Neck stiffness?
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Terry

United States

#1 Sep 29, 2009
Have had shingles twice in the past two years (age 59) and this time, although the rash areas are smaller, one is on my neck. My neck is almost totally locked in position, its so stiff! Moving left to right w/o severe pain is impossible. Never had so stiff a neck before and I don't recall having a neck stiffness problem the last time I had symptoms. Anyone else have a sore and stiff neck?
Thanks, Terry

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Kathy

Nashville, TN

#2 Sep 29, 2009
Terry wrote:
Have had shingles twice in the past two years (age 59) and this time, although the rash areas are smaller, one is on my neck. My neck is almost totally locked in position, its so stiff! Moving left to right w/o severe pain is impossible. Never had so stiff a neck before and I don't recall having a neck stiffness problem the last time I had symptoms. Anyone else have a sore and stiff neck?
Thanks, Terry
Yes, yes, yes -- and mine is odd. My neck doesn't bother me at all during the day. Once I'm standing up - not at all. But...when I'm lying now - the LEFT side of my neck, the side that I had shingles, is extremely painful. It interferes w/ sleep, makes changing position exquistely painful. At first I thought it was a pinched nerve - then when I realized that it was only the left side of the neck that was screaming in pain - I realized it was related to the post-herpetic neuralgia. Which corresponds to the fact that immediately prior to the development of the rash, I was ready to make an appointment with a neurosurgeon to try and find out what was wrong with my neck. I don't think I had neck rash/scabs though. None that I was aware of.
Terry

United States

#3 Sep 29, 2009
Thanks for the speedy response. I have an appt with a dermatologist and my own doctor tomorrow morning. I saw two urgent care docs today but neither could confirm it absolutely. Hope it subsides because I (really shouldn't) even drive and I have to in my job but even with vicodin the pain doesn't seem to go away at all.
Sore and stiff...
Terry

United States

#4 Sep 29, 2009
I'm wondering if cold and/or heat wraps to the neck would allow any relief? Its really a nerve problem and not a muscle problem though right?
dkay

Spartanburg, SC

#5 May 6, 2010
I am just getting over a bout of shingles and I too had them in my neck and head with severe neck stiffness and pain. A cold wrap around the neck helps alot as the cold seems to calm the nerves down. Heat would just flare them up . My neck was stiff and sore on both sides and I also had some lymph node involvement. That is basically gone now but I noticed a little stiffness the other day and used the cold wrap.. It really felt good and relieved the pain pretty quickly.. Hope you feel better..
Bob B

Minneapolis, MN

#11 May 18, 2010
I've got shingles covering the left back quarter of my head (occiput and left temple) and absolutely have a very stiff neck, which was my first symptom. I also have severe pain in my left eye and left ear, but no raxh in those areas. Tylenol 3 is relieving the neck, eye, and ear pain and headache. It does nothing for the fire in my hair.
Sherry

Antelope, CA

#12 Nov 20, 2010
I'm just beginning the 4th week since I developed the shingles rash. I was put on an antiviral right away and the rash was completely gone within 7 days. But not the pain and itching.
I have tried aspirin, Adbvil, Vicodin, Gabapentin, and Lyrica but have not noticed any improvement and have decided any benefit is more the countered by the fatigue and dizziness.
My shingles rash was on the left front and side of my neck, extending from the base of my head up to around my temple, over and behind my ear.
I also had/have the stiff neck; especially during the night. Very uncomfortable and distruptive of attempts to sleep. I notice that after I'm up and about, the discomfort lessens somwwhat.
One thing I've noticed that seems odd to me is that the pain/itch is variable and seems to continue to change (but not really improve in any consistent way). Sometimes my left ear is just killing me and is red and swollen; later, the pain seems more concentrated below my ear, running to my chin, along my jaw. Later, perhaps, I have sever itching along the front of my neck and around my collar bone. Then I might notice my left arm aches. Just a very sporadic mish mash of pain, then itching, then burning...nothing consistent.
Has anyone else noticed this? And is it common for the pain to lessen, then worsen, then lessen...with no steady improvement?
I'm becoming exhaused and frustrated. Any feedback will be greatly appreciated!
Mary

