (and rash) again. It does re-occur and can and personally, I have noticed the pattern - severe stress.


Katie coo answered...

I have been getting shingles at least once a month for the past 3 years, the doctor has prescribed aqueous calamine cream


Jenniye answered...

i am 22 and i get shingles on average 2x a year since i was 16. i thought something may b wrong with me since all research iv read about shingles said its uncommon to get it more thn 2x. so i feel better knowing people get it like i do. wipes forehead


A fellow caregiver answered...

I'm 28 years old and this is the 5th time I had shingles since I was 20 years of age. I agree that a new research should be conducted!


Katie coo answered...

I had shingles when I was 12, I have now had them for the last 3 years, they last for a week, go away for a couple of days then it all starts again, it is so painful and tiring as wakes me up


Cackercat11 answered...

I am 37 and on my second round of shingles in the past 3 months. The rash is in the same place as first time, on my lower back. The pain has been mild both times but not something I like feeling on a daily. I felt like I was going crazy until I read these posts. I think more studies need to be done. I never thought I would get shingles, especially twice. I am healthy and have little stress in my life. It just doesn't make sense.


Gabyjoe answered...

I had shingles at 51 and they lasted two and a half months - then they came back about 30 days after the first bout ended. With a smaller window of only two weeks. Since then I have had recurring and severe back pain than feels exactly like the shingles pain I felt. At 57 I just developed psoriasis and strangely the shingles pain is more constant now than ever before. I have a large scar on my back from the first outbreak and it's this scab and the area around it where I feel the most pain. of the three people I know who have had shingles 2 of the 3 have had shingles more than once. Only the one who had it as a child, and is now 67, never got it again. The other two have had it more than twice and it seems to be triggered by stress.


Kathryn131 answered...

I am an acupuncturist and have treated the initial outbreak of shingles as well as post-herpetic pain of my patients. When I got pain across my left scapula around to my breastbone, I didn't know what it was until I realized I had a small circle of lesions on my back that had already scabbed over. I immediately got acupuncture treatments and the pain went away completely. A year later at age 62 I got a second bout of extreme pain, a constant deep aching in my right mid-back across the scapula to the underarm and down to my elbow. Thinking it was a muscle pull from playing tennis, I got massage, acupuncture and then chiropractic adjustment. I finally realized it was shingles again with no rash except itching on my arm. It took about 5 weeks for the pain to go away...worst aching pain I have ever felt. The only way I could sleep was to put a bio freeze gel on the painful areas with ice to numb it. I am usually very healthy but stress was the trigger both times. I took lots of Vitamin C and anti-viral Chinese herbs to help my body fight the virus.


Amanda 2399 answered...

I am 33 and had shingles 4 times from the past 4 years in the same place start as rash then the blistered appear. I think mine is do to stress. I put destine cream on it sometimes it helps with the rash makes me feel better to no I'm not alone. Amanda


A fellow caregiver answered...

I am 57 years old and in the past 12 years I have had shingles on an average of 5 times a year. Three years ago I went to an Allergy/ Immunology specialist and after several tests she found I have a significant T cell deficiency. My body does not fight off viruses like normal people. She said it is a deformity in my body, meaning it was not caused my an illness, and there is no cure. If I catch a cold or flu it takes me weeks, sometimes months, to get well and I always break out in shingles. The pain gets worse and last longer with each outbreak.


H.cellar answered...

I'm a 38 yr.old female with type 1 diabetes and in the past year I have been diagnosed with shingles for the fourth time as of today. My last shingles shot was four months ago. I'm prescribed to take Zovirax and Ultrams. Although Zovirax is commonly treated for shingles,I think people with multiple reaccurance should be treated differently. And my doctor who thinks Ultrams work for pain,obviously he has never had shingles!! Much compassion for those of you dealing with shingles.


