You may or may not have noticed the number of commercials, on TV, describing Shingles - and how if, as a child you had Chickenpox, you already have the Shingles virus in you.
Having the virus doesn't mean that the disease will express itself. There needs to be a co-incidence of a rise in virus levels and diminished resistance in the body.
The thing is there is now, apparently, a vaccination one can get against Shingles. Get it.
I have a friend who is dealing with the effects of Shingles right now. It has settled into her right thigh. It is sensitive to touch - to the point of being VERY painful. Her leg is weakened. She fell the other day as she stood up from sitting in a chair.
This has been going on for two weeks and her Doctor says it's impossible to say how much longer it will go on.
There's no need to suffer with Shingles - and, of course, there are so many different ways that Shingles can affect a person - some FAR more serious than that which my friend has experienced.
If you're anywhere in your 40's or 50's or (like me) 60's, or UP - get the shot. Protect yourself.