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On Friday July 21st, I started having some pain in my left upper back and the left side of my chest. Saturday, it was way worse. Nothing seemed to ease the pain. Then, exactly a week later on Friday, July 28th, I discovered a rash on my left chest and the middle of my back. After some internet investigation, I figured out that it's shingles. I went to the Dr at 2pm, and she confirmed. She prescribed oral valtrex, and topical acyclovir. I stated them both that night. So, I started meds 1 week after pain started, and 24 hrs after rash appeared. It's now been 11 days since pain started, and 4 since rash appeared. I'm still in a ton of pain and discomfort. I see a lot of sites say the disease typically lasts 3-5 weeks. Is that from when the pain starts, or the rash? How long will the rash typically last? It's on my back and chest which makes it impossible to get comfortable in any position. Plus, the tape I have to use, to keep the rash covered with gauze, is causing a bad reaction on my skin. It's red and itches or hurts where the tape is. I just need some relief. It seems like there's no end in site. My whole summer is going to be ruined.
Btw, I'm only 38, but I have chronic Lyme disease.
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