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Internal Shingles

We have tackled in this website about Shingles, now, we will focus on Internal Shingles. But, first, let’s recap about Shingles and then, we will proceed about the main topic.

Introduction to Shingles

Shingles is a viral infection that causes a very painful skin rash or blisters on an area of the skin. This viral disease is very common in adults especially those who have weak immune systems because of having stress, injury and taking various medications. This skin disease is caused by Varicella-zoster virus or what we call the zoster virus, the same virus which is also the main cause of chickenpox. Usually, when a child heals from chickenpox, when he or she reaches adulthood, the virus might still remain in his or her body and lies inactive, and then, it will become active again and here comes the Shingles.

Can Shingles be internal and have no rash?

Yes, and this will be called as Internal shingles. It may also involve rashes inside the mouth or ear. Eyes, brain, muscle and nerve problems are the main organs involved in this.

Internal Shingles

This attacks the nerves in the body and may also not involve rashes and blisters. It is very rare. The very common symptoms are flu-like symptoms (flu that often occurs without fever), pain and movement problems. Other symptoms are sensitivity to light, diarrhea, headaches and stomach aches. Some of the symptoms of internal shingles can be very dangerous and can cause severe complications to the body. This disease is not life-threatening as long as you have performed an early diagnosis that is measured at the right time. You can control this easily and will prevent further spread of the infection.

Diagnosis, Signs and Symptoms

  • Flu-like symptoms but no fever
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Headaches
  • Chills
  • Diarrhea
  • Stomach aches
  • Numbness
  • Movement problems
  • Pain
  • Burning or tickling sensations where the rashes will appear

The prevalent ones:

  • Oral pain where blisters or lesions are inside your mouth and the pain will affect your eating.
  • Lymph node swelling happens when your body’s immune system is resisting the virus. It is found in the groin area, underneath the arms or side of the neck.
  • Encephalitis – occurs because Shingles attacks the nerves of (also others that are connected) the brain which will result into swelling and inflammation of the brain. If you are experiencing this symptom, visit a doctor immediately because this might lead into a life threatening condition.

Tests to identify the Shingles virus

If the symptoms are not obvious in some patients especially the immunosuppressed ones, to detect Shingles, physicians will perform one or more tests. Also, the tests will usually aim to distinguish herpes simplex virus and varicella-zoster virus.

The tests that they do are: Immunofluorescence Assay, Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) and Virus Culture.

Immunofluorescence Assay is performed by using UV rays applied to cells taken from the zoster blisters. Presence of antibodies can be identified depending on the specific characteristics of light seen through a microscope. It is thought to be cheaper, faster and more accurate than performing a virus culture.

Virus Culture – taking specimens from the blisters, spinal fluid or fluid inside the blisters. For vaccinated patients, this is useful to determine if the internal shingles infection was caused by a natural virus or by the vaccine that they had taken before.

Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) is performed to identify the infection in the central nervous system (brain and nerves). It replicates a piece of the DNA of the virus up to millions of times until the virus can be detected.

COMPLICATIONS

Internal Shingles Complications

ComplicationsProblems
Postherpetic neuralgiaBurning and throbbing nerve pain, symptoms include extreme sensitivity to light touch and temperature change, numbness, itching, headaches and sudden or occasional pain. Worse, the affected person might experience muscle weakness or become paralyzed due to uncontrolled muscle movements.
Ramsay Hunt SyndromeFacial nerve paralysis (facial palsy) and having a rash on mouth or the ear.

Also, it may be accompanied by other frequent signs and symptoms such as hearing loss, facial weakness or face drop, nausea, tinnitus, nystagmus (oscillation of the eyes) and vertigo (type of dizziness).
Hutchinson’s SignVesicles on the tip of the nose, or vesicles on the side of the nose are involved from facial herpes zoster - ophthalmic herpes zoster

Skin - Melanonychia, Periungual hyperpigmentation.
Neurological problemsBalance problems, hearing problems, facial paralysis or inflammation. These conditions can be very dangerous and can result to coma or death.
Loss of Vision (Ocular or Optical Shingles)Lack of sensation in the eye, pain, redness, swollen eyelids, blurry vision, discharge from the eyes, and temporary or permanent blindness.
Other internal organsBlisters to affect internal organs including lungs, gastrointestinal tract, central nervous system and the brain. Pneumonia and other breathing problems can occur if the lungs become affected.

