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Old 07-08-07, 03:33 PM   #1
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Shingles/Chicken Pox & Training?

Has any one here ever had shingles and if so when did you return to long distance cycling? My dermatologist diagnosed me with shingles last week and although I feel o.k. I want to rest up before I start training again. At first I thought the bumps were poison ivy and they are not widespread-but he said it was shingles. Yikes! The doc did say I could resume riding whenever I felt like it but I want to be cautious and help speed recovery as much as I can. So far I have not ridden or worked out for 4 days...Any experiences or ideas would be Greatly Appreciated!
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When I had the shingles I rested until the bumps went down and stopped being so itchy.
Any strenuous activity was unpleasant due to the sweat and heat just making the outbreak itchy and painful. YMMV.
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Thanks WB-I only have a few small bumps on my forehead so it isn't as bad as what some folks go through- I have read and heard the pain/itching can be extremly bad. When you did get back on the bike did you have any general fatigue or muscular issues?
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