Get your Health question answered in 3 easy steps
A Doctor will be with you shortly
Ask a Doctor Now
196 Doctors are Online

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
Answers:  1 Views:  296
Report Abuse
Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Google+
Question is related to
Diseases and Conditions
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
I find this answer helpful
Disclaimer: These answers are for your information only and not intended to replace your relationship with your treating physician.
This is a short, free answer. For a more detailed, immediate answer, try our premium service [Sample answer]


Loading Online Doctors....
© Ebix, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All the information, content and live chat provided on the site is intended to be for informational purposes only, and not a substitute for professional or medical advice. You should always speak with your doctor before you follow anything that you read on this website. Any health question asked on this site will be visible to the people who browse this site. Hence, the user assumes the responsibility not to divulge any personally identifiable information in the question. Use of this site is subject to our Terms & Conditions
Already Rated.
Your rating:

Ask a Doctor