Low grade fever that doesn't go away!

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I've had 5 outbreaks of shingles in same area in last 21 months and think I'm on the verge of another outbreak. I'm almost constantly dealing with low grade fever, fatigue and just not feeling good. Typically it occurs a week or 10 days before an outbreak and will last one month after the outbreak or longer lately. Does anyone else have this problem? I realize fever is a common symptom of shingles, but I feel my fevers are a little excessive. I've been running a fever more than not having a fever the last 6 months. I've had a fever now for almost 2 weeks with no rash in sight. Although pain is worse for now in the area affected.

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    what is the temperature measure of your fever

    If you do not have rash, it could be viral /glandular fever

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      Temp ranges from 100-100.9. It will hang in the mid to upper 99.? Quite often also but I don't consider that a fever.

      I've been very careful in making sure I stay hydrated and eat clean.

      Considered it being viral but have increased nerve sensitivity near usual breakout area. Other than no visible rash it's exactly how I've felt in past. I'm on acyclovir twice daily for preventable care. Wondering if this is keeping full outbreak at bay. Seeing my GP tomorrow and will see what she thinks. She's been overseeing my care all along and has done the most for me.

      Will definitely take your thoughts into consideration.

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    Just saw your old post. Have you ever considered seeing an immunologist? I did for just one outbreak. I can't believe at this point you haven't been escorted there via horse drawn carriage!!! I wanted to know how I could end up with shingles and PHN at my age. Also saw him because my pain doc wants me to get the shingles vaccine (It's early, I'm not 50 yet), and he wanted to be sure that it would be safe. Also, has your internist tested you for any deficiencies?? Don't let any stone go unturned. Hope you are better.😁

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      Hi, sorry for the very late reply. I have seen an immunologist. They weren't able to find an cause for my shingles. I see a wonderful pain doctor now who has changed my life! I'm completely off narcotics. Currently I'm on Cymbalta, Effexor XR, Supplements, and antibuse in small doses. I get occasional trigger point injections but we are noticing a trend any time my body experiences trauma I get outbreaks so we have put injections on hold.

      I had tried getting Botox inj. for migraines and ended up with a shingles outbreak on my head and face. I tried the second round because the doctor said I wouldn't know if they worked or not unless I did. I became extremely ill like the flu and had another shingles outbreak. Thankfully not on my face but still I decided I was done with the Botox because it wasn't helping especially with all the side effects. My neurologist is the one who wanted to try the Botox for my migraines and she tried to tell me it was herpes not shingles. Based on all the other symptoms I have before the rash even appears I can say without a doubt it is NOT herpes. I actually have herpes as well and other than pain at the sight I don't have the fatigue, fever, or general feeling of illness before a breakout like I do with shingles. I'm not happy about this because now its in my medical record.

      We are now trying to use Valtrex when I experience symptoms of a breakout to try to keep one at bay or minimize the damage. This was something I have wanted to do all along but couldn't get anyone to listen or maybe understand what I was saying.

      At this point my pain is under much better control then it was. I've recently started taking better control of my health and started taking better supplements, vitamins, probiotics, and started eating to nourish my body. I meditate, try to exercise when I can either walking or yoga. It's nade a huge difference all around.

      I hope you are doing better yourself.


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