Many people I have known have suffered from Shingles. Ages ranging from 19 through to late 70's although all the text books point out that people over the age of 50 are most at risk.
I recently experienced what felt like a cigar burning against my upper arm, all of a sudden, and it really hurt. When the initial ' burn feeling' subsided, it felt as it the skin all around ' the burn ' was crackling - fizzing, in pain, and left the whole area on my arm highly sensitive to touch.
I checked it out and there is absolutely nothing to see. No rash. No red marks, Nothing at all.
Over the next 4 or 5 days, it kept burning - a sudden stabbing feeling like that cigar burning me again would suddenly attack and hurt like hell, and then once again turn into the fizzy crackling pain.
It started to spread, going towards my arm pit and down to my elbow, leaving the skin extremly sensitive to touch, even from clothing but still no sign of a tell tale rash.
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What are the very first signs of shingles?
Early symptoms of shingles may include fever and general weakness. You may also feel areas of pain, burning, or a tingling sensation. A few days later, the first signs of a rash appear. You may begin to notice pink or red blotchy patches on one side of your body.
( Exactly as I felt )
What triggers a shingles outbreak?
In most cases, it is not clear why the varicella-zoster virus begins multiplying to cause shingles. One suggestion is that shingles occurs when something weakens the immune system, prompting the virus to reactivate. Possible triggers include: older age.
Can you catch shingles from someone?
Shingles cannot be passed from one person to another. The virus that causes shingles, varicella zoster virus (VZV) can spread from a person with active shingles and cause chickenpox in someone who had never had chickenpox or received chickenpox vaccine.
What can be mistaken for shingles?
Shingles can sometimes be mistaken for another skin conditions, such as hives, psoriasis, or eczema. A doctor should always be consulted if shingles is suspected. ... Rashes due to eczema and psoriasis may last longer. A shingles rash is also usually a lot more painful than other rashes.
Who is at high risk for shingles?
The risk increases with age. Some experts estimate that half the people age 80 and older will have shingles. Having certain diseases. Diseases that weaken your immune system, such as HIV/AIDS and cancer, can increase your risk of shingles.
Will shingles go away if left untreated?
Shingles, or herpes zoster, usually clears up in 2 to 4 weeks. However, as the infection can spread to other organs, it may lead to serious and potentially life-threatening complications if left untreated.
Can shingles be a sign of something more serious?
Shingles is a viral infection. The main symptom is a rash, usually on one side of your body. ... While shingles itself is almost never life threatening, it can lead to serious problems, such as the loss of eyesight. If you think you have shingles, check with your doctor
Can shingles be internal - as it has now been 2 weeks without a single rash showing and yet the pain and discomfort are very prevelant still.?
Internal shingles are based on which body system is most affected. ... Internal shingles can cause symptoms such as persistent pain, fever, cough, abdominal pain, and headache. When shingles affects internal organs, it's a serious complication that requires urgent medical attention.
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I shall let you know how I get on and in the mean time, if you have ever had Shingles - let this Blog know how it was for you. As I have experienced mixed reactions from people, some having it for just 4 - 6 weeks and others have had it for years - and I mean - YEARS .