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Long story bit needing help ! 10 months ago I had a thumb joint replacement on my left hand due to destructive arthritis. Entire hand and forearm in cast for 7 weeks. Therapy for 10 weeks. Diagnosed with Reflex sympathy dystrophy by both hands by therapist and hand surgeon. Confirmed with rheumatologist. Sent to pain doctor. Had 2 root nerve blocks, one in April, the other in May. Neither one worked. End of June I got shingles in left hand / thumb surgical area. Acyclovir started second day of rash. 10 days later, right hand started to get lesions. Diagnosis with shingles in it. Another round of acyclovir. Hands are still, 10 weeks later, red, swollen, extreme unbearable itching and pain. No blisters but rather small red raised bumps for a couple of days, then turns into entire thumb side of hand one bright red swollen painful itching mass. I am about to lose my mind ! Is it shingles holding on ? Or the regional pain syndrome? Both ? My doctors seem to be "punting" me from.one to the other. Do I need an infectious disease doctor? Any help would be beyond appreciated. Thank you
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