Patient Comments: Shingles - Symptoms

What were your shingles symptoms?

Comment from: smurfette, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 19

I thought I had a cramp in my left hip, could hardly walk for two days, the morning of the third day I woke up with screaming pain in my left thigh and an itchy rash, which was really sore. The rash spread to my groin area. I got the medication Valacyclovir, which helped some, but the pain is terrible.

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Comment from: gingercookie55, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 13

It started with itchy rash, and then it got very painful. The rash bumps broke open and crusted over. It spread on one side of my face, my nose on my right cheek. It feels like something is crawling on my face and at the same time, it hurts really badly!

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Comment from: Razzle, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: February 13

I'm 47; I thought I had glass in my foot at first. Then during the night I thought there was a second piece of glass in my toe. Extremely painful! There were no indications such as redness or itchiness. Wasn't till later that day I noticed a small rash on the side of my lower leg. Then I found rash at the base of my back. Throughout the previous week I was tired more than usual.

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Comment from: yorkieblue, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 09

I am 54, and my shingles started with back pain that last about five days. I was going to the doctor for my high blood pressure pills anyway and told him about the pain I was having and the blisters on my back. He looked at it and said it was herpes. He gave me antiviral pills and cream and ibuprofen for pain. I later discovered was shingles. The blisters never amounted to much than what a heat rash looks like, but the pain I get from my skin being so sensitive is making me want to rip my hair out. I'm going back to see the doctor in the morning to see what else he can do to stop this over bearing skin sensitivity and pain.

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Comment from: stevie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 09

I am 65 and thought I had been bitten by an insect because the blisters appeared after I walked in our back yard in bare feet. After almost a week of itching on the bottom of my left foot, I went to the doctor. The first one said it looked like impetigo and gave me salve and oral antibiotic. The second doctor said it was shingles, possibly so he took a smear from the contents of one of the blisters and will test this. As it turns out, shingles it was.

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Comment from: lillie, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: April 04

I have shingles on the left side of my face, in my left ear and in my mouth. I was treated with antiviral medication for 7 days and I have pain meds to take but the pain in my ear is getting worse. The rash has cleared up on my face and my mouth feels better but my ear feels worse and it's so annoying to have constant pain inside my ear. It feels like something is crawling around in my ear.

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Comment from: Elcee, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 04

I had what felt like a razor blade in my bra. I got home from work and noticed rash under my left breast. I thought it was hives and took some Benadryl and had no relief. My skin just "hurt" from middle of chest to back of spine on the left hand side. It was painful to touch, and I just all around achy feeling. Started Valtrex and Prednisone on Friday, it is now Monday and starting to feel a little relief after some sleepless nights.

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Comment from: elizabeth, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: March 16

I had a classic case of shingles 2 years ago. I had not had the vaccine on advice of my dermatologist. Shingles started with headache and malaise. Then pins and needles in my head followed. I received a medication and pain killers, and my symptoms took about 2 months to subside. Since then I have a session about every 6 weeks, headache, generally not feeling great. Then I get scabs in my nose and then finally a sore at the end of my nose, and then that's the end until next time. My doctor says it is another form of herpes not related to shingles, and some folks think I should still get vaccine despite the fact that I've had shingles. I'm confused.

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