A fellow caregiver answered...

i am 22 blk female in wisconsin. I got shingles the first time when I was 15, I hit my hip on the edge of a table and it broke out.. since then I have gotten shingles every year in december.. I have noticed it stays in the area on my belt line and every year it spreads a little longer on the nerve there.. .. I was getting blood work done I was rele worried something was wrong with me because all the online research says most ppl only get it once and usually older people .. I am perfectly healthy, so there needs to be more research done on shingles and what causes people to get it more than once


Cindy k. answered...

I am so glad i found this site. I got shingles, one spot back of my thigh in 1993, then 1994...Next episode was in 2008 on vacation, the infection was going into my lymph nodes. After that I got it in about 2010, and now I suffer at least 2-3 times a year. Today out of the blue i broke out in a completely different spot, and it didnt feel like it started inside of me. This is the most painful episode so far. I don't know what type of doctor to see. So far, nobody has had a lot of experience with reoccuring shingles outbreaks. Any suggestions?


Doones answered...

I am 76 years old. My first bout of shingles was 15 years ago after a stem cell transplant. That was so painful, I laid in bed and cried for a week. I had a rash and blisters across the right side of my chest and neck. I just now came down with my 5th bout of shingles. The last 4 times have just been one small area on the right side of my back which starts out like a welt, develops pain and blisters and is pretty much gone within a week. The pain is tolerable, but I get on Veltrex the day I start getting the shingles. All but one episode were triggered by stress. The first one was triggered by being in a car accident, and the other 3 followed a few a few months after having surgery. The second episode had no apparent trigger.


A fellow caregiver answered...

I have suffered from multiple attacks for over 20 years. The first one came close to taking my life. I have found stress and fatigue to be the triggers. However, I have found what I call the cure. When I feel the first symptoms I grab 2 or 3 bottles of OLIVE LEAF EXTRACT. I take 9 a day../3 morning, 3 noon and 3 at night until the bottles are gone. This squares me up. I should just take Olive Leaf daily after episode but fade away on it...


Ghs ongoing answered...

I was in my mid 20s the first time I got shingles. Trying of course to connect it to something, I thought it was because I had just ridden a horse bareback (the horse, not me!) Then I got it again, several times in one year - my doctor injected smallpox vaccine right into the area, based on a medical study that indicated this would help. It didn't help. Since then I have shingles anywhere from 3 times a year to the worst year ever when I had it 27 times. Sometimes it's worse than others. It always feels like I'm being stabbed with needles or knives and it's always around the base of my spine, from the waist down, which of course is very challenging because of sitting. When I have it, I generally feel much more tired. I have found that taking Acidophilous every day helps and increasing the dosage when I get shingles. I start to feel the pain and itching under the skin before anything starts to show, then the area breaks out into blisters. The blisters are the most painful when they are full of liquid. For that pain, I have found that Providone Iodine applied directly to the blisters, helps to dry them up. It is SO hard to be disciplined to not rub or scratch but it's essential not to. I hope no one else experiences the frequency that I do. I wouldn't wish it on anyone!


Meeks answered...

Omg Yall...I am soooo glad I found this...I thought something was wrong with me...I started getting shingles almost 2 years ago on my 26th birthday and it ths thee most absolute worst pain i e felt in my life...I thought I got bitten by a spider...I didn't go to the dr I just let it ride...the 2nd time I got them I didn't go the the dr either...the 3rd time I did and that's when I found out what they were..I was confused because in the commercials they make it seem like only elderly people get them...I've had then maybe 3 or 4 times more since I went to the dr the 1st time...but this time is the worst...they always come in the same place on my left butt cheek...so sitting is hard...this time it's bigger and actually puss like substance is coming out...I got calamine lotion and it works sometimes with the itch...I hope they find a cure soon ????????????


Shiglegirl answered...

My maternal grandmother had shingles 3 times. My dad also had shingles 3 times. I have had them twice. All three of us have kyphoscoliosis. I have read all of the comments. I have never tried acupuncture, but chiropractices has helped. I feel like the olive leaf can help also because immunity and health go hand in hand.


Debdav answered...

