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what is the maeaning of shingles

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what is the maeaning of shingles
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Natasha replied 3 years ago.

Dr. Natasha :

hello

Dr. Natasha :

shingles is a rash

Dr. Natasha :

it is the reactivation of the chicken pox virus

Dr. Natasha :

hello

Dr. Natasha :

did you see what I wrote?

Dr. Natasha :

It is really common to get

Dr. Natasha :

usually happens as you get old

Dr. Natasha :

older

Customer :

hello

Dr. Natasha :

did you see what I wrote?

Customer :

yes

Customer :

i wrote

Customer :

to doctor

Dr. Natasha :

did you need any more information from me?

Customer :

I am suffering from headaches since .

Since yesterday the pain wouldn't stop, even painkillers are not efficient. I feel the pain in one side of my head. The pain begins from the junction of my head to my neck, and extends to my eye. I also feel some numbness in the scalp.

Before, i used to have two Nurofens, and it would work. But since yesterday i had to take two Syndols. I felt better for a while, but then i started feeling pain again.

I don't know if this is a normal tension headache or a symptom of some other problem, and i don't know how i should cure it.

thank you for your help and answer

Customer :

and

Dr. Natasha :

?

Customer :

your doctor

Dr. Natasha :

I thought you were asking about shinghles

Customer :

yes

Customer :

this doesn't sound like a tension headache. It might be am extended migraine, or it could be the beginning of shingles which only people who've had chickenpox in the past. With shingles, the characteristic red/purple rash with blisters may take up to three days to appear after the pain starts. If it's a migraine, you could try magnesium supplements for it but there is nothing over the counter that works for shingles. I'd suggest you see a doctor for evaluation since there are effective prescription medications for migraines and early dosing with acyclovir can shorten the shingles symptoms

Customer :

this is the answer

Customer :

from your doctor

Dr. Natasha :

ah I see

Customer :

Dr chip

Dr. Natasha :

I am not Dr. Chip

Dr. Natasha :

Your headache is from nerve irritation

Customer :

what is the meaning

Customer :

and what ican do

Dr. Natasha :

this is why you have pain

Dr. Natasha :

you may need medication for this specific type of pain

Dr. Natasha :

it is called neurontin

Customer :

and i paid

Dr. Natasha :

but you may need to see a neurologist

Dr. Natasha :

I don't understand what you are saying

Customer :

why

Dr. Natasha :

why? what

Dr. Natasha :

I am not sure what you are asking

Dr. Natasha :

shingles can cause this type of pain

Dr. Natasha :

because the nerve is irritated from this virus

Dr. Natasha :

or this can be temporal neuralgia

Dr. Natasha :

you need to see a neurologist

Dr. Natasha :

because this pain can be difficult to treat

Dr. Natasha :

if you get lesions you may need antivirals

Customer :

but i can t

Dr. Natasha :

but you cannot do what

Customer :

do you think

Customer :

it is migren

Dr. Natasha :

NO I do not think it is a migraine

Dr. Natasha :

this is either shingles or another type of neuralgia (nerve irritation)

Customer :

what is shingles

Dr. Natasha :

shingles is the reactivation of the chicken pox virus

Dr. Natasha :

you need antivirals, steroids and pain meds

Dr. Natasha :

I agree with dr. chip

Dr. Natasha :

but you need to see your doctor tfor these prescriptions

Dr. Natasha :

did you see that

Dr. Natasha :

A LOT of people get shingles

Customer :

yes

Dr. Natasha :

it doesn't mean anything specia

Dr. Natasha :

special

Customer :

what medicine you can recommand me before

Dr. Natasha :

for pain

Dr. Natasha :

neurontin

Dr. Natasha :

for shingles

Dr. Natasha :

acyclovir, prednisone

Customer :

i can go to a physision

Dr. Natasha :

good

Dr. Natasha :

ask about these medications

Dr. Natasha :

please print out this chat or cut and paste it

Dr. Natasha :

I hope that I provided you with excellent service :-)?

Dr. Natasha :

hello?

Customer :

hi

Dr. Natasha :

I hope that I provided you with excellent service :-)?

Customer :

yes thanks

Dr. Natasha :

great. feel better soon :-)