Have you had the chicken pox? If so you need to get a Shingles vaccination as soon as you turn 60.
My husband and I got the vaccine 7 years ago and unfortunately my husband came down with a severe case of Shingles three weeks ago.
He has lymphoma/leukemia and has a weak immune system and this made it possible for him to get it anyway. He just can't catch a break and has had so many medical issues over the past 6 years. From numerous bouts with pneumonia that nearly took him from me two years ago, to losing most of his site in his right eye, to a serious staff infection that actually needed surgery to drain, and so many more things, to this!
He is a strong man and doesn't let much get him down but this has knocked him on his butt. The medication he has to take wipes him out so I find him sitting at the breakfast bar sleeping. The pain is so severe he can't go without pain medication.
If you don't know about Shingles, go look it up online and read about it. It is caused by the chicken pox virus that is "asleep" in the main spinal nerve that curves from the spine around to the side and around to the stomach and when it wakes up it does so with a vengeance!
The smaller nerves that come off of that large spinal nerve get inflamed and that is when the blisters appear. Then they ooze and start to scab but then the nerves start to tear apart and that is when the pain starts. The pain at times feels like an electrical shock and cause the patient, in this case my husband, to cry out in pain. He can't stand for anything to touch him in the affected area and is becoming very irritable, unreasonable and depressed.
The scary thing is, it could last up to two years and the pain may never go away.
Please don't forget to get you vaccination.
This is an actual picture of my husbands back. This goes around to the side and to his abdoman.