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So I got a case of shingles on my back three weeks ago - on my left side about midway down my back. I caught it fairly early and was given the antibiotics to treat it, which fortunately halted its spread. I got a lot of itching, but curiously, no stabbing pain like others have gotten. But one very odd symptom that occurred about a week after getting this was a numbness wrapping around my torso, starting near the backbone and going around to the front, close to the midline of my body and about six inches from top to bottom. It's like someone has shot that side of my body with novacaine. It's really unnerving and at times it twinges with sharp pains, but not often. I have to take Ibuprofin regularly through the day and before bed, since I get a significant backache if I don't. Has anyone else had these numbness symptoms with shingles? Is it normal?
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