Postherpetic neuralgia

Postherpetic neuralgia is a persistent nerve pain that occurs to some patients within 2-4 weeks after healing from Shingles or often referred to as post-shingles pain.

If you are still experiencing pain after your shingles rashes are cleared up, you might have caught this.

After healing from Shingles, the zoster virus still remains in the patient’s body. It invades the bloodstream and damages the nerve fibers thus, become confused resulting in sending uncontrolled and inaccurate signals to the brain which causes burning and throbbing nerve pain.

As of the present, nobody knows why some patients are experiencing this and why some are not.

Symptoms

Aside from the mentioned burning and throbbing nerve pain, symptoms include extreme sensitivity to light touch and temperature change, numbness, itching, headaches and sudden or occasional pain. Worse, the affected person might experience muscle weakness or become paralyzed due to uncontrolled muscle movements.

Patients will experience sleeping problems and fatigue. Postherpetic neuralgia lasts in one month or if severe, may last up to one year.

internal shingles signs and symptoms

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Ramsay Hunt Syndrome

Also caused by varicella zoster virus, RHS is known as auricular herpes zoster or herpes zoster oticus when referring only to the ear rash. It is a rare neurological disorder and can be characterized by facial nerve paralysis (facial palsy) and having a rash on mouth or the ear. Same with postherpetic neuralgia, Ramsay Hunt Syndrome occurs when the previously zoster virus becomes active again and spreads to the facial nerve.

There is often pain in the ear. Also, it may be accompanied by other frequent signs and symptoms such as hearing loss, facial weakness or face drop, nausea, tinnitus, nystagmus (oscillation of the eyes) and vertigo (type of dizziness).

Sometimes, people find it difficult to distinguish Ramsay Hunt Syndrome from Bell’s palsy in early stages but in general, RHS tends to be more serious and severe than Bell’s palsy. Also, RHS has rashes/blisters while Bell’s palsy don’t. Not all cases of RHS has rashes but it can be still RHS as long as it was caused by zoster virus.

Ramsay Hunt Syndrome Diagnosis

To tell easier and accurately if you really have a Ramsay Hunt Syndrome, your physician will.do one or more of the flowing:

Physical Examination

  • The doctor will observe you especially your face and ear to know if the symptoms are present.

Hearing Test

  • Tested through tuning forks or audiometry (wearing earphones in usually a soundproof booth / room)

Otoscope Ear Examination

  • Your doctor will check your auricle (visible part) and ear canal for lesions (that might indicate the varicella-zoster virus’ presence) using an otoscope.

Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN) test

  • It involves caloric testing and tracking a moving object or field to be able to determine the degree of vestibular impairment.

Fluorescein Eye Strain

  • Used to detect cornea damage and the outer surface of the eye by using orange dye (fluorescin) and a blue light.

Electromyography

  • A nerve conduction test using contact pads or fine-scale conductive probes to determine facial nerve damage and its potential for recovery.

Lumbar Puncture

  • When diagnosis is not clear, in rare cases, a spinal tap is used. After numbing with an anesthetic, from the spinal column, a cerebral fluid is taken by using a spinal needle to test it for evidence of zoster virus.

Blood test, MRI, CT (Computed Tomography) Scan, and Eye test (checking dryness and change of vision).

Hutchinson’s Sign

If for vesicles on the tip of the nose, or vesicles on the side of the nose are involved from facial herpes zoster, it precedes the development of ophthalmic herpes zoster thus, implies the involvement of the nasal branch of the nasociliary nerve that raises the specter of involvement of the eye.

If for the skin, it involves the pigmentation of the proximal nail fold which is also known Melanonychia. It also suggests subungual melanoma when there is pigmentation in the paronychial area or known as Periungual hyperpigmentation.

Neurological problems

Balance problems, hearing problems, facial paralysis or inflammation might be experienced after suffering from a shingles outbreak and may permanently damage the nerves.

These conditions can be very dangerous and can result to coma or death. No worries, these are rare but being prepared will be better.

Loss of Vision

Optical shingles or Ocular shingles is crucial and includes any of these symptoms such as lack of sensation in the eye, pain, redness, swollen eyelids, blurry vision, discharge from the eyes, and temporary or permanent blindness.