I, too, have had multiple bouts of Shingles, always brought on by stress. My first episode was when I was 18 and a senior in High School. This was back in 1983, and I was told at the time that it usually occurs up to two weeks after a stressful event or time period. This made perfect sense as I had finished my testing for College entrance approximately two weeks earlier. I have had it three additional times since - always a couple of weeks or so after some sort of stressful time period. Each time, they appear on my right torso - almost exactly the same spot. I was also told that I am more susceptible to them since I was the youngest of three girls, and I contracted Chicken Pox when I was 5 - first by one sister, and then it never went away completely when the second sister contracted it. This prolonged my virus and, it is believed, caused me to be more proned towards Shingles. Luckily (if you want to say that it's lucky), they have shown that children and young teens who contract Shingles usually don't have the same intensity in pain or length of suffering. This was certainly true in my case. I had to learn to stay calm in extremely stressful situations, and now, at 50 years of age, it has been about 7 years since my last bout. I hope some of this helps someone else out there.


A fellow caregiver answered...

i had my first bout with shingles at 22 im now 30 and experincing my 6th bout im diabetic blood sugar controlled but high stress . doctor says most common factor/pattern is high stress for extended time period


A fellow caregiver answered...

I have shingles currently and this is the third time in two years! The first time was about two years ago, and the second time was about six months ago.


Mt2hi answered...

I've had the shingles twice in my life, 1st time when i was 13 yrs old and the last time when i was 48 yrs old, what saved me the second time is i knew what to look for and how i was feeling, so immediately got to the doctor and he confirmed what i thought, i told him what i was feeling for the last two weeks and he told me that was a sign of the shingles, my stomach hurt so bad i could not get up off the couch, i was doubled over in so much pain, but that is just one of the many signs, they can be different everytime.


Angrygirl answered...

I thought I was having reoccurring shingles until I saw a dermatologist. He informed me that it is actually called herpes not shingles if it is reoccurring. Mouth drop, no you dont have to have gential or mouth sores to have herpes. How did this happen to all of us?


A fellow caregiver answered...

31 , I've had the shingles so often I've lost count, the first time I had them I was 27 and around 6 months pregnant with my second child....I have them right now. ...I stay pretty stressed out (have 3 year old, 4 year old & 8 year old -all boys ) :-) just glad to see I'm not the only one!


Jacycham answered...

I have had several reoccurrences of it (about 2 a year). I just got it in a different place than my usual spot. I am not trying to sell anything here, but I started using essential oils and when I broke out yesterday I started in with them and honestly I have less pain than I usually have! I take them orally and topically. Hey, at some point we all get desperate to try just about anything. Like I said before I am not trying to sell anything but I will say if you are interested, I am willing to help with the oils. It's how I treat mine.


Skylines94 answered...

I'm 20 years old. I've had shingles on and off about 7 times in the past couple years. Ever since the second time I've been on the lookout and I catch it early asap now. My doctor prescribes Valaciclovir and it's usually gone within a few days.


Jb115 answered...

My son had them the first time at age 10! He just called me and told me he has them again (now the 7th or 8th time total he is now 24). I am demanding that the docs give him the vaccine I was originally told you can't get it once you have them, but according to the CDC in the US you can get it after having shingles.


Angrygirl answered...

You can have the vaccination if you have not had an outbreak for more than 6 months. However he could take Valaciloir on a daily basis to stop the outbreaks or just during the outbreaks to stop them, the shingles seem to morph into herpes after a while he might need to be scraped and actually tested, especially if he has lots of stress.


Tommypock answered...

I am 25 I get them every year same time same place around my right eye every year the pain is worse u can get them a lot more than once they need more research for sure I've been getting them for 10 years now


Davep answered...

For my 47 th birthday, I got another shingles outbreak. That makes 6 or 7 in the last two years. It is nice to know I am not the only one.


Melanie1423 answered...

I am in what I believe is another round of shingles in just less than a year. Haven't felt right. Noticed a few patches especially around my face and neck. Heart racing. Joints swelling and a lot of unexplained pain. Just like before just in a different place. I feel horrible and I'm not going on the mess..side effects just too bad. Was told too could not get them more than once but I kinda think once you have had them you never forget, very great full I found this page..it's not in my head.


