Shingles and . . .

not the kind that goes on a roof!!!

Shingles rash on the upper right thigh.

I’ve been out of touch for several weeks with a pain that is so hard to describe and had my entire family scared to death. On June 12th, Eddie took me to the emergency room with severe pain in my lower back with I had four three days that was getting worse no matter what I tried to relieve it. It was constant and more on my right side but extended to both sides of my lower back and down my right leg to my knee. It continued as spasms and took my breath away.

While in the emergency room everyone kept asking me what kind of pain it was and how severe while I sat on the bed with tears and gasping with every spasm. At that time, I only had a dime size place on the outside of the right thigh and didn’t bother to tell the doctor or nurse. Why? Because that week I had been thoroughly cleaning out all of my flower beds (can’t tell it now), washing the floor, wall and ceiling of my front porch, hauling plant trays in and out of the greenhouse to acclimate to the sun & wind before planting, and all of my normal household chores. I thought I had a pinched nerve in my back. I could not sleep or eat it was so painful and I lost 10 pounds during the episode (good thing but never like that again)! The emergency nurse started me on two painkillers and a pain patch, with no relief they gave me two more painkillers and this started the nausea. Try to imagine throwing up with back spasms! Still no relief and was sent to technician for a CT scan to rule out kidney stone, appendix issue and something else I can’t remember and everything was clear in the CT scan. I got back to my room where Eddie was as nervous as a cat in a room full of rocking chairs!! I got morphine in my intravenous port and then the vomiting started and no one could figure out why (duh!!). I had to tell them the drugs were making the nausea worse! The doctor finally came in to witness what was happening and diagnosed me with a herniated disc and go home and use ice packs for fifteen minutes every hour and gave me oxycodone and muscle relaxers. He told me to see my PCP as soon as I could get an appointment, told him I already had that appointment on Monday. I came home and went straight to bed with Eddie making sure I had a bucket, blankets (I was freezing to death), ice packs but no meds for two days because I was throwing up so much!!!

My daughter took me to the PCP appointment on Monday and she told my nurse practitioner about everything that had happened up to that point and showed her my rash which had grown to quarter size and screaming red and more rash was coming all over the thigh. I was then diagnosed with shingles but she also wanted me to see an orthopedic doctor (this was another fiasco that made me feel like a leper) and get the results of the CT scan from the ER. She got me turned around and five weeks later I’m almost 100% and no pain for two weeks. The rash is almost gone during the worst part of the ailment I could not stand for anything to touch my upper leg. The leg still has tingling and strange numbness which I may have for some time.

In March of 2020 I was planning to get the shingles vaccine but postponed due to the scare of Covid-19. Believe me, as soon as the doctor says it’s okay, this old girl is getting that shingles vaccine. PLEASE if you’ve had chickenpox, make an appointment NOW to get the shingles vaccine!!! I had always heard shingles was very painful but never dreamed I would have such misery! Childbirth was a breeze compared to this virus!!

10 thoughts on “Shingles and . . .

  1. navasolanature

    So sorry to hear you had to suffer shingles. I remember my man being hospitalised with it and so many say about the pain. I think in the UK the vaccine is offered for over 70s but will check. It is all worth not having to suffer and the after effects. Hope you are fully on the mend now.


    1. countrygirllifeonthefarm Post author

      First, let me thank you for following my blog and from what I’ve read this afternoon on your blog I believe we will be fast friends. I love it and looking forward to more of your posts.
      Shingles, all I can say is get the shot and don’t put it off like I did. I’m supposed to get mine in August.
      Family means everything thing to me and I’m so blessed to have a devoted husband, two beautiful and smart kids and two gorgeous grandkids (One is 24 and one just turned five).
      We have a large beef cattle farm and I was raised on a farm so it’s in my blood. I tell all my friends I was born in the wrong century because I love doing things the old way. I think my blog is proof of that. I hope you enjoy my posts because I love to write and read!!!

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      1. navasolanature

        Lovely to hear from you. And yes family and the grandkids, all so important. As to the old ways I think they are the new buzz words again of regenerative farming! But it is sad that we do not pay farmers the price to farm well and sustainably. Everything here in the UK goes on real estate, mortgages and rent. That was not so in my parents day but life was harder and putting food on the table was too for city dwellers. I will follow as much as I can but tend to only post once a month and then catch up with nature and farming blogs around the world. That is what I love about blogging.


  2. jan c.

    So sorry you had to deal with this. I had shingles about 20 years ago and some places felt like my skin had been scalded, as well as the pain and sick feeling. I only had a small patch of the rash. So glad I’ve had my shingles vaccine now. Get better quick!


  3. Change Therapy

    Sorry to have to ‘Like’ this post, as the pain of Shingles is the opposite of anything Good. I had it many years ago in my twenties, and to this day the very mention of it, puts the fear in me. I am very glad to hear that you are over the worst of it, and it takes such a long time of agonizing pain to get to where you are too.
    I wish you a speedy recovery.


  4. Jane Fritz

    OMG, now I know why Barbara wished you well. I am SOoooo sorry you’ve been suffering from shingles. And not properly diagnosed for too long. How awful. I had the original shot when it came out years ago. But I haven’t had the newer one they’ve been recommending for the past few years. Maybe I’d better do something about that. So glad you’re on the mend.

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