Well, isn't this just dandy.... I have shingles. I woke up the other day and I had two areas of redness. I thought it was just my psoriasis blooming since I was due for an infusion. Then the pain started to hit me and I thought, "sheesh is a tooth going bad?"
Nope it was the shingles and nephropathy. It started with shooting pain into my ear and nose and it was not all the time, just a good zap once in a while. The next morning, I had a many more little blisters around the left eye area and forehead and my nose is a mess. I look lovely. I had to cancel my infusion and run to my PCP.
The treatment for shingles are antiviral drugs Acyclovir or Valacyclovir and are very bad for kidney patients. I was prescribed Famciclovir in a low dose. You need to start this medication within 72 hours of on set. If you think you have shingles get to a doctor and make sure you get the right medication.
The reason I am posting this is to make people aware. My doctor said she is seeing an increase of cases. Shingles are caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. It lays dormant if you have had chickenpox. They do not really know what triggers it but an impaired immune systems usually is the culprit. It happens usually when you are older...like in your 60's. It is contagious only to someone who has not had chickenpox. You can't spread shingles and give someone shingles. I am not going anywhere however for a few days.
The pain is not fun. My skin burns where I have lesions. My nose feels like someone is zapping me with low voltage. And every once in a while I get a real strong zap in my cheek and ear. My doctor is concerned if this gets into my eye and so am I. Shingles runs across a nerve and in my case the facial nerve on my left side. I am more tired but I think that the medication is contributing to that also. And not being able to have my infusion is a real bummer.
I am recommending CKD folks to talk to your doctor about getting the vaccine for shingles. There are mixed reports as to whether or not it is a good idea. It is worth the discussion and getting the shot if you can.
Believe me, you don't want shingles.