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My Story: Kimberly and Shingles

In this video, Kimberly shares her experience with shingles, including the physical and emotional impacts. Learn why she advocates for the shingles vaccine.

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[MUSIC PLAYING] It felt like someone was putting an ice pick through my ear, which was very uncomfortable.
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So the first day I had symptoms, I was really tired and my legs just ached very badly.
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I didn't break out with lesions until about two or three days later, and then I got the lesions all over my chest
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and up on my back and my neck. Emotionally, it was very difficult. Because the symptoms are so close to fibromyalgia,
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I actually thought I was having a fibromyalgia flare, so I didn't go to the doctor at first, not until I got the lesions. So mine lasted a little bit longer, which
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wore more on me emotionally. I was trying to work 40 hours a week, and I was exhausted and tired.
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The pain in my ear actually didn't happen until I'd had shingles for about a week or a week and a half. And so that was discouraging because you think
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you're getting better, and then all of a sudden, you feel like, oh my gosh, this is getting worse. It caused me stress and, you know, anxiety over it.
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Also, you don't really feel like being social because you don't want to give it to anybody. I gave up a lot of social activities.
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I received my vaccination just this past fall. I've had both doses. The first dose was a walk in the park.
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No problems. The second one, I had several symptoms that they list on your vaccination sheet, but they only lasted about 12 hours.
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So 12 hours of symptoms versus a few weeks of symptoms was much better. So yeah, I highly recommend getting the shingles vaccine.
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It's very easy. You just get two doses, and you're all done.

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