could this be shingles?
i've been to quite a few sites already looking for information but they all seem to focus on the medical terms and i was having a hard time understanding.
i started looking for message boards specifically discussing shingles but didn't find any.
a neighbor told me about garden web so here i am and i hope i can get some personal advice rather than all the medical lingo.
about 5 weeks ago i noticed an itching on my back, one side, to the left of my spine, just at my waistline. the area that was itching was about the size of a fist. 5 little bumps much like pimples.
i had been doing a lot of strenuous activity in the yard so i just figured it was heat rash from elastic waistband.
couple weeks later it didn't go away.
no solid colored area just a few little bumps spaced out but the few bumps began to itch like crazy.
a couple days later i was bending over in the yard and got a shooting, burning pain in the same area as the bumps.
neither the red, pimple-like bumps have gone away nor has the pain.
if i lie quietly i don't have the pain but the itch is continuous. as soon as i have too much waist movement the shooting, burning pain starts and peaks and is so painful.
saw md monday of last week and he dx'd heat rash with pulled muscle.
by this past monday i could no longer stand the sharp burning pain and saw another md because mine was on vacation.
he said possibly heat rash and it couldn't be shingles because there is no large, dark red area, only a few bumps.
told me the same as first md, to take oatmeal baths to relieve itch and lots of aspirin.
has anyone ever had shingles (herpes zoster) without a large dark reddened area, only a few bumps?
yes, i've had chicken pox when i was in my 40s. i am in my early 60s now.
very appreciative for any advice you can give.