Pain radiating from shoulder blade to arm pit!

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bsjaguar
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   Posted 7/8/2009 5:13 AM (GMT -6)   
This one has me stumped and I can't find anything on the worldwide web to get an answer.  Maybe someone out there can help.
 
For about 4 days I've had pain radiating from my shoulder blade (thoracic area) down around my arm into my arm pit.  I've had cervical fusion C-5/7 in 2006 and painted a 4x5 foot ceiling area with a brush the other day which looking up too long normally causes muscle pain but this is different.  Even my skin feels tender and it bothers me to shave my underarm cause the skin feels tender.  There is no rash but I'm starting to suspect shingles maybe.  The shoulder blade area does feel like there are some muscle spasms going on but moving around doesn't make things feel worse it is a constant pain which opiod pain meds aren't touching.
 
Jag

bsjaguar
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   Posted 7/8/2009 5:39 AM (GMT -6)   
Uh Oh, I was just checking out my skin in the mirror and I have two places on my back with a sore rash now this morning. I have an appointment with my PM today and I will discuss it with him but I think I may have something going on.

Jag

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   Posted 7/8/2009 9:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Please keep us posted as to what your PM Doc says...
will keep my fingers crossed and sending well wishes...
lots and lots of soft hugz....
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   Posted 7/8/2009 12:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Jag,
I'm glad you're getting to the doctor ASAP. If it is shingles, you can get some meds to help mitigate it.

But painting a ceiling is rough on anyone's neck and spine; for someone with a cervical fusion I would think it's a no-no!

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   Posted 7/8/2009 12:57 PM (GMT -6)   
 
 
 
     BSJaguar,
 
   Good afternoon *huggs* It is good to see you again. Im sorry you had to ceiling paint with a hand held brush! I dont go near walls without a roller and extender. But im a lazy bones shakehead   I am VERY glad your going in to the doctor right away. With the area your fusion is in... I HOPE its just temporary inflammation. Gosh! I knew a lady who had shingles and no kidding! Literally was still unbearably painfull 3, nearly 4months later. I never saw her again after that so I dont know if her pain continued.  smhair   Try to take it slow and easy.
 
 
*warm huggs*
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bsjaguar
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   Posted 7/8/2009 4:31 PM (GMT -6)   

Had to cancel the PM doctor appt. cause I was supposed to have a shot in the L-5, S-1 area to figure out where my lower back pain is coming from (I also had lumbar fusion L-4/5 in 2006.  I went to my PCP and sure enough it is shingles.  Got a script for Valtrex to take for the next 7 days.  Called PM cause pain was getting pretty bad this afternoon.  I will continue with my normal pain meds, avinza and oxycodone but increase my neurontin to 60 mg. twice daily.  He said the increase should help the nerve pain.  Started running fever this afternoon but tylenol took care of that. 

As far as the ceiling went, it is hand hewn wood, not smooth so a roller was out of the question.  Won't be painting for awhile.  I only paint about 1 hr at a time then take a break.  It will take me all summer but that's ok.  I've gotten used to pacing myself.

Thanks for all the support!!!


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   Posted 7/8/2009 7:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Jag
Hope your better soon and that the shingles will go away soon for ya!
Lots of well wishes, take it easy foe a couple of days before trying to paint anything more..
A rest break might help...
Hope you get a low pain day soon and hugz...
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   Posted 7/8/2009 8:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Jag,
Shinges can last for years, and can return. Stress plays a huge role, so try to reduce it as much as possible. Plus, you may be contagious for awhile, especially to anyone who's never had chicken pox. I say that because I never did, and my cousin got shingles so we had to keep our distance for awhile.

Take care!

PaLady

bsjaguar
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   Posted 7/9/2009 2:09 AM (GMT -6)   

I am aware that I am contagious and will stay home until this passes.  I will also get a shingles shot once this passes to minimize the chances of getting it again.  Just to let anyone reading this to get medical attention as soon as you feel any symptoms of shingles.  Especially if you see a rash or blisters.  The faster you get on an anti-viral med the better.  If you wait even a week it will be too late.

I am bummed though cause I can't go swimming at lake or pool for fear of bacterial infection in sores and I can't shave my right arm pit or use deodorant.

Jag

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