Mine is usually around 100/64, but when I went to the doctor's last week it was 120/84 - definitely high for me. That's because I had a fever of 102° and a rip-roaring case of the shingles!! I hope it's down now. Go back for a recheck on Friday.
OH my gosh you were so sick you poor gal. I heard that is so, so painful. How are you doing now?
Oh my dear Ann, I know that pain, and I hope that you are feeling so much better. I don't think that there is anything more painful than shingles....been there done that....pain, pain, pain. I want to tell you why I know that hideous pain, I have an agenda for telling my tale.
After I had that rotator cuff surgery a couple of years ago, a few months afterward, I got the shingles. The band of nerves that were affected were from behind that shoulder, near the spine, all the way beneath my arm and almost to my chest. That is why such pain, because it affects "bands" of nerves. I remember even taking tylenol 3, that didn't even begin to touch that pain. Dear girl, take care, I am hoping to my lucky stars that your pain was taken care of, any way that you can, and that it is gone.....
I got them because of that weakened immune system after the surgery. What happened to you to cause your immune system to be very very low to have contracted this dreadful shingles? Elaborate Ann, I would really like to know, pleeeeeeze. I have heard that shingles can recur, good grief......how could that be. Have you ever had them prior to this attack? You and Greg have had your hands full with malades, keep that chin up. Have a great and wonderful day, free of pain, health. Cindi
Thank you, Annette and Cindi, for your well wishes. The tale of my shingles - last Wednesday I noticed a tiny spot almost under my left arm, on my ribcage, at first I thought it was a bug bite, I paid it no mind. I had woken up with a blinding headache that morning, my nose was all stuffed up and I thought I had a sinus headache made worse by lying down, so I got up, took asprin and something to clear my sinuses. I thought I was ok, but I was awful tired. The headache didn't return until Thursday morning, and it wouldn't go away, no matter what. I had my lesson at 1:30, and at the end of it I noticed that pain in my side had gotten much worse, and that 'bug bite' now resembled a bad case of poison ivy. I went home and told Greg how much it hurt, he said I should go to the doctor - at this point it had a big red ring around it, about 4" across. I really didn't feel good, but I had a class at 5:30 to teach and I taught it. When I got home I promised Greg I'd call the doctor in the morning.
I don't sleep well these days, hot flashes are driving me crazy, but these nights I had been truly unable to stay asleep, I was so uncomfortable. I tossed and turned all night Wednesday, Thursday and Friday night, I was just miserable, but not smart enough to realize something was really wrong.
Friday morning once again brought a headache and horrible pain, I couldn't believe how much it hurt. Now I knew there was something wrong. I had three clients starting at 9:30, so I went to the studio and made a call to the doctor first off - appointment at 2:45.I got through the first two, 9:30, 10:30, and then my 11:30 came ( I can't afford to give up the money!! Yes, I am nuts.). She's my 85 year old, she's wonderful, she just wants to move, so I make her move! But I winced at something and she asked me what was wrong, and I told her I had this pain on my side, she asked to see it, and she said "You've got the shingles!". I said no way, I still thought it was a bite of some sort - high fevers bring on delusions, you know! She was my last client, so I said my goodbyes to everyone and sat out in the front room to put my shoes on - and the rug was swimming around under me. My eyes weren't working right at all. Chalked it up to stress. Got in the car, drove home, and waited a bit til it was time to go to the doctor.
Once at the office I was seen by the nurse practitioner, who said after taking my temp "Did you know you had a fever?" No, I replied, what is it? "102°!" Wow, I had no idea. She took my blood pressure, 120/84, and I said that was way high for me. I lifted my shirt to show her the bite and she was shocked - and said she'd send the doctor right in. He came in, took one look and told me it was shingles, and that I was actually very sick. So they put me on keflex, valtrex and prednisone. He didn't give me anything for pain, he said to just take whatever I had at home, because the prednisone would calm the pain and any itching (I've had little of it). But he did say that with my neurological symptoms he wanted to see me again this week. I have to say, that was the most shocking to me. The brain fog, and a very stiff and swollen neck, both scared the heck out of me.
The area affected now is about 10" wide around my side, and six or seven inches high, as a big, red, irritated area, with the central pustules that are now flat and healing. The acute pain is gone, but it still hurts, in a burny-itchy way. If anyone you know ever has shingles (Cindi, you know what I mean here!), feel very sorry for them, because they really do hurt - and they can be very serious! Sorry to go on and on, but I'm truly amazed at how sick I was - and still am, I'm not out of it yet, but I'm on the mend.
Oh, why did I descend to this? Stress. I've let stress rule in my life right now, money is tight, work is bad for both of us, it seems as though since last October if it wasn't for bad luck we'd have no luck at all, in a way, at least Greg has his health, and that's a wonderful thing - I need some sun in my life to help me see the good again.