Little wen answered...

I HAD SHINGLES ABOUT 18 YEARS AGO WHEN I WAS 60. NOW I THNK I HAVE THEM AGAIN. I ITCH MOSTLY IN THE MIDDLE OF MY BACK AND HIPS. ALSO, MY SHINS ITCH. PAINFUL. THE FIRST TIME I GOT THE, I DID NOT WHAT WAS WRONG. I WAS SO ILL THAT I DECIDED TO GO TO THE EERGENCY ROO AND THE DOCTOR I WAS ASSIGNED TO TOOK ONE LOOK AND TOLD ME WHAT I HAD. I AM USING CALAMINE LOTION AND TAKNG BENADRYL TABLET. IT HAS BEEN ABOUT TWO WEEKS AND SEEMS TO BE EASING UP, WHICH IS ABOUT TH ENGTH OF TIME THE FIRST EPISODE LASTED. I FEEL YOUR PAIN.


Villagemusic answered...

i had shingles the worst time wheni was 39, on my forehead and scalp. did not have it again for 12 years , have had it so many times now i cant count, 30 maybe and always on my right leg area, but varies,took the shot a couple years ago i am now 62 had shingles three times since but not as severe however , different, area, you know whenyou are getting it and stress is probably a big issue but not always


Bailey2015 answered...

I'm am 30 years old and fighting my first case of shingles on my left leg. I was prescribed acyclovir 800mg 5x a day for 7 days...I just finished the meds and they certainly stopped them in their tracks...though my energy levels are still quite low. I have very little stress in my life and I am very healthy, I really hope this doesn't return once I'm fully healed!


Lameyer91 answered...

I am 43, I have had them 4 times since January. Each bout gets smaller. I have found prior to the outbreak I have a horrid headache. I am under tremendous stress, also.


Alepley88 answered...

I am 27 ans i have had shingles twice now. The first time i was 17 and the second time i was 25. I cant ever find any info online about it. Everyone always says yoi have to be old and that you can only get it once.


Pmk answered...

I AM IN MY THIRD BOUT OF SHINGLES SINCE 2003. FIRST TIME THE PAIN WAS SO INTENSE EVEN LONG AFTER THE RASH WAS GONE. THE PAIN BEGAN 2-3 DAYS BEFORE THE RASH . I WAS UNABLE TO WORK FOR MORE THAN THREE MONTHS FROM THE INTENSE NERVE PAIN. WAS IN PAIN FOR 7+ MONTHS. NEXT BOUT IN 2007 SAME AS FIRST. NOW I AM IN WEEK 2 OF THIRD BOUT. STILL HAVE RASH AND PAIN IS ALMOST MORE THAN I CAN BEAR AT TIMES. I AM 67, VERY HEALTHY AND ACTIVE, RAISING OUR GREAT GRANDSON WHO IS 9 AND I STILL WORK FULL TIME. BUT I AM DOWN FOR THE COUNT RIGHT NOW, THIS PAIN IS SO HARD FOR ANYONE THAT HAS NEVER HAD SHINGLES. MY HUSBAND IS VERY UNDERSTANDING AND HELPFUL. I HAVE FOUND A WONDERFUL DR THE AS ME ON 100 MG OF GABAPENTIN THREE TIMES A DAY AND 10 MG OF NORCO 3 TIMES A DAY THE COMBO HAS MADE IT MORE BEARABLE. I WAS SO GLAD TO FIND THIS SITE I THOUGHT THAT I WAS THE ODD MAN OUT SO TO SPEAK


Abitha answered...

I get oral shingles about once a month. The severity has decreased since I got the shot so i am grateful for that. I am a medical school student and a single mother so my stress level is enormous. I treat it with gabapentin and acyclovir. it's usually along my gum line or on my palate. If you have this you are not alone, don't freak out and assume you have some terrible autoimmune disease.


