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Hi , I'd like some help with a shingles diagnosis , i have been to the doctor , let me tell you why i'm asking.
About a week ago i had a dull ache on my back behind or near my shoulder blade , i couldn't quite trace the source but found some crunchy , knotted tendons (probably not the correct word). Soon after i noticed a burning feeling , the best way to describe it is , when you get sunburn and put a shirt or top on , it gives that same feeling of mild irritation. I have no rash. After a few days i decided to go to the doctors , i told him the symptons and he suggested it might be shingles , but only based on what i'd said. He gave me a choice of starting a course of tablets now , or waiting until a rash appeared. He said it's best to catch it early , so i took the option of the tablets (7 days supply) and a cream. The tablets are Aciclovir (800mg) , the cream is .... well , RED HOT CHILLIES !
I used the cream last night , but the burning was intense , the discomfort i had before was not that bad , the cream put the discomfort off the scale.
So , is it ok to take that course if i DON'T have shingles ?
Is the cream optional ? can i just not use it yet , as the discomfort is not that bad.
Today , my shoulder blade still has that odd dull ache and is only very mildly sensative , could this be shingles ? is a sore area a sympton of shingles ? at times i'd thought it was a pulled or twisted muscle , the doctor made the diagnosis on what i'd said about the burning sensation. I did have a period in the last month when i was ill , flu like , so maybe i was a bit rundown.
Thanks for any insight or advice
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