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Mermaid,

Out of curiosity: did the Acyclovir help your painful lesions? I've seen facial shingles on my dad, plus what the med did for him---it cleared them up. Shingles, we were told, typically do "respect" the center line of the body, appearing only on one side (you'd said right side). Have you had full, flat-out chicken pox before? We were told the virus remains in your body forever and can reactivate as shingles.

On eosinophils: I looked up in my lupus hardcover. Dr. Wallace states that eosinophils are elevated in only about 7 to 10% of lupus patients, and that allergies are more common in lupus than in the general population. Lupus is formally Dx'ed by the "4 of 11" ACR criteria. Eosinophils clearly indicate an allergic reaction of some sort---but not lupus, one would think, unless the standard lupus criteria are ALSO met. So, have you seen a rheumatologist in your travels through specialists?

He also mentions two syndromes seen back in the late 80's and prior, thought to be connected to excessive intake of L-tryptophan (banned from that time on): (1) eosinophilic myalgic syndrome (EMS) and (2) eosinophilic fascitiis. For what that's worth... (I don't know if a banned substance can still make it into stuff we may be buying and using...)

On your lymph nodes: does anyone you've seen know why this keeps happening? Have you also tried an ENT? Kept up dnetal appts? (I have a nurse friend who turned out to have an infected impacted wisdom tooth, which made one side of her throat balloon like crazy.)

Anyway, thinking of you! from Vee