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Sharon T

Skin rash and pain

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I haven't posted or even been logging on to the forum for a while, as I've been dealing with relocating my 92-year old father to assisted living, getting his health issues under control, and trying to help him through the onset of depression. As a result of all the stress, I've started having skin pain and pain in the flesh right under the skin (not really in muscles or joints) on my trunk, and today I've developed a red bumpy rash that doesn't itch, just is kind of painful to the touch. I'm pretty sure this is inflammation related to stress. Anyone ever suffered anything similar, and is there anything you can recommend for the pain? Its not so severe that I can't tolerate it, but its really unpleasant! :(


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Hi Sharon,

 

It's good to hear from you again and I'm so sorry to hear that you've been having so many problems with your father. I have an elderly mother so can understand the stress you've been suffering.

 

I'm no doctor, and am very often barking up the wrong tree, but I wonder whether the rash you're suffering with could be Shingles? I experienced a rash similar to the one you're describing last year which subsequently turned out to be shingles and that was definately be brought on by stress. It started as a couple of red spots like bites (at first I thought the dogs might have fleas which had bitten me) and then progressed to a painful rash under my bust halfway around my trunk. I paid a visit to my doctor who confirmed the diagnosis and I was given some anti viral drugs to take. The pain with the rash lasted probably 2-3 weeks and I couldn't bear to wear a bra for a couple of months afterwards. I still have very faint marks on my skin where the rash was. The type of pain you describe sounds very similar to what I experienced.

 

Whether or not your rash turns out to be shingles I think that you should perhaps go to your doctor and let him/her have a look at it and hopefully he may be able to give you a diagnosis and possibly be able to suggest ways to alleviate the discomfort.

 

Do please post again and let us know how you get on. :)


Jo Frowde

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Hi Sharon,

 

Jo beat me to it - my first thought was shingles too. When I had them, I was treated with an anti-viral and steroids, which shortened the course of them. Steroids should be used with caution, but in some cases they are indicated. Time to go see your doctor!

 

My mom turns 90 in May, so I can sympathize with you. She's still living alone, but really shouldn't be.

 

Best wishes,


Jeannie McClelland

(Retired) ISN Director of Support Services

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Sharon, I have just one word for you: shingles!

 

Please see a doctor immediately (as in right away, today, at your doctors or urgent care or E.R.) because treatment needs to begin very early to be of any help in reducing its impact. It could possibly be something else, but the odds are rather slim.

 

Of course, none of us are doctors or have any medical training which makes it imperative that you get a real diagnosis -- and treatment, if necessary, ASAP.


Warm Hugs,

 

Shelley Ensz

Founder and President

International Scleroderma Network (ISN)

Hotline and Donations: 1-800-564-7099

 

The most important thing in the world to know about scleroderma is sclero.org.

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You guys were so right! Shingles it is. Even though I've had the vaccine that is supposed to prevent or at least lessen the severity of shingles, I've got a really spectacular case according to my doctor. The meds work pretty well, and it is definitely improving. Not fun, but understandable given the immune system and the stress. Thanks for the quick responses! :thank-you:


Sharon T.

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Hi Sharon,

 

I'm so glad you've been to the doctor and got the meds and that they're working and you're improving. :emoticons-i-care:

 

Welcome to The Shingles Club....you're in good company!! ;) :lol:


Jo Frowde

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Hi Sharon

 

It likely is a mighty good thing you got that vaccine shot after all or they might be a whole lot worse!

 

Glad to hear you are improving so quickly too.


Sending good wishes your way!

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Hi Sharon,

 

A friend of mine who has systemic scleroderma also recently was diagnosed with Shingles after being taken to outpatients at a local hospital.

 

She was admitted and was sedated for five days the pain was so bad. She's fine now.

 

So, you did very well to get on to it, especially with the advice of all these wonderful ISN volunteers, as quickly as you did.

 

Wishing you a speedy recovery!

:emoticons-group-hug:

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