Correctiveunion answered...

Shingles are a form of herpes. One and the same, different types of herpes, but herpes none the less. I have shingles at least once a year. Never really clocked on to the fact of what they were, just had people tell me 'you can't get coldsores on your face' but only coldsore cream helped, and that's sort of what they are - acyclovir is the active ingredient in coldsore remedies as that is a form of herpes, too, so that helps me to a lesser degree to tame the outbreak. I get angular chelitis, shingles and have once had thrush, both orally and genitally - thanks to penicillin. Basically you can definitely get it more than once. Any insinuation that you can't is plainly wrong. I have it now. I had it last year. So much fun. :(


Enlightned147 answered...

I am 63 with Lupus.I got shingles at 30.I've had many mouth ulcers so deep they have had to be sutured closed!With my Lupus which is an autioimmune disease My body can't fight back.Every surgery I have I get shingles again.My T cells aren't normal which is normal for Lupus.Ive read several posts here concerning people's T cells and shingles.A new study needs to be conducted!I am wondering if shingles,T cells,and Lupus are connected?All seems to me Drs need to. Listen a little better than they are for sure.


Christine s c answered...

I am actually about to be 23 and i have had a total of 12 outbreaks since the age of 14, 4 of those out break this year in the last 6 months. I suffer from an autoimmune disease which causes the shingles and, now new this year peripheral neuropathy. For many fortunate they do only have to go through this once in there lifetime but there is a group that have come to learn to live with this on a regular basis. In my case they still are not sure why I keep getting these outbreaks so much but i have come to term with it now that the medication has become a part of my daily routine to prevent them. Hope this gives a little insight.


Jmriv34 answered...

I have had shingles at least 5 times and in my mouth, right side of course. It is so painful, but I'm used it, sad to say :(


A fellow caregiver answered...

This is my first time of getting Shingles, but as I was reading your answers I noticed how many are suffering from the pain over and over. I do want to share that I was just given Neurontin (Gabapentin) and it completely took away the pain because it is for nerve pain. Hope this was helpful and I will be praying for you all.


A fellow caregiver answered...

I am 43 years old and I have recently been diagnosed with the shingles virus. My first outbreak was in 1995. Since then I have had outbreaks 3 - 4 times a year. Before an outbreak I will have extreme sensitivity in my scalp lasting for several weeks, to the point that I am unable to brush my hair or wash it. I have severe fatigue, headaches, sensitivity to light, blurred vision, loss of appetite, nausea and become agitated. My arms especially become weak and I experience numbness in the left side of my face. The blisters former in a circle about the size of a quarter on the backside of my left leg and feel like they are so deep that they are attached to my bones. The area where the blisters form is extremely sensitive to touch about a week before the blisters appear. I have had no prior medical intervention until two days ago. I was told that there is no relief once the blisters occur and was prescribed Valtrex. While I am relieved to know after 20 years what is happening to my body, I am not relieved to hear that most people only have one outbreak. Many I'm sure are wondering why I did not seek out medical help sooner than I did and it is because I have been so ashamed all of these years that I had an STD. With all of the recent media and commercials, I have finally been able to take the steps to see a doctor without the fear of judgement. I still don't have all the answers, like why do I have recurring breakouts or will the outbreaks ever end, but I hope that my experience with the shingles virus can help others.


Floridaislander answered...

Well, my mother thinks I am crazy because I have a very small raised area with 2 tiny bilsters on my wrist and I say it's shingles. 10 years ago when I was 29 I was diagonosed with shingles. I had a small (quarter size) lesion on my back. A physician's assistant looked at it and said it was just a skin rash. When I asked for the physician on duty to give me a second opinion he said "zoster" immediately. Now I have these two incredibly tiny blisters on my wrist and I know it has to be shingles. It itches a bit and is just so unusual that I can't imagine it's anything else. My last bout did not hurt at all, just a small amount of itching. My husband (who is 40) has never had the chicken pox so I am concerned that he may get them from me. His mother insists that he had the vaccine when he was a child but the chicken pox vaccine was not licensed in the US until 1995! My Mom thinks that it can't be shingles becuase it is so very small and that I am being 'crazy' by bringing this up. I would feel horrible if my husband got the chicken pox; it's pretty bad when you get it in adulthood. Can anyone relate to my situation?