Canyon Lake, TX

#13 Dec 27, 2010
This is the first I have heard of this from anyone else but it is happening to me too. I think it is one of the most depressing things. A couple of times I have gotten up in the morning and felt like FINALLY I have turned the corner and am getting better and then by dinner time I am in big time pain again..it is very discouraging. I also feel better after I get up and move around a bit and then I get worse as the day goes on. I can only sleep on one side and I have to keep a pillow low behind my back so I am not pressing against the back of the couch if I try to read or watch tv. My back always feels like I have a bad sunburn.The breast is not a good place to have them either but I do feel very bad for all who have them on their face and head and I pray we are all completely over them soon. I am a tough old gal but these shingles are the worst pain I have ever gone through.And no vicoden does not work very well at all. I am going to try lysine tomorrow.This blog has been a God send.
Josiah

Philippines

#14 Apr 7, 2011
I was just diagnosed with Shingles after 4 days of an excruciating headache that felt like someone was stabbing me in the back of my head.

A CT scan revealed bilateral maxillary sinus infection so I began antibiotics for that, only to start feeling a tingling/burning sensation all over the left side of my forehead and scalp (same side as the headache).

I started oral and topical antivirals last night along with an antihistamine and my other Sinusitis meds. Right now I'm experiencing pretty bad burning pain on my forehead, scalp and left eyelid (no rash there yet).

Any recommendations on pain medication, food intake or other homeopathic methods to fight the virus/pain?
peter

Parksville, Canada

#15 Aug 13, 2011
I have severe pain,left side of neck, and swollen lymph node. Dr.diagnosed shingles. Prescribed the necessary medication. There is no rash, bumps or blisters!. 4 days now, no sign of a rash. Wondering if anybody else has a similar experience. Shingles.No rash!.
hannah

Australia

#16 Oct 6, 2011
I had a bout of shingles with rash on back/shoulder blade area. I have been on Lysine
(1/2tab/day) which seems to help the symptoms and i am sure deflect any recurrence. I have been left with neck stiffness. i went to a physio which has helped as it was affecting my posture and also making it uncomfortable to drive. the physio said i had limited range of movement in the neck but it has improved with treatments twice/week and recommended exercises in between. I am not seeing the physio at present but will check in again if it deteriorates again. I will probably see the physio on an ad hoc basis as i think it helps to maintain range of movement when turning head. I do not experience pain and i think the Lysine probably helps with this (?)
Hope this is helpful - good luck to fellow stiffneckers! We're not as stubborn as we appear!!!
tak

Honolulu, HI

#17 Apr 16, 2012
Terry wrote:
Have had shingles twice in the past two years (age 59) and this time, although the rash areas are smaller, one is on my neck. My neck is almost totally locked in position, its so stiff! Moving left to right w/o severe pain is impossible. Never had so stiff a neck before and I don't recall having a neck stiffness problem the last time I had symptoms. Anyone else have a sore and stiff neck?
Thanks, Terry
Terry,
I'm having the same problem with shingles and a very stiff neck...Did you resolve the stiff neck thing
tak

Honolulu, HI

#18 Apr 16, 2012
Sherry wrote:
I'm just beginning the 4th week since I developed the shingles rash. I was put on an antiviral right away and the rash was completely gone within 7 days. But not the pain and itching.
I have tried aspirin, Adbvil, Vicodin, Gabapentin, and Lyrica but have not noticed any improvement and have decided any benefit is more the countered by the fatigue and dizziness.
My shingles rash was on the left front and side of my neck, extending from the base of my head up to around my temple, over and behind my ear.
I also had/have the stiff neck; especially during the night. Very uncomfortable and distruptive of attempts to sleep. I notice that after I'm up and about, the discomfort lessens somwwhat.
One thing I've noticed that seems odd to me is that the pain/itch is variable and seems to continue to change (but not really improve in any consistent way). Sometimes my left ear is just killing me and is red and swollen; later, the pain seems more concentrated below my ear, running to my chin, along my jaw. Later, perhaps, I have sever itching along the front of my neck and around my collar bone. Then I might notice my left arm aches. Just a very sporadic mish mash of pain, then itching, then burning...nothing consistent.
Has anyone else noticed this? And is it common for the pain to lessen, then worsen, then lessen...with no steady improvement?
I'm becoming exhaused and frustrated. Any feedback will be greatly appreciated!
Sherry my problems are very simular to what you discribe...What was the resolution to your neck pain?
Miranda

Waterloo, Canada

#19 Jun 7, 2012
I have the stiff neck (its awful! The worst stiff neck i have ever had). I alsohave a smallish cluster of spots on ny chest hear my neck. Did u ever get to the bottom of the neck pain or a solution?
Jenny

