New shingles a week later?

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I have a question for those of you with recurring shingles or that have experienced this. I am a week into my first shingles (as of seeing blisters) they are on my RIB CAGE/WAIST . The blisters have started to heal and have small scabs on them . Last night I started tingling and itching on my BACK which is still tingling itching. Is it possible to start an entire new cluster of shingles 7 days after a previous cluster started? I've been taking Aclovir for 5 days 3x a day so far . Help please... sad

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    I am on the 4th week of shingles, rash went ages ago but I have the neuralgia now which is very painful, I didn't get a new rash, I did get a very  sore red rash on my forehead that I found out was re-infected, also this happened to my eye, where i first had it. I was given Aciclover for the second time., and anti biotics and it cleared it up. Good luck .
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    Hi Summer I have had this since 1988 and had monthly outbreaks it started on my middle finger of my left hand.  I still get it every few months but now in the palm of my hand.  I can get one outbreak and 3 days later start another cluster on the oppsite side of my hand so it is not unusal that this is happening.  As soon as I feel the itching and tingling I start my Acyclovir 800 mgs and take it every 4 hours for 10 days while awake.  This dose has really helped with my outbreaks and the reoccurance.  Talk to your doctor I see an infectious disease specialist for another disease I was just recently diagnoised with after a rape, Hep C and he put me on this dose and it is working.  Best advice I can give is start your meds at the very first sign and it does get better.  God Bless and hope you feel better soon..
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    Hi Summer, I do feel for you, I have had my first lot of shingles spots out break  under my right breast along the side to my back, my second lot have traveled along my back up to my shoulder.  and the heat is intense.  I often get the tingling but what I do find most painful it seems that the heat pain is  around my lower rib cage ( if you can understand where it is) I get a tightness as if there are muscles along the area it gets so tight and  painful that it makes me cry,,

    I dont know what I can take as I am on a lot of medication for my arthritas., I have noticed that when my patches are starting to run out (mine are durigestic you keep them on for 72 hours), the doctors have increased my patches now to 125mg, I have noticed that the patches do help decrease the pain, but like with other medications  you can get fixed on these types of drugs.  Summer you mention that the scabs are starting to itch, please dont scratch them or rub hard after a shower with a towel, because it then leave open ended nerves, which then will cause you more pain.    I wish you well, make sure you take care of those areas,.

    Jocelyne  from Cambridge  UK

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    Thanks for the responses! The new areas that I thought were going to break out never did and my original area on rib cage is nice and scabed over and healing well (I never touched it not even once) I tomorrow marks 13 days and I feel a lot better and am doing most of my usual things but still not feeling totally like myself . I'm hoping that being only 38 and taking antivirals ASAP helped .. I'm also hoping I never have this again. I'm going to cut down significantly on foods with arginine with hopes that will help. I feel for anyone that suffers with this regularly and I absolutely cannot imagine the emotional and physical distress of having this regularly. 1Lori13 I'm so sorry to hear you are dealing with so much ... I did up my Acylovir and I think that finally kicked it, but I think the Acylovir really messed with my stomach. I take probiotics , vitamins and more probiotics regularly because I have stomach issues and I went back to having a lot of stomach problems as well as shortness of breath. I'm assuming that's common but not sure. 4 months ago I was doing 9 fitness classes a week. I've injured my back and i still can't exercise and now this.... Just ready to get back to normal.
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      You will get back to normal and so glad you did not have another outbreak, hopefully you never will.  I have stomach issues also and the pills make me a bit queazy at times.  My best friend had shingles years ago and has never gotten them again.  It is usually a once in a lifetime event so move on and enjoy life.  The back will get better but take it easy I hurt my back lifting a streacher when I was a paramedic and jumped back into life too soon and now have chronic back pain it hits across my shoulder blades when I stand in one place to long.  You take care and good to meet you..
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      I was unlucky to get shingles in my face and eye, so that is so worryi ng as I thought I could lose vision, I took the meds early so luckily my eye is ok but I have to go to the eye clinic still for check ups. My head is so tender as unfortunately I have the neuralgia that is so painful, and I'm told this could go on for months, or even years! My eye waters for ages when I wake up in the morning, but once I am up and about I feel much better in myself, even though my head is still so sore, and sometimes really itchy, It was 31st march  when I first got really bad pain in the back of my head and 4 days later I got the dreaded rash! I wish anyone who has shingles good luck with their recovery as it really is a horrible virus especially when on the face!!
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      I forgot to mention that my eye re-infected and then my forehead came up in a very red and angry looking rash . so I saw the dr and he said it had also re-infected!, so it has probably all gone on longer in my case, other people might get over it faster hopefully!!
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      Hi Jane I cannot imagine having it on the face, you poor thing.  When I had my first outbreak my son was a newborn and I was so afraid I would give it to him.  I had to wear gloves when I handled him the gloves aggravated it even more.  I had my youngest son 6 years later and same thing thankfully never passed it.  I always worry now when I have it I will pass it to my eye or some other place.  Please take care of your eye and hope it never happens to you again.  I was diagnoised with complex regional pain syndrome because of the nerve damage it affects my entire left arm.  I was put on disability at the age of 38 because of it.  I would not wish this on anyone.
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      Hello Lori, well, It is over 5 weeks now since being diagnosed, and although I feel ok in myself, my right temple is still so sore and painful, and the whole side of my head is also very sensitive to the touch, for example when I wasn my hair or brush my hair. Will this ever improve or with nerve damage is  this forever?!! Unfortunately I have had so many complications, but I am so relieved that my sight is normal now, I just hope that wont change! I have a Dr appointment tomorrow and hope I can get some answers as to whether this will ever improve as it gets me down when I wake up with a headache every morning, I am on various pills to help with headaches and nerve damage.

       

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