Discussions By Condition: Medical Stories

Shingles-no Rash

Posted In: Medical Stories 1 Replies
  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • May 13, 2007
  • 05:09 AM

Finally! After hours and hours of research I have found the answer to my husband's problem. his symptoms started with a "tingling" sensation in a very localized spot on his back. After a few days of this he started with "flu like" symptoms, but to the extreme. As he put it, " it feels like someone beat me with a baseball bat". And he stated that is was not exaggerating. He had a few days of diarreah and slight nausea before the onset of extremely discomfort. Doctors wanted to do colonoscopy, MRI, everything under the sun including Physical Therapy for possible herniated disc in his back. All because there was NO RASH PRESENT! In most cases shingles will present a rash on the outside of the body, on the skin. This is generally what doctors use to identify shingles. This is not always the case. Although to have an active case of shingles with no rash present is not common, there are such cases. I fianlly convinced the dr. to just try the antiviral med used to treat shingles as a last resort, and wow-with in 3 days of it he started feeling better. It did take 2 full rounds of the drug called FAMVIR, but it did go away. As with all shingles, it can flare up from time to time. To make sure that this was not a "fluke" of some sort when he started to have the same tingling sensation again, a year later we immediately asked for FAMVIR and it relieved the symtoms once again. I work in a Laboratory and did more research on this, there is a simple blood test that should have been done, since shimgles is caused by the same virus as chicken pox, you can have the VARICELLA ZOSTER IGG/IGM done. It is not a guarnateed way to diagnose it, but it does let you know if you have been exposed to the virus that causes it, and if there is an active case going on at that time. Hope this helps others out there. Don't give up. If you think you know what is wrong with your body, don't give in. Doctor's are not perfect, and they do NOT know all!

Reply Flag this Discussion

1 Replies:

  • I am so glad I read about your experience helping your husband deal with something that does not have ALL the symptoms that doctors are looking for to make a correct diagnosis. I am not sure if I have shingles but I will definitely request the VARICELLA ZOSTER/IGG/IGM blood test. Thanks!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
Thanks! A moderator will review your post and it will be live within the next 24 hours.