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I have a burning sensation in my chest on the right side.

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I have a burning sensation in my chest on the right side. comes and goes. sometimes very raw/gnawing feeling. not really pain, but almost. i thought maybe shingles. i have a rash on my chest that i've had for years. little pimples that come and go, usually from sun exposure or after sun exposure. i've had the chest burning sensation a few years ago, and it went away. i would get it once in a while, but this is the worst case i've had. lasted about 2 months, and it seems to be getting more frequent. i don't know if the rash and the pain are related. never really thought they were. until i was picking at the rash and felt the same kind of tingle. i also thought maybe cervical disc compression? went to chiropractor, and the adjustment seemed to reactivate the sensation in my chest. also, some muscle trigger points in my back and shoulder can trigger the burning. i'm definitely under a lot of stress, so it's undoubtedly related to that. just trying to target the root, so i can treat it. any help would be appreciated!
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Stan replied 7 years ago.

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It is appears that you are experiencing the rash, chest burning pain, discomfort and tingling sensation complications of herpes zoster virus (Shingles) reactivation with neuralgia pain. Conditions that can cause the reactivation of Shingles with these symptoms include reduced immune defense, sunlight exposure, nerve irritation, and stress. Given that this is occurring more frequently, it suggest that you are under more stress than usual. I suggest that you follow-up with your doctor for a closer evaluation and treatment with medication including Valtrex to reduce the frequency of the shingles and carbamezepine, Lyrica or Neurontin to resolve the burning, pain and tingling sensations. In addition, application of topical antibiotics such as mupirocin on the rash to prevent secondary bacterial infection is recommended.

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