Obred--I too have had facial shingles. I'm in my 10th week now and I totally understand all you're going through. It 'is getting better'!! I took Lyrica 300 mg for almost 9 weeks and just weaned off of it due to swelling of my feet and legs. It served it's purpose. I was put on 75 mg twice a day and that did nothing, the 300 mg did 'knock me doofy' at first, but I got thru that and also had to use LIdocaine patches for about 3 episodes. My biggest help was soft vinyl icebags from Walgreen's. I'd put a kleenex on my forehead and face and rest the soft icepack on it and it would ease the itching and pain until the intensity would subside. I tried taking pain meds but they make me sick so just took advil. I had two really bad painful weeks and one day of 'horrible intense pain' that felt like my forehead had a hot coal lying on it. I cried and walked the floor. The itching is some of the worst part and I still deal with that and it seems to be worse at night. My forehead is very tender and sore above my eye. I had it in my eye and had to have steroid drops for weeks and am now weaning off of them. My eye has not been damaged. However, my eyelid and brow have 'no feeling'. It's like they are asleep, except to itch! The nerve is damaged there and I don't know if it will ever get feeling back. I am 95% better so hang in there. There's light at the end of the tunnel.