The Sharp and Stabbing Pain that Attacks Me! – SHINGLES

Anyone who has recovered from chickenpox can develop shingles.

Most common factor in developing shingles are being older than 50, but I’m not 50 yet! However, some factors are: weak immune system and stress and those who are undergoing some treatments. This answer my case, STRESS 🙂

The pain is too much! That I couldn’t bear it! To the point I was injected with pain killers.

It all started with sharp pain on my left side chest, numbing of my left side arm and sharp and stabbing pain on my left side back below my shoulder around my left chest.

Initially, from NMC I was prescribed with pain killer capsule alone and I was wondering only this?! The following day the pain was worst, and I’ve decided to go to Prime Medical Center in Khawaneej after some work in the morning. I’ve met a Cardiologist, Dr. Mostafa, after hearing all my complaints then he did some protocol checkups. He then prescribed me with a medicine that will calm my muscle, also ECG test and chest x-ray (front chest and left side chest). The’ve asked me to wait for the result, my ECG was normal but there is some soft sound occurring in between. My x-ray showed my heart is a little bit bigger than the normal size. However, he said nothing to worry and go home, take the medicine and comeback after five days. It was Monday, so the nurse booked me for Saturday 12nn.

Day by day the pain gets worse and worse that I couldn’t sleep and in tears.

Thursday, I couldn’t stand the pain anymore, called the clinic and Dr. Mostafa will be back only by Saturday. However, I can come and see a GP, I came morning, and I was injected with pain killers. The GP said I’m sure it’s only muscle pain.

At home, keep on searching about how to relieve the muscle pain and cold compress is one of the immediate relief for pain and it does! The following day, Friday, I was coughing, and my voice is gone. OMG maybe because of cold compress I said to myself. I’m looking forward for Saturday, I really want to know what the cause of the pain is. Every day, I’m worrying that the pain is from my enlarged heart. Watching videos about heart enlargement makes me paranoid and disturbed, so I’ve decided to stop watching anything about heart failures.

Finally, it’s Saturday!

I was advised to go straight to the treatment room, I will have my 2D Echo done. Before Dr. Mostafa started the echo, I told him that I have some rashes or like a cyst where the pain is coming from (left upper back). I showed it to him and suddenly, he said you have viral infection! This is painful and always initially suspected as symptoms of heart failure. I was surprised either, and he said it is good that I’ve mentioned about this. Dr. Mostafa and the Nurse continue the echo. I really like the way this Doctor work, he will not stop until he finds the root cause of the problem. He said that my heart has soft sound and he needs to find out what it is. It takes us almost 10 minutes sliding back and forth to my left chest all the way down around my breast. He found out that I have “Bicuspid Heart Valve” which he said I was born with it. So far, it is moderate and not required any treatment or medications. The good thing is that now I know that I have this kind of heart valve. I can take care of it at this early stage and supervise from time to time.

Now let me discuss with you the unusual finding, the SHINGLES!

Pain is usually the first symptom of shingles. For some, it can be intense. Depending on the location of the pain, it can sometimes be mistaken for a symptom of problems affecting the heart, lungs or kidneys. Some people experience shingles pain without ever developing the rash.

Most commonly, the shingles rash develops as a stripe of blisters that wraps around either the left or right side of your torso. Sometimes the shingles rash occurs around one eye or on one side of the neck or face.

Shingles is a viral infection that causes a painful rash.

Shingles is caused by the varicella-zoster virus — the same virus that causes chickenpox. After you’ve had chickenpox, the virus lies inactive in nerve tissue near your spinal cord and brain. Years later, the virus may reactivate as shingles.

While it isn’t a life-threatening condition, shingles can be very painful. Vaccines can help reduce the risk of shingles, while early treatment can help shorten a shingles infection and lessen the chance of complications.

It is not possible to have shingles if you have never been exposed to chickenpox or the varicella virus that causes it.

The signs and symptoms of shingles usually affect only a small section of one side of your body. These signs and symptoms may include:

  • Pain, burning, numbness or tingling
  • Sensitivity to touch
  • A red rash that begins a few days after the pain
  • Fluid-filled blisters that break open and crust over
  • Itching

Some people also experience:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Fatigue

When to see a doctor

Contact your doctor promptly if you suspect shingles, but especially in the following situations:

  • The pain and rash occur near an eye. If left untreated, this infection can lead to permanent eye damage.
  • You’re 60 or older, because age significantly increases your risk of complications.
  • You or someone in your family has a weakened immune system (due to cancer, medications or chronic illness).
  • The rash is widespread and painful

Is it Contagious? 

  • A person with shingles can pass the varicella-zoster virus to anyone who isn’t immune to chickenpox. This usually occurs through direct contact with the open sores of the shingles rash. Once infected, the person will develop chickenpox, however, not shingles.
  • Chickenpox can be dangerous for some people. Until your shingles blisters scab over, you are contagious and should avoid physical contact with anyone who hasn’t yet had chickenpox or the chickenpox vaccine, especially people with weakened immune systems, pregnant women and newborns.

