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I took my daughter to her pediatrician yesterday (monday) for a rash that had started on her face. It had started on Friday, and would get worse at times and fade at times. I truly thought it was possibly 5th disease. She also started complaining that same day (friday) about pain in her right arm that felt as though she had a deep bruise, although there was no sign of injury and she had done nothing to hurt her arm.
By the time she was seen by her dr yesterday, the rash on her gave had faded to almost completely gone, but the pain in her arm was now radiating to her right upper back and hurt to even be slightly touched. so much so that even light touches make her almost drop to her knees and cause her to tear up in pain.
Based on her symptoms, and after examination, her pediatrician stated her feels as though she has zoster sine herpete. She has been vaccinated against chickenpox, but has never actually had chickenpox that I am aware of (she has chronic hives so I suppose it is possible that an episode I thought was a hive break out was in fact a mild case of chickenpox).
Today the pain is much more widespread. still isolated to the right side only, from her spine over. Ibuprofen isn't giving her much relief. She is a former preemie, and has always had a weakened immune system, so missing school is common.
As of right now we don't have a definitive diagnosis. Just her pediatrician stating he feels that shingles is what she has. In order for her to be able to get excused from multiple days missed from school for this, I will need a diagnosis or something from the dr stating why she isn't able to attend. is there not a test that can be ran to determine if she does in fact have this? If she does have this, how long generally does it last in children?
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