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What does a painful lump at the rib cage post recovery from shingles indicate?

I just got over a bad case of shingles on my left side Since it has gotten better I now have a lump on my left side near the front around my rib cage It isn t hard all the time but it is definitely a lump and I am still having pain in that area. What could this be
Fri, 8 Nov 2019
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General Surgeon 's  Response
Hi,

Noted your short history of getting over with a bad Shingles and found out that there is a definite lump on the chest wall that is hard.
If you are feeling a hard lump then it is present and hence you should get the following done:
Consult a General Surgeon for clinical evaluation, examination.
Get an ultrasonography done and FNAC if indicated.
All this will find the cause and get operated to get the lump removed if indicated for 2 reasons:
First of all you get rid of something that is not a normal part of body.
You get a definite diagnosis by histopathology.
Continue management of Shingles as pain may still be present, I know it sometimes takes a long time for to pain to get abolished.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Regards,
Dr. T. Chandrakant, General Surgeon
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