Ngordon103 answered...

I am 63 and had hardly ever needed to go to the doctor my whole life. Well in Jan 2014 I can down with a very small rash on my left butt cheek. It hurt and itched but I did not go to the doctor. Well after getting it 3 times within 5 months and it progressively getting more painful and a larger rash but in the same place still my butt cheek I decided it was time for a visit to the doctor. Obviously my doctor had never had shingles because she asked if I was in pain!! Hell yes I was in pain this was my main symptom, and itchiness when I first get it. Well she gave me gabapentin 3x a day and the anti viral medication. The nerve pain medication help a little but I was still waking from the pain. Well 2 days ago I got my friendly 13th time shingles has visited! Had it 10 times in 2014 and have been lucky having it only 2x in 2015:) Well this time it was pretty darn painful not only did I cry from the pain but also cried just from knowing it was the shingles. Each time I pray I will not get it again. Went to the doctor as I have been since my 3rd episode, Got my antiviral meds and said I needed a strong pain medication. was given 7.5 mg of hydrocodone. Took it last night and still kept me up most of the night. Any suggestions on medication to take for severe pain to get a good night sleep?


Schatzi ukena answered...

I am 56 years old and have had two breakouts of shingles between the age of 30 and 50. The first episode started on my backside then wrapped around to my front around my waist. The second outburst was in my mouth which was the absolute worse. I hope I never have to go through it again. I have been told that I don't need the vaccine, however, after reading these comments, I believe I do.


Fusspot answered...

Wow, reading this I believe now I have had several bouts with shingles in the last few years. I notice 4 areas (same place every time) seems when I am stressed or tired this happens, sometimes the pain is minimal and other times unbearable. I also have nerve damage diagnosed in my arm (unrelated to area of shingle breakout).


Lisatherese answered...

This is my second shingles in 8 months. I find the coldsore patches compeed to ease the pain and itching. For me definitely stress related. But Im not as stressed as some ppl so Im not sure why Im so affected. Its just annoying and painful :-(


Shdavi6665 answered...

I have had Shingles 33 times in 7years. No one seems to know why I get them so often. It's miserable not knowing why. I was beginning to feel alone until I read some of halls posts. Before I get an outbreak I get this ripping pain that feels like someone sliced me open and then pulls on it. My outbreak is on the back of my thigh so it rubs my pants and rubs when I sit. I have taken antiviral for a steady 2 years and it didn't heal. Pain meds don't help with the pain and the creams they gave me to put on it only makes it worse. The itching, tenderness, and burning sensation is unbearable at times. I wish there was a study to help people like me and some of you. At times I just want to literally cut my leg off just to be done with it.


A fellow caregiver answered...

Iam 49 and had my first bout in 2012. Didn't know what it was and delayed to see doc . I suffered neuralgia. I think iam having a second bout now. I have had severe pain in my right arm for a month.my first bout was on my left side below the chest. The pain is too excruciating. I thought something was wrong with me. Now I know iam not alone. I was very stressed a lot in Dec and it triggered the shingles. Iam so happy I foundcaring.com


A fellow caregiver answered...

My mother had shingles at least three times, the last time it was over a week of extreme pain before blisters erupted . Until the blisters appeared the dr didn't know why she had pain. She was 96.


Babylove1974 answered...

I have had shingles six times as of today. I breakout every three to six months. Des r stumped as to why it recurring so oftenand get combative with me. The acyclovir helps rash within three days for me.so if it's not shingles why does rash heal faster with meds. I'm 41 years old.


Donna faye answered...

I have had shingles multiple times since u was around 42 yrs old. At least 2x's a year. On my buttocks & my back and hips are what hurt so very bad