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Shingles and Headaches
joewingy posted:
My father got shingles 3 years ago and suffered perminant nerve damage in his leg. Recently, he has started to experience intermittant severe headaches. He has had an MRV and MRI and neither showed anything abnormal. He is concerned that the shingles has spread to his brain. His headaches only occure when he is physically exherted, or he tilts his head forward. I have tried to find the symptoms that shingles can cause if it spreads to the brain, but have been unable to. I am wondering if this is possibly the cause, and if there is an article or web site that I can go to to read about the symptoms of shingles and the possible connection to his headache. Help!
Timothy Collins, MD responded:
Shingles (Herpes Zoster Virus, same virus that causes chicken pox) can cause the rash on the head, and occasionally can affect the brain. BUT people with this virus affecting the brain are extremely sick, very confused or in a coma, and often have epileptic type seizures.

Your father's symptoms don't sound like Shingles. He is having a somewhat unusual type of headache. The MRI and MRV are very good at finding the serious causes of headache, like tumors, strokes, etc.

You should ask your doctor for a referral to a headache specialist.
joewingy replied to Timothy Collins, MD's response:
Thank you for your response Dr. Collins. The MRI and MRV showed nothing. We are supposed to go see a neurologist at the University of Virginia next Tuesday. I am not sure what tests they are going to run at this point, but I appreciate your input.
nhlisa replied to joewingy's response:
I realize this is 4 years old. But having suffered shingles that landed me in the hospital nearly 2 years ago, I can say that odd things do happen. I had seizures and continue to have seizures since being hospitalized with my outbreak. I now have chronic migraine, gastroparesis (from the shingles entering my stomach, yes it can go internal!) and still suffering seizures. I think with the recent increase (since kids started being inoculated) that things are happening that aren't expected. I have no reason for my medical situation now. Been told shingles doesn't cause these things, other than the gastric problems, but that is the only commonality I have. It's the starting point. I still struggle with my problems and am still seeking answers.

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