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    My wife is living with Lupus for over 25 years now. She goes thru the usual flare ups but is very strong and manages it well. On cellcept now. About 5 weeks ago she got Shingles. Just while the rash seems to disappear it gets worse. Wanted to know if anyone here had Shingles? How many weeks does the rash last? I know the internet says 4 weeks but my wife is into her 5th week. At times she has pain, itching or burning. When is this likely to stop? For Shingles she takes Lyrica and Atarax. She pops in Ultracet for the pain. Thanks.

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    I wanted to say hi,
    and thanks for caring.
    it is not often that we see a partner who really cares .....

    so thank you for taking the time to care

    sorry I cant help you with your question.
    but someone will come along who can.
    but I could go by and not say hi,.
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    Hi there!
    Unfortunately, when shingles occur as part of an underlying auto-immune disease, it has a tendency to last a bit longer. People with lupus have a 70 percent increased risk of developing shingles compared to people without inflammatory disease. This increase is likely due to cell-mediated immunity among people with lupus, and/or the immunosuppressive medications they take to control the disease. Among those with lupus, the use of prednisone or mycophenolate mofetil created an additional risk of developing shingles. However, there was no observed increased risk conferred by use of other drugs used to help combat lupus, such as cyclophosphamide, azathioprine, methotrexate, or hydroxychloroquine. It is the use of these drugs and the cell-mediated immunity that makes shingles last a bit longer in Lupus patients.
    Is your wife receiving any treatment for her shingles? I know that these can be very painful and I do hope that her doctors are doing something for her. I wish you both the very best.

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    Thank you for your kind words. There is improvement but today was a bad day. The pain was bad. Hopefully she will get better soon. Thanks

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    Thanks Saysusie. She is on Lyrica and Atarax once a day and ultracet when the pain is bad. Hopefully things will improve soon. Thank you

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    Hello again... just to update. My wife is feeling much better and almost back to normal. I mean normal as in before the shingles. Only thing is scars are still there but atleast no pain and itching. Thank you all for your support.

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    go to the chemist and ask for vitamin e cream .....
    it helps break up the scars.
    works really good if applied regularly.
    I used some on my knee after a total knee replacement.
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    I'm so glad to hear that she is doing better. I know that the scars are ugly and they tend to last for a long time. I agree with Steve about the Vitamin A cream. Hopefully it will help diminish the scars.
    Wishing you and your wife the very best! I apologize for taking so long to respond to you; I've been down with a bad flare-up :-(

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