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atrustar

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I have lupus and I had the shingle for 2 weeks back in July. Now whenever I'm on my period I get the shingles pain back in the same spot. Has this ever happened to anyone else?
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I do not have shingles, and I'm certainly not a doctor, but it makes sense to me that shingles would reoccur during menstruation because menstruation affects immunity. The way I understand it, shingles tends to strike after stress or when immunity is low. In fact, researchers think one reason it tends to hit people over 50 more than other age groups is that the immune system is aging then. 

Ask your doctor about going on medication just before the onset of your period that would minimize the outbreak. No sense being any more miserable than you have to be! Hopefully someone who's had shingles will hop in here.  Best of luck
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If you had the outbreak in July and are still feeling the pain you can feel the pain up to a year after the outbreak
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Just got hit with shingles in June. It wasn't fun at all. Now I have to find a dermatologist in Bkly or New York, It hit me hard, and I still get the mark of the wolf.  Ive tried so many different creams its not funny. Every month before a flare up I would get a mark, and had no idea what it was. Finally I had to show my Dr. and tell him how I felt because it was this scab on the right side of my cheek and not my face either. I have it some what under control, but it took forever for the Dr. to determine it was shingles. I think we know more than they do at times. Good Luck with this one. Stay well all.
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A couple of years ago I had what I thought was a monster zit developing on the side of my face between the top of my ear and my eye.  I thought it was getting infected and started getting more in a line going into my hair.  Finally went to the doctor and she took one look and said that I have shingles.  They were concerned that it would go to my eye and then I'd be in trouble.  So I researched it when I got home and saw these awful, terrible pictures of shingles in the eye.   Apparently it develops along nerves and on the side of your face.  I couldn't wear glasses until it went away.  Two years later, I still feel pain there on occasion and even get little bumps there.  Thankfully it goes toward my ear instead of my eye. 

I know that shingles is more common in immunosuppressed people, so that's probably a risk for people with AI problems on those drugs.

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Hopefully no one had the vaccine...
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I was required by my rheumy to get the shingles vaccine before I began Rituxan for nephritis (kidney inflammation).  Fortunately I had no reaction or side effects from the vaccine.
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My doctor suggested that I get the shingles vaccine as well. Like you, hanna, I've had no adverse side effects. Keeping my fingers crossed.
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