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Went to hospital er on 12/25/13 der. Took on look at my back where I am having so much pain and said "you have shingles" ,they did x-rays to rule out something wrong wity back or back injury.  Prescribed a med. and some ointment to help with pain.  See family dr ASAP.  On 1/2/14 saw dr.  He took one look and "it is not shingles, no rash" . So we are now having MRI to see what the problem is.  Can you have shingles and NO rash?
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1415174 tn?1453243103
Yes according to the Mayo clinic you can get Shingles without a rash. It is more common to get it with the rash but it is possible to not have a rash..
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You can have shingles without a rash, but you may have something else going on and it's good you are having the MRI done to rule other stuff out.  Best wishes.
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4851940 tn?1515694593
I too understand that you can pain and no rash with shingles.  As you probably already know, shingles attacks the nerve ends, hence the pain.

Another cause for underlying skin pain is from an infection in the deeper layers of the skin called Cellulitis.  You can get this anywhere and it can happen if you get a cut or a puncture anywhere on your body (even through broken eczema) that bacteria can enter through.

Lets hope you get some answers from the MRI.

Best of luck.
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