Friday, February 26, 2010

Creepy, isn't it?

This looks much like the rash on my back. It's shingles. It's responsible for my fever, my back ache, my fatigue, and now, the pain under my ribs. I was misdiagnosed last weekend, and now, unfortunately, it's too late to treat it or lessen its severity. Now the virus simply has to run its course. The only thing my doctor said she could do is give me painkillers. She recommends I take them -- because the pain is making my sleep fitful and sapping my strength and lowering my resistance.

My doctor is going to fax some materials to the nurse practitioner at Walgreen's Take Care Clinic who told me I had some kind of bug bites. She doesn't want this to happen to anyone else.

I feel tired and miserable, but she promises the pain pills and nice, restorative sleep will help.

8 comments:

  1. aww, am so sorry sweetie :(. That sucks being misdiagnosed WTH!? I hope the pills do make you rest and peaceful and hopefully you will feel much better to go when you wake up, cozy up take your pills and watch a movie or soemthing,til you feel better! Hope it soon I send you Feel better vibes all the way from Texas ahah! :)

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  2. I would be so mad at the person that told me the wrong thing. That is why I hate most people in the medical profession because they are total idiots!

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  3. My mom thought I had shingles once when I was in college. I had a rash (like that) on my stomach. She took me to the doctor and he diagnosed it as a rash related to stress as it was finals week. Sure enough as soon as my exams were finished and I was able to relax the rash disappeared as though it was never there.

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  4. Oh shingles are horrible!!! I hope you get relief from the pain so you can rest. Sending gentle hugs! No wonder you've been feeling so yucky.

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  5. SHINGLES? What the hell? Goodness.

    (this is stress-related, you know that, right?)

    Take your pain meds and don't be a sqeemy baby. Just do it.

    Love and stuff to you.

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  6. Ahhh....my ex MIL had that once. She was miserably sick and in bed for weeks. Seriously. I tended to her and remember what pain she was in. I'm sorry, Gal! You must take care of yourself and try to be patient with it. It WILL get better. It is the chicken pox virus. Sigh. You poor thing!!!

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  7. Oh honey...take care. I would be upset with the walgreen person too. Thank goodness you have a good doctor!!!
    rest...rest .....rest!!!

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  8. I am so glad you got a diagnosis, now you know and can take care of yourself.

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