Suicide and Shingles?

Have you ever heard of a virus that has side effects so painful that it can cause severe depression and sometimes even lead to suicide?

Did you know there is something you can do to prevent it?

Just by getting a single shingles vaccination, people can be protected from shingles and in turn be protected against its painful side effect, post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN).

PHN is extreme, consistent nerve pain that continues even after shingles illness has passed. The pain can last for as long as a year- and is so debilitating that it disrupts your life.

“Acute herpes zoster neuritis and postherpetic neuralgia continues to be one of the most painful, acute and chronic conditions to afflict mankind… Postherpetic neuralgia is the most common cause of suicide in patients with chronic pain over the age of 70 in the United States and Western Europe.” (Dr. John W. Nelson, MD 

Who is at risk for shingles?

Almost everyone! If you ever had chickenpox (especially if it was before you were 1 years old), then your body contains the virus that can become active again. “The disease is certainly more common in patients with immune deficiency such as AIDS, lymphoma, leukemias, high dose corticosteroids, or immunosuppression from cancer therapy.”  Dr. John Nelson, MD

No one is quite sure why the virus becomes reactivated- so getting the vaccine is extremely important- especially if you are immune suppressed,  or a senior.

The good news is that you only need 1 dose of the vaccine, (unlike the flu shot that you need to get each year), it is easily accessible and it is usually covered by Medicare part D*

To schedule your vaccine at your local Walgreens, click here!

If you are suffering from chronic pain and need assistance with activities of daily living, please contact Capability Homecare today to find out how we can help you.

*Be sure to ask your pharmacist about coverage or reimbursement.

Source: The Mayo Clinic  website

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