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A person very close to me was recently diagnosed with shingles. She began to have intense pain in her left breast, a pain that was unbearable. Many times she would have to leave work early because the pain became to extreme. The pain was a mystery until one day she noticed a small pimple on her back. It became apparent that every time the pain attack came, a small acne type of bump appeared on her back, neck, or head. Being a person who thought they could deal with pain, it took her several weeks to go to the doctor. Something anyone should have done as soon as something this severe began happening to their body.


Seeing a physician’s assistant, my friend was diagnosed with shingles. She was given a medication that is usually associated to treat herpes. This and a pain medication helped her through the flair ups, but the bumps on her back still only came in a single entity and not in clusters as most shingles out breaks are. That and she was only 43 and most shingle episodes happen when a person is over sixty. The attacks came and went and still she would have attacks so bad that she could not function with daily activities. Not only quality of life but the embarrassment of not being able to deal with work and family began to toll on her.


One of the shingles precursors is stress. This lady just was promoted in a high stress job that put her on edge not only during work but after work also. The more stressful episodes that happened at work caused more pain to happen and the frequency of outbreaks increased. After a terrible bout she went back to the doctor. This time a real doctor, not a PA, reviewed her records and shook his head. He realized that she was misdiagnosed and was given a medication that not only relieved the pain, but relieved the anxiety that was associated with these types of outbreaks.


Since then my friend has been fine. The big mistake that the PA made is that the shingle sores are in a pattern along one strand of nerves. This cause pain in the tissue that is associated with that nerve cluster. If you have been diagnosed with shingles and you only have one bump that is present when pain is found, get a second opinion. My friend went through nights without sleep and missing days of work because of the misdiagnosis. Any skin problem or pain associated with a skin problem can be serious, so seek medical attention immediately.


Chicken pox is the virus that will later cause a person to suffer from shingles later in life. Most people think that once you have chicken pox the childhood disease goes away and you never have to worry about it again. Wrong! The virus stays in your system and never fully leaves your body. Certain catalysts like stress, cancer, chemotherapy or AIDS, can cause the virus to reactivate resulting in shingles. Happening to people over the age of 60 mostly, the virus has been known to affect more than 500,000 people annually and most of the times, the true origin, or cause of the outbreak is unknown.

The first symptom of shingles is unexplained pain or a sore sensation on one side of the body. The sensation is usually unexplained but the itching and constant ache is sometime unbearable. One or two days after the pain starts, red blisters, or puss filled bumps that are usually located near the pain and it will appear as a rash once the bumps are dried over with scabs. The scabs dry up and fall off after about twelve days and often there is a scar left. Most people who report the initial pain say that it comes in goes in spurts but the pain can be excruciating.

If you think you have shingles, do not scratch the scabs. This could cause a secondary bacterial infection. Most shingles requires some type of pain medication that helps the sufferer be alleviated from the pain and at the same time allows them to go about daily activities like their job or family life. There are medications that can be given to help reduce the time of the attack, but most home remedies include rubbing the infected area gently with warm soapy water and a clean cloth until the scabs dry up. This should be done several times a day to help the healing process begin.

Shingles is not contagious to someone who has had Chicken Pox, but if someone comes into contact with the puss filled sores and has not had the virus, they can contract Chicken pox. To prevent this, keep your rash area covered with a clean dressing. Remember, if you are a healthy person, shingles will not make you unhealthy, but just filled with pain. Some cases have been known to last for years. Pain management is about all you can do to get through the virus until it eventually goes away. If you are unhealthy or get sick a lot, check with your doctor because you may have an immune system deficiency that may cause the Shingles to appear more often.


Essex class carriers are vintage World War II carriers that served on duty for almost a half of a century. Having over a dozen roles it was the core of the post-war fleet. To accommodate the jet aircraft the flight deck and the landing system of the air craft carrier had to be modified. An angled flight deck, which allows the launching of several aircraft and the hurricane bow as added to not only allow more take offs, but to accommodate more jets per ship. These upgrades are apart of the Fleet Rehabilitation and Modernization upgrade program,


US Navy Destroyers are world famous and one of the most famous is the USS Arleigh Burke.  Named after Admiral Arleigh Albert Burke, this ship has the distinction of leading the Arleigh Burke class of US Navy Destroyers which are guided missile destroyers. Built in Bath Maine in 1988, the destroyer’s designers used lessons learned from the UK Navy during the Falkland Campaigns. Utilizing stealth technology, this all steel US Nave destroyer has the capability to work in chemical or radiological contaminated waters.

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The U.S. Navy Cutlass was a sword adopted in 1860 and used in the Spanish-American War.  It was also used by the French Navy. Curtal axe is what Cutlass is derived from and means an ancient heavy but short weapon. 


The blade type was a single edge however 5 inches from the tip was a double edge in the blade was curved making it easier to swing through the air.


The U.S. Navy Cutlass was a first-rate weapon intended for the use of face-to-face fighting however the combatants of the Spanish-American War seldom seen this type of fighting.


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The U.S. Navy Blue Angels are an acrobatic flight demonstration team which began in April of 1946.  Their acrobatic shows draw millions of fans every year from March until November with special appearances at air shows on Memorial Day and Labor Day.


The U.S. Navy Blue Angels are made up of both officers and enlisted ranks from the U.S. Navy in addition to the Marine Corps.  Pilots usually serve two years and the position they are assigned is dependent upon the team needs, pilot experience and career considerations of its members.


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The Naval Vessel Register is where the U.S. Navy maintains an official list of ships currently in use in addition to past U.S. Navy ships.


The list of U.S. Navy Ships is listed alphabetically according to the first name and not the last name.  For example the Lady Washington is listed under L for Lady and not W for Washington.


The official list of U.S. Navy Ships include aircraft carriers, frigates, battleships, destroyers, destroyer escorts, cruisers, escort carriers, patrol vessels, sailing frigates, steam gunboats, steam frigates and monitors.


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There are many different styles of U.S. Navy Seals wallpaper for one’s computer available through various online websites including the official US Navy Seals website.


U.S. Navy Seals wallpaper could consist of a photograph of several U.S. Navy Seals dropping from a helicopter into the water or emerging from the waters in order to begin a mission.  Wallpaper for a computer could also be the official US Navy Seals emblem or a U.S. Navy Seals obstacle course or graduation ceremony.


U.S. Navy Seals perform top-secret missions therefore US Navy Seals wallpaper could only encompass certain photographs of Navy Seals in action.


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There are various US Navy ranks a person considering a career in the Navy could go through.  Gold stripes are used on the uniform for 12 years of service or more.  Two silver stripes means a Seaman apprentice; three white stripes are for a Seaman; then there is the Petty Officer Third Class, Petty Officer Second Class and Petty Officer First Class.  After that comes the Chief Petty Officer, Senior Chief Petty Officer, Master Chief Petty Officer and a Fleet/Command Master Chief Petty Officer.  The highest U.S. Navy rank a Navy officer could achieve is Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy.


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Little is known about U.S. Navy uniforms compared to other military uniforms.  Some might even say they are mythical because most people think they are older than what they really are.


Most controversy surrounding the U.S. Navy uniforms comes from the enlisted men’s bell bottomed trousers which used to contain eleven buttons on the flap and then were redesigned sometime in the 1990s and added two more buttons for account of 13 total buttons to represent the original 13 colonies.  Many of the recruiters were never told of the original eleven button bellbottoms and only told the story of the 13 buttons that represents the original colonies.


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