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Brief (but not so brief) history haha. I had my first break of shingles 2 months ago and the rash appeared above my right eye, cheek and scalp. Reported to the urgent care doctor that I was having ear pain but she failed to examine my ear; as well as my PCP whom I followed up with a couple of days later. Treated with acyclovir for 7 days. Initially prescribed the wrong dose by the urgent care doctor (another strike!) but fortunately my opthalmologist caught it. Rash and blisters healed within 2 weeks and it took another 2 weeks for the pain and intense itch to resolve. Did not have further ear pain since the shingles diagnosis. I was completely back to normal within a month.
Now to why I'm really here. Lucky me was just diagnosed with zoster oticus aka Ramsay Hunt Syndrome a couple of days ago. Lucky because this is quite rare said Dr. Google. I saw my PCP due to tinnitis, ear pain and muffled hearing. I attributed it from a cold I caught from my daughter. She loves to share with me all the germs she gets from preschool. So all along I thought I had an ear infection of some sort. My doctor saw new fluid filled vesicles in my ear canal and identified it right away. I asked to be prescribed Valtrex for the convenience (less daily dose compared to acyclovir 3 vs. 5) and efficacy. Been on Valtrex for 3 days and experiencing daily tachycardia (heart rate up to 140s). Although I have a history of tachycardia, cardiac work up negative. Normally my palpitations occur 2x month which is managed with occasional beta blockers.
Has anyone else experienced palpitations on Valtrex? Any other zoster oticus sufferers out there? Please share your stories.
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