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I have cervical stenosis and fibromyalgia. With activity my upper chest area aches with severe pain. My thoracic MRI was good. What could cause this?

I have cervical stenosis and fibromyalgia.  With activity my upper chest area aches with severe pain.  My thoracic MRI was good. What could cause this?

Coronary arteries ?: 59yo female reports chest pain with exercise. Physicians generally rule out the most worrisome pathology ascribed to symptoms patients report. Before all other considerations, a 59yo women with chest pain upon exercise needs an in-depth evaluation for angina pectoris and coronary artery disease. If a workup is negative, then consult with an Osteopath. These symptoms require expeditious evaluation. ...Read more

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Shingles (Herpes Zoster) (Definition)

Shingles is a painful blistering skin rash caused by the chickenpox virus (varicella zoster). Early treatment with antiviral medication (within 72 hours) lowers the risk of post herpetic neuralgia, which is lingering skin pain after the rash disappears. ...Read more


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Any good ways to sooth the pain from shingles on the chest?

Any good ways to sooth the pain from shingles on the chest?

Shingles Pain: Shingles, or herpes zoster, is a viral infection of a nerve caused by the varizella zoster virus. It is most common in people over 60 years of age. Most people have little or no pain, that lasts only a few weeks. Some people, mostly over 65, can have severe pain, that is unbearable. For minor pain, take Aspirin or motrin, use capsaicin cream and apply heat or cold, which ever feels better. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with shingles on my left side but now it has spread to my chest and neck. Is it suppose to do this? How do I keep it from spre

I have been diagnosed with shingles on my left side but now it has spread to my chest and neck.  Is it suppose to do this?  How do I keep it from spre

Shingles: What you describe is unusual behaviour for shingles, which typically only affects a limited area of the body at one time. You may have something else going on, so it would be best for you to follow up with your doctor. If it really is shingles your doctor may advise further investigations. ...Read more

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I have shingles again in my chest internally is there a way to test if:: there , is no rash?

I have shingles again   in  my chest internally is there a way to test if:: there , is no rash?

Yes: Shingles is usually diagnosed based on the history of pain on one side of your body, along with the telltale rash and blisters. Your doctor may also take a tissue scraping or culture of the blisters for examination in the laboratory. Varicella zoster virus tests detect either antibodies produced by the immune system in response to a VZV infection or detect the virus itself. ...Read more

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Can you have chest pains and shortness of breath with shingles?

Can you have chest pains and shortness of breath with shingles?

Depends on location: If the lesions are on the back, abdomen or sides, they may if it is hard to move. Usually though they don't. ...Read more

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Canfoot nunbness and leg weakness be caused by shingles in chest ?

Canfoot nunbness and leg weakness be caused by shingles in chest ?

Vzv: Sshingles can cause separate neurologic manifestations (neuropathy, myelitis, etc) from the rash and pain. Would be very unlikely to occcur at same time. ...Read more

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I have a blister type rash that the blisters are matalic in color it is across my whole chest not to one side like shingles please help?

I have a blister type rash that the blisters are matalic in color it is across my whole chest not to one side like shingles please help?

Try domeboro: soaks to dry up blisters, but I would recommend figuring out the cause of the blisters. ( sun exposure, contact dermatitis, blistering disorder). See your derm when a blister is present and a biopsy can be done if necessary to determine what's going on. Doesn't sound like shingles but it isn't always on 1/2 of your body. ...Read more

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Have had a dull pain on left side of my neck for 7 days. 4 days ago i noticed a small cluster of 6 blisters right in the middle of chest. Shingles?

Likely not: Your question reveals a dull pain on lateral neck, then 4 days later a cluster of blisters in middle of the chest. Shingles is caused by the same virus as chicken pox, and lays dormant and usually strikes elderly people with weakened immune systems. Pain normally referred to as intense, and the blistering would not cross the midline, but be affecting a stripe unilaterally called a dermatome. ...Read more

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Can a shingles rash start flat and itchy before blisters develop? I had ch px as a child. Just developed a rash on the right side of my chest

Shingles: It is possible to have the rash change over time, but a more common presentation is for there to be pain in the area where the future rash will develop. This pain, rather than itching, leads into the full blown condition. ...Read more

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Herpes Zoster (Definition)

Shingles (herpes zoster) is a painful, blistering skin rash due to the varicella-zoster virus, the ...Read more