Additional symptoms and signs are: severe ocular pain, tingling of forehead, conjunctival episcleral and circumcorneal conjunctival hyperemia, corneal edema, marked eyelid ederma and photophobia.

Its complications include cataract, glaucoma, keratitis (inflammation of the cornea), uveitis (inflammation of uvea/middle layer of the eye) and other corneal problems.

If you are experiencing these (even the minor ones), do not self-medicate and you must seek a doctor’s help immediately.

Other internal organs

It is possible for the virus especially the blisters to affect internal organs including lungs, gastrointestinal tract, central nervous system and the brain. Pneumonia and other breathing problems can occur if the lungs become affected.

Internal Shingles Treatment

Drugs, treatments, home remedies and vaccines

For you not to be surprised, the frequently advised drugs by the doctors are opioid painkillers, anticonvulsants, capsaicin skin patches, lidocaine skin patches, antidepressants and steroids. For treatments, these are TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation), and Spinal cord or peripheral nerve stimulation.

Aside from capsaicin skin patches, you can avail, capsaicin cream.

If you are in your home and are not planning to buy prescribed medications yet, go for topical analgesics and anesthetics to reduce skin oversensitivity by mixing aspirin into an absorbing cream or lidocaine cream.

Antiviral drugs like Acyclovir, Famciclovir or Valacyclovir can be taken to restrict the virus from replicating.  Normally, it will take 2-5 weeks for internal shingles’ symptoms to be fully resolved. The ones who might show severe symptoms of it are the elders and children.

Ice pack or heat treatment application is temporarily effective in reducing pain. Doing this can help the patients to reduce their urge to scratch their skin.

Internal Shingles pain relief

The pain of shingles especially the internal one is unbearable in its severity. All patients with shingles are given medications that can minimize pain. The pain of herpes zoster affects not only your sleep, mood or work, but also, your quality of life. This often leads to fatigue, loss of appetite and feeling of depression. If you have:

Medicines for Internal Shingles pain

Internal Shingles pain severityMedicines
Mild painOpioids such as Morphine, Tramadol and Fentanyl.
Severe painDarvon, Codeine, or one of the Codeine derivatives such as Vicodin or Percodan.

In order to control shingles pain further, you should take advice from an experienced doctor in homeopathy so he or she can examine your pain and then will prescribe a treatment for it.

Is it contagious?

Some people think that shingles is caused by a virus and viruses are contagious but, it is not a contagious disease though it is caused by the same virus which is responsible for Chickenpox. We can say, Shingles is a second outbreak of the chickenpox virus in the body but it cannot cause other forms of herpes. However, shingles contains infectious VZV and people who have not had chickenpox before can develop easily this virus from daily interaction to patients with Shingles. Shingles can only be spread by direct contact to lesions of the patients. Otherwise, you have minimum chance to develop an infection. For the patients, they can still go outside and perform normal activities like daily work or going to school as long as they prevent spreading the disease by good hygiene and covering their lesions properly.

Shingles in general

Who gets it?

Generally, it is happened in adults especially from ages 50-60 but it does not mean that young people would not be affected.

Aside from aging and weak immune system, medications, stress, various treatments particularly cancer and, if their mothers have shingles during their late pregnancy or had a chickenpox themselves (affected adults) during childhood can also be causes of Shingles. The main cause for this awful and alarming disease is the Vacirella-zoster virus. This virus belongs to a group of viruses called herpesviruses and it hides in the nervous system after the occurrence of initial infection and travels down to the nerve cell fibers to cause a renewed infection.

Difference between Herpes Simplex and Herpes Zoster

Both of these are herpes viruses but different in class and type.

Herpes Zoster or Varicella Zoster-Virus, causes skin rashes or blisters, and is the main culprit for chickenpox and shingles, while Herpes Simplex causes small painful fluid-filled blisters on the eyes, mouth (cold sores), lips and genitals.

Is Herpes Simplex contagious?

HS is more contagious than HZ since anyone has a higher chance of getting the disease just by having direct contact with sores or even on affected areas without sores. Also, Herpes Simplex’s tests such as biopsy of a sore, blood tests, etc. must be conducted to recognize the sores.

Internal Shingles remediesMedications for Shingles

Drugs

Since you have learned above about medicines to treat internal shingles, just take these and the treatments below that can treat shingles blisters, rashes or shingles in general.

