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Shingles pain is not from heart

Shingles (Herpes Zoster) is a burning, aching pain usually on one side of the chest wall. We know where the pain is coming from as soon as we recognize shingles, for a skin eruption usually

Fig. 66. Breast Pain. Caused by several different disease possibilities, pain in the breast probably will afflict almost all women at some time or other. By comparison the undeveloped male breast is only seldom the seat of any trouble. Most people are surprised to learn that breast pain hardly ever means cancer, but that pain usually means a benign (non-malignant) condition, like “cystic disease of the breast.” Breast pain never means heart disease.

shows up over the course of the pain in just a few days to a week. Also, in shingles, pain is produced by pressing with the finger along the course of the nerve, between the ribs, and we know now that any kind of pain produced by pressing against the chest wall, in any area, is never recognized as pain originating from the heart.

Chest pain coming from tumor growths of the chest wall itself, is extremely rare. Because of the rarity and difficulty in attempting to describe such tumor growths, we will only say that the enlargement of the tumor will certainly be noticed much before the pain. This alone should bring the patient to his physician. Chest pain of great importance may originate from the swallowing tube (esophagus) running from the throat to the stomach.

Fig. 67. Shingles Pain. Often called Herpes Zoster, the pain of shingles is due to soreness of a nerve itself. The pain typically burns, aches and stabs, and follows the nerve route between the ribs (generally the 4th, 5th and 6th ribs). The usual shingles skin eruption may appear within a few days, itching furiously and inviting constant scratching.

This type of pain is worthy of special study in the age-fifty group, because it is so common and so often severe. Real pain of the esophagus which might be confused with heart pain, is nearly always that of heartburn (reflux-esophagitis or achalasia). In heartburn, the acids normally in the stomach back up into the esophagus and cause intense burning pain. Being situated deep in the chest, in the heart region, this chest pain is named heartburn, a well-known name among chest pains.

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Skin abnormalities – Shingles, Lupus, and Xanthelasma

Shingles, Fever Blisters, Herpes

Herpes, or shingles, are virus-induced infections and are of two kinds. First, there is the small, reddened and blistery type of skin sore, referred to as fever blisters or cold sores, usually found in the area of the lips. The blistering ulceration may become quite uncomfortable and painful but rarely takes more than a week to heal. The second, more difficult form is the shingle form of Herpes, where the nerve itself is thought to be infected by a virus.

Shingles begins as a burning, itching pain followed by a skin eruption of small blisters on an already reddened and swollen skin. There are occasionally several waves of skin eruption, but the pain and itching are a severe and constant feature in this difficulty. Often it occurs on the chest wall where the irritation follows the course of the nerve between the ribs, where such an eruption practically diagnoses the disease as shingles.

In the treatment of shingles, the use of narcotics is sometimes required for the relief of pain, which often reaches excruciating proportions. Other treatment includes analgesics, antibiotics, and the application of smooth, soothing skin lotions. Usually shingles has its own time limit and causes no severe after effects, although an area of hypersensitivity may exist for long periods after the eruption has subsided. Most often one attack of shingles vaccinates a person against any shingle attacks in the future.

Lupus Erythematosus

Lupus is a skin difficulty which is part of a bodily disease which can seriously affect internal organs and possibly bring about death. The skin eruption consists of irregularly rounded bright red skin sores about the cheeks which often join over the bridge of the nose to form the widely known “butterfly formation.”

The fundamental cause of lupus erythematosus is not known, but certain related factors seem apparent. For example, it is known that sunlight in excessive amounts frequently brings about the more recognizable symptoms of this disease. It is not only skin involvement, but the probability of serious systemic disease that demands treatment by an experienced physician.

Eyelid Nodules, Xanthelasma

In senior years it is common to see yellowish, and painless small nodules which form just under the skin surface about the eyes and eyelids. The nodules are hard, fatty developments and are associated with cholesterol levels within the blood stream. They are not serious themselves, but occurring in later years of life, as a sign of high fat content in the blood, they frequently accompany, and sometimes herald arterial and heart diseases. Their appearance should be regarded as a warning that all may not be well in the circulatory system and that it is time for a thorough examination by the physician.

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