A 55-year-old female asked:
If a doctor suspects chest pains may be coming from nerve endings in the chest wall, possibly caused by a virus, what sort of virus might that be?
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Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
Chicken pox: The virus that causes chicken pox becomes dormant after you recover. During this time the virus remains along nerves. Sometimes the virus can reactivate causing a painful rash along the pathway of the nerve. This is also called shingles. The virus is called varicella zoster.
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