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Old 05-20-2009, 11:09 AM   #1
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Question Is Shingles a Symptom of Fibromyalgia?

I am a 47 year old female and have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia since 1992. I have been getting shingles on my left eye since 2003 and the episodes are now chronic. My doctor has put me on daily anti-viral meds and I am still getting the shingles. My left lymph gland near my ear is constantly inflamed regardless if I am on the meds or not. I also get deep itching that is so bad that I bruise. I also have a constant red rash/discoloration on the left side of my neck that has been there for several months. My doctor is sending me to a specialist next week, but because my blood work is normal my doctor does not think they will do anything for me.

Are these symptoms consistent with Fibromyalgia?

 
Old 05-20-2009, 12:41 PM   #2
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Re: Is Shingles a Symptom of Fibromyalgia?

shingles is part of the chicken pox family, and I have never heard of it being chronic---people usually get it maybe once

I think I would check with another Dr---and no don't think it is a fibro sx

have you been checked for Lupus
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Re: Is Shingles a Symptom of Fibromyalgia?

Chronic shingles is usually a sign of a serious immune system problem. This does not sound like it's "just one of those fibro things."

What kind of specialist are you going to?

 
Old 05-20-2009, 03:49 PM   #4
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Re: Is Shingles a Symptom of Fibromyalgia?

I am going to an ear, nose, and throat doctor who is also a surgeon. I have been having a difficult time getting any doctor to recognize that this could be serious.

 
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Re: Is Shingles a Symptom of Fibromyalgia?

No, how do they check for lupus?

 
Old 05-20-2009, 06:28 PM   #6
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Re: Is Shingles a Symptom of Fibromyalgia?

I believe it is just a blood test---I know rash on face and neck is a sx

I have had the test and fine

however I do have a rash on part of my neck and face, not all the time, it is sorta like under the skin. When it first came up was when I had a bout of really bad migraines, and Dr said it was from that.

But I would ask to have blood work for most anything. I had thought they had done all the blood work they could ever come up with, but still find things they keep testing for
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