Ask Dr. Gott: Shingles pain difficult...

Ask Dr. Gott: Shingles pain difficult to control Shingles pain ...

There are 4 comments on the Monterey County Herald story from May 18, 2009, titled Ask Dr. Gott: Shingles pain difficult to control Shingles pain .... In it, Monterey County Herald reports that:

Dear Dr. Gott: I'm a 72-year-old female. I just returned from my doctor's office because of a rash that was bothering me a great deal.

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Eva M King

Oviedo, FL

#1 May 29, 2009
In Sept of 2006 I got shingles , this is May 2009 and Iam still suffering from PHN , I have tried many meds , including neurotin, prednisone, triaterene,oxycodone , endocet, lyrica, am now on gabapentin , none of these has helped much, the pain is at times excruciating , the only time I don't have pain is 5 hrs of sleep at nite . The PHN is on my neck in my ear and at the occipatal bone (area ). Have not been able to wear jewelry AT ALL . Had I been able to get the " injection " w/in the first 3 days I understand I would not have the PHN now. After age 60 it is wise to get the injection . NOW , had my Dr recognized the shingles when I first went to him I would NOT be suffering to-day .
Eva M King

Oviedo, FL

#2 May 30, 2009
Have had PHN since Sept. 2006 , not much relief , and have tried many many medications , including oxycodone,predisone, lyrica, to name a few . I am now on gabapenten,1500 mg's per day which helps a little ( not much ) sometimes the pain is excruciating and I may have this ( PHN) for the rest of my life . Life is good .

Seymour, IN

#3 May 30, 2009
My poor mother age 89 went undetected for three weeks before she was diagnosed with Shingles. Has severe osteoporosis and associated the back pain with that - Tried Lyrica with no results. She is in such excruiating pain we just don't know what to do. She's so frail - weighs 90 lbs. so pain meds are a problem for her. Does anyone have any solutions for this?

Bogotá, Colombia

#6 Jun 27, 2014
The severe, chronic pain associated with PHN can disrupt a person's life. Daily activities from eating and sleeping to simply wearing clothing can become difficult. Depression is a common correlate of such chronic pain. A number of studies suggest that early treatment of shingles can shorten the amount of time the patient is in pain. It is recommended that people are treated with antiviral medications within three days of the rash's appearance.

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