In this medical video learn about a disease that feels even worse then it looks. New hope for preventing and treating shingles pain.
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Carl Bozeman: You begin to think this is never going to go away, and so you just kind of live with that pain Jennifer Matthews: Just choosing which shirt to wear makes a difference for Carl Bozeman. Carl Bozeman: I used to lean forward at work a lot just so I could get my shirt to pull away from my skin. Jennifer Matthews: Carl has shingles, a virus that causes blisters on the skin. It's actually a remnant of childhood chicken pox. Dr. Dianna Quan: Most people who have had chicken pox are walking around and they have virus in their body, and at some point later in life it can actually reactivate. Carl Bozeman: It's probably the worst pain I ever felt. It had me so worried, I checked myself in. Turned out that it was not a heart attack. It was the shingles. Jennifer Matthews: And there is no cure. But at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, new research provides hope. Doctors first gave shingles patients the mouth sore medication Zovirax intravenously for two weeks. Then patients took the herpes medication, Valtrex, orally for a month. Dr. Dianna Quan: What we found was about half the patients actually got better," Jennifer Matthews: Carl is now drug and pain free, wears whatever he wants. Carl Bozeman: It's something you do not want to get. Jennifer Matthews: and thinks everyone should get a shingles vaccine. This is Jennifer Matthews reporting.