I am now officially little over two weeks dealing with this viral disease known as shingles. I wanted to give a quick update with how I’m doing right now for anybody interested in learning or actually going through this disease presently as well. As I previously said before shingles is absolutely no joke, I am not trying to scare anyone believe me. I am simply being honest and stating the facts as I have experienced them the past two weeks, the good and the bad.
Unfortunately, I wish I had very good news to report however I have not been feeling so great lately. Even though I like to say things are relative and they are; I had hoped by this point I would be feeling much better. Compared to my first week of shingles affecting me straight on, I do feel better relatively. Like I said before I’m not a doctor nor am I in the medical field, however I have researched shingles for quite amount of time. I wanted to educate myself so I would have a better understanding of what would occur normally with anyone afflicted with shingles.
In a nutshell, every day of last week on a scale of 1 to 10, was a 10 in terms of pain and discomfort. For my second week I will describe it more like a six or five depending on the day. Quite frankly I don’t know if I’ve been lucky or not but this seems a pretty good outcome for week two, however there is a rub. What made the first week so bad was the combination of the burning, intense pain and the flulike symptoms. The flulike symptoms were basically continuous fatigue, fever and chills. Like I said before the first week with shingles was absolutely brutal, it was hard to get through the day I spend most my time in bed.
Thankfully my second week I spent mostly exhaustion and fever free. First the fever subsided and then I slowly regained my strength. This has helped tremendously with getting back to normal and not feeling as sickly as before. I still feel somewhat tired at times; however, the present pain and discomfort continue. Unfortunately having to deal with this persistent pain throughout the day does have a tendency to tire me out mentally as well as physically. Dealing with the pain off and on throughout the day does get strenuous fairly quickly. Having said all this the pain and discomfort level is far less than first week I had shingles. Hence my stress/energy levels and coping with shingles is getting better by the day.
I have now gone through my first week of shingles. Let me begin by saying this week has been like no other week in recent memory. Unfortunately for me it will go down as one of the roughest and painful weeks of my life, only second to when I had kidney stones. The shingles virus is absolutely devastating to one’s normal routine, there has been nothing normal within the last week for me whatsoever. And sadly, according to medical research and stories from others who have suffered from shingles, getting back to normal will take a few weeks at the very least. As I am writing this I am now in my second week with this viral disease, even though I feel somewhat better I am still in lots of pain as I will explain further in my shingles week 2 post.
I will explain in full detail the signs and symptoms of shingles within another post. I just wanted to describe my first week in more general terms, a quick overview of how my week ended up. To say the very least as soon as the shingles kicked in, I was in tremendous pain and felt weakness/fatigue every day of last week. The pain and discomfort started lightly but quickly ramped up to at times agonizing. I first noticed a small rash shoulder level on my back. As this shingles rash started to grow in size and length, I started noticing a deep penetrating pain within the area of the rash on my back. It is quite a similar sensation of an overworked muscle except much more concentrated and painful. I felt it every day and all day long this piercing type of pain. At times it was so painful I spent more than one day hunched over in discomfort.
The skin eruption eventually grew in size and traveled along under my armpit directly upon my chest. I must honestly warn you this rash is like no other rash I ever had before. It literally burns if any area of the rash is touched, even by your own clothes. My rash burned shirtless and even more when I had a shirt on. The shingles rash is quite sensitive to touch or any other pressure upon it, it responds by an intense burning sensation. As I said this burning sensation is quite strong it lasts all day long and night. I did not have one decent night of sleep at all last week, the pain and distress are constant. It felt like an army of fire ants marching across my chest, under my arms and my back.
Another area which was badly affected was my arm and in particular my armpit area. Thankfully the rash did not spread across my whole arm. The rash more or less stayed localized beneath my bicep which burned significantly and itch off and on. However, my armpit was a completely different story. My armpit troubled me greatly my first week with shingles, in fact still does thankfully not as badly. Basically, my armpit would burn with the slightest movement; just simply walking around became a difficult task to perform. Besides the burning, I also felt a deep penetrating piercing pain which would come and go with no rhyme or reason. There was also significant swelling, in totality It was quite unnerving and hard to deal with at times.
- Early signs and symptoms of shingles include things like burning or a shooting pain as well as tingling or itchiness, in most cases on one side of the body or facial area. The painfulness can be mild to severe. Rashes or blisters show up anywhere from one to 14 days soon after. In the event that shingles appears upon your face, it could possibly affect your eyesight or ability to hear. The aches and pains of shingles can carry on for weeks, a couple of months, and even years once the blisters have healed.
Within this particular post, I will do my best to explain with as much detail as possible my personal experience having and dealing with a shingles rash. From what I understand many people will start feeling pain and/or itching as the rash is developing. However, in my personal occurrence the rash actually started forming way before I actually noticed any type of pain or sensations. At least that is what I believe, I by chance happen to notice small rash developing on my back a few inches below my right shoulder. Originally, I thought it was some kind of insect bites such as bedbugs which really had me worried initially, but I quickly was able to rule that out. As the rash continue to develop I notice very sharp pain developing in the same area as the shingles rash on my back. This pain/sensation was very similar to what you would feel with a strained muscle and initially that’s what I thought it was from working out in the gym. One of my first clues to noticing something was wrong, was my other shoulder with no rash felt perfectly fine. I was only developing sharp strained muscular like pains on one side of my body, the side with the rash.
Within a couple of days, the rash grew from this small spot right below my shoulders to spreading across and under my armpit and finally onto one side of my chest. Basically, the rash spreads over only one side of your body per occurrence thankfully. I say thankfully because the pain and discomfort are excruciating enough as is. I was very lucky because many people will develop the shingles rash not only on their chest, back, arms but on their face as well.