Shingles Pain Awareness Day

by Kelly Mills on September 21, 2009 at 4:00 am

The National Pain Foundation has declared Tuesday September 15, a day for awareness about the pain caused during and after shingles.

Shingles is a disease caused by re-activation of the virus that causes chickenpox. Around 90 percent of adults have had chicken pox and it puts them at risk for contracting the disease at anytime without warning.

Tuesday the Muskingum County Center for Seniors held a seminar to inform seniors about the pain they may face after shingles.

“You can have post-shingle pain and it’s very intense and it affects your body. Even if wind was to brush over your clothing where you had the shingles it would be painful for you,” says Debra Smith, Muskingum County Center for Seniors.

Joyce Dittmar got the shingles vaccine to prevent the disease from coming back after a shingles outbreak in her throat left her in terrible pain.

“I thought I had a terrible, terrible toothache as bad as I thought I ever had,” she says. “I lived on milkshakes for ten days, good strawberry milkshakes.”

The seniors will have a chance to add a patch to both traditional and virtual quilts to commemorate themselves or someone they know who has had shingles.