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Old 10-13-2008, 10:20 AM   #1
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pain from shingles

I have had shingles on the right side of my trunk area for the past two weeks. The rash is almost gone but I have horrible pain. Sometimes it is a stabbing pain and sometimes it is a burning pain. I have been taking famvir and Neurontin but some days they just don't seem to help. I also have swelling on the right side also. Is this normal? and what does everyone else do for the pain? Also, how long did it last. I have currently missed two full weeks from work and I am just starting my third week. Thanks for any help or suggestions?

 
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Re: pain from shingles

have you ever tried the lidocaine patches to just place over the most painful areas? these were actually invented for shingles pain. i use them for RSD and central pain syndrome pain which is very sinmilar to the ugly unrelenting pain from shingles. there is also a lido ointment that works too,tho not quite as well as the patches do. they are actually called "lidoderm 5%" patches and need an Rx from your doc,but they DO help alot in just numbing that ugly pain. just a suggestion that works amazingly well for my nasty pain. good luck,Marcia
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