Ok. After my last post, and the alarming number of people who kept mentioning shingles, I finally Webmd-ed it and now I’m a little
concerned. First of all, the Benadryl worked fine, and all the hives are all gone. I have no rashes, no blisters, or any other skin thing going on. However, this part of what the website said has me a tiny bit concerned:
Later, you may feel itching, tingling, or pain in a certain area. That’s where a band, strip, or small area of rash may occur a few days later. The rash turns into clusters of blisters. The blisters fill with fluid and then crust over. It takes 2 to 4 weeks for the blisters to heal, and they may leave scars. Some people only get a mild rash, and some do not get a rash at all.
It’s possible that you could also feel dizzy or weak, or you could have long-term pain or a rash on your face, changes in your vision, changes in how well you can think, or a rash that spreads. If you have any of these problems from shingles, call your doctor right away.”
About two weeks ago, I had the absolute worst headache I’ve ever had. For two days, I barely left my bed, and I didn’t want any sound or light in my room at all. Finally, the stupid thing went away. I almost never get headaches, so it was a real pain in the butt. Then, I’ve noticed that I need reading glasses all the time lately, and that is a very significant change in my normal eyesight. And the last, maybe most alarming part is that I felt like I was going to faint a few days ago. It passed rather quickly, but it was weird. About the only thing I don’t have is the stupid rash, which was to my limited knowledge the most important symptom of shingles! So, either I’m becoming a hypochondriac, or I’m going to have to shovel out a bunch of money and go see my doctor because I might have shingles.
Either that, or I probably am right and just slept in a weird position and knotted up a muscle. Then I’m going to be really angry I spent a ton of money going to the doctor.
Just shoot me.
PS: Shingles isn’t contagious unless you’ve never had chicken pox, and then you only share chicken pox if you spread it. And, you can only get it once. So, why do they call this herpes zoster??? Chef is lucky I have the internet, or would have totally freaked out on him. 🙂