Is there a possibility that shingles is a sign of an underlying chronic condition? I was diagnosed with shingles at the age of 20 and usually had two to three breakouts per yr. on the right side of my body in my hip area the first ten yrs. After some time the breakouts were more frequent, sometimes every six to eight weeks. I have been tested for HIV/AIDS, general bloodwork, and have had regular Obgyn appointments for years and all blood tests, paps etc. have always been normal. I have taken Valtrex daily for years and have taken Zoloft as well for anxiety (although I believe I wouldn't need Zoloft if I weren't constantly experiencing breakouts). I am in my late thirties now and I experience shingles breakouts about every other week. In the last six months or so the shingles breakouts are present on my right hand rather than the usual area of my right hip. I also experience PHN and have taken prescribed pain meds when symptoms are present. Is there a medical specialty that deals with diagnosis/treatment of shingles? My dermatologist first, and then my general practitioner have been trying to manage the problem for years but I wonder if there is more extensive testing that I can request or a specialist I could see? I am miserable please someone tell me I am not doomed for the rest of my life to deal with this.Reply Follow This Thread Stop Following This Thread Flag this Discussion
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