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Old 08-01-2012, 06:01 PM   #1
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Could this be shingles?

I'm a 37 yr old female. I've had the chicken pox as a child and been under a lot of stress the last 2 years. I have a history of anxiety and panic attacks. More so in the last year than ever. I woke up this morning with my left wrist and up the side of my forearm with a burning sensation. The top of my left wrist and forearm is very painful to touch! Feels like there is a horrible bruise there but there isn't. It doesn't really hurt unless i touch the area but have had a slight tingling sensation all day. Slight swelling on my forearm just past my wrist. I figured I slept on my arm weird but it still feels the same all day. I've never had shingles before but I do have herpes and I'm having a small outbreak right now. Any advice would be great. No rash or blisters. Thanks!

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Old 08-01-2012, 07:08 PM   #2
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Re: Could this be shingles?

If it is shingles, the rash will probably appear within the next few days. It's generally limited to one particular area of the body. (One dermatone, the area served by a single spinal nerve).

If you do get the little blisters, get to a doctor right away, for antivirals and nerve pain medicines.

Or, it could be something else entirely. See what happens.

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