Can any one help ?

Morning all as usual im wide awake . But im after peoples knowledge has any body had any experience of shingles the last few days iv have a few migraines and very itchy and burning skin . Not unusual with fibro I know but it was only in specific places and now where these were I now have clusters of three or four and some with more blister like spots and they are all on the right side of my body hoping any body can help I hoping its not shingles does any body have any ideas . Thanks in advance and wishing you all a lovely pain free Saturday xx :-) xx

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  • morning stargirl47,

    I have had shingles once, mine were a cluster of tiny blisters under my left armpit, down left side of my torso. my lovely friends on here told me what it was so I went straight to my drop in centre for meds. my glands under my armpits were swollen and I felt generally pants. I didn't have migraine at that time though.

    do you have a drop in centre near you?

    lets hope it isn't shingles, someone else here may have an idea?

    hugs x

  • Thanks my glands are also up but in my neck. We do have a walk in center it opens at eight in the morning so I might get up and go . The last few days like you I have felt really rough . More rough than normal . Here's hoping it not shingles thanks xx wishing you a pain free weekend :-) xx

  • definatly go as if it is you can start medicine quickly which helped me a lot. please let us know how you get on.

    hugs x

  • Thanks again and I certainly will let you know xx

  • I agree with caninecrazy- go to walk in centre, keep yourself away from any pregnant mums! and get it checked out don,t let it get out of hand---Best Wishes from Nurse Gladys Emanuel (open all hours)

  • Hi my friend,

    I am so gneuinely sorry to read this and I have only ever had them once and this was a long time ago. I have pasted you an excerpt and a link to the *NHS Choices cache on Shingles below:

    *Symptoms of shingles

    The main symptom of shingles is pain, followed by a rash that develops into itchy blisters, similar in appearance to chickenpox. New blisters may appear for up to a week, but a few days after appearing they become yellowish in colour, flatten and dry out.

    Scabs then form where the blisters were, which may leave some slight scarring.

    The pain may be a constant, dull or burning sensation and its intensity can vary from mild to severe. You may have sharp stabbing pains from time to time, and the affected area of skin will usually be tender.

    In some cases, shingles may cause some early symptoms that develop a few days before the painful rash first appears. These early symptoms can include:

    a headache

    burning, tingling, numbness or itchiness of the skin in the affected area

    a feeling of being generally unwell

    a high temperature (fever)

    An episode of shingles typically lasts around two to four weeks. It usually affects a specific area on one side of the body and doesn't cross over the midline of the body (an imaginary line running from between your eyes down past the belly button).

    Any part of your body can be affected, including your face and eyes, but the chest and abdomen (tummy) are the most common areas.

    NHS Choices - Shingles:

    I want to sincerely wish you all the best of luck and a speedy recovery. Please take care of yourself.

    All my hopes and dreams for you

    Ken x

  • Thanks ken you are as always a very valuable fountain of knowledge and a good man wishing you a pain free weekend :-) xxx

  • Thank you my friend x :)

  • I am actually getting over a severe case of poison ivy, that's why I've been on steroids. It has been a week today and it's finally trying to clear up. My right eye was swollen shut from the poison ivy all on my face.... My 4th was very ITCHY!!😊

  • That sounds awful Fibrolife and I want to sincerely wish you a speedy recovery. Please take care of yourself.

  • I pray you feel better!

  • :)

  • Sorry you are not well get yourself off to an drop in centre - that's the trouble with fibromyalgia other stuff appears - but remember it maybe nothing to do with fibromyalgia - we tend to blame everything on it - see we are both up early again - my OH said last night I should have a lay in (what's that! - can't remember with this foggy brain) - take care x

  • I have seen singles with the spots start around the waist the doctor said medication would stop the griddle of spots joining as that is when you get more I'll the other person had headache and the mark was on the forehead so I would get the doctor or nurse to confirm it hope you get sorted soon

  • Sorry to hear you're under the weather. I've never had shingles but a colleague of mine has and she didn't have a great time of it at all. Get yourself down to the centre to at least put your mind at rest. Wishing you a speedy recovery. Take care xx

  • Hi,

    Try increasing your vitamins D3 & B12, & magnesium, They are good for neuropathic issues, & may help alleviate your pain.

    Shingles comes out in a malar rash, or one around the ribs.


  • Hello sweet star girl 47, I Am a 50 year old female with cll. I was diagnosed in 2010, when through protocol FCR and was then in partial remission for 5 years. But that didn't stop my immune system from sinking too three lows of lowes. Last year I had the worst case of shingles the doctor said she'd seen outside of the hospital. It started as Ann itchy patch on my front chest bone. Travelled under my breast and around to the huge patches on my back. I got on anti vials immediately to stop the spread any further. For the excruciating pain I took gabapintin that helps with beat up nerves. She said it was as if someone got into the boxing rink with my nerve ending Ann's beat them all badly. It takes a long time, for that reason, to overcome. I wish I could share the picture. Maybe I can figure that out. It usually starts in the front of the nerve patches and follows the nerve line all the way to the back of the body. Strangely enough, icy hot in a deoderant type container really helped me, especially at night to go to sleep. Don't pick, pop or otherwise do anything to upset them further. If you are fortunate you can stay home shirtless to give way to healing. But one man told me in the heat of summer he had to wear long sleeve shirts everyday to work, while suffering 8 to 10 hours. This time disability is a blessing, as well as other times, like everyday. Calamine lotion people use for chicken pocks helped when fanned all over the affected areas. My husband would wear plastic gloves and take a washcloth and dap out onvmighty thick in the evening. It really depended on what stage you are in and what brings YOU relief. Sometimes three weeks to a month can feel like a long long time. By lay back, try to get comfortable and sleep as much as possible, as sleeping encouraging healing and you don't feel the pain while sleeping. As blisters start to crust over, don't touch, just let it make way for a new undercoat of skin to move in. This will soon come to an end. Then there is the scarring that goes away in time and also numbness that I'm told will go away. Hang in there, it's one day closer to being well and each new day when I went out, no bra, no problem. Our you'll have bigger problems when you get home. Now I'll try a couple photos. No didn't work. But plenty off images when you go online. God bless, I do hope this helps in some way. If nothing I shall pray for you star girl 47

  • Thank you kimsome I have brought some calamine lotion and I will be using it a pain free day is wished for you xx

  • I would definitely go to drop in at dr if possible as ever with shingles we all experience them different. I ve been unfortunate to have shingles twice once with the blister like spots appearing on my scalp which was a shock when dr said was shingles and the next time it was just a small cluster of blister spots on my right hip. Sending healing thoughts and prayers that you are feeling better very soon. Xx

  • not personally, but my mum had a bad case of shingles last year which left her with nerve damage, she was very ill for a long time with it and what you're describing sounds like shingles. i'm not a doctor but i would get it checked out asap if you can. lots of love x

  • I would get it checked because if it is shingles, and it sounds like it is, then there are tablets the DR can give you which will help however you have to have them within a short time of the shingles starting for them to work properly.

  • Hope you feel better soon 💐

  • Hi

    Hope you get this looked at asap.

    I have had shingles once and one of my sisters has had it several times. What you describe does sound like shingles but clearly you need a professional opinion.

    I have found that advice on the condition seems to vary quite a lot so all I can tell you is what I have experienced or been told by my GP.

    As far as I'm aware if it has already got to the stage where it has formed blisters then you are too late for the drugs as you are supposed to have them within I believe 72 hours of your first symptoms. However, my case was ten years ago so drugs etc may well have changed since then.

    It is a disease that follows a nerve path which is why it usually (though not always) occurs on only one side of the body. Where it occurs depends on the particular point in your nerve system the condition starts, hence it can manifest anywhere on the body. For me it was at the top of the spine / base of the neck area which meant it manifested on my left arm from just above the elbow to finger tip.

    Again because it is something that affects the nervous system there is a chance you will end up with permanent nerve damage. I know I did. Both the area where my shingles was seated and the arm areas where the rash appeared are troublesome to this day. My ME and /or Fibro seem to permanently make them flare, itch, sting, stab, tingle and cause numbness and soreness in any combination you like (not that I like it! :( ).

    As others say we are all different and react differently so hopefully it isn't shingles for you. Or if it is it hopefully won't cause you too much pain and trouble.

    Hope you feel better soon, gentle hugs, Margaret.xx

  • Sounds like shingles to me which can get nasty so I'd definitely get it checked out, shingles rash isn't just around the ribs you can have it anywhere, hope you feel better soon take care

  • I have the sunburn feeling on my skin in certain areas, confirmation from Dr that it's nerve pain. If you have small raised blister type areas I would say definitely shingles. Obviously meds are available but have to be taken within a time frame so Dr's asap. My daughter had it at age 11. Very painful, hope you get it sorted soon xx

  • Yep had them over 3 years ago and they are vey painful and make you feel really bad They were like a huge cluster of blisters and all in one place on the left hand side of my upper body. Go and get it checked out just to be sure I left mine for over 1 week and suffered really bad with them

  • Unfortunately sounds like shingles tends to go in a band along nerve endings. If you can get yourself to a doctor and get an antiviral med it can really lessen the duration and intensity of the symptoms. Hope you can get some help with it.x

  • Have you tried using seabuckthorn oil?

  • Make a doc appt, needs to be looked at .

  • Hi all,

    I had shingles at the back of my head just behind the right ear, was lucky not severe.

    But my wife has had it 4 times now in the trgeminal nerve in her face, to the point the nerve has almost stopped functioning, and we have the normal medication already at home to start her off.

    The trouble is that this nerve is the one that sends the taste/texture messages to the brain from the mouth, really one of the most important nerves in the face. Over the last 5 years she has slowly taught other nerves to take over this job, but it takes ages.

    Worst thing, our main hobby is wine tasting, have been to some of the best houses in Bordeaux, have special friend who has vineyard in the Lebonon, so these last few years have been a real trial for her.

    Everyone above is right, go to drop-in-centre or even A&E, it is serious, so action is very important. Fingers crossed you have a mild attack, with you all the way, let us know how you get on.

    Virtual hugs to help you X

  • Thank you so much and so sorry to hear both your wife and yourself have both suffered from shingles . I did go to the walk in center and as I thought before I went yes I have got shingles. I also have a bad chest infection as well so a few days off work to get over both I think . Once again thank you for caring , a pain free day is wished gor you both xx

  • Hi Stargirl147,

    Glad you went and got help, untreated it can be really painful and cause long term damage.

    Hope you are on the mend now, and just thing, you got two diagnosis for the effort of one !

    Hayesider xx

  • Thanks Hayesider yes a bonus prize I wasn't bargaining on that lol but yes im starting to feel a little better now the chest infection is now on the way out I just hope the shingles will soon to follow . Once again than you heres wishing a pain free day your way ♡ :-) xx

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