Results 1 to 13 of 13

Thread: Wouldn't wish it on anyone!

  1. #1
    Administrator J.Baker's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    NW Ohio
    Age
    48
    Posts
    6,491

    Wouldn't wish it on anyone!


    So back at the end of October I was blessed with a shingles outbreak on my arm. At first I thought it was just a typical rash from an allergy, poison ivy, etc. so it was a week before I finally broke down and went to the doctor since none of the usual remedies were working on it. Of course by that time the rash of clusters of tiny blisters had spread from just two quarter-sized spots on my forearm to covering the length of my whole right arm from my shoulder to my knuckles.

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	shingles.jpg 
Views:	14 
Size:	42.0 KB 
ID:	8747
    Pic from 3-days in and it got much worse.

    Oddly enough, in my case it never really itched at all. On the other hand, after about the 4th day my whole arm felt like someone had worked it over with a meat tenderizer for several hours and then lit it on fire. As uncomfortable as that was, it was the nerve pain in my right hand that was (and continues to be) the worst part of it as I'm just now getting to where I can do some minor things with that hand again. Even something as simple as clicking the tv remote with my thumb was an adventure in relentless pain. I used to think the pain from a pinched sciatic nerve in my lower back due to a herniated disc was bad - this made that comparable to the prick of getting a shot!

    Even now some 3 weeks into being on med's the use of my right hand is fairly limited. Even just putting the slightest bit of pressure on certain spots will result in a sharp and intense pain that will endure for a couple minutes. Suffice to say my sailor vocabulary comes out several times a day as I make the mistake of using my right hand to do simple things like turning a door knob, grabbing a plate out of the cubbord, etc.

    Fortunately I'm on the mend and my arm is looking normal again aside from a couple scars near my elbow where it was really concentrated. Just hoping my hand gets back to normal before too long as I have two guns here from Savage that I need to get out and review but there's no chance in hell I'm going to subject my hand to recoil given it's current state.

    So all that said, if you ever had chicken pox and are over 40 I would highly recommend get the shingles vaccine even though your doctor probably won't even mention getting it until you're over 50. From a few articles I've read it seems the Covid19 vaccines have a tendency of increasing your chances of having a shingles outbreak by around 3-5%, so if you've been fully or partially vaccinated I would strongly urge getting the shingles shot which is 90-95% effective for people under 70 with a good immune system. I was lucky in that the outbreak was on my arm, but most people have outbreaks on their face, back or the side of their torso where the skin is often much more sensitive making the pain that much more intense. If the outbreak is on your face and around your eye it can potentially cause blindness or even be fatal if it migrates into the brain.
    "Life' is tough. It's even tougher if you're stupid." ~ John Wayne
    “Under certain circumstances, 
urgent circumstances, desperate circumstances, profanity provides a relief denied even to prayer.” —Mark Twain

  2. #2
    Super Moderator Blue Avenger's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    Minnesota
    Age
    64
    Posts
    2,750
    one of them guns my .338L ?
    i get them sharp pains from age and making the wrong movement, but if back pain level is mild to what you have I will have to look into the shot.
    Have you learned to work the keyboard with your tung so you can still work in the new web site?
    .223 Rem AI, .22-250 AI, .220 Swift AI .243 Win AI, .6mm Rem AI, .257 Rob AI, .25-06 AI, 6.5x300wsm .30-06 AI, .270 STW, 7mm STW, 28 nosler, .416 Taylor

  3. #3
    Administrator J.Baker's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    NW Ohio
    Age
    48
    Posts
    6,491
    Chicken pecking the keyboard with my left hand is about as good as my computer skills get right now. lol Worst part is trying to use the mouse left-handed as everything just seems bass-ackwards. On the plus side, I'm fully caught up on all the good shows (and some bad ones) on all the streaming services now.

    As for the new website, that's all still on hold after the hard drive failure and losing months of work a few months back. Been thinking about hiring someone to do it, but that's a lot of coin to spend on a site that doesn't bring in very much revenue these days.
    "Life' is tough. It's even tougher if you're stupid." ~ John Wayne
    “Under certain circumstances, 
urgent circumstances, desperate circumstances, profanity provides a relief denied even to prayer.” —Mark Twain

  4. #4
    Super Moderator Blue Avenger's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    Minnesota
    Age
    64
    Posts
    2,750
    see specialty pistols is being laid to rest. 1/2/23
    .223 Rem AI, .22-250 AI, .220 Swift AI .243 Win AI, .6mm Rem AI, .257 Rob AI, .25-06 AI, 6.5x300wsm .30-06 AI, .270 STW, 7mm STW, 28 nosler, .416 Taylor

  5. #5
    Basic Member Robinhood's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2014
    Location
    South Texas
    Age
    65
    Posts
    7,433
    Sorry that you are suffering Jim. I have heard the pain is severe. Hope it heals up soon.
    We all live in a yellow submarine.

