I am sorry to hear that you have the Shingles. I have Lupus and had this same thing minus the infection about 4 years ago. Shingles are very painful. I am wondering if you have had the chickenpox as a child. It is not uncommon for Lupus patients to get the shingles at any age. Our immune systems are comprimised and anytime you have a comprimised immune system you can get shingles. You see it in older folks that are so called healthy. I know that I got the full blown chickenpox at the age of 35, because I have never had them as a child and that really sucked big time. Whenever you are exposed to the Chickenpox you can end up with the Shingles. I hope that I have answered your question. I am sure that Saysusie will have more information for you. I sure hope that you get over the shingles pretty quickly. God Bless.
Lupus for many years. Like most of my life. Sjogrens that started at 35 and Scoliosis, Spinal Stenosis, Degenerative Disc Disease, Osteo-Arthritis of the spine, Ankylosing Spondilitis, Periferal Neuropathy, mild CP and now just recently diagnosed with PA. I had a disc replaced in December of 2007.
Plaquenil, Sulindac, Imuran, Celiac diet, Tramadol and B12 shot once a month.