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Saturday, May 25, 2013
Could shingles be affecting my kidney?
Last week I had sudden left flank pain that within hours was very severe. I was treated with Percocet and FlowMax and told to watch for a kidney stone. I had no other urinary tract symptoms. Abdominal ultrasound had no urinary tract findings. Urine dip was negative for blood. Began to also feel pressure under base of my ribs on left side. Pain and pressure have slowly become less severe so that I can now manage with ibuprofen. A few days ago a couple of rashy patches with pustules, appeared on my side and front along the rib-line. The skin of my flank and abdomen in that area is very sensitive to touch and feels "tingly". The rash looks like shingles I had on my arm over a decade ago. Is it possible shingles could have caused my symptoms? If so, could my kidney have been damaged in any way?
Shingles caused the symptoms. This episode of shingles will not affect your kidney.
Thomas Zipp, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University