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To just go to bed and rest or should I go to the doctor?

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Dixiestamp Fri 10-Mar-17 10:36:26

I think I have shingles again. I have severe nerve pain across my head made worse when I touch the blister on my forehead (milky white and hasn't scabbed over). I already take gabapentin (in large proportions!) for nerve pain in other areas and I'm not working today (well, I have lots of work to actually DO but it can wait). Can't get an answer at doctor's-usual wait for an appointment is 2 weeks and they don't do 'turn up' emergency ones. They do do emergency 5 min appointments if you can snag one early enough but I've give up ringing. Is there any point in being seen by a doctor for shingles? Can I just stay in until I feel better or do I need anything (like anti viral?). Sorry that was long winded. PS have flipping awful headache but have ample pain meds here.

CMOTDibbler Fri 10-Mar-17 10:39:35

If you get anti virals today, then the shingles shouldn't be too bad, so ring up and get seen

lougle Fri 10-Mar-17 10:40:40

You need to be seen. Can you go to the surgery and get booked in at reception?

highinthesky Fri 10-Mar-17 10:43:18

I think you at least need to have a TC with your GP. Explain to the receptionist that it's shingles hence the urgency. Otherwise call 111 and they will ensure you get medical attention.

I'm a bit concerned about the recurrence. Are you immunocompromised?

highinthesky Fri 10-Mar-17 10:44:21

Btw this should not stop you from taking analgesia.

Please tell me you are UK based?

Dixiestamp Fri 10-Mar-17 10:45:14

I had it twice last year so I think my immune system must be a bit rubbish. I don't live far away so I think I'll probably pop down now if I can't get an answer soon. Thanks for the replies.

Hadalifeonce Fri 10-Mar-17 10:45:23

I would call the surgery and explain that you think you may have shingles; at our surgery there would be a call back by a doctor or nurse to discuss, where an emergency appointment would be arranged, or a prescription written. I hope you feel better soon.

Dixiestamp Fri 10-Mar-17 10:45:31

Ps, yes, am UK.

Hopefullyoneday1 Fri 10-Mar-17 10:45:47

Yes you must see a doctor ASAP. Not wishing to scare you but my mum had shingles on her head which spread to her eye. She is now blind in that eye

BoreOfWhabylon Fri 10-Mar-17 10:46:48

You need antivirals. Particularly important if shingles on the face/forehead to avoid the eye being affected.

Keep ringing until you get through and ask for an emergency appointment.

www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Shingles/Pages/Introduction.aspx

Hope you feel better soon.

Dixiestamp Fri 10-Mar-17 10:47:24

I've kept trying and have finally got through- they will see me later today!!

BoreOfWhabylon Fri 10-Mar-17 11:14:50

Excellent! Well done for persisting.

Lazyafternoon Fri 10-Mar-17 11:26:21

Oh glad to see they're seeing you!

I was going to suggest 111! In my area they are brilliant at offering out if hours/ emergency same day appointments if can't get one of your own GP ones but really need to see a doctor and not life threatening enough for A&E!

Dixiestamp Fri 10-Mar-17 12:32:18

Thanks for the advice everyone- you were right! They have given me anti-vitals. Will rest up today (and occupy myself with a bit of lazy MN reading!).

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