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A Diversion: Shingle Bells

You thought this was as far as the Tooth Saga would go? Oh no... it gets "better".

After repeatedly getting the recommendation to take a vacation, I finally did. I went to the Big City, the nation's capital, to relax. On my second day there, I came down with Shingles.

For those who don't know shingles from chinola: Shingles are caused by the same virus as the chicken pox, Herpes Zoster. This is not to be confused with "Herpes Simplex": Herpes Simplex keeps coming back at you, Zoster doesn't.

Detailed Info:

You only get Herpes Zoster once in a lifetime, usually during childhood ("chickenpox"). Shingles are a secondary infection with the same virus. This time the virus, lodged somewhere in your back, attacks a neural strain.

Picture your body painted like a zebra, with horizontal stripes. This is much like your nerve strains are positioned. When a neural strain is affected, the infection goes along the stripe, in my case from just below my right breast to the back, stopping short of the spine.

If you still can't picture it: Imagine cutting a person in half from head to foot and pushing him into a giant bread slicer. Take one of the slices. Chances are you are now holding a neural strain. (Please note: I said "IMAGINE". Do not try this out at home. You will never get the blood stains out of the carpet. I tried.) Grossed out yet?

Anyway, it itched like hell. The doctor (I can't recall her name) explained to me that this happens very rarely... people only tend to get the shingles under a lot of stress. I glared at her and explained that I was, in fact, on a vacation.

Then, she gave me the bad news. If I wanted to fight the shingles with medicine, I would have to quit taking the Carbium. I would either have to bear one pain or the other. Quickly, I decided to stop taking the nerve rebuilders and get the shingles out of my system.

For three days, I had only the itching to deal with, but on the fourth day, the jaw pains came back with a vengeance. It really hurt quite a lot.

"The internist agrees: I should stop taking the carbamazepin."

(Click here for an Image visualizing the course of neural strains.)

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