To relieve itching and keeping your skin hydrated, unscented lotions especially calamine lotion, moisturizing creams, honey or petroleum jelly are perfect. Using scented moisturizers are not recommended because these may cause irritation and allergies.

For those who want to get a vaccination, Zostavax is recommended.

Home or Natural Remedies

For the blisters to dry faster, Domeboro solution or a cornstarch paste can be applied. Ready-made oatmeal bath mixes can be bought at drugstores or pharmacies to soak your skin and have a clean, soothing, relaxing and calming experience.

Licorice and other plan extracts can soothe skin inflammation while lemon balm counters herpes viruses and aids in healing rashes or cold sores.

Eating, drinking or applying vitamin E supplements is good for healing skin problems and nerve damages. B-complex can strengthen the nervous system which can also reduce nerve pain. Vitamins A and D increase the production of macrophages and killer T-cells, and can fortify the affected person’s immunity system.

Eating a spoonful of flaxseed powder 2x a day, garlic juices or turmeric paste can speed up the healing process because of having antiseptic properties.

Conclusion

To sum these up, we may say that internal shingles can become dangerous, contagious and later on, become deadly if not treated. It must be given more attention so doctors can diagnose the symptoms and can give the patient proper medicines and treatments immediately. Shingles, internal or external, has been caused by the virus Varicella-Zoster virus, also known as, Herpes Zoster. Shingles can happen to people especially to those who already healed from chickenpox but have weak immune systems. It can occur due to the reactivation of this virus inside the body. Generally, it can cause skin rash or blisters.  In some cases, it can cause a severe systemic infection, affecting internal organs of the body and the central nervous system. Doctors often prescribe antiviral medications such as Acyclovir (Zovirax®), Valacyclovir (Valtrex®), and Famciclovir (Famvir®) for its treatment. In most cases, it has been advised that antiviral drugs should be taken within 3 days or 72 hours from the time of the first sign of shingles. To endure pain, doctors may suggest antidepressants. Healthy diet or breathing exercises at home, taking regular meditation, yoga, or tai chi classes will help patients to deal with it. Having a strong immune system and avoiding processed and artificial foods as possible are the simplest methods to prevent having this.

73 thoughts on “Internal Shingles

  1. I have time size blood red spots appearing on my left leg that burns and has.tiny blisters,,on my right leg which has been hurting for days now have small red bumps that burn,there is over ten bumps on that leg,could it be shingles?Can my Mother get them from me.

        • Old post. But, yes, the shingles virus can be passed on if you are in the infectious stage. Those that have not had chickenpox will possibly get chickenpox and those with immune systems that have been compromised can potentially get shingles. It is a virus and is spread like all viruses. You can get shingles more than once. The shingles vaccine is available for those over 50. It is recommended to get the vaccine even if you’ve had shingles.

  2. Mom has internal shingles. Is there anything over the coin terms she can take to relieve the pain till she gets her prescriptions

  3. For 5 months now I have had severe sharp pain in my lower abdomen and pelvis. I’ve had a complete exam and pelvic sonar by my GYN. All was fine. She sent me to a gastro Dr. So did s colonoscopy and removed a few polyps, as well as a CAT scan of my abdomen & pelvis with contrast. All was normal. They sent me to an ortho Dr. Thing it was possibly musculoskeletal. He did MRIs of my T & L spine. All negative. Now try want me to see a surgeon in case it’s possibly a meseteric or vascular problem. My first thought it might be my bladder mesh I had done a few years ago for SUI. My GYN says no. Then my sister/in-law said internal shingles. I didn’t know there was such a thing. But after googling it I discovered there was. I have muscular mid back pain under both shoulder blades too. And lately I’ve had ringing in my ears. However, I’ve not had any rashes or blisters. I’m in pain. I need help. I need to find out what’s wrong. I’ve lived in this body for 60 years and I know something is wrong. You can’t hurt this bad for this long for no reason. Please help me. Is it possible its internal shingles. I’m miserable.

    • Martha….I too have been through the ringer since July of 2015. 7 months of a chronic internal pain somewhere between my lungs and my diaphragm. I have an CTs of chest, abdomen, brain and had endoscopy, bronchoscopy, colonoscopy. Everything always comes up normal. My doctor said “I don’t know what to tell you” about the pain. I’ve reached out to make at appointment at the Mayo Clinic. But last night, a nurse friend of mine on Facebook said “internal shingles.” After reading the symptoms, I’ve had virtually all of them (flu-like, balance problems, blurred vision, yada yada). I’m wondering if this is it!!! Going to try some of the recommended vitamins to take to see if that will help- at least until I get an appointment at the Mayo Clinic. Best of luck to you. It’s really frustrating, scary, and consumes one’s mind when you have that chronic pain that you KNOW is there and not made up and you can’t get any answers. Ugh. Prayers.

