Unfortunately yes. I've had shingles numerous times, some pretty severe re
ain but not a large area affected then mild to severe but break out same place each time around my left waist side however you can get it on the face neck, can be one side of body most of time and large or small area yet can be extremely painful regardless. I've also had Parvo B Virus, Viral Menangitis (3x) & gout in my feet w/neuropathy. After all that I've been diagnosed w/not only Fibromyalgia but also Rheumatoid Arthritis. I tested positive with high amt on the very sensitive RA test, CCP as well as RF. Come to find out Shingles, Parvo which are also immune deficiency diseases are prerequisites to Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Then I broke my foot back in june,09 just stepping out of shower, ankle gave out which it has in the past 3-4 yrs. RA dr then did a Bone Density test and sure enough I also have Osteoporosis. This time when my ankle gave way i broke my 5th metarsal toe & still working on recovery because my bone wouldn't fuse back so they had to do surgery which the stress then flares up my RA & Fibro so it's a domino effect, constantly in pain. A lot of pain management involved. Stress is also a huge factor to shingles flare ups too. So let your dr know of your shingles breakouts, take the meds & pain meds check for Fibro which affects your muscles & so true, you just hurt all over like RA has trigger points, so tired. Have your blood test for RF (Rheumatoid Factor) which is an indicator of possible RA, if positive have dr do a CCP test to determine if you actually have RA. You may have to insist cause if you don't indicate trigger points & other RA and/or Fibro symptoms, he may not think necessary to do the test. This is exactly what happened with me, my dr did not think I had RA although i tested positive RF & my primary diagnosed Fibromyalgia which RA dr did too but fortunately i did not have to insist cause he went ahead on my 1st visit & did the CCP test just in case since i did test positive to RF. On my follow up, he couldn't believe the results, not supposed to be more than 5, mine was 50, yup your read this right, 10x the amt & he admitted he was very surprised. My RA has progessed fast, my fingers joints are now showing changes, very painful, can't write very long & even typing this on my computer keyboard my fingers swell after brief period and if I have my hands just resting over keyboard as we all do when scrolling and reading, they get locked in place, ver stiff. So after all this, YES, get checked, be pro-active. Hopefully you won't test positive and shingles w/be it. God Bless.