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Here’s my background, what do you think? I was 25 when I had shingles on my lower back. Small rash, 3” in diameter. No pain, blistering, or discomfort. It went away no issues. Fast forward 6 months. No issues. Healthy, active, young. I’m laying in bed and twist my right leg over my left, and my left arm past my right shoulder to stretch my back. I was getting a good stretch when I felt the urge to yawn. So I start to yawn and as I reach the peak of my yawn my breath peaked in an inhale and holy cow sudden sharp stabbing pain to my left chest. Can’t breath. Jump out of bed in a panic as every inhale I try to take feels like someone is tearing a pencil through my rib cage. Absolutely excruciating. Can’t talk. Barely breathe. Vomit from pain. Fall asleep sitting up. Pain persists for a full day. The following 4 months I couldn’t laugh without the tearing/stabbing feeling. Not exaggerating when I say I would rather have a grown man punch me in the face every 5 min than experience that pain. The following 3 years have consisted of regular pain. Sometimes severe, sometimes aching. I can no longer do physical activity. Walking, Twisting, lifting all cause pain. It’s not a superficial pain. I can touch my skin no problem. The pain feels as if someone has torn the muscle from my chest. Or that a rib has punctured my lung. I have no sensitivity to temperature or pin pricks. But applying pressure on my chest hurts always. It always feels bruised and sometimes is more painful than others. As I mentioned, this happened 3.5 yrs ago, 5 months after a mild pain free case of shingles in my LOWER back. 4-5 vertebrae lower than where my chest pain lines up (at my T6). So the question is, what are the chances that this is from shingles? Do I have PHN?
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