I am 65 years old Do I have early sign of shingles?

Patient : I am 65 years old. Do I have early sign of shingles? Very painful knees for 3 days, itchy blotchy forehead for one day and both conditions persist. I did have chickenpox as child
Doctor :   Hello, Welcome to ATD. Thank you for the query. The most common early symptom in shingles is a feeling of numbne ss, itching, tingling or a burning pain centered in one part of the body or face. Often, this occurs in the abdominal area. So I don't think its shingles. Also it occurs when your immunity is compromised. I think the symptoms are unrelated or may be due to viral infection. You should get your blood pressure checked as it can also cause such a headache. Knee pain could be age related. I would suggest you to get a complete blood work up done including CBC, ESR, random blood sugar, serum calcium and B-12 levels. You can take anti-inflammatory drugs for time being to help both of your symptoms. Do take rest and eat well. Hope this helps. Take care.

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