Two midnights ago, I was awaken by a weird sensation on my chest. I got up and took a good look of my sexy self in the mirror, there's a red spot on my upper chest, and it's more to the right side. Didn't think too much of it, probably just slept on something. So I tried to go back to sleep but I couldn't, I had a sudden onset of the chills. Again, I didn't think too much of it, just thought it was cold night. Put on a sweater and tried to go back to sleep.
Woke up that morning and I was freezing! I felt the chill throughout the morning shower (hot shower). Unconsciously, I ran my luffa over my right upper chest and :shock:! What was that tingly, burning, pain sensation I just felt? Got out of the shower and the red spot turned into a rash. It's weird too, because there's a pattern to it, like this.
It's about as big as a thumb nail.
It's been two days and that patterned rash is still there. It doesn't hurt on its own (yet), but it does tingle/burn/hurt when it's touched. The chill is still there, and I've developed a slight itchy/scratchy throat. Finally gave my primary care physician a call to see if my sudden onset of flu-like symptoms and that patterned rash has anything to do with it. Sent him a picture of my rash.
Now he wants me to come in tomorrow morning to see him, along with a dermatologist. He's concerned about the little dots on the rash, and he thinks it could be SHINGLES!
I'm 25 years old so I'm shocked when he suggested shingles. Shingles don't usually pop up in people until they're 50's. Maybe my immune system has been compromised? Another virus (why not), leukemia (family history), stress (but that's every other day for me, who isn't stressed when you're 25 and trying to get into graduate schools).
I'm hoping it's not shingles because I've heard that it hurts like no other!
Some people have described it as "needles piercing the skin" It is potentially paralyzing too, depending on where it pops up on the body. So far, the chest rash is the only one I see.
I hope I'm just developing a case of the cold/flu and that rash is unrelated. Although the chills and rash were noticed at the same time...
Who's had it here. Were your on-set similar to what I'm going through so far?