I had shingles when I was in 3rd grade. They were on my right arm and hand. I wasn't able to close my hand, there were scabs in between my fingers. I hadn't had chickenpox before this. I haven't had chickenpox or shingles since.
I got it at 25 right after graduation on my first day of work. The worste part though is I got mine in my ear and that caused bells palsy and now half of my face is paralized. I've learned to make sure not to stress out and take time off because I don't want it to come back.
I had a very mild case when I was about 24. Small area on my side along the beltline -so it hurt like hell.
I wasn't led to believe it was all that uncommon from an age standpoint.
Weird, was just talking about it yesterday at work.
I believe I read recently that they have some type of vacine that you take in your 50's that's supposed to prevent it from occuring in older age.
In comparison with some of the stories on here I feel lucky. I have a small rash on my right shoulder blade. I actually caught it within 24 hours of noticing it. I thought it was a bug bite and living in Kansas where brown recluses are common (and it looked like a nasty bite) I went in and got lucky, I am fairly sure spreading has stopped and my shoulder blade isn't a place that gets a lot of irritation.
In terms of stress the answer is: over the past two weeks anyway:
- Law school
- Visiting In-Laws
- Car breaking
- Legal Job Hunt
I have no problem IDing the sources. I just want the bottom 3 (consequently the biggest 3) to work themselves out and I would be virtually stress free. They almost certainly will work themselves out just the process of getting there is a pain.
My sister-in-law is 27 and she just had it a month ago, week before her wedding.
I had them when I was 18. Very small area along my right side rib cage.
I could blink my eye after about a couple of months, but I can't smile or move any part other than my eyelid. I look on the bright side though atleast i can move my eyelid, because I had to tape my eye shut at night and went through a ton of eyedrops. Also since it was in my ear some noises would hurt. I couldn't go to the movies for about 6 months and couldn't go watch my brother's band because it hit that nerve which felt like and ice pick in my ear.