## Shingles

Ever had it before? Well you got it again.
Rob Lister
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A friend of mine got shingles. His wife says it was so horrible that he tried to kill himself. There is a vaccine available but I don't know how effective it is. It is much hyped in the media. A little research tells me my chances are ~1 in 100. Further research tells me that if I get it it will be the worst thing I've every had. Further-further research tells me that if I have met my detuctable I can get vaccinated for ~$19 under my coverage. It is hard to justify not doing it but I do not know how effective the vaccine is. shemp Posts: 5727 Joined: Thu Jun 10, 2004 12:16 pm Title: crazy as fuck ### Re: Shingles Mrs. Shemp had it a few years ago. It was bad but not so bad that she wanted to die. Shingles is often brought on by stress. Large quantities of ethyl alcohol taken orally can prevent this. "It is not I who is mad! It is I who is crazy!" -- Ren Hoek Freedom of choice Is what you got Freedom from choice Is what you want Witness Posts: 21336 Joined: Thu Sep 19, 2013 5:50 pm ### Re: Shingles Wikipedia wrote:Shingles is due to a reactivation of varicella zoster virus (VZV) within a person's body. Chickenpox is due to an initial infection with VZV. Once chickenpox has resolved, the virus may remain inactive in nerve cells. Risk factors for reactivation include older age, poor immune function, and having had chickenpox before 18 months of age. How the virus remains in the body or subsequently re-activates, is not well understood. Exposure to the virus in the blisters can cause chickenpox in someone who has not had it before but will not trigger shingles. My emphasis: beware, old farts (with weakening immune system) like me, if you have had chickenpox in your youth – you never really get rid of the virus (a form of herpes). Rob Lister Posts: 20810 Joined: Sun Jul 18, 2004 7:15 pm Title: Incipient toppler Location: Swimming in Lake Ed ### Re: Shingles So I looked into it. I found that tricare covers the vaccine for ages 60 and over. I'm not there yet. Specifically, they say ... Shingles Vaccine Shingles is a viral disease that affects more than 1 million Americans every year. More than half of those cases occur in people age 60 or older. TRICARE covers the shingles vaccine for beneficiaries 60 and older. In my head, I'm bean counting. Medical coverage for those getting shingles is going to be many, many times the cost of the vaccine. I could probably work out exactly how much just from that snip. But I digress. I can probably go to one of the navy facilities and get one there regardless of the rule but it would be a pain to get an appointment. In fact I'll probably turn 60 before I can get an appointment. Last edited by Rob Lister on Sun Jun 19, 2016 3:31 pm, edited 1 time in total. Pyrrho Posts: 27890 Joined: Sat Jun 05, 2004 2:17 am Title: Man in Black Location: Division 6 ### Re: Shingles I'll ask my doctor about it next time I see him. The flash of light you saw in the sky was not a UFO. Swamp gas from a weather balloon was trapped in a thermal pocket and reflected the light from Venus. Rob Lister Posts: 20810 Joined: Sun Jul 18, 2004 7:15 pm Title: Incipient toppler Location: Swimming in Lake Ed ### Re: Shingles That would be cool, Pyrrho. I could just pay out of pocket. Rite Aid is charging$190. Tricare would cover all but $19 of that once I get to age 60. By not getting it, I'm betting$170 that I won't get it in the next 4 years. I really don't need to do the math here because the insurance company did it for me; it is a worthwhile risk. Unless I lose. Of course. Personal math is hard

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hammegk
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### Re: Shingles

Pyrrho wrote:I'll ask my doctor about it next time I see him.
Mine advised me to check with my secondary insurer, Medicare first.

Doctor X
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### Re: Shingles

Your oozing sores are HSV-2, Tink.

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Bruce
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### Re: Shingles

Shingles belong on the roof, just like Ham and X belong on ignore.
Such potential!

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### Re: Shingles

I had a break out in college when I moved away from home and was disowned by my Mom for a while.

I was renting a room from a friend's family, and the mom was a nurse.

Keep in mind, I was 19: "Oh, that's shingles. It's caused by stress. . . . It can kill you."

Well thanks ever so much. That helped with the 'ol stress levels. But I actually stopped obsessively worrying about being disowned and after a couple weeks it went back away. Mine was on the stomach area, so not as worrisome as if it appears at the neck/head. That can get dangerous faster.

Rob Lister
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### Re: Shingles

Ben Trovado wrote:I had a break out in college when I moved away from home and was disowned by my Mom for a while.

I was renting a room from a friend's family, and the mom was a nurse.

Keep in mind, I was 19: "Oh, that's shingles. It's caused by stress. . . . It can kill you."
Young Smartass Ben wrote:Yea ma, it was the stress of being disowned. I'll try to find someone to pay for my casket. I'll tell them to invite you to the funeral. I'll understand if you can't make it.
Yea, I've heard that stress brings it about but how the fuck can they know that? I think it just fucking happens.

shemp
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### Re: Shingles

I gave you the stress preventative above. A 40% (or stronger) ethanol solution, aged in an oak cask, take two ounces, neat or over ice, orally every half hour.
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Rob Lister
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### Re: Shingles

shemp wrote:I gave you the stress preventative above. A 40% (or stronger) ethanol solution, aged in an oak cask, take two ounces, neat or over ice, orally every half hour.
arr. in my case the cure is worse than the disease. But thanks.

Clayton Moore
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### Re: Shingles

No curiosity as to why a relativity dormant disease like shingles is getting so up front and personal? Terry Bradshaw tells us 1 in 3 of us will get shingles in our lifetime.

Doctor X
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I will try to take your question as serious and honest since I am always "measur'd in manner and speech," nay, some would say, "a RIVER to his people!"

I will assume you have never experienced shingles. "Shingles" is the popular term for a reemergence of a viral infection. It is "dormant," as in the viral genetic material persists in the nuclei of peripheral nerve cells. It can always recur. There are veritable shit-tons of bandwidth on the condition on the internet.

If you have an actual complaint, raise it. I would suggest you familiarize yourself with the basics which your question suggests you do not have before you do so.

--J.D.
Mob of the Mean: Free beanie, cattle-prod and Charley Fan Club!
"Doctor X is just treating you the way he treats everyone--as subhuman crap too dumb to breathe in after you breathe out."--Don
DocX: FTW.--sparks
"Doctor X wins again."--Pyrrho
"Never sorry to make a racist Fucktard cry."--His Humble MagNIfIcence
"It was the criticisms of Doc X, actually, that let me see more clearly how far the hypocrisy had gone."--clarsct
"I'd leave it up to Doctor X who has been a benevolent tyrant so far."--Grammatron
"Indeed you are a river to your people.
Shit. That's going to end up in your sig."--Pyrrho
"Try a twelve step program and accept Doctor X as your High Power."--asthmatic camel
"just like Doc X said." --gnome

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Clayton Moore
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### Re: Shingles

Doctor X wrote:I will try to take your question as serious and honest since I am always "measur'd in manner and speech," nay, some would say, "a RIVER to his people!"

I will assume you have never experienced shingles. "Shingles" is the popular term for a reemergence of a viral infection. It is "dormant," as in the viral genetic material persists in the nuclei of peripheral nerve cells. It can always recur. There are veritable shit-tons of bandwidth on the condition on the internet.

If you have an actual complaint, raise it. I would suggest you familiarize yourself with the basics which your question suggests you do not have before you do so.

--J.D.

What does that drivel have to do with an obscure disease, shingles, becoming a scourge that 1 in 3 of Americans will get in their lifetime?

Clayton Moore
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### Re: Shingles

Witness wrote:
Wikipedia wrote:Shingles is due to a reactivation of varicella zoster virus (VZV) within a person's body. Chickenpox is due to an initial infection with VZV. Once chickenpox has resolved, the virus may remain inactive in nerve cells. Risk factors for reactivation include older age, poor immune function, and having had chickenpox before 18 months of age. How the virus remains in the body or subsequently re-activates, is not well understood. Exposure to the virus in the blisters can cause chickenpox in someone who has not had it before but will not trigger shingles.
My emphasis: beware, old farts (with weakening immune system) like me, if you have had chickenpox in your youth – you never really get rid of the virus (a form of herpes).
It's odd that up until recently Doctors and medical science said if you DID NOT get chicken pox and become immune as a child getting adult chicken pox(shingles) was quite an ordeal. When did the about face take place?

Doctor X
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Klinton Spilsbury wrote:I have no idea what I am blathering about. Your big words and knowledge makes me cry!
Sorry to make you cry. Nevertheless, in your tantrum you expressed not one single actual fact. Nor did you make an actual sound argument.

Relax.

--J.D.
Mob of the Mean: Free beanie, cattle-prod and Charley Fan Club!
"Doctor X is just treating you the way he treats everyone--as subhuman crap too dumb to breathe in after you breathe out."--Don
DocX: FTW.--sparks
"Doctor X wins again."--Pyrrho
"Never sorry to make a racist Fucktard cry."--His Humble MagNIfIcence
"It was the criticisms of Doc X, actually, that let me see more clearly how far the hypocrisy had gone."--clarsct
"I'd leave it up to Doctor X who has been a benevolent tyrant so far."--Grammatron
"Indeed you are a river to your people.
Shit. That's going to end up in your sig."--Pyrrho
"Try a twelve step program and accept Doctor X as your High Power."--asthmatic camel
"just like Doc X said." --gnome

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Doctor X
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Klinton Spilsbury wrote:It's odd that up until recently Doctors and medical science said if you DID NOT get chicken pox and become immune as a child getting adult chicken pox(shingles) was quite an ordeal.
No, they did not. Here is what they actually said.
When did the about face take place?
There never was one, son.

The Noble Readership will note that this one descended first to invective and fallacious tantrum.

Which, I gather, is the way he wants it. . . .

--J. "I Don't Like it Anymore Than You Men!" D.
Mob of the Mean: Free beanie, cattle-prod and Charley Fan Club!
"Doctor X is just treating you the way he treats everyone--as subhuman crap too dumb to breathe in after you breathe out."--Don
DocX: FTW.--sparks
"Doctor X wins again."--Pyrrho
"Never sorry to make a racist Fucktard cry."--His Humble MagNIfIcence
"It was the criticisms of Doc X, actually, that let me see more clearly how far the hypocrisy had gone."--clarsct
"I'd leave it up to Doctor X who has been a benevolent tyrant so far."--Grammatron
"Indeed you are a river to your people.
Shit. That's going to end up in your sig."--Pyrrho
"Try a twelve step program and accept Doctor X as your High Power."--asthmatic camel
"just like Doc X said." --gnome

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Clayton Moore
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### Re: Shingles

Doctor X wrote:
Klinton Spilsbury wrote:It's odd that up until recently Doctors and medical science said if you DID NOT get chicken pox and become immune as a child getting adult chicken pox(shingles) was quite an ordeal.
No, they did not. Here is what they actually said.
When did the about face take place?
There never was one, son.

The Noble Readership will note that this one descended first to invective and fallacious tantrum.

Which, I gather, is the way he wants it. . . .

--J. "I Don't Like it Anymore Than You Men!" D.