The medicines for shingles are very expensive, it is good that all are covered by my health insurance. One example is VALTREZ that cost 539AED one box.

So far, Im fine but still in pain, cough and sore throat add on to my discomfort but I’m pretty sure I will be fine soon.

Very interesting treatment is to massage the opposite side of the affected area to relieve the pain – watch the videos below to understand more.



Towards Happiness

Hey! Its been long time, was just busy in life 🙂

I can say I’m getting older to think of settling down without regrets and be happy forever. Yes, age does matter, admittedly when I was young I wasn’t thinking of this “life without regrets” or what exactly the meaning of happiness or the right path to happiness. Along the way, we suffered, we failed then we learned. Experiences teaches us, which is very true. We sometimes ignore what we hear from our parents or experienced people who are trying to share their lessons in life, until we are in that unwanted situation and realized they are right.

We sometimes focus in accomplishing big things in life, and we tend to forget that happiness is made up of little things in life.

Now that I know how to manage my emotions, how to control my temper, when to speak and when not to speak lead me towards greatest happiness every day. When we are young we tend to get irritated easily, if things go against our expectation then frustration follows. Again, as I am always saying CONTROL is POWER!

Set your goals in life, control your emotions, motivate yourself, be positive and drive straight towards your happiness.

At this stage of my life, my goal is happiness. Towards my happiness, I need to:

Don’t get irritated easily, simple things ignore it

Know when to talk and what to say

Listen listen …

Kindness is love

Don’t try to please others, be true to yourself

Do what makes you happy

Don’t rely your happiness to anyone


Ignore what people says

Surround yourself with your love ones

Remove negative people in your life

Be in-love


Motivate others

Mentor when required

Accept who you are

Be satisfied

Treat every situation in a positive way

Choose your friends to keep

Work with Dignity

Balance work vs personal life

Spend quality time with your family

Follow your passion

Hobby as stress reliever

Be productive every day

Provide your body’s biological needs 😊

What about you? Do you have a list towards your happiness?

Xoxo Loreli






The sweet pain of missing you

I miss you…

I would say missing you is not a pleasurable feeling, but while thinking of the unique memories together it brings smiles on my face even I miss you a lot. The sweet pain of missing you is not easy, but we must accept the fact that we are not the only people existing in this world. We need to attend our responsibilities outside of our relationship.

We do both spend quality time as much as possible, we always try to make a good moment to cherish and it will surely bring smile on my face when I miss you.

Missing you is LOVE, whenever you are away things are different, but somehow feeling warm inside because we are emotionally connected.

I know there are so many reasons of missing someone in our lives. If we go deeper there is a science behind this feeling. It all comes down to emotions, which of course a very complex and unpredictable thing in life.

In my own perspective, we miss someone because we are longing to feel the pleasure, the love and the comfort that we are experiencing when that person is around. Then when apart, that is a “change” and we tend to fight that change and try to feel the same even that person is away.

Okay, enough lol – the fact is that, when we are serious to continue our life with that someone special we tend to miss him a lot specially when he is not around.

Good morning 😊

How to be You

“How to be you?” Few times I heard this question from some girls and I am flattered, of course, just this morning:

how to be u

Thank you so much for this comment, It gave me energy and idea to write today!

How to be someone is impossible that is for sure, one time a pretty lady said to me I wish I have your face, your hair, your skin your body hahaha what is this Marlou Arizala 🙂 “Goodbye Old Face” hehe

It is good to copy someone’s good behavior that will help us a lot. But cloning someone’s face and identity is something diverse. Everyone is unique, we have our own way of presenting ourselves, our own style of approaching others and different features are given to us by the creator. Practically enhance what we have and that for sure makes a big difference.

Let’s talk about enhancing our look if we want to look good and achieve something better we need to invest time, money and effort. There is no magic in maintaining our own beauty and to look good all the time. It requires time management, motivation and most especially we enjoy doing it. But not excessively do it! To look elegant doesn’t necessarily need a huge amount of money, there are many simple and cheaper ways to look and feel better. Be creative, research and don’t be fooled by commercialized products and services. Of course, since I prefer using all naturals and organic skincare products then I would like to suggest to please try to avoid chemicals as much as possible in feeding your skin.

Sometimes when we admire someone we are wishing to be in their place. But we are not aware of what exactly is going on in his/her life, we have no idea of their struggles, conflicts, heartache, problems, risk and many more. Just like “don’t judge the book by its cover” we judge by its cover, we do admire by its cover too until we get to know each page of the book and maybe surprisingly find out that our lives are far better and peaceful.

