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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)

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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I am presently suffering with shingles. The rash is gone, but the pain associated with it is almost constantly in the right side of my chest.

I am presently suffering with shingles. The rash is gone, but the pain associated with it is almost constantly in the right side of my chest.

Post herpetic Neural: You have post herpetic neuralgia which is common after shingles. Talk to your doctor about meds to alleviate itsuchvadvtegrtetol or lyrics. Also taking an antiviral at the onset of shingles symptoms can shorten the duration of pain ...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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I have a rash on the left side of my back and chest in a line. It bubbled and it hurts to breathe. Some say herpes others say shingles. What is it?

I have a rash on the left side of my back and chest in a line. It bubbled and it hurts to breathe. Some say herpes others say shingles. What is it?

Shingles: One-sided, severe, burning/stinging/aching pain with an associated rash is shingles until proven otherwise. See your Family Doc to start meds: Valtrex, pain medication, and sometimes steroids. Hopefully, the process can be managed and aborted. The worst-case scenario could involve months of pain that need to be managed with next-level medications. ...Read more

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Herpes zoster/shingles pain in chest area (risk of postherpetic neuralgia). What can I do?

See your doctor.: Although there is not a “cure” for shingles- valacyclovir (valtrex), Acyclovir (zovirax) ; Famciclovir (famvir) can help symptoms. Narcotics (i.e., codeine), tricyclic antidepressants (amitriptyline), anticonvulsants (neurontin) as well as localized numbing medications can be used for pain. Cool bath or compresses over the rash may v pain/ itching. ...Read more

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Shingles in aug 2013. Chest, under arm, shoulder. Glands under arm swelled. Feb 2014, slight swelling remains. No pain. Reason for concern?

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Yes: As far as shingles, no. You are young and the likelihood of developing post shingles pain is lower (absent any coexisting medical issues) . The main concern is why did you develop shingles which tends to occur epwhen your immune system is taxed or is weak. The swollen axillary gland needs to be evaluated and possibly biopsied. See you pcp on monday. ...Read more

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I have a mystery rash that appeared all over my belly and below my chest that is very itchy following a migraine i had 2 days. Is it shingles?

I have a mystery rash that appeared all over my belly and below my chest that is very itchy following a migraine i had 2 days. Is it shingles?

Not shingles but: It does not seem to be shingles by your description as it is very itvhy and on belly and chest.It may be an allergic type of rash as it is itchy but you should get it checked by your doctor or a dermatologist. ...Read more

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12 days ago, i started having left-sided back, side and chest (bottom of breast to bottom of rib cage) paresthesia. Pa-c ruled out shingles. What could it be?

12 days ago, i started having left-sided back, side and chest (bottom of breast to bottom of rib cage) paresthesia. Pa-c ruled out shingles. What could it be?

Go up the ranks: See a doctor to find out if you have a problem at the level of the upper thoracic or cervical spine. Imaging (e.g. Mri) may be indicated. Do not be satisfied with a pa's assessment. Seek advice from a higher echelon, as it were. Symptoms are treatable. Cause may not be benign. There's no substitute for seeing an md/do face to face and getting a thorough exam and thoughtful evaluation. ...Read more

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I think I have shingles. I have blisters on my chest my arms my legs that are very painful?

I think I have shingles. I have blisters on my chest my arms my legs that are very painful?

Shingles only: affects 1 side of the body, in a discrete patch. So if both arms and legs are involved and the chest too,it is not shingles. ...Read more

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Pustular rash face/chest when on antibiotics (sinuses) doc said rare skin reaction. Could it have been shingles? Rash going away once med stopped

Pustular rash face/chest when on antibiotics (sinuses) doc said rare skin reaction. Could it have been shingles? Rash going away once med stopped

AGEP?: Acute generalized exanthematous pustulosis? Few other true drug-related adverse reactions result in general pustular rash. This can be a non-specific reaction (can occur with several unrelated drugs) and may be related to complicating underlying inflammatory condition. See Immunologist to review/assess the reaction and to better define future risk. Not advisable to simply avoid the med in future ...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