Shingles or Hypochondria? My Doctor Will Have To Decide.

Ok. After my last post, and the alarming number of people who kept mentioning shingles, I finally Webmd-ed it and now I’m a little

Me, too.
Me, too.

concerned. First of all, the Benadryl worked fine, and all the hives are all gone. I have no rashes, no blisters, or any other skin thing going on. However, this part of what the website said has me a tiny bit concerned:

Shingles symptoms happen in stages. At first you may have a headache or be sensitive to light. You may also feel like you have the flu but not have a fever. 

Later, you may feel itching, tingling, or pain in a certain area. That’s where a band, strip, or small area of rash may occur a few days later. The rash turns into clusters of blisters. The blisters fill with fluid and then crust over. It takes 2 to 4 weeks for the blisters to heal, and they may leave scars. Some people only get a mild rash, and some do not get a rash at all.

It’s possible that you could also feel dizzy or weak, or you could have long-term pain or a rash on your face, changes in your vision, changes in how well you can think, or a rash that spreads. If you have any of these problems from shingles, call your doctor right away.”

About two weeks ago, I had the absolute worst headache I’ve ever had. For two days, I barely left my bed, and I didn’t want any sound laughor light in my room at all. Finally, the stupid thing went away. I almost never get headaches, so it was a real pain in the butt. Then, I’ve noticed that I need reading glasses all the time lately, and that is a very significant change in my normal eyesight. And the last, maybe most alarming part is that I felt like I was going to faint a few days ago. It passed rather quickly, but it was weird. About the only thing I don’t have is the stupid rash, which was to my limited knowledge the most important symptom of shingles! So, either I’m becoming a hypochondriac, or I’m going to have to shovel out a bunch of money and go see my doctor because I might have shingles.

Either that, or I probably am right and just slept in a weird position and knotted up a muscle. Then I’m going to be really angry I spent a ton of money going to the doctor.

Just shoot me.

— Bird

PS: Shingles isn’t contagious unless you’ve never had chicken pox, and then you only share chicken pox if you spread it. And, you can  only get it once. So, why do they call this herpes zoster??? Chef is lucky I have the internet, or would have totally freaked out on him. 🙂

19 responses to “Shingles or Hypochondria? My Doctor Will Have To Decide.”

  1. there is one thing about shingles you have not mentioned, and i am talking only because I am in the medical field. shingles hurt, they hurt real bad. you would b hesitant to touch that part of your skin. the shingles would not heal like yours did. I am inclined to think it was hives due to stress. i am not a doctor so keep an eye out. headache due to stress and high blood pressure, dizzy, high blood pressure, vision, high blood pressure, go to a pharmacy and self-check on the machine. 120/80 or below is perfect. if you have a 90 on the bottom as a number go to a doctor


    • Whew. That makes me feel better. I am already on high blood pressure medicine. My thyroid is hyper-active which makes my blood pressure high all the time. I take Metoprolol. Yay! And, I can touch the area! Probably don’t have it after all!!


  2. If that rash you posted a picture of was your back, it wasn’t shingles. Shingles rash will look like fever blisters or actual shingles. And the skin is very sensitive around it. They usually don’t cause muscle pain. You have stress induced symptoms.


  3. i’ve had shingles before and it doesn’t seem as though you have it! it’s EXTREMELY PAINFUL! I can’t even put into words the kind of pain you feel if you have shingles. I remember the only thing that made it feel better was when I’d ice the area but ice on the skin for too long is also problematic, totally counter productive lol.

    And…since you said you had those symptoms a couple of weeks ago, that also kind of rules shingles out lol. Only because (and I realize every case is different) but the time when my rash showed up to when I started feeling pain to when the blisters started showing up was actually a short amount of time. It was within a couple of days (or three days max).


  4. I’ve had shingles, fortunately very mildly. It hurts, so you would probably want to go to see your doctor if you have it.

    Please take care of yourself and go and see a doctor anyway if your symptons persists, your health is worth it. (Though I am very aware that a doctors visit is free here so I don’t have a concept of how much this would cost).


  5. I’ll second the pain. I had it in my twenties and the pain was unbelieveable. I had it in just about the worst area ever (use your imagination!) and I literally took my finals that year laying on my stomach on the floor because I couldn’t sit down. The nerve pain still flares up at times and it’s been over ten years! Shingles isn’t subtle!


  6. My Aunt just came down with shingles for the first time like 2 weeks ago. We had a Christmas party on Saturday and I saw her for the first time. I hardly could even recognize her. She had it on her face, in her mouth and eye. If you remember having the chicken pox (I do because I didn’t get it until a few years ago), it looks very similar. Like big blisters. But she said that unlike chicken pox her blisters had something like a little hard rock inside them.

    I don’t think I would have even known who she was if I saw her at the store… She looked awful (and supposedly she was feeling better).


  7. I’m glad to read you probably don’t have shingles — still and all, it sounds like you’ve been having an even rougher time! I hope you get a few consecutive days of peace and joy for Christmas, Bird. Peace be with you — Kelly


  8. Hope all clears up …as others have said shingles is so painful …my sister had it …that I think you would definitely know…but if you’re not feeling well I’d see the doctor anyway …Diane


    • I think I just pulled a muscle. I can definitely touch the area, have no rash, and from what everyone is saying, it would be the worst pain ever, and while it definitely hurts, it isn’t on that kind of level. I’m happy!


  9. I have been suffering with Shingles for 5 or 6 years now. My parents also have it. What I know is that Shingles takes on different forms in different people! My parents both get a horrible rash. I have…now had a rash around my neck also…but most of the time it is just the horrific burning sensation that follows the nerve path from one side of my head to the other. I’ve also had Shingles in my mouth…horrible! I was lucky enough to have a couple of excellent Doctors that knew…right away…what I had. It is difficult to deal with at times. I’ve had to work when I’ve had it…and believe me…just want to be in bed…knocked out! Acyclovir was prescribed for me and my folks. I recently sent Mom a jar of Wonder Salve that I ordered onlilne. It is formulated for the Shingles. Mom said she and Dad are both getting some relief from the salve. I wish you all the best! I know how painful it is! Take Care!


  10. I’ve had shingles and the rash is the second biggest clue. With me it started with a headache and mood changes, then finally i noticed the rash going from my spine to my nipple on my left side. Felt like a knife to my lung just to brush it. Get it looked at, bird!


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