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Is it the flu or something worse?

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • March 20, 2011
  • 11:45 PM

About 3 weeks ago. Came down with the flu. I thought it was long gone. By 2 days ago, I woke up and my whole body ached. Painfully ached. It hurt to walk. I can walk now. But it still hurts and today I noticed a blister on my back. Are they related? Is this something other than the flu?

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  • When you mentioned blister and flu like symptoms ... it made me think of Shingles/herpes zoster. Have you ever had chicken pox? Those who have had chicken pox sometime in their life may get shingles. I may be completely wrong but check out the following. The earliest symptoms of herpes zoster, which include headache, fever, and malaise, are nonspecific, and may result in an incorrect diagnosis. These symptoms are commonly followed by sensations of burning pain, itching, hyperesthesia (oversensitivity), or paresthesia ("pins and needles": tingling, pricking, or numbness). The pain may be mild to extreme in the affected dermatome, with sensations that are often described as stinging, tingling, aching, numbing or throbbing, and can be interspersed with quick stabs of agonizing pain. Herpes zoster in children is often painless. In most cases after 1–2 days, but sometimes as long as 3 weeks, the initial phase is followed by the appearance of the characteristic skin rash. The pain and rash most commonly occurs on the torso, but can appear on the face, eyes or other parts of the body. At first the rash appears similar to the first appearance of hives; however, unlike hives, herpes zoster causes skin changes limited to a dermatome, normally resulting in a stripe or belt-like pattern that is limited to one side of the body and does not cross the midline. Zoster sine herpete ("zoster without herpes") describes a patient who has all of the symptoms of herpes zoster except this characteristic rash. Later the rash becomes vesicular, forming small blisters filled with a serous exudate, as the fever and general malaise continue.
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