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I have servere pain on my left rib cage. this has been going

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Hi my name is ***** ***** and I have servere pain on my left rib cage. this has been going on for a week now. one dr told me I have copd,no x-rays done or anything. I went to another dr and he told me I have shingles. what ever it is, is very painful, I cant touch it or sleep. what is your opionion. please help.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Neurology
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
if it is shingles how long does it take for the rash to appear?
Expert:  Dr. David replied 1 year ago.

This is Dr. David

if your doctor thought it was shingles, they should have given you antiviral medications like acyclovir pills and creams for when the shingles virus comes on.

some people can have prodrume pain in a dermatome nerve distribution for a few days prior to rash and blisters coming on the skin.

you should get a rib xray or better yet, a chest CT scan to look for rib fracture and other causes since your pain is quite severe.

go back and see your doctor and ask for more testing like a chest CT scan and a rib xray

and medications like a lidocaine 5% patch and also antiviral agents like acyclovir or valcyclovir if they think it is still shingles infection.

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