Re: Shingles Pain?
A lot of the pain depends on your age and overall general health. I have known two people who had it. My Mom, who was in her 50's when she got it, and my hubby, who is 35...he had it about a month ago. My Mom suffered from it for almost 6 months. She had pain killers but, that messed her up so bad that she decided to just try to live through the pain. But, since my Mom had it (a decade or so ago) science has improved on how to treat it and, since they know that it is a form of herpes, they now prescribe Valtrex to treat it.
My hubby is healthy as a whole. He works out and we eat healthy foods (except on the weekends when we tend to splurge). Also, given his age...his body fought it better than a person in their 50's or a child as our immune systems are not as strong when we are younger and when we get older. He sort of lucked out having it when he did. Not that having Shingles implies any kind of luck. But, if you have to have it, his age helped him suffer less and recover faster.
And, it sounds like you might have caught yours earlier than my hubby did so, perhaps your recovery will be even shorter than his was. He had it for about a week or more (blisters had formed and were already on their way to healing) before he finally went to the doctor...per my gentle prodding. Doc prescribed the Valtrex and gave him instructions to stay away from pregnant women, kids and the elderly and told him that he should be better in a week. In a week's time, he was better. His "Shingles Badge" (the blisters) were healing nicely and were only a nuisance because they itched like mosquito bites.
So, what you are experiencing, based on what I know of my hubby's symptoms, seems normal. Try to be patient. My hubby described the pain from his blisters as the feeling of someone having poured gasoline on his leg. He had them on his upper thigh.
Take it easy and I hope you heal quickly!