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Hi all. 16days ago on a sunday, i started to get intense headache that wouldn't budge & had a burning feeling just like sunburn (i wasn't) on my right shoulder. over the next 4 days, the intense stubborn headache continued, I felt like i was coming down with a cold, & the burning feeling on my shoulder got more intense & extended to my neck, front of right shoulder & top of right side of chest & behind right ear. after my shower on the thursday (5days after the initial symptoms) i found a very red bumpy lesion on front of right shoulder, & suspected i may have shingles after talking to my mum. i went to doc same day & she confirmed shingles & put me on anti virals valciclyvor for 1wk & gave me amitryptilline to take at night to help with nerve pain. i had continuing burning pain from back right shoulder which stopped just before my left shoulder, & same pain round front of right shoulder, top of right arm, neck & behind ear. i finished the anti virals last thursday(5days ago). the pain is a little better at time of writing, but has also spread down right arm, & i only had 3 clustered lesions appear around the right shoulder,neck, top of back,behind ear, with additional red areas that were VERY sore to touch, but no lesions. however on saturday - about 2 days after finishing the anti virals, both my buttocks are COVERED in loads of spots with very dark red centres(like scabs) on a pink spot background & they are itchy - not burning like the shingles i had on my right shoulder & surrounding area. they feel rough if i put my hand over them & i have avoided scratching them by applying antiseptic cream over both buttocks after my showers before i put my knickers on. thing is, i thought shingles only affects one area/one side, so i am wondering whether i should go back to the doctors as the spots on buttocks have come up AFTER finishing the anti virals? i do not know if my immune system is below par or not; i have been off work since mid may with chronic bowel issues currently under investigation - colitis, & crohns/small intestine problems now being tested for, so I am having a period of chronic illness at present. Could that weaken my immune system & have caused shingles? Does anybody know how a doctor or specialist of any kind can check if your immune system is under par/compromised? (that may answer some of the cause of my other health problems at present). Look forward to any replies, experience or advice anyone can give me. x
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