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I have pain in my arm,from the shoulder to my hand,it's just

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I have pain in my arm,from the shoulder to my hand,it's just like a bad toothache, laying in bed makes it worse, I have had for five days now and it is difficult to get any sleep ,also on the same hand blisters are breaking out and painful my hand swollen badly I am 71 years of age can get some idea what it is regards dave
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. SH replied 2 years ago.
Dr. Shahzad MD :

Hi there. Thank you for your question. I will be helping you out with your queries

Dr. Shahzad MD :

Do you have any picture that you could attach here?

Dr. Shahzad MD :

Are these blisters tiny or large?

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Since how long are you having this problem?

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Have you been seen for this as yet?

Dr. Shahzad MD :

Please let me know.

Expert:  Dr. SH replied 2 years ago.

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Customer: replied 2 years ago.
the blisters are three to four millimetres are clustered together
I have had the problem 5 days
So I have seen anybody yet as you know. It is a holiday and we been advised not to visit hospital as they have epidemi regards dave
Expert:  Dr. SH replied 2 years ago.
You are having what is called as Shingles. Shingles is a viral infection that causes a painful rash. Shingles is caused by the varicella-zoster virus — the same virus that causes chickenpox. After you've had chickenpox, the virus lies inactive in nerve tissue near your spinal cord and brain. Years later, the virus may reactivate as shingles.
The diagnosis is clinical and usually no lab tests are required.
prompt treatment with prescription antiviral drugs such as zovirax (acyclovir) can speed healing and reduce your risk of complications. For the pain you may require nerve pain medications like pregabalin or gabapentin.
With the symptoms that you are having, there is no harm in visiting the emergency, particularly if your symptoms are severe.
If your symptoms are not severe and you feel you can wait it out for you GP to see it, then that is what I would do.
Meanwhile you can take over-the-counter pain medications like ibuprofen for the pain at a dose of 400 mg two to three times a day as required.
Let me know if you have more questions.
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Customer: replied 2 years ago.
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I have noticed the blisters have to the top of the arm ,also I have a stroke so how many pain killers can have as take 300 Mls of aspirin to thin my blood thanks Dave
Expert:  Dr. SH replied 2 years ago.
Since you are already taking 300 mg aspirin to thin your blood, I would then, recommend that you should take an extra dose of 300 mg of aspirin for the pain, if it is severe.
Aspirin is not only a blood thinner but also a pain medication at higher doses i.e. two tablets.
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