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A 48-year-old female asked:

I have symptoms similar to the start of shingles (had 30 yrs ago). have pain only, no visible signs. can a dr. diagnose at this stage?

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Dr. Ryan Venis
Emergency Medicine 20 years experience
Maybe...: The rash makes the diagnosis so to speak, but many times pain precedes the actual skin changes. So by letting your doctor know it feels like your previous shingles, they may decide to treat based on lack of evidence of any other process causin that type of pain.

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