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






I’m pretty but still single

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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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I Followed You

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I followed you

I chased you

But not in the street

Neither behind you

I followed you online

I checked on you every minute, every day

WhatsApp on you?

Your update is the start of my day

I followed you

I keep on checking what’s on your mind

What are you doing?

Where are you?

Are you lonely, hungry, happy or away?

I want to know

I followed you

Any thoughts of you make my day complete

When nothing new

I’m incomplete

Tempted to message you to tell I am waiting for your post

I followed you

Because I like you

Your photos bring curiosity in me

Your views influenced me a lot

You are great

You are fascinating

I followed you

To thank you

For influencing my life

More positive

More happiness

More understanding

I followed you

And will follow you forever….

……………………I hope you don’t mind

……………………………………….I followed…

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Where have you been all my life?

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Photo by Bernadette Rodriguez


I was in the mental hospital! Hahahaha

Kidding aside, this is a question when we feel like asking when we’ve met someone who we think is perfectly right for us but not at the right time. We connect instantly, found him/her amazing, can’t stop smiling, enjoying every moment, there is a spark! They make us feel alive and suddenly everything around us are beautiful and all the love songs start to make sense.

Is there really a timing for the right person? How timing is everything when it comes to a relationship? And definitely we are wishing that if we found that right person, the timing won’t matter because we want to be happy – so in spite of all consequences, we will find a way to make it happen.

But it doesn’t always work the way we want it to be. Many things are…

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Our happiness is important as anyone else’s, I think we need to ensure that we set some limits on other’s demand.

Our whole life doesn’t have to take care or pleasing other people’s expectation or demand. Let’s not feel guilty or irresponsible if we refuse to do something for them or if we say no to them.

We have the right to disagree and we have the right to say no.

Preserve something for ourselves. Taking care of our self is entirely important nowadays, I am not saying be selfish and do not care for the others. Let’s just put our self-first in our own lives. Means we take care of our self so we can be there for everyone else. To be good to others we need to take care of our own needs first, which many of us forget it or let’s say not a priority.

The best…

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It’s not easy

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It is not easy to be alone, neither be a single

It is not easy to be with someone, neither to be married

It is not easy to say no and even sometimes to say yes

It is not easy to lead our lives to where we want it to be

It is not easy to maintain the intensity of love though it is easy to fall in love

Life is not easy, in any aspects …but we can do something about it.

Approaching things in a positive way is a good habit, it will make our lives easier and manageable. Our daily lives are full of challenges, better to have few hours of break from the daily dose of toxins that we encounter every day. If we are lucky to have someone with us to spend few hours of the day to unwind, to talk, to chat, to laugh…

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