Shingles. I thought that I was tough and could handle pain until I met this foe. I could almost hear the chuckles from the spreading rash and the nearly debilitating ache in my hip.
I was unaware that Shingles could cause joint pain, but it DOES! The ache and pain in my right hip felt like it was right to the very bone, and even minor movement caused extreme discomfort.
Thankfully, my doctor prescribed an antiviral after I saw him on Monday, and by Wednesday morning I could walk without hobbling like an ancient person. For a week, I'll gladly take the HUGE pills three times a day if it means I can walk, sit, or even lay down without pain.
The photo was captured online: trust me, you would not want to see my rash even if I could get a photo without turning myself into a pretzel.
Several years ago, I tried to get a Shingles Vaccine but was denied because I was not over 60. When I qualify, the vaccination will be a gift to myself. Yes, I am a wimp, and I have great RESPECT for this disease.