Patient Comments: Shingles - Symptoms

What were your shingles symptoms?

Comment from: 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 20

I came home from vacation at the beach. I was a little red from the sun on my chest and the back of my neck. Over the next several days a rash appeared and I thought I may have gotten sun poisoning. Little blisters appeared and then I developed severe pain with a stiff neck only on my left side. There was major pain and burning on my neck and back of the head. I went to the emergency room and I was told I had Shingles. I was given Valtrex and prednisone. I hope this goes away soon.

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Comment from: PamC, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 19

I am a 55-year-old female. The first day of vacation I was feeling bad (headache and fatigue) but I thought it was just the stress of work, packing, flying, time change,etc. I finished all the Excedrin I had with no relief. Day 2 I broke on in a rash on my forehead, around my rt eye and my nose. Still did not connect the dots. After another day, I finally went to the doctor and was immediately told I had shingles. I was given acyclovir and a narcotic painkiller (that did not help). I was also told to see an eye doctor since my eye was red and puffy. Saw the eye doctor who said things were fine..take the acyclovir. However, the next day, my vision went cloudy. I saw an opthalmologist who gave me steroidal drops and an antibiotic. A week later, saw an opthalmologist at home who continued all meds. Another week later, mostly cleared up. Eyes are sensitive to light and I occasionally get a searing pain in the top of my head, like a hot knife. Hope this is the end of it.

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Comment from: pamunkeykim, 13-18 Female (Caregiver) Published: July 10

My 15 year old daughter got the shingles. I took her to her pediatrician and the doctor confirmed it. Hers was from her mid spine to her naval. She was given one blood test to check for lupus which came back negative. I have asked the pediatrician, local drug stores and the health department if my daughter could get the vaccine for shingles, all said no.

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Comment from: bille, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: June 25

1. Some chest tightness like i might get with spring alergies 2. sever back pain in line with what later became a "ray" of sores. 3. slight itching in a two inch or so area - where within 2hr the first sores appeared

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Comment from: tommy, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: June 25

It looked like bug bites but were more in a cluster. Before hand I had an intense headache for a couple days before the outbreak. I had intense burning feelings shooting throughout my body. The only outbreak was on my back. Though i feel it trying to breakout on my forehead. That area itches badly and my skin overall is red and splotchy. Also had a fever for about 5 days with the headaches. Pain feels like nails or razors in my skin to a sunburn feeling. To sometimes an itchy feeling.

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Comment from: Kathy, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 12

I am 52. For about a week my left arm was bothering me. The bottom of my forearm was very tender, had pain that came and went in different places in my arm. Wondered if I was having a heart problem...stupidly never went to have it checked out. Then got a rash on the bottom side, at the top of my arm. The next day, while describing my symptoms to a co-worker she knew right away that it was shingles. Left work and got on antiviral. Looking back I was very tired in the week leading up. But have not experienced the pain everyone seems to have. It's more itchy and annoying than painful.

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Comment from: David, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: May 24

I was in the yard working and found several ticks on me. I had my wife make sure we got them all and thought I was good. Over the next few days, I got what I thought were tick bites on the back of my head. They itched, and then hurt terribly. Apparently, there were blisters, but I just figured they were tick bites and ignored them. This went on for a week and when I finally had my wife take a look she said, "You have shingles." My doctor confirmed this, but told me I was too far along for anything to help as far as medication, so that I should just keep the area clean, don't share towels, and take an antibiotic for what appears to be a secondary bacterial infection of the skin. If you feel these painful little “bites,” get to the doctor fast!

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