Williamsburg, VA

#20 Jul 10, 2012
Yes, I have been having pain on the left side of my neck. Very stiff, I used some icy hot thinking it was stress related stiffness, and that made things worse. I have had little tremors of pain along my neck and back of my head that sort of pulsate. Tender to the touch - feels like my nerve ending are exposed. No rash yet from what I can tell, though I have experienced shingles in the past on my face. Very painful blisters. Taking meds now.
Tony Smith

Hove, UK

#21 Aug 8, 2012
Excellent blog, I am 56 and developed a bad headache followed by a really stiff and sore neck on my left side. I have several lumps along my shoulder bone and also have had shooting ear lobe pain!! I have not gone to the doctors and now, 7 days on, the pain is just beginning to subside. Lots of painkillers. My sleep has been affected - it has been really difficult to get comfortable.

looks like I had shingles as the symptoms seem to be exactly as others have described here.

Many thanks for this, I really didn't know what I had!
Mary A

Bellflower, CA

#22 Aug 15, 2012
Experiencing a few of the same things in these posts. Was diagnosed with shingles about 3 weeks ago. It all started with a swollen and painful lymph node behind my left ear one night. Then, the next day, tingling on the left side of my face, shortly accompanied by sharp stabbing pains in my head , left ear and behind my eye. The doctor put me on antivirals asap thinking this could be shingles. The pain was beyond excruciating and all the pain meds made me sick. On day 4, a red rash appeared over my left eye and forehead. Had to see the opthamologist to have my eye checked daily. It hurt like hell! I used a cream that the doctor prescribed on the red marks and then they were gone. I never broke out into a full rash. I merely had some red marks and they went away with the cream. It's been almost 4 weeks now and I feel good one day, and then have pain in my head the next. My left forehead feels like it's sunburned. My neck is now stiff and hurts. It still hurts to touch the top of my head. This has been a very frustrating experience!!
Sam

Canada

#23 Aug 18, 2012
Just read several posts. I had a herpes zoster on my face 30 years ago. I am now 62. About ten days ago I experienced neck pain. Then three days ago the tell tale rash appeared on my neck and left shoulder. My skin, even where there is no rash feels as if I have sunburn. I thought my doctor was going nuts when she prescribed more painkiller than I thought I would need unless I was planning to do myself in. I am using ratio-lenotec. I am trying to make do with just 1tablet every 4-5 hours, but perhaps I'm a masochist. She also prescribed gabapentin. If I ever get over this, I am going to start yoga class to boost my immune system!
Susie

Birmingham, AL

#24 Aug 23, 2012
I was diagnosed with shingles for the 1st time 3 weeks ago. I have developed neck pain on the right side. The shingles were under my left breast and I'm also having issues with pain. My doctor gave me Lyrica and it had helped. I also take 800mg of Advil 2x per day. This has worked for me but be careful with Lyrica. It is a controlled substance and can be addictive.
Lisa

Melbourne, Australia

#25 Oct 3, 2012
What you just explained is exactly how I feel !! It's horrible and I'm only into day 4 !!
Sherry wrote:
I'm just beginning the 4th week since I developed the shingles rash. I was put on an antiviral right away and the rash was completely gone within 7 days. But not the pain and itching.
I have tried aspirin, Adbvil, Vicodin, Gabapentin, and Lyrica but have not noticed any improvement and have decided any benefit is more the countered by the fatigue and dizziness.
My shingles rash was on the left front and side of my neck, extending from the base of my head up to around my temple, over and behind my ear.
I also had/have the stiff neck; especially during the night. Very uncomfortable and distruptive of attempts to sleep. I notice that after I'm up and about, the discomfort lessens somwwhat.
One thing I've noticed that seems odd to me is that the pain/itch is variable and seems to continue to change (but not really improve in any consistent way). Sometimes my left ear is just killing me and is red and swollen; later, the pain seems more concentrated below my ear, running to my chin, along my jaw. Later, perhaps, I have sever itching along the front of my neck and around my collar bone. Then I might notice my left arm aches. Just a very sporadic mish mash of pain, then itching, then burning...nothing consistent.
Has anyone else noticed this? And is it common for the pain to lessen, then worsen, then lessen...with no steady improvement?
I'm becoming exhaused and frustrated. Any feedback will be greatly appreciated!

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