About 12 years ago when I was in my late teens I started having severe facial pain from time to time. I would always go to the dentist because I thought I had an impacted tooth or something wrong with my teeth because the pain was so foreign to me. Years later I got a fever blister (cold sore) while I was pregnant and the facial pain was excrutiating. My OBGYN suggested going to a neuralagist. After many visits to him he diagnosed me with atypical trigeminal neuralgia - atypical because the pain I described was exactly like TN but how long the pain lasted and when it came on isn't typical. I have dealt with the pain on and off for all these years and I have started to notice the pain almost always comes after a "wound" - either a cold sore or inflammation in my mouth from brushing to hard.
Well here is the weird part - last week I was sick and got a fever blister. I was so afraid my face would hurt but it didnt - thank goodness. But 3 days ago I got a shiny red painful bump on my pinky finger. It hurt and itched all at the same time. By kids dr noticed it and noticed my fever blister and said I had a widlow. I started taking augmentim to clear up the infection. In the mean time the bump opened and blistered and now I have the exact same facial pain that I have had for 12 years in my arm!! All the way up to my shoulder. The pain is truly the exact same - an electric, hyper sensitive horrific pain.
My question is cold my "cold sores" actually be shingles and could I have post herpetic neuralgia?? Can you get a single shingle or does it have to be the "cluster rash". I also want to tell you as a child I had a VERY mild case of chicken pox - maybe only 4 or 5 blisters.
I really don't know where to turn - anything would be helpful. If you don't think it is shingles - can fever blisters be the cause of such facial pain??
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