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Anyone diagnosed with shingles?

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:20 AM in Chronic Pain
I was just diagnosed with shingles after a month and a half of going back & forth to doc. I am not broke out on body...just on palm of hand.

I was told by the doc that it is common for post traumatic stress patients/chronic pain and neuropathy patients to get the shingles. Very weird to me. I had the shingles as a child and was broke out around my mid section. This go around started with major infection in my neck and face. Cellulitis and infection into my glands in my neck. I have progressively gotten worse and the doc came back today and said I had full blown shingles..."under the skin" ok...I am no doc but has anyone ever heard of this.

She told me it is caused obviously from a nerve problem. I have major nerve damage in my leg...but whats the deal with the swelling in my face and a patch of shingles on the palm of my hand.

Every since surgery I have fought and fought infection...this go around almost 2 months later is still winning the battle. I feel soooo bad.

If anyone out there has had this or has ever heard of getting shingles from a nerve problem please reply to this. Thanks to all!!


  • Comes from the chicken pox virus. If you had chicken pox as a child or adult you run the risk of having shingles.
  • I get shingles in my lips and mustache area when i'm super stressed ( In alot of pain ) as well as acne breakouts.

    My brother has gotten them much worse. Lips, side of face and almost in his eyes. The right side of his face still has scaring from one of his bad out breaks. I remember he had it so bad once he had to eat through a straw for weeks.

    Best bet is to let your DR treat it and hope it does not attack your face.

    Best Of Luck

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  • A few months after I had my surgery I developed Shingles all over my incision site. Ever since, I notice when I am stressed or my back is having a bad day, they will re-occur.

  • A few months after I had my surgery I developed Shingles all over my incision site. Ever since, I notice when I am stressed or my back is having a bad day, they will re-occur.

  • If you have ever had chicken pox the chicken pox virus (varicella zoster) stays in the body forever and can re surface in the form of shingles at any time, usually when our immune system is run down. For most of us this happens when we are particularly stressed. This can be physical or mental stress - recovering from a major operation would certainly place the body in a run down, stressed condition.

    Treatment with anti-viral medications, such as acyclovir or famciclovir is normally recommended to treat the virus and medications such as Lyrica or Topamax may be prescribed if nerve pain is an issue.

    I first got shingles on the cheek (face not, a**) 20 years ago when we bought our first house. I got it again last year just in front of the ear when I was particularly run down. Shingles in this location can affect the 6th cranial nerve and cause facial paralysis on that side of the face (usually only temporary if correct treatment is sought quickly), which did happen to me. This is called Ramsay Hunt Syndrome (similar to Bell's Palsey).

    Shingles can be very painful.
    Keep positive!


    ...an old timer here and ex-moderator

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  • Thanks for the replies. I am currently taking Lyrica and Dicloxacill and Diazepam. What is weird is I have a patch on the palm of my right hand. Facial swelling on the left side. Very weird. Doctor said it usually focuses on one side of the body.

    Of course...I am the weird patient. If it is rare or almost impossible for things to happen...I am the one it happens to. lol I am just tired of the PAIN the STRESS of dealing with the limitations brought on by this dam disease.

    Just thankful I have you guys to reach out to when I need a friend. Thanks guys!!

    God Bless-
  • Hi Cathy,

    I have shingles, dx'd about 4-6 weeks ago. I did not break out, but they just stayed under the skin across the right side of my back (just where my bra goes across my back.) They just look like dark spots under the skin. The first time I had them, about 10 years ago, they were in a line along my waist, also the right side. But that time they broke our into blisters. This time I had pain and itch and that tingling, that if you have ever had shingles, you never forget. That, I believe is the nerve pain.

    I have a thread about shingles under the Arthritis Forum called "Methotrexate and Shingles." I blame this time on the methotrexate which I take for RA weakening my immune system. That is when shingles come back. When your immune system is compromised, and like Bruce added, under a lot of stress.

    Good luck Cathy, and please keep us posted on your progress. I feel bad for you, because you sure had enough to deal with before this. Just hang in there. Hugs and prayers, Marti
  • Marti-
    Thanks for the info. I believe some of the meds I have been on has crushed my immune system. I had the shingles as a kid and man oh man they hurt. The blisters were bad.

    This time very weird. I have dark spots across my face and just today have a place on my neck that has started to blister. I am tired and just would love to be normal. That is as normal as normal could be for me. lol Thanks for all the prayers and Bless you!

    God Bless-
  • i had a a case on my face right before my back operation last year. it covered my left side and i had a cortisone injection. right after my surgery, it cleared up and have not had a case since. is there a corolation to back problems and shingles? i don't know. all i know is that nerves are responsible in both of them. some weird sex problems cleared up after my surgery also
    I have 4 fusions from L5-3, the latest last May '12 where they fixed my disc that broke.They went through my side this time. I take 40 mg of oxycontin 4x a day and 4 fenatyl lollipops 300 micro gms 4x a day.
  • Hi Cathy,

    How are you feeling now? I hope that the Lyrica you are taking is helping you now with the pain. That nerve pain can be really nasty from these. And I can't imagine it on your face. Ouch! Did you also take an anti-viral? The one I took was Valtrex. And i think I got it started soon enough to keep them from getting so bad. I normally take Neurotin for nerve pain in my neck. But it really did help me with the shingles pain.

    I really can sympathize with you for the pain of this. And someone told me that the ones that stay under the skin hurt worse than the ones that break out in blisters. (I couldn't tell the difference, both hurt, in my opinion.) This time I tried to down-play the shingles pain with my PCP dr and also my Rheumy. Because I was afraid they would make me postpone the foot surgery I had on the 21st. Now the shingles pain is letting off and the foot pain is bad (really bad!)

    I hope by now you are doing much better, please keep us posted. Marti
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