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This began in '83 right before I got married, I mean 'right before'. Now periodic and can skip years in re-appearing. New Obamacare forced me to get new healthcare insurance, new doctor, etc. I had my first physical this week and was complaining about the pain from my elbow to my hands. She didn't know what it was - within 2 hours of leaving her office - 'OWEEE' - the 1.5-inch blister-cluster showed itself. I got my shingles vaccine last year (they make us wait until we're 60 years of age), so having this happen never entered my mind! BUT, weirdly, when I went back to the doctor the next day with my self-diagnosis, she gave it a different name and said it wasn't really Shingles, but instead gave it a different herpes name I've never heard of (and I've had about a dozen breakouts since '83). She also said topical treatments really don't help when you're taking internal meds... ( really ? ). Now I'm taking 'Famiciclovir 500mg' for 10 days. Day 3-I just 'hit' my elbow on the sharp edge of a plastic box, so it broke open (disinfecting everything, I mean Everything). Don't you think a topical might help this pain? My entire arm hurts from just below my shoulder to my hand. Pic is Day 2 of breakout, right after getting out of bed. all feedback welcome.
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