Shingles pain can drastically affect your day to day life
Most people with shingles develop a painful rash, which usually appears as a band or belt on one side of their body.
Shingles pain can be severe and has been described as burning or stabbing.
Shingles is more than just a rash. These Australian citizens have shared their personal experiences with shingles pain and postherpetic neuralgia, and how it has impacted their lives.
Leon, Kearney Spring, QLD
“Last year, I was at home recovering from an accident when I noticed a blistering rash which covered the left side of my chest and my left underarm.
The pain was so severe that I could not have anything touching it or any form of pressure on the rash, I was unable to wear clothing and was confined to my home.
Whilst the shingles rash cleared after a few weeks, I have lived with ongoing pain ever since, a permanent dull ache and intermittent stabbing pain. The pain is hard to manage at best, and with strong medication, I can sometimes go half a day without pain but I have to take sleeping tablets every night just to ensure I can get rest.”