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The Pain Can't Be Explained. It's Piercing, and Nothing Helps

The Pain Can't Be Explained. It's Piercing, and Nothing Helps

When I was a child I fell ill with chicken pox along with all the neighborhood kids .

I looked and scratched the worst of them all, and I was left with scars, but it was long past and forgotten, and now I was "immune for life".

I must admit that even though I had the chicken pox pretty hard, I thought that the lifetime immunity was worth it. So I didn't really understand why we should vaccinate children instead of just infecting them with the disease like when we were children (well that's before I heard from my mom how terrible my disease really was for HER!).

But four years ago, when my partner and I decided to get married, his parents were invited to dinner with my family.

Halfway through, I began to feel some discomfort in the upper part of the left buttock. It began to itch, and I thought it was because I was wearing new jeans.

It was a circular rash, like a rose. The next afternoon, I could no longer sit on my left side, and I felt that it might be a little more serious than a normal rash.

The next day I could not bear weight on my left leg, so I decided to go to a dermatologist to examine this strange rash I had.

I was diagnosed with varicella-zoster (shingles) and received antiviral therapy. Because I started a little too late, it wasn't very effective.

The result: two - three months of unimaginable suffering.

This pain cannot be explained. It is piercing and internal, and nothing helps.

The shingles caused damage to the nerves, causing them to transmit signals of terrible pain (Neuralgia) like my leg was burning from the inside.

The only relief of pain is gained by an aggressive treatment, the side effects of which include severe dizziness. I felt like I was stuck on a vicious rollercoaster.

Obviously I could not drive, so I had to ride the bus, which worsened my dizziness and nausea caused by dizziness.
This was one of the worst times of my life! I do not recommend anyone to take this risk ...

Last modified: 
Oct 26, 2017


A member of my family also developed shingles at a younger age (35) which wasn't diagnosed early enough for antiviral treatment. He ended up with permanent nerve damage and post herpatic neuralgia that has lasted >20 years. Chickenpox vaccine wasn't available when we were kids, but hopefully the reduced risk of shingles post Varicella vaccine would encourage many to get their children immunized now.

The thought of shingles terrifies me. I really hope the shingles vaccine will become available for younger people in the near future that have had chicken pox.

I agree! I know several people who have had shingles in their 20s, 30s, and early 40s! It would be really great if younger people could receive the shingles vaccine. I too wonder if I will be next!