Shingles symptom: sharp, stabbing pain

Shingles symptom: sharp, stabbing pain

“Shingles pain usually has a sharp stabbing, burning, intensely itchy or pins-and-needles quality,” says Dr Alison Lynch. It usually shows up in the trunk area of the body, including the chest and upper and lower back. Dr Lynch says this symptom can begin several days before the rash appears.

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Medically reviewed by Dr Elizabeth Bahar Houshmand 


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