Patient Comments: Shingles - Symptoms

What were your shingles symptoms?

A Doctor's View on Shingles Symptoms and Signs

Read the Comment by Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD

Shingles symptoms and signs include a painful blistering red rash along one nerve path on one side of your body. The pain is often described as burning, itching, or tingling. Shingles may also begin with flu-like symptoms such as fever and fatigue. Read the entire Doctor's View

Comment from: Jeanne6101, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 26

A few days before I broke out in shingles, my shoulder and bicep area was very painful. I was very tired and had been fighting migraines for almost 4 months. I developed a rash on my upper left arm, and two days later, on my inner left hand that looked like insect bites. I went to doctor and she diagnosed me with shingles. She said, one reason I probably was not hurting so much was because I was on Medrol for migraines. I am on medication for shingles and pain!

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Comment from: john the sheriff, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: December 13

I noticed what I thought were spider bites on the lower right side of my back, but they wouldn't go away. Then I started to feel a pain on the right side of my back and stomach that got steadily worse. After 1- 1/2 weeks I saw a doctor and he said I had shingles and prescribed 500mg valacyclovir 3 times a day. After 1 week there is no change in the pain, I will see my local neurologist tomorrow.

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Comment from: Wisconsinhurting, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 01

I had a sore rib for a few days. After that a red rash appeared in splotches, then "filled in" more. After 2 to 3 days it blistered and now scabbed over, but is still red and painful.

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Comment from: lenox123, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 08

I developed three strange small bumps at the end of one of my eyebrows. They looked like pimples but didn't go away. They were in a line close together. A week or two later I went to work and with no advance notice I had INCREDIBLE pain in my spine near my butt. It was such horrible pain that I seriously could not walk. I knew something was very wrong and went straight to the doctor's. It took me 45 minutes to get to my car with baby steps, the pain was so intense. When I told the doctor I couldn't move or walk because of this pain that came on without notice she saw the three bumps near my eyebrow in a line. She immediately told me I had shingles INSIDE rather than outside. She said occasionally the rash is inside your body and she said my pain must have been intense. I know for certain stress brought this on 100%. I was told to get good rest and manage my stress to avoid future outbreaks. This was five years ago.

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Comment from: 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 14

I had chicken pox as a freshman in college. About two weeks ago, I noticed I was very tired and generally itchy, but I had a sun burn. On Monday night, I woke up with "bites" on my hip. By Tuesday, there was a red cluster of blisters. Wednesday, the blistered area was swollen, warm and red, with the blisters very dark, and I was having pain around my hip. It was very sore. I went to the doctor, and he said it was shingles. He gave me an antiviral, famciclovir, and an antibiotic because my blisters were so inflamed that he thought there were infected. I am using a Lidoderm patch for the nerve pain.

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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: 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 29

At 63, I was exposed to the sun for 12 hours and, of course, got a sunburn. Three days later, I had severe headaches and what I thought were blisters from the sunburn. I could not understand the persistent head pain. I went to the doctor and was diagnosed with shingles.

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