Re: Shingles or Trapped Nerve
Shingles can start with nerve irritation and pain, but by day 3 the rash has erupted in the skin area supplied by that nerve. The pain is not usually positional, and rarely goes into the fingers. Your pain sounds more like a nerve impingement in the neck, which happens usually from a bulging, deteiorating disc between the vertebrae. Since the problem is relatively new, you may get some relief from antiinflammatory meds OTC like Naproxen, avoiding the positions that worsen the pain, and wearing a soft cervical collar to limit motion of neck temporarily. If that doesn't help, sometimes a short course of Prednisone, Rx from your Dr., will get you through the episode. If persisting an MRI should be done. Sometimes traction will help relieve the nerve pressure.