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Underlying skin pain...burning surface pain..

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  • Posted By: Powerstroke2000
  • January 8, 2007
  • 04:53 PM

I'm writing this for my mother in law, as she doesn't have a computer, but is looking for answers that her doctor doesn't seem to be able to confirm.

She has a skin pain, where she can't even have a sheet on her while laying in bed, as it hurts her skin too much. Apparently, when she is trying to explain her ailment, she tells me it is like a "burning" pain at the surface level.
The first thing that came up was "shingles" but she's had no shingles type symptoms at all, so she has ruled that out, but is still looking for answers as to what this might be.
I've done a search on Google, and haven't come up with much at all, and I'm hoping that perhaps someone here may have heard of a similar case, or may possibly have some clues as to a diagnosis?

This is truly affecting her life, as she was hoping to head out on an extended vacation this month, but has cancelled it because of this issue, along with possible repreccussions of needing medical help while out of the country.

Upon looking at any data I've seen on the net, it seems very much like the after affects of some shingles sufferers, but it's as if she missed the primary diagnosis of having shingles all together! Her doctor has ruled this out, but again, no answers are coming, and she suffers with this on a daily basis.

She is 68 years old (if that helps) and does take several medications for other ailments she has, and my wife wonders if all the meds she has taken over the years has had anything to do with it? She has post-polio syndrome, but this skin issue has only arose in the last couple of months, and never before.

If anyone might have any comments/advice even on where I might look for answers, anything would be helpful.

Thanks very much in advance!


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