      Chrisie 🙂

      • My life revolves around my debilitating abdominal pain that doctors don’t seem to be able to diagnose. I’ve had tests and a repeat CScan soon. A nurse told me that my symptoms sound like INTERNAL SHINGLES. I’ve been dealing with this for over a year! It’s getting worse. Can anyone help me, please.

      • I too have internal shingles,going on 3 weeks,saw Dr. 3 days ago,He prescribed me Acyclovir 3 times daily,50 mg. Lyrica {cannot take ,causes severe headache} He prescribed me Lydocaine cream for itching, burning,stinging ect…. not much help,cant sleep.I also have R.A. and take norco and 0.5 xanax,at bedtime.this does help some.I found a cheap analgesic gel,blue in color,cost $1.00 a jar at pharmacy,this has helped with all the pain,itching,all that stuff more than anything.Taking the Acyclovir has made a definite difference in my all over well being just in 3 days. Still no rash or blisters.The blue analgesic rub and ibupropen has definetlyhelped with the pains and all.Iuse the rub 2 times aday.Most of all I do alot of asking Jesus to help me through this,I know He does,He helped me through cancer.You will be in my prayers Christie.

        • I guess I have internal shingles, which I never heard of before. Is this possible because I have not had the blister? I can barely lay my head on a pillow. Dr has me on 800 mg of Acyclovir. And Gabapentin for pain.

    • Hi Martha,
      I hear you. I as well. I get to thinking that I am just imaging this. I’m not the pain is so bad just to have a sheet across my skin when I lay down kills me. I feel so bruised inside. I have no blisters, sores, etc. I have been to the hosp. two times had 2 CAT SCANS one with out contrast one with. Nothing. Mine started in Dec. I fell broke my foot. But it was 34yrs ago I had kidney surgery the urther tube they put a stent in and the dr. told me back then max 20 yrs and would have to replace it. It felt like my kidneys so I thought well the stent has come out and here we go again because not just the left kidney which this is the kidney I had the surgery on, but the scar is 6 ” from my bellybutton all the round around left side to approx 6-8 ” from my spine. Back 34 yrs ago they had to cut you in half I call it. But the scar is hurting, my C/Sections scars hurt, then it started down the left front flank, then my groin, I have had test after test, Hosp said that my L 1, L 2, L 3, need attention to which I go to a back dr. to get injections as I have 3 areas of my back that I need surgery but I prefer to try and put off as long as I can. Anyway we did an epidural oh that was good the first 20 min I WAS PAIN FREE but after that the pain came full force. During this time my husband went into the hospital due to a fall he fell and broke his nose but while there in the hospital I don’t know what happen the Medical exm. is still trying to figure this out the hospital is hidden some thing. My husband passed Feb 5. I want to know why so while he was in the hosp. I went every day for almost 4 wks to see him it was so hard due to the pain. My husband knew of my pain he had hugged me that morn and said we have to find a Dr. that can get you help and find out what this is. So it’s not from the stress of my husband death. Sure I started hurting a little after the fall, the fall was in Oct 2015.

      So where do I go from here. After 2 visits to the hospital, test- blood, Kidney dr. sent my urine off for test, blood all good, epidural, I have not gotten better and Dr’s can’t find, tell me anything. Nor do Dr.’s really seem to care anymore. I too am older I’m 59. so when we reach a certain age it’s like oh don’t worry with them. This is what I have exp. in FT. Worth TX anyway.

