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Shingles

Posted by @mdsweeney in Infectious Diseases, Mar 18, 2012

Shingles rash has lasted for three months. Started as blisters on my neck. Spread to face, head, shoulder, chest, and now are small bumps - some red - in the same areas. Very itchy! Hard to sleep at night. Any thoughts? Is this normal? The doctor has me checking in with her via phone every week, but not seeing her. Keeps ordering medicine. Nothing helps much unless I take so much that it is hard to keep focused at work. Thanks for any help.

Tags: Infectious Disease, Skin Conditions, sleep problems, shingles

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roxie43

Posted by @roxie43, Mar 19, 2012

Hello
My advice would be to schedule an appointment ASAP. My doctors would never prescribe medicine without seeing me. Is that even ethical?
Anyway, get checked and have labs done to rule out other medical conditions.
So sorry that you are not being properly treated. I once worked in a health department and heard about how painful shingles can be.
Best of luck
Rox

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piglit

Posted by @piglit, Mar 19, 2012

I have had shingles myself. I f.you can see the dr within 72hrs of the shingles appearing there is a course of tablets that you can take. Unfortunatley your shingles have passed this stage. Please personally go and see the Dr. Medications shouldn't be prescibed like this. You need something to control the shingles from spreading anymore. You are in my thoughts and I hope you feel better soon. Piglit

mdsweeney

Posted by @mdsweeney, Mar 19, 2012

Thanks. I did go at the beginning. That is how she initially decided on the medicine. However, everything that I read says the rash should only have been for several weeks, and it has been three months - although no blisters after the first two weeks - just red, itchy, bumpy rash and a left arm that is very painful.. The doctor told me that it was not contagious after the blisters dried. I was just trying to find out if what I was experiencing was within the "normal" range and if it would eventually go away.

roxie43

Posted by @roxie43, Mar 20, 2012

Oh if you were diagnosed in person that's different but suffering 3 months is horrible.
Keep calling and say the shingles are not healing properly ...perhaps she could give you samples because docs do get tons of samples.
I hope you heal soon.

roxie43

Posted by @roxie43, Mar 20, 2012

Piglit isn't that horrible to treat someone suffering over the phone? What kind of doctor is that?
Poor thing.

mdsweeney

Posted by @mdsweeney, Mar 20, 2012

Well, in fairness, she may have been trying to save me the cost of going to the office - since money is always tight. I have no problem with the phone messages, I was just trying to find out if the length of the bothersome rash was normal. Thanks for your care.

piglit

Posted by @piglit, Mar 21, 2012

Hi in fairness to you the dr should have seen you and maybe not charged you for the visit. Unfortunately for you in this situation the shingles which is a virus as you know has continued to spread. This is a trait of shingles if left untreated. You have been the one that has been placed in a position of great discomfort. I have only had shingles mildy and they were bad enough. Please if this continues go and see someone else I just don't want this to get any worse for you. Take care please let me know how you go

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piglit

Posted by @piglit, Mar 21, 2012

Not good unbelievable to me. As to the length of time the shingles have occurred. Feel sorry that this situation has occured in this way. Piglit Not sure what the dr was thinking.

tsbalan

Posted by @tsbalan, Mar 21, 2012

I sent a report on my PHN to Mayo Clinic Community on 11 March 2012 as follows (in anonymous mode):-
I had Shingles from from mid-July to mid-August 2011, while on a visit to Phoenix(US). The area was on my torso on left side, in a patch of 4 inches, all round, starting from 2inches above belly-button to back center line. Dr prescribed Acycyclovir on the first day itself. After all the scabs fell off, Post-Herpetic Neuralgia started appearing. At first i was having pain in my lower part of the left lung, even while walking. I was virtually dragging my feet. The pain was severe while on a road trip, due to bumps of the vehicle. Any light clothing, like a vest, was giving an electric shock like sensation (allodynia) on the area affected. The cool air from airconditioner was giving a burning sensation & ceilng fan's breeze was giving electric-shock like sensatons. One day I tied a crepe bandage of 6inch width,(like the one used for Varicose Veins condition), all round the torso covering the area, and slightly tight. The effect was good, that i had less pain & skin sensation of clothing, & walking was pretty comfortable. Only it had some restriction on the full expansion of my lungs, which was tolerable for the period of walking. Now I keep my torso bare while at home.
Slowly the walking got better & i could attain 75% of my usual speed in 3 months. But the pain while road travel remains, & is a bit less with the crepe bandage in place.
So I avoid road travel nowdays & undertake only if essential.
I engage myself in some activity or my hobbies all thro' the day & do not brood over the bodily discomforts. By God's grace the sleep at night is comfortable.

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mdsweeney

Posted by @mdsweeney, Mar 24, 2012

Thank you for sharing. If you have had this since last summer, I guess three months for me is nothing to worry about. It definitley is not a pleasant virsus; and since I have a challenging job, it has made life rather stressful. However, at least I won't be concerned about the duration. Thank you.

piglit

Posted by @piglit, Mar 24, 2012

hi I would still get this checked the time that you have had this has been a long time. Take care Piglit

mdsweeney

Posted by @mdsweeney, Mar 26, 2012

Thanks. You have been very kind with your concern. I will try to get a day off and make an appointment soon.

piglit

Posted by @piglit, Mar 26, 2012

No worries Please let me know how you get along Take Care Piglit

mdsweeney

Posted by @mdsweeney, May 9, 2012

Thanks so much for caring. I did finally go back to the doctor this Monday. The resutl was multiple tests blood work, etc. but the diagnosis is still shingles - just a very bad case combined with much family/work stress which makes it worse apparently. So, I continue on the medicine that was ordered back in Dec. The good news is that it is not anything worse!

piglit

Posted by @piglit, May 10, 2012

Thanks for letting me know. Please take care of yourself and so glad that you went to the dr.s Keep in touch andlet me know how things are going. Piglit

tsbalan

Posted by @tsbalan, Mar 27, 2012

The Shingles rash created feelings of itching, burning,pulling of skin, insect-crawling all over, hair-raising on ends many times, pin pricks, etc. But it is not a debilitating disease. BUT NEVER SCRATCH WITH YR FINGERS ANY WHERE. Then it will spread wildly. It was a big effort to desist from the temptation of scratching. Sleep was almost in bits & pces. But by God's grace I was able to control my urge to scratch, by saying my prayers all times & by wearing a pair of cotton socks on both hands as mittens. I wld like to tell u that u had to find ways & means to reduce the discomforts as much as possible. The facial nerves r the most sensitive. Hence I wld like to tell that use of perfumes, cosmetics, deoderants, etc will increase the discomforts. Use only a very mild soap & bathe in water at body temperature. Pat the skin dry with very soft towel. In case yr facial skin is feeling dryness,use Glycerine (medical grade) as a lotion. It may look like oily, but do not care for anything like fashionable looks. Remember all these discomforts r not transferable to anyone, however dear they r to u. By keeping yr faith in God, the bad days will be over. Be bold & never give way to dejection. It is said that THE DARKEST HOUR PRECEDES DAWN. I wish u all the patience & hope to wait for that dawn. Best wishes.

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willow15

Posted by @willow15, Mar 26, 2012

Good Luck, too bad you did not know about shot to prevent them, think you can still get it after you have been clear of them for awhile, sorry

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