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I was diagnosed with shingles a week ago. I discovered a bumpy rash on my right hip on Saturday evening (why does it always happen at the weekend) with no other symptoms. First thing Sunday, I went to A&E as I knew that it was important to get antivirals quickly. Was seen straight away and given script. Well then the awful pain began, no need to describe it to you all, which I've had for a week getting progressively worse. Daytime isn't too bad as keep active, but at night nothