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Painful swelling on left side of waist. Diagnosed shingles. No relief with medication. Suggest

I have a bulge / swelling on the left side of my waist, for approx 8 weeks. Started when I thought I pulled a muscle in my back, then picked up my 3 yr old niece and felt pain. My Dr thought a hernia, sent me to a surgeon who did a sonogram and said he thought I had shingles??? I never thought I had shingles, but he put me on the medication for 3 weeks. It is still there and it 's been over 8 weeks. What could it be? Should I get a scan? Thanks.
Asked On : Wed, 10 Apr 2013
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Dermatologist 's  Response
Dec 2013

Welcome and thanks for posting your query to HCM.

I can understand your concern towards the long term problem from which you are suffering from. According to your history it is since 8 weeks that you have the swelling over left side of waist.
The very first and important information to provide you is that - shingles occurs only one time in life. It begins as multiple blisters on one side of body and specifically at one region only. The blisters remain for a period of around 7-14 days and then forms scab which fal off in next 2 weeks.
So if your symptoms matches the above thing then it was shingles only. The pain and discomfort remains for a long period of time even up to multiple months.

If your symptoms are not matching above then you need to take second opinion and accordingly go for the investigations suggested by the doctor. It is not a good choice to g for scan by yourself without a expert opinion.

Hope these informations are helpful.

"Wish you good health"

Dr Sanjay Kumar Kanodia
MD (Dermatology & STDs)
Answered: Tue, 18 Jun 2013
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