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Fellas - have got a bit of a problem, and I'm not sure if it's shingles or not. Was quite itchy all over last night (particularly my torso) and since then I've developed a bit of a rash on the back of my shoulder blade. At the moment, it ain't painful, but I'm still a bit itchy. I'm not allergic to anything, and I haven't eaten anything I shouldn't or used a different soap/washing powder. Did feel quite grotty yesterday.

 

Anyone of you's had shingles?

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Not had it but this might help:

 

 

 

Shingles Symptoms

 

Depending on the nerves involved, shingles can affect many parts of the body.

 

    * The first symptom of shingles is often extreme sensitivity or pain in a broad band on one side of the body. The sensation can be itching, tingling, burning, constant aching, or deep, shooting, or "lightning bolt" pain.

 

    * Typically, 1-3 days after the pain starts, a rash with raised, red bumps and blisters erupts on the skin in the same distribution as the pain. They become pus-filled, then form scabs by 10-12 days.

 

    * The rash disappears as the scabs fall off in the next 2-3 weeks, and scarring may result

 

 

 

from http://www.emedicinehealth.com/shingles/page3_em.htm

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Probably best not to take medical advice from people on here.

 

Phone up NHS Direct - 0845 46 47 or

 

http://www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk/articles/article.aspx?articleId=335&sectionId=10

 

:thup:

 

 

That is usually the best advice.

 

However, its not actually that bad an idea to check online for symptoms and stuff before going to see a Doc. Some policy makers think this sort of thing should be encouraged to stop unnecessary visits and i know Google are investing in the area.

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Probably best not to take medical advice from people on here.

 

Phone up NHS Direct - 0845 46 47 or

 

http://www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk/articles/article.aspx?articleId=335&sectionId=10

 

:thup:

 

 

That is usually the best advice.

 

However, its not actually that bad an idea to check online for symptoms and stuff before going to see a Doc. Some policy makers think this sort of thing should be encouraged to stop unnecessary visits and i know Google are investing in the area.

 

Don't actually admit you've done such a thing though, as they're subsequently inclined to have you down as a nutter.

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Cheers lads. Have been on the phone, and the nurse wants me to go to the Walk In Centre pretty quickly. Not got any other symptoms as yet, but if I get them - have got to get my arse to hospital asap. The wife did the tumbler test, and it didn't go away. :o

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Probably best not to take medical advice from people on here.

 

Phone up NHS Direct - 0845 46 47 or

 

http://www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk/articles/article.aspx?articleId=335&sectionId=10

 

:thup:

 

 

That is usually the best advice.

 

However, its not actually that bad an idea to check online for symptoms and stuff before going to see a Doc. Some policy makers think this sort of thing should be encouraged to stop unnecessary visits and i know Google are investing in the area.

 

Don't actually admit you've done such a thing though, as they're subsequently inclined to have you down as a nutter.

 

Doctors apparently hate it, as it challenges their authority. The thing is, if you see a generalist in primary care for something uncommon, 2 days of online research would probably mean you were better informed than the doc.

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Cheers lads. Have been on the phone, and the nurse wants me to go to the Walk In Centre pretty quickly. Not got any other symptoms as yet, but if I get them - have got to get my arse to hospital asap. The wife did the tumbler test, and it didn't go away. :o

 

Meningitis?

 

Whatever it is, hope you get it sorted mate. :thup:

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i was diagnosed with shingles when aged 28. told the doc i hadn't had chicken pox......."you probably did when you were very small but didn't come out with the spots..it's very regular"    fair enough i thought

 

 

 

 

2 years later i made a return visit to the same doc....."is this what i think it is ?"........"why yes you have chicken pox (yi spotty poxy t***)"......"could you search through your notes and see if a couple of years ago you diagnosed me as having shingles?"........"err.........yes.......don't really know what that must've been"

 

 

 

 

when originally diagnosed with shingles i rang up the soon to be Mrs M and told her "'the f*** have you been up to...that rash,been to the docs and it's eight letters, begins and ends with an 's' "

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