Dear Kennyc, my aunt who will be 87 this year has had the after effects from shingles on her left side for eight years. She was on neurontin and it did not help the pain. Her doctor has advised her to use the lidoderm patch (lidocaine) and maybe you can see if this will help ease your pain. My grandma, mom, aunt and two sisters have suffered with shingles and luckily I have not. I am not diabetic and have idiopathic neuropathy. I hope this info can be of some help to you. God speed, keep in touch, would like to hear if you are getting any relief from the pain.