  6. #6
    Team Savage

    Join Date
    Jan 2017
    Location
    Easten WA near ID border
    Age
    65
    Posts
    753
    That sucks Jim but happy to hear you're on the mend. My doc encouraged me to get the shot last year, which I declined, but since I meet the criteria and have a sibling that had shingles, think I'll accept the offer when I see him next month. Best wishes for continued healing!

  7. #7
    Team Savage
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    Waukesha County, WI
    Posts
    358
    That sure looks like a poster to get the shot, dang. Hope you are feeling better Jim

  8. #8
    Basic Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2015
    Posts
    502
    I’ve had shingles. No fun. I need to get the vaccine. Glad you’re past the worst of it.

  9. #9
    Team Savage Stumpkiller's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2018
    Location
    Port Crane, NY
    Age
    63
    Posts
    924
    Just got my first vaccine (age 63) last week. Still sore in that arm, but no worse than a tetanus shot. One more to go in six months.
    "They couldn't hit an elephant at this distance." Last words of Gen. Sedgwik

  10. #10
    Super Moderator Blue Avenger's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    Minnesota
    Age
    64
    Posts
    2,750
    Quote Originally Posted by Stumpkiller View Post
    Just got my first vaccine (age 63) last week. Still sore in that arm, but no worse than a tetanus shot. One more to go in six months.
    Only 2 required or are there more down the line.
    .223 Rem AI, .22-250 AI, .220 Swift AI .243 Win AI, .6mm Rem AI, .257 Rob AI, .25-06 AI, 6.5x300wsm .30-06 AI, .270 STW, 7mm STW, 28 nosler, .416 Taylor

  11. #11
    Team Savage
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    Waukesha County, WI
    Posts
    358
    Only 2 of them, 2 to 6 months apart. After seeing Jim's arm last night I got my first shot shot today. FWIW it was 100% free, covered by my insurance. Got it at Walmart

  12. #12
    Administrator J.Baker's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    NW Ohio
    Age
    48
    Posts
    6,491
    Quote Originally Posted by Smokey262 View Post
    Only 2 of them, 2 to 6 months apart. After seeing Jim's arm last night I got my first shot shot today. FWIW it was 100% free, covered by my insurance. Got it at Walmart
    Never intended to become a shrill for big pharma, but if my experience prompts anyone to get the shot and it keeps you from having to experience the misery of shingles, all the better! Like I said, I wouldn't wish it on anyone.

    Good news is the pain in my hand is slowly getting less intense. I can almost now turn a door knob without getting a jolt of intense pain in my thumb and index finger. I'm also able to sit at the computer and use the mouse and type for a half hour or so before the pain gets too intense and I have to take a break. Just have to keep reminding myself not to over do it, but that's hard to do when you've got things you want/need to get done.

    A good friend is going to be in town for a few days over Thanksgiving and wants to hit the range, so I might try to get some shooting in with the new Stance pistol. Might just let him do the shooting part of the review so I can get that out of the way and get the article finished up and posted. Also have a Stevens 555 Enhanced O/U in 16ga here that I need to get out and bust some clays with, but probably going to be a little while until that happens. Good thing Savage gives me 120 day consignments.
    "Life' is tough. It's even tougher if you're stupid." ~ John Wayne
    “Under certain circumstances, 
urgent circumstances, desperate circumstances, profanity provides a relief denied even to prayer.” —Mark Twain

  13. #13
    Team Savage
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Posts
    214
    Jim,

    Tough to see and sorry for the discomfort.

    Per your first note, yes, my aunt lost an eye, lost taste, and had a mini stroke. So I was eager for big pharma’s preventative two rounds. One of them made me puke but it was no worse than a Sunday morning coming down.

    Heal soon. Enjoy a great Thanksgiving.

Similar Threads

  1. Wouldn't you know another Savage Axis rebate program is on now
    By phantom8747 in forum Axis Series Rifles
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 08-24-2015, 03:02 AM
  2. Wouldn't it be neat if savage would release a....
    By r3dn3ck in forum 110-Series Rifles
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 11-05-2012, 11:38 AM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •