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    Posted: May 13 2018 at 11:53am
Finished 4 cycles of A/C last fall, finished 12 of taxol in January, Surgery in February and just finished rad onc on April 30th.

3 days ago I came down with shingles.

How common is this?  Anyone else have this happen to them?

Dr.  has me on the usual treatment of famvir.
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This is very common.  I remember a discussion years ago about shingles when several of our members came down with it after treatment.  It makes sense with our compromised immune system.  Within a year of finishing treatment, my primary doctor had me get the shingles vaccine.  I know it's not 100% effective, but at least it may help.  My mother had shingles twice in her life and both times it was extremely painful.

Hope you are feeling relief from the symptoms.

Donna
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DX IDC TNBC 6/09 age 49, Stage 1,Grade 3, 1.5cm,0/5Nodes,KI-67 48%,BRCA-,6/09bi-mx, recon, T/C X4(9/09)
11/10 Recur IM node, Gem,Carb,Iniparib 12/10,MRI NED 2/11,IMRT Radsx40,CT NED11/13,MRI NED3/15

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Thanks for tracking down the links for me - I did a search for "shingles" in the forum and nothing came back.  Must have done something wrong.

I'm going to see my oncologist next week, and I'll talk to her in more detail about this.  It seems like getting the shingles vaccine needs to be on the list of things to get in that 3-4 weeks between diagnosis and the start of treatment, along with getting your teeth cleaned and everything else they tell you to do.
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Thanks for this info Donna! I will put this on my list of to-dos after treatment is all done. Last chemo this Friday! Yeah!
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I did within a year after treatment in 2009.
I was in pain for at least a week before they broke out around my waist. I went to my doctor and the ER. They could not find anything wrong and said, you probably pulled a muscle. I said, I do not think so. I have done that before and it does not feel like that. I went to my chiropractor for an adjustment and talked to him about it. He said he did not know what it was but it was on a neural pathway.
So, when the rash started I called my doctor and told her I have the shingles. I went to her office and she said, yes, you are right, you do.
Thank goodness I did not have a bad case !
I hope you feel better soon.

Blair 🤗

Edited by cheeks - May 14 2018 at 1:04pm
Lump found 11/08
DX: 2/09 @52 TNBC
L. Mast. 3/26/09, SN-, BRCA-,
4.5 cm (post surgical)T2NOMO
Chemo: 4/09-10/09 Taxol x 12,
A/C x 4, No rad.No recon. NED 1/17. New Primary right breast TN, 2/2018.
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