hi, i was wondering if anyone here has had shingles. you get it if uve had chicken pox as a kid, since the virus lays dormant in a nerve in the spine and then comes back if u get stressed or have a shock. ive got quite a lot of stress due to family problems, its been quite serious actually and has even interfered with my running. shingles only affects one part of the body, like part of a leg, arm or on one side of the face, it depends which nerve it attacks.
anyway i went for this nice hilly run about 12 days ago, round parbold hill, i went there especially. i love it there, but it was rainy and i wore waterproofs which were too hot for the temp. now i got back and felt sore on my left thigh, like a burning itch, but nothing was there. i thought it was just prickly heat.
a few days later i got spots, but still didnt know what it was. my mum made me fumigate my room thinking id got fleas off the cat, though i was sure it wasn't. meanwhile, i was still able to run and felt fine, i even did hilly fartlek on saturday and felt great. but by the bank holiday it was driving me mad. i had to go to the A&E where they told me to take piriton antihistamine tablets, saying it was a bite or allergy from something outdoors.
but it didn't itch exactly, it was more of a burning pain. that's coz it is the nerves under the skin that are affected, even when the spots go. yesterday i went to the GP who diagnosed shingles. i have been very lucky not to get it on my face or arm, since it can lead to sight problems on the face or scarring. im not bothered about scars on my thigh since i wear long shorts anyway, i'm just thankful that i've been given a warning sign to try to sort my life out.
now i was just wondering has anyone else had it, and if so how long did the nerve pain last? did you run with it? i'm staying off work to recover, but i'm contemplating doing a fell race since the Dr said it's ok if i'm not feeling tired, in fact it might be good for me to enjoy myself.
hope ur all having better health than me!