      The pain is moving, feels as if what ever is going on is spreading, I have started the hurting in up under left rib cage, upper back, headaches, sick to stomach, had fever 2 days this last week, I get numbness in my legs, feet if I sit up, balance is touch, light bother’s me, but this is normal, to try and urinate just kills me feels like my kidney’s are about to come out. Then the pelvic is hurts I am so sore in all areas, Itching is so bad I asked my dr. about this and he said itching comes right before the pain is about to attack the nerves in my back, see my spinal cord is getting pinched by the L 1 and L 2 which is about where my bra snaps, yet the pain is all in lower part of my body. I have known this for yrs. I will do back surgery but I can’t till they figure out what is going on here. So all my pain, in kidney area left side, left scar from surgery, left front flank, groin, pelvic, itching to the point I cant put lotion on it burns, have burning sensation, numbness, headaches on/off, focus my eyes is tough, fever, cramps in legs, feet, pain can be a stabbing, needle feeling, such pain you just can sit, lay, stand nothing helps, but the part that I can’t stand anything on me, just to move I feel that I have been in a bad wreck, beaten up so bruised. I have no rash’s at all on the outside, I don’t even know what is wrong with me except I feel it moving across the front part of my stomach, pelvic, etc. just to move my leg it kills you with pain.

      If you have any thing that u might know let me know I hear you. I feel relieved that I’m not crazy although please don’t take me wrong I would not wish this for you or anyone as this is worse than labor. I can’t even drive if I hit a bump in the road it hurts. So know this your not alone. I have thought what if the dr.s have missed something and I have cancer and it’s spreading. U know how we let our minds get away from us but I am not alone I am sorry your going through this but know this your not alone either. Please share with me if you would please. There has to be a support group some where to help us. They the Dr. have to give us some direction I am getting nothing as the Hospital told me the last time I was there we are not doing the test again I said I didn’t ask you too. The CAT SCANS but blood can change. Please share with me. Is there anyway to talk private with out haven to put you name, phone email out there.? I just want some help. My husband just passed Feb 5, 2016 I haven’t been well enough to have the Celebration of Life for him yet. People think I am wrong but there were other problems as well the Medical examiner didn’t have a cause of death till a wk ago yest. so this isn’t a normal death and in order to have closer I needed to know how, why he died. Now I have it but I am in such pain I can’t get out of the house. My kids or my mother brings me food, I am at the point of pulling my hair out. To get a normal sleep well that won’t happen till this is over. I have to sleep an hour at a time when I can. Help us God we need the Dr’s that you have given the knowledge to help us make them use it. Even if we cant be other’s support know this I am here and your not alone. We are not crazy. my pain is very real. TY for listing. Anyone have any advise please share. PJ

      • I have all the same symptoms. Is in pain since January. It is unbareable so I went and consult a Homopathic dr. So far my treatment was injections between the ribs. The oral meds I will get on friday. So I suggest u go and see a homopath. My drs also could not find out what was wrong with me. Hope you will feel better soon. Stien

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      • It sounds like internal shingles. I am going through it now. Get some olive leaf extract. It will disslove the covering on the virus, so that the immune system can get at it.
        I am so sorry about your husband.
        Call me, if you want: Kathryn at
        Eight, four, five, two, three, eight,
        seven, five, zero, zero…..I have been in natural medicine for 30 years. The reason your scars hurt is because they represent a facilitated nerve pathway…..

        • kathryn a friend of mine is suffering and do mean suffering with bouts of internal shingles, would not be sure from his intense pain but last time he had a small amount of rash with it. He has been misdiagnosed at least 4 times. he has taken full 30 day 3 time a day antivirul which cleared it up for couple of weeks and is now back with vengence. Went to er again last night, a different one and again nothing. i am going to have him start taking vit c, e, and b complex, have secured more antivirul meds. Is there anything else besides the olive leaf extract that possibly will help him. Thank you

      • One can only have Shingles on one side of the body, at a time, because your nerves do not cross over your spine. I had the shingles vaccine over a year ago, and I was told then, i could get them, if I had chicken pox, and I did as a baby. Between Christmas and New Years I began feeling really bad, no fever, just aches and feeling sick, tired, and just no energy. Then, in the first week of January, I noticed a small patch (about the size of a dime) of tiny blisters between my breasts. I thought I had been bitten by a tiny spider, perhaps, because I had been unpacking some boxes of things which had been stored in a rental storage building. I stuck a needle in one of the tiny blisters and a clear fluid came out. They did not itch, but it felt like someone was sticking a hot curling iron to me. Over the next several days to a week, more blisters appeared, some large, some small , under my right breast and right chest area and on the right side of my back. They stopped at my spine, and I didn’t have any on my right side. I called my doctor, as soon as I figured out what it was, and she prescribed a med for me, which she said would shorten the severity and l