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Old 05-01-2013, 06:06 AM   #1
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I had a mastectomy 16 months ago. Now I have shingles rash on the mastectomy scar as well as nerve pain in chest, back and arm where lymph nodes were taken. My question is - how might this be connected to postmastectomy syndrome? Did shingles trigger this syndrome or is it just shingles? Anybody have this happen in connection to a mastectomy?

Old 05-10-2013, 05:03 PM   #2
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Re: shingles/mastectomy

Shingles is caused by reactivation of the varicella zoster virus (VZV). This occurs when you are immunosuppressed, particularly if you got chemotherapy or are still on immunosuppressive therapy. If you have shingles, it is important to go to your doctor and get antiviral medications ASAP to prevent complications like longlasting pain in the area (postherpetic neuralgia) or other neurological disease. Your doctor can also confirm if it is truly a shingles rash.

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Old 05-11-2013, 06:01 AM   #3
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Re: shingles/mastectomy

I had some pains in back and side for about 3 days, thinking it was from lawn work. Then over the weekend developed blisters on chest. Right away Monday morning I saw my dr. who diagnosed shingles. Since it was more than 72 hours, he said antiviral meds. would not work and just take tylenol.
Now 3-1/2 weeks later, I have nerve pain constantly on one side - where I had the mastectomy. The blisters are turning brownish and area is small, only 1-1/2" diam. but the nerve pain is constant and getting me down.
Any suggestions?

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