All are beautiful, all are pretty, all are sexy it’s just so happen not all are the same in demonstrating these qualities. Confidently carry yourself and boost your aura! No negative or any bad feeling in any of your part. Feel beautiful do not degrade yourself, be optimistic, and appreciate all the bits and pieces of your body as the greatest gift that you’ve got! So take good care of these gifts and enjoy.

Let’s feel good about ourselves all the time!


I’m pretty but still single

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Photo by Bernadette Rodriguez

I have few girlfriends around looks so pretty but still single. It is so intriguing a pretty woman is still single or remain single for a long time. And there are some women who look so simple, silent,  not that pretty and not even sexy but fully occupied.

What goes wrong here? For my girlfriends who are in this situation, I will try my very best to enumerate some tips that I hope can help you 🙂

A common concern of a single woman is how to be attractive and noticed by a guy. One thing complicated is how to keep the guy’s interest after catching them. Every single lady wants to know how to flirt, get noticed, seduced and be attractive, it is so challenging to succeed in love.

Here are some tips and behavior that can help you increase attraction:

  • Always keep fresh and…

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Emotionally Connected

Did you ever experience a time that you’ve just talked to someone and you already feel connected and comfortable? There is something between the two of you that is happening at that moment and you are enjoying every minute of it. Then you wonder, that was what?  I can say it is what we called “Emotional Connection”

I believe that emotional connection is one of the most important foundations of a lasting relationship. Everyone wants to feel loved by their partner. When we have emotionally connected everything goes naturally, no pretentions, no hesitations and no stress and no drama. Being emotionally connected, we build a foundation of trust and respect.

Maintaining this connection in a relationship will promote forgiveness, understanding, engagement, less emotional issues, and disruptions.

Emotional connection happens naturally, we cannot forge it or neither can’t we create it. If we fake it then everything in your relationship is fake! And will never last!

When you are emotionally connected with your partner then I must congratulate you, lucky to be one of the luckiest people in the world of relationship.

You are enjoying the benefits of being emotionally connected and truly loved by your partner. Here are few benefits that you will enjoy when you are truly emotionally connected with your partner:

Love making is going to be out of this world. Enjoying the simplest way of intimacy, such as holding hands deepens the romantic connection, one kiss and you feel like heaven.
You are valued and respected in any way

Having an amazing conversation together. How amazing it is to be able to share your life with someone and you are always in-tune whatever topic you are discussing together, from the craziest to the most serious thoughts.

When you have a deep emotional connection, it is so easy to communicate what you want and needs. You are not scared to argue together, instead, you are able to communicate clearly knowing that whatever the issue is, that both of you will understand and compromise.

Knowing that someone is always there for you no matter what is indeed the most wonderful feeling you could ever have.

When you truly emotionally connected with someone in an intimate relationship, your body releases the mood-enhancing hormone – (I forgot what is that hormone called 🙂 What I know is that this hormone enhances our sense of trust, optimism and triggers the part of our brain that forms that connection. Example it boosts good mood, orgasm etc
You have more fun together

Never stop talking – future, common interest, past experiences, goals – these strengthen the relationship.

Uhmm this seems to be heaven … so when you find that emotional connection try your best to keep it, maintain it “for life” 🙂

Thanks for dropping by.

Emotional Intelligence a Missing Part

Going through my emails and this seminar catches my attention “Emotional Intelligence for Leaders” this is what I was wishing for a long time ago. I hope that emotional intelligence is part of the curriculum from Senior High school to College. Curriculum mainly focuses on theory, technical skills, communication skills, personality development and career development. I don’t remember we had something for emotional intelligence when I was studying, I am not so sure in the current curriculum. I had some behavioral subjects that are because I was taking up Psychology, but still, it is not specifically about emotional intelligence.

What normally happens is we learn “emotional intelligence” through experience, through other’s lives, and from our failures. Then we realized that adult world is not all about intelligence, we need to be emotionally prepared as well. We are lucky if our parents prepared us to be emotionally strong in facing obstacles in life, but what if not.

Lately, it has been realized that Leaders must have this very important competency which is the right level of emotional intelligence to be a more effective leader.

It is an important characteristic of anyone at any level of an organization. A leader with the right emotional intelligence can have a far-reaching influence over their relationships, how they will manage their team, and overall how they will interact with individuals in their workplace.

I would suggest let’s have some time to learn and understand the emotional intelligence and how it will help us improves our level of communication and productivity. How we see things from the perspective of others to increase our interpersonal skills. How we recognize own and others emotions and use this to improve their performance and our relationship with them. How we use our emotions to solve some issues. Understand emotions and how emotions change and why. How to manage our own emotion and others emotion and many more.

I hope you enjoy my introduction to emotional intelligence, it is helpful if you will read more about this subject and try to apply what you will learn to your work and even to your personal life.

Cheers xoxo