Went to see my GP today and the short of it is he agrees with the Shingles diagnosis, and even gave me a quick 5-minute lesson in it. He was surprised that it WASN’T hurting or itching – although it does when I try to sleep on it, and that I suspect is because the blisters are starting to scab up and as a result, my skin gets pulled as I roll over in my sleep).

I have one more day’s worth of anti-viral, and my GP says I should leave it alone to clear up by itself afterwards, and if it doesn’t clear after a while, then come back. I actually had to push him for a suggested duration to decide how long before seeing him again. We decided if it doesn’t clear after 4 weeks to come back.


It’s been a couple of days since getting diagnosed with Shingles, and they’ve now gone red. Some have burst, presumably during sleeping, but I haven’t seen any blood on my bed, so I suspect the fluid inside them is clear as opposed to actual blood.

This is good news – partially, as it also means they are progressing to the next stage, which means they should start to clear. In fact, the earliest clumps of rash are now starting to fade. My only concern now is lasting nerve and/or skin damage.

Skin Troubles

You may remember my post from yesterday with a mystery skin ailment. Well, after spending 3 hours waiting at a walk-in clinic, I have my answer.

Shingles. Caused by the same virus as Chicken Pox. Still a mystery where and how I picked it up. I suspect the virus been dormant since I caught and recovered from Chicken Pox when I was young, but the blood test must have triggered its release.

Now, I have a week’s worth of medication where I have to take it every 4 hours.



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