Life is ever changing. Just when you think you have things under control, and are making progress to improve your life, life throws you a new curve ball.

Last Wednesday morning a sharp pain hit me as I got up, and noticed a large raised area on my lower back with about one hundred dots. It seemed like an odd rash.

By Friday morning, this ‘rash’ had spread around my waist, stomach and left leg. When I showed my doctor, who was off that afternoon, she said, “You have Shingles.”

“No!” I yelped like a young child. One of my good friends has outbreaks of Shingles during times of stress, so I knew this would not be a one time event. I also wondered if I caught this from her when we spent time together last week. But no, she didn’t have a current outbreak.

So, my friends, if you’ve had chicken pox as a child, you may want to receive the vaccination. Trust me when I say (write) that this is PAINFUL. At least my spots are healing though, so that’s something I am grateful for.

These curve balls that life throws at me have made me stronger, and I’m ready for the next one. At least I hope I am.  🙂  Are you ready for whatever life throws your way?



  1. Anthony F. Rando · October 16, 2012

    Feel better Jen!


    • Jennifer E. McFadden · October 16, 2012

      Thanks 🙂


    • Sahil · January 2, 2013

      hiya, i feel for you i had shingles when i was 16 its a damornt virus stays in your body once you have had chicken pox can be bought out by stress, illness, fatigue etc when i had it i didnt do anything about it until about 2 weeks later and was only perscibed ibrupfen i used calamine lotion to calm the itching and soreness, ice packs or a damp cloth also works to ease the itchiness/pain.i also pulled this from a website for u Home Remedy Treatments for ShinglesWhile it’s imperative that you see your doctor if you suspect you have shingles, you may also want to try some of the following home remedies to ease the pain.Cool the pain. Cold packs can help relieve the pain from hot, blistered skin. Gently place a cold cloth on the blisters or wrap a towel around the affected area and pour ice water on it. Apply for 20 minutes, then leave off for 20 minutes, and repeat until the pain decreases. You can also try a cold milk compress in the same manner.Stay in bed. Rest will help your body’s defenses come to your rescue.Take an anti-inflammatory drug. Ibuprofen helps reduce inflammation and is the first line of defense in fighting the pain. Aspirin may be another option. If you are allergic to ibuprofen and aspirin, take over-the-counter (OTC) acetaminophen (it can help relieve pain, although it doesn’t fight inflammation). If these don’t help, ask your doctor to prescribe something for the pain. Codeine or other mild narcotics can help reduce the pain in the early phase of shingles. For a list of precautions to take when using over-the-counter analgesics, click here.Rub on relief. Your doctor may recommend or prescribe a topical local anesthetic cream to be used on your blistered skin. Be leery of OTC topical products that contain diphenhydramine (Benadryl) or any ingredient ending in -caine, however; these can cause an allergic reaction and thus may worsen the situation.Don’t pop the blisters. The temptation may be unbearable, but you will only prolong healing time and open the door to scarring and secondary infection.Don’t spread them. Although it won’t bring relief to you, stay away from people who are at risk: Avoid people with any sort of immune problem, such as transplant or cancer patients and children who haven’t yet been exposed to chicken pox.Consider a hot-pepper fix. If the blisters have healed, but the pain persists, what options do you have? Apply hot peppers? Not exactly.But applying an OTC cream (such as Zostrix) that contains capsaicin,which is derived from hot peppers, may help. However, many doctors don’t recommend capsaicin therapy since it may actually worsen pain for the first two or three days. If you’re really suffering, ask your doctor for advice on trying this remedy.Try to relax. For lingering discomfort from shingles (or from any type of chronic pain, really), consider learning self-hypnosis, imagery, or meditation or engaging in some other activity that can help you relax. Coping with pain is stressful, and stress, in turn, may increase pain perception. Finding a reliable home remedy to calm yourself certainly won’t hurt you, and it may help you deal more effectively with the pain.Try TENS. You may be able to relieve the symptoms of shingles with a TENS (which stands for Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) device. In theory, TENS blocks pain signals from reaching the brain with a weak electrical current (which is painless, though you will feel a tingling sensation). You can purchase a TENS unit to use at home for around $100. Your doctor’s office or local hospital may be able to give you information on where to purchase one of these.Consider an antidepressant. Some studies have shown that low doses of antidepressant medications help relieve shingles-related pain, even in patients who are not suffering from depression. How? Some antidepressants block the removal of a neurotransmitter called serotonin. Extra amounts of circulating serotonin may keep pain signals from reaching the brain. Talk it over with your doctor to determine if an antidepressant might help you cope with continuing pain following a shingles outbreak.From relaxation techniques to antidepressants, the home treatment options to ease the pain of shingles are varied. The good news is one of the home remedies just might work!i hope some of this helps and that it goes away soon


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