Shingles and staph seem to cause other problems with the nervous system. I have tight muscles and get prescription Voltaren muscle relaxer gel for it, but also use an over the counter herbal gel made with Arnica which works well. I have alot of spinal problems. I would be sure to get copies of the readings of any xrays or mris or cat scans you've gotten and recent labs and read them. If you see something that sounds like it might be problem, talk to your doctor about it. Doctors these days seem to act like if we don't know about a problem, then it will magically go away, but we still feel the symptoms and it causes problems.
The main thing is not to worry if you've been treated for staph and shingles especially as it will make you sicker. Since you have these "infectious" disease diagnoses, then at least you should be able to see an infectious disease specialist for confirmation and further checking.
My mom had mrsa, I don't know how that works, they found it before some surgery she had, and it gave her all kinds of funky little symptoms like nerve twinges and pains and gi and sinus and basically whole body feeling lousy, until she got treated. Her whole immune system was breatking down and they were giving her cortisone for autoimmune gi disease and it made the mrsa worse, so that was a problem.
Lupus isn't the only autoimmune disease, sjogrens acts the same, ra can act the same, autoimmune liver disease, all the autoimmune diseases are like versions of disease that overlap in symptoms.
Seeing a woman's well-ness doctor might help if its worse around your cycle. They usually run alot of sensitive tests both on the nutritional and hormonal/endocrine side and can really help with making sure your hormones are just right so you are having a normal time of things.
Your family doc should be able to find you something to chill you out, maybe the zoloft is good? I'm allergic to it so its out for me. But there's alot of other meds. In your case, chilling out is a real medical issue as these diseases are triggered by stress.
My mom had staph in her nose, I guess its the most common place for it. If you don't have a definitive diagnosis for the shingles and staph, I would try to see an infectious disease doc to get one and maybe better treatment. My mom's immune system bounced back after the mrsa was treated and the shingles haven't returned since. I got in to a rheumie because my ANA was high and I had a positive rheumatoid factor (for rheumatoid arthritis). The rheumie retested it and it was negative by then! But I have obvious signs of autoimmune disease anyway so I got diagnosed with sjogrens and treated.
I think sjogrens makes the nose dry as well as the eyes and mouth, and I take a medicine to give me more saliva called evoxac. It seemed to help my chronic sinusitis a little bit as well. Have you seen a rheumatologist? If it were me, I'd go to infectious disease first, then rheumatologist. And I'd get a nasal swab done that confirms the staph if it hasn't been done first off and see what they can do to try to get rid of it completely. I know they gave my mom a ton of antibiotics, not just one.
Meds--Plaquenil, Evoxac, Metformin, HCTZ, HRT patch, Voltaren gel, Klonopin, Ultram, Albuterol, Questran, pancreatic enzymes