I went down with shingles mid May last year.
I think there might have been a couple of factors involved.
I changed from Avonex to Plegridy in the 2 weeks before. I was on the tritrated dose at the time.
I had a week off work - no stress!! I celebrated my 50th birthday during that time and had an amazing time. Of course the week had to end, and my mind started to think about my overloaded email inbox, constant phone calls and difficult people…
I went back to work and felt ok for a couple of days, but by Wednesday I had a terrible headache and felt more fatigued than usual.
I woke up on Thursday morning feeling like the inside of my arms had been sunburnt. There was a red rash on both my inner arms, very sore and tender. The pain was prickling, with blasts of toothache for extra impact!
I managed to get an appointment at the doctors that day and despite the pain being so bad and the rashes so red and hot, I was told I had a skin allergy and was sent away with antihistamines and some strong pain killers.
That night, the pain was so intense. On closer inspection, the blisters had started to emerge, i went back to the doctors the next day who took one look at my arms and went “you have shingles! It’s really rare to see it on both arms, but it’s 100% shingles! I must ring the other doctors to have a look!” So 2 other doctors came in to have a look…
Anyway long story short. I felt so ill. So depressed, full of negativity, devoid of energy and frequent dark thoughts. The Plegridy didn’t agree with me either, so stooped that on the advice of the MS nurses. Post viral fatigue and MS fatigue are terrible companions.
Started Tecfidera in November. Post viral fatigue mostly gone. Energy levels returning to a point where I can consider doing more stuff, although I am still off work.
I think it was timing of the Plegridy which altered my immune system to a point which gave the herpes virus a chance to reactivate when the stress of going back to work kicked in…but the is my opinion only.
Shingles is the most painful thing I have ever had. Optic neuritis was a close second!
I hope your recovery is swift and the pain is managed to make it bearable.