My goal for 2014 is to focus on health which will bring me happiness, prosperity and peace. I really need to work on this health thing, because I started off the New Year with a mild (thank God!) case of shingles! I am over any contagious stage now so I can now start on the rest of my health regiment for the New Year – you know — the ones that will bring me happiness, prosperity and peace!
For me Shingles was more of a nuisance than a problem. I had an itchy rash on my back. Like the old late night TV stick: How itchy was your back? It was so itchy I needed to scratch it by rubbing the door frame – just like my cat. I was lucky it was a mild case. I am not sure why my case was so mild because reading articles and talking with friends and neighbors I was lucky.
There are many myths about shingles so I did some research and will share some information from the National Foundation for Infectious Disease that I hope will clear up some of the myths.
Shingles Myths and Facts for Consumers
MYTH: The biggest problem about shingles is dealing with the rash.
FACT: Though rash is one of the defining characteristics of shingles, pain is actually a very common and troubling symptom of shingles. The pain associated with shingles can be severe. It may begin two to four days before the rash appears and it can last long after–sometimes up to a year or more. The pain that lasts after the rash has healed is called post-herpetic neuralgia, or PHN.
MYTH: Shingles is very rare.
FACT: In the US, about one million individuals get shingles every year and two in 10 or more will get shingles in their lifetime. Shingles is more common as we get older; so, as our population ages, we can expect that even more people will get shingles every year.
MYTH: There is nothing I can do to avoid getting shingles.
FACT: Until recently, this was true. But now there is a vaccine available to help prevent shingles. The US Food and Drug Administration has approved it for use in anyone 60 years of age and older. The pain associated with shingles can be very severe and may last weeks, months or even years after it begins, so preventing shingles or reducing how long the pain might last are important goals.
These are just some of the myths and the facts of shingles, there are more to be found on the National Foundation for Infectious Disease.
All right, I have now conquered this health set back. Now I am moving forward with my goals of exercising and losing weight which are must goals for me. I’ll keep you all posted on my success and progress. All the articles I have read are telling me that 40 minutes a day will put me in shape and help me lose weight – okay I’ll start tomorrow!