For the third time in my life I have shingles. It is so painful. The second time I had it I had pain for almost two months and was able to see a pain specialist who prescribed me neurontin, lidoderm patches, and oxycontin. The problem now is that I have no insurance. I went to a seedy place and paid out of pocket which was basically my whole pay check. I can't afford to buy the medications either. The neurontin and the lidoderm patches I have left over from the last bout arent helping. I dont know what to do. Please help!
You can take a pretty high dose of Neurontin, so maybe and increased dose might help. I wonder if you can call the doc you saw and see if he/she will call something in for you. I checked, and walgreens has Neurontin (generic) on it's $12 for 90-day supply list, but you have to pay a $20 fee to join. I would check Walmart, too, because I think this medication might be on their $4 list. Lyrica will be too expensive for you, it's probably about $200 per month. That's why I switched to neurontin. The lidoderm patches are ridiculously expensive, like $425 per month. Maybe you could get a generic percocet, which has the same active ingredient as oxycontin. Have you explored these options? Good luck.
I went to a seedy place and paid out of pocket which was basically my whole pay check. I can't afford to buy the medications either.
I would try the ER. Many hospitals have programs where they write off the bills for those who can't afford to pay. I wouldn't normally suggest this, or let people know they can do such a thing, but for those who don't have employment, and have legitimate medical conditions, it may be the only way to receive the medical care you need.
Also, once there and the Doc is discussing your med regimen, please tell him that finances are an issue....Hopefully he/she would script you something with a generic vs. something that doesn't have one (like Oxycontin). There are many other pain meds you could take, for example, that are just as effective, but have generic alternatives.
Best of luck to you and I hope it works out for you.
do not forget your county united way clinics. Many have clinics in various areas that base the cost on sliding scale fee. Just bring a pay stub and copy of rent bill/light bill.
Many have in house pharmacies as well.
Also call around to internists or general practioniers in your area . Some have basic office visit cheap if you ask a head of time it is usually called self pay.
Also by going to a normal doc there is a good chance you can get samples for free. Also there is generic meds avaiable now as well as generic amitriptline which can help with the itches and some what ease nerve pain, also some folks with shingles have had a good response from Neurontin or generic Gabapentin. Do not forget the walmart 4 dollar plan. Several other stores have cheap pharmcy plans as well. Kroger 5 dollars and Heb a 5 dollar plan
Also within the past few years a vacine is now aviable. Usually perscribed for those that already had chicken pox that may precent on set of adult shingles.....
Take care of yourself feel better soon. Also ice packs can help......
I will never forget the pain from Shingles. I had gotten it when I was 37. I use to think it was something only older people got. Mine was right under the breast and went around the back. The two little sores were a little lower. I had to take the week off work and could not wear a bra. Just my shirt touching my stomach was unbearable. Back then there was no meds for it. The doctor gave me double Percocet and it did nothing. The only thing that helped me at all were ice packs. I looked and found this:
Acyclovir (Zovirax): Acyclovir has been studied and used for many years as a treatment for shingles. It has been studied specifically in people with HIV and has been shown to be safe and effective. Treatment is most effective if it is initiated within 48 to 72 hours after the first symptoms appear. Intravenous acyclovir is used to treat more serious outbreaks of shingles. The oral dose used to treat shingles is 800 mg taken five times a day for seven to ten days (until the rash has crusted over). Taking lower doses of the drug for a prolonged period of time can help prevent shingles from recurring. However, this is usually recommended only for patients who have a history of frequent recurrences.
That drug sounds like it is exactly what may help you. I agree that maybe you should go to the ER. Sounds like you will get what you need there. It depends when the shingles started because most of the meds have to be given withing 48-72 hours after it starts.
Walgreens also has a prescription plan for people without insurance.
Hey, I feel your pain literally. About a week ago, I started having this pain on the side of my chest and I just thought I pulled something at the gym. Each day though the pain would be a little worse and it spread to my right pec. Then bumps popped up and they are very painful to the touch. I went to the doctor for something unrelated yesterday and I mentioned it to him and he said that it was shingles. It was my gastro doc but after reading up on shingles on the internet, I think he has diagnosed it correctly. He prescribed me Valtrx and Lyrica though I would like to not have to take any meds but I may give in. I thought shingles was something you get when you get old. Good luck on getting some cheap meds. Do some research on home remedies to see if you can find anything that might help.
one other possible option here is to contact every single individual manufacturer who makes what you need to take and ask if they have a program for people who simply cannot afford to take their meds. some do and some don't but its ALWAYS worth a shot ya know?
just one other option in place of the actual lido patches themselves? i have pain that i use the patches for in a few different places, but one particular area i cannot use them on up into the base of my skull into the hair area? so my doc rxes the lido ointment instead, just for that area? this is much much cheaper than the actual patches are but it does help. it isn't quite as good as having that constant contact you have with the lido gel on that patch, but it does make a dent. and like i said its a ton cheaper too. it is the very same 5% lido just in an ointment form that comes in a tube. just another suggestion for you. but i would contact some drug companies just to see what they may be able to actually offer you. good luck hon,Marcia
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Because this last outbreak was my third, I have been on several types of pain medications and preventative treatments such as Valtrex and Neurontin. I havent been perscribed methadone but I was given an Rx for first 500mg Vicodin then 10 mg Oxycodone, 30 mg roxicodones and then when it got really bad....the way it is now they gave me 80 mg oxycontin. It was so bad that at 22 years old I couldnt work or even get in the shower because the pain was so unbearable. Its similar to how I'm feeling now but I have no insurance so getting to a doctor that understands my path is tough. Thank you for your suggestion and please feel free to email me if you have anymore.
I assume if my doc diagnosed me right that I had/have a milde case of shingles. My rash is clearing up but the pain was bearable enough to not have to take pain medicine. Now I did have a few episodes where I thought I would have to take pain meds but I held out. I also continued to go to the gym and workout. Either I have a mild case or I have I high tolerance to pain or I was diagnosed wrong. Not sure if every shingles case means it comes with bad pain.
There is something available without prescription called Orthogel and there is another brand called Biofreeze. I have used Biofreeze on areas of nerve pain on my forearm and it worked well when it wasn't practical to ice. I know someone who uses it for shingles pain instead of the Lido patches. The small size of both can be bought for under $6.00 .
I have a prescription for the Shingles vaccination. After reading the board, I believe I'll
call on Friday and get my shot. I'm kind of afraid of side effects but I'm more afraid of
They sound terrible.
Let me know how it goes. I've only had it once when I was 34. That was 10years ago. I never want to get it again. Don't know if the vaccine would be worth it for me. I always thought you can only get it once. After reading your post I can see not true. Hope it helps.