Patient Comments: Shingles - Symptoms

What were your shingles symptoms?

Comment from: shin222, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 20

I am 45 and I currently have shingles. I had two dizzy spells with no other symptoms. One night, my back, on the left side started hurting for no reason. The pain would go around to my front left side as well. The pain lasted about four days. I assumed that it was arthritis and bone spurs since I had already been diagnosed with that on my right side via x-ray. I thought nothing of it and just used a massager and Ben-gay. Three days later, after the back pain went away, I started getting the rash and the doctor diagnosed shingles and gave me Valtrex three times a day.

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Comment from: Whitby, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 20

For about a week, I had pain in my right shoulder, armpit and the underside of my arm. I thought I pulled it by moving something. Then I broke out in a rash over the same areas, and also my right breast. I had been camping so thought I picked up poison ivy (although I thought it was an odd place and I was covered up). I was taking Tylenol for pain, applying Calamine lotion and the pain was just getting worse. It was like stabbing pain and burning. Finally went to the clinic and diagnosed right away with shingles. I am on antiviral meds and gabapentin.

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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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