Can shingles affect the gastro intestinal tract?

Can shingles affect the gastro intestinal tract? Since a bout of shingles in Dec. 2017, I have experienced lack of hunger, queasy stomach and sometimes stomach pain when ingesting food. When food has been taken, bowels become erratic and sometimes with spontaneous movements. Movements sometimes occur two or three times a day tho little food is eaten. Sometimes bowels appear to contain micous. Movements occur with little or no normal indicators such as stomach growling or gas passing. Occurences sometimes by just standin from a sitting position with no prior need to excrete felt before standing.

Age: 58
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Medications: tylenol

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Hello. I would be surprised. Internal shingles can affect organs but it is very very rare. Blood tests, an X-ray, lumbar puncture, or CT scan would be needed for a diagnosis. You are probably experiencing some form of IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) perhaps due to an excessive reaction by your immune system. A Sigmoidoscopy or Colonoscopy can be used to identify the problem.
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Hi.
Thanks for the query..

The symptoms that you are facing can be due to problems associated with the digestive tract and there is a very slim to n chance that it is due to Shingles..

So first of all you should consult a Gastroenterologist and get evaluated and a clinical examination and investigations like Endoscopy and stool culture can be done to rule out the exact cause and treatment can be done accordingly..

For now take light diet, drink plenty of water and eat more of probiotics like Yogurt..

Hope this helps..

Regards.