Man With Shingles Virus Urges People to get Vaccinated

By: Deanna Bettineschi Email
By: Deanna Bettineschi Email

Angus' nightmare started almost three years ago, when he woke up with a strange pain.

“I really thought I had broken a rib.” Shingles victim Angus said.

The pain then spread to his back.
Angus called the doctors, and found out, he might have shingles, a virus that also causes chicken pox.

“It broke out in a rash and lasted three or four weeks.” Angus said.

He's been suffering ever since.

“We go every other month to the doctor, at least that often.” Angus’ wife Margie said.

And after five epidurals, multiple medications and a tissue infiltration, the pain still remains.

“Early on it felt like tiny worms crawling under the skin. And that was painful and frightening also. Later on it felt like tiny fish hooks.” Angus said

Not only is it hard for Angus, it’s hard for his wife to see him go through it

“It’s hurtful and frustrating and very hard to deal with because you do everything you can, creams, hot and cold compresses.” Margie said.

“I can never ask anybody to do more than she’s done, and I’ve even offered to go to the nursing home from keep from wearing her out.” Angus said.

Even specialists in Birmingham didn’t have any answers to fix his lingering symptoms.
Now he wants to get the message out to others to get vaccinated as soon as they can.

“Please take that shot.” Angus said.

Because that shot could have prevented Angus from getting the shingles.

“They don’t kill people; I still say they just make you want to die.
I’ve gone to bed many times and said, please lord don’t let me wake up in the morning.” Angus said.

Angus will continue to push for shingles awareness.
He says one of the biggest misconceptions about this virus, is that if you've previously had the chicken pox you can’t get shingles.

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