Broadway Star's Migraine Turns Out To Be Much More Serious. Quarantined From Seeing Infant Son


Lin-Manuel Miranda has become a household name that people most often associate with the hip-hop musical “Hamilton.”

As well as writing the book, music and lyrics of the show, Miranda also starred as the title character in the original Broadway version.

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The 38-year-old also created the Broadway musical “In the Heights” and contributed to the Disney movie “Moana.”

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Miranda shared on Twitter on April 4 that he was experiencing one of the worst migraines of his life, but he didn’t chalk it up to much more than that.

But a few days later, he learned that his headache was actually much more serious. It was actually shingles.

“Hey, cool story This isn’t a migraine, it’s shingles! Caught it early, quarantined away from the baby, in a Phantom mask til further notice,” he wrote on Twitter.

The Broadway star and father of two was diagnosed with the viral infection, which is caused by the same virus that leads to chickenpox, so he has to stay away from his 8-week-old son.

Along with migraines, some other symptoms of shingles include fever, chills and an upset stomach.

According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are about 1 million cases of shingles, or herpes zoster, in the U.S. every year. Anyone who has had chickenpox can get shingles, and even though children can get it, the risk of getting the infection increases with age.

Miranda had to later clarify that his reference to the mask worn by the Phantom in “The Phantom of the Opera” was just a joke and he was “not wearing a mask.”

He is, however, staying up the street from his children in order to protect them from getting the infection.

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Luckily for Miranda, they caught the infection early. Shingles develop into a blistered rash that will clear up in two to four weeks.

We wish Miranda a speedy recovery and hope he gets to be back with his sons soon.

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Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. A University of Oregon graduate, Erin has conducted research in data journalism and contributed to various publications as a writer and editor.
Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. She grew up in San Diego, California, proceeding to attend the University of Oregon and graduate with honors holding a degree in journalism. During her time in Oregon, Erin was an associate editor for Ethos Magazine and a freelance writer for Eugene Magazine. She has conducted research in data journalism, which has been published in the book “Data Journalism: Past, Present and Future.” Erin is an avid runner with a heart for encouraging young girls and has served as a coach for the organization Girls on the Run. As a writer and editor, Erin strives to promote social dialogue and tell the story of those around her.
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