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A 23-year-old female asked:

Can shingles pain occur only in the feet and legs? i'm having tingling, burning, strange sensation pain?

4 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Nathaniel Drourr
Pain Management 29 years experience
Yes: Shingles usually occurs in a dermatomal pattern. Therefore it is one sided pain. If you have pain in both legs or feet then she must look for another diagnosis. Perhaps referral neuropathy? Annie
Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
Preventive Medicine 41 years experience
YesPossible ButQuite: unlikely. Shingles nearly always creates symptoms in a dermatomal distribution in much older people. This could include legs & feet, nearly always one side or at least one side far more than the other. Check out dermatomes on the web to see how your symptoms compare with these patterns. If fits well, then possible, if not, very unlikely. Symptoms basis, there are many other possibilities, e.g. DM.
Dr. Tsu-Yi Chuang
Dermatology 50 years experience
Depends: if it happened only on one side, like left leg and foot, it's possible. if it happened on both right AND left, no, it's not.
Dr. Hal Blatman
Pain Management 41 years experience
Unlikely: It is not likely for shingles to cause pain in both your feet and legs. I would think you should keep looking for the cause of your symptoms. Enigmatic pain is usually myofascial. www.blatmanhealthandwellness.com

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