Can Shingles cause burning in the lungs

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Hi Folks,

Just wondering if anyone knows whether shingles can cause red hot burning in the lungs. I walked 5 minutes outside after a week in recovery (and 7 days on antiviral) and I couldn't breathe well with burning in lungs. I am used to running 10 km/week and I couldn't walk for 5 minutes..

Any insight would be great!...how long should it take to get over shingles when one is on antitviral meds ?

Thanks again..Robson

 

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    Hi Rob. are you coughing and/or bringing up any mucus or phlegm? I've had shingles for 3.5wks now & now on a 2nd course of anti virals as 2 days after finishing the 1st course, it came back on both side of my body & doc says some of it looks like chicken pox, some like shingles. additionally 2days after finishing the 1st lot of anti virals I've developed a very productive cough which doc said is most likely to be part of the virus. that's why i was asking about cough & phlegm. in severe cases i have read it can affect the lungs possibly causing pneumonia - which  i think  you would really know about if you had it. i haven't had any burning around the lungs area just on shoulders, forearm, behind ears where the shingles rashes came out, & itchy both buttocks where the chicken pox style rash came out.  i think you should go back to doc's as you sound fit if you are a runner, is the burning pain around your lungs the same kind of sunburn pain you got with the rest of your shingles areas??

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      Thanks for your interest and comments,

      I have no cough at all. It is only when I walk, I get a huge burning sensation under my breastbone radiating out into the lungs. I walked 200 ft yesterday and almost collasped (not from pain at all) just sudden weakness and breathing. It is very scary. I have been off work for 2 weeks and my improvement is not what I thought it would be at this juncture.

      Hope you feel better soon,

      rob

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      Hi Rob, I wanted to let you know that I have had shingles for 5 months 3 reoccuring rashes and my rash started on my foot believe it or not the pain was inside my rib cage and yes my lung was burning, I cannot walk too far either but I'm also a smoker and I got phlegm in my lung and I had pneumonia in my right lung you seriously need to go back to the doctor if you're still having this problem cuz it could be pneumonia I hope you're feeling better soon good luck

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    Rob,

    First, I am sorry you have contracted this disease. You didn't specify your age or where your rash was. Burning sensation in your lungs is not a normal part of recovering from Herpes Zoster-Shingles, and my advice to you would be to seek medical attention, ASAP! Usually when patients have that feeling, including me, they are getting a nasty pneumonia or bronchitis. If it is a bilateral sensation, it is usually not from the Herpes Zoster-Shingles virus.

    Please don't expect to bounce back from this in one or two weeks. The Herpes Zoster-Shingles virus has attacked not only your nervous system, but also circulated in your body. Expect to feel fatigue and exhaustion for possibly months.

    I am a Nurse Practitioner in the States and have Herpes Zoster-Shingles in my right ear every three to five weeks for the past twenty years and twice in my right eye.

    Best wishes

    Merry Juliana

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      Thanks so much for your insight and comments! Much appreciated. When I take a deep breathe, my breathing is clear and full without any crackling or indication of lung infection. It is when I have to breather a little quicker during a walk etc., I end up weakening quickly to a point I am on the verge of fainting. I think it maybe the nerves being affected in the chest/respiratory area as I inhale/exhale? My shingles developed directly centre of my breastbone/sternum. 

      I am 46 year old male and 3 weeks ago was running/biking etc without any health issues at all...crazy times..going into week 2 of being immobilized. Could be worse so I am thankful that I should recover at some point!

      Enjoy your day

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      Hi Rob,

      As the Zoster developed directly over the sternum, you certainly could have pain from the Zoster. It is difficult to tease out what is Herpes Zoster-Shingles, actual lung pain from infection, heart pain, gastrointestinal pain, etc. The one caveat I have is that it is induced by exercise. I always think of cardiac issues, when induced by exercise, even though the quality isn't quite right for cardiac. I would see your physician and get checked out to be on the safe side.

      Please let me know what they say.

      Best wishes

      Merry Juliana

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      Thanks agin, this must be Zoster causing havoc beneath the dermal layer. I am clear on heart thank goodness so I guess this is the virus which is induced during any sort of excercise...even walking...a wait and see..
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      Hi Rob, it probably is the virus wiping you out. its affected my respiratory system since 2 days after finishing the 1st lot of anti viral meds - I've had a very productive phlegmy cough since, but now on the 2nd course (tomorrow last day) it has eased a bit (less phlegm) since yesterday, & better still today. Just hope it doesnt all repeat after i finish the anti virals like last time. i  still personally think you should go & get checked out by the doctor with the burning pain in your chest & difficult breathing.  like merry says, best to be on the safe side.

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