Shingles Week 3

Welcome to my next update, at this point I am now just about done with my third week of coping with the shingles. I have two previous updates week one and week two, just in case you have not read them yet and/or are not aware of them. Thankfully, I have good news to share to all my fellow shingles sufferers out there following along. I am now significantly better and on the road to full recovery from shingles as far as I can tell. At this point I have had shingles now for over three weeks, the rash itself has significantly reduced not only appearance but also in discomfort/pain. The shingles rash started off benign looking enough and rapidly became inflamed, painful to the slightest touch and very red in color.

It was actually quite shocking and scary at the same time how rapidly the skin eruption’s manifested upon one side of me. I remember it almost seemed like the pinkish rash became blood red and burning overnight. However, I do recollect even though it seems like it; it did take a few days for the rash to fully develop. The rash itself now is a very light pinkish color upon my skin, it is not blood red as before. As the weeks went by the redness diminished in brightness as well as the discomfort.

shingles rash virus Even though most of the discomfort and pain of the rash is gone, there is still some occasional pain here and there. For example, the first week especially there would be pain constantly almost nonstop. I would feel constant burning and electrical like impulses which were painful across my rash. For some particular reason in my armpit area it was very swollen and at times extremely painful with burning and electrical impulse like sensations. So, speaking of my armpit area the discomfort that I am still occasionally having right now is within the armpit and the surrounding area. My armpit still from time to time has a quick yet intense burning sensation. The burning sensations thankfully are localized to just my armpit area for the most part, nevertheless it is still bothersome to me.

I am now truly starting to feel very much normal again. Even though like I have indicated in a previous post I am feeling better, I have a reminder or two that I still have shingles. And those reminders would be Intermittent pain in my armpit region and certain areas of my skin still feel funny. Now I don’t want to downplay the pain level in my armpit. Everyone has certain degree of pain tolerance; my pain tolerance happens to be high. So, I find this pain somewhat of a strong annoyance, to someone else it might feel to them much more painful than a simple aggravation. I have been taking ibuprofen medications which have greatly helped with the pain and burning sensations.

Now besides the pain I still have certain areas of my skin which have been affected by the shingles rash which continue to have an odd feeling to touch. At this point its only certain areas of my skin, before it was throughout all of my affected skin. Currently it’s mostly in the armpit and triceps’ area which exhibit this abnormal sensation. It is kind of hard for me to contextualize the actual feeling as the skin is being touched. Basically, it feels like your skin has been burned in a fire and is now swollen and without the ability to feel or sense anything but pressure. It mostly bothers me when I move my arm. It is a very peculiar feeling needless to say, however it as well is getting better day by day.

Shingles Week 2

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 flu like signs and symptoms were basically a continuous feeling of fatigue, fever and chills. It essentially felt like a very bad case of the flue.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.

shingles rash crusted over

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.

The shingles rash has subsided quite a bit thankfully, the first week was excruciating at times in terms of pain and burning sensations. In the first week the rash was fairly red in color and quickly developed painful blisters as well. During the second week the rash and blisters began to crust over and fade away. The skin breakout changed in appearance from red to a more pinkish color and the blisters started to heal one by one.

At this point I really can’t wait to feel fully normal again. There are stretches of time that I am almost pain free, however the pain and the burning return to haunt me. Even though I feel much better there are times when the pain is still very strong and the burning sensations continue. By the end of the second week I can honestly say I feel better however I am constantly being reminded that I still have shingles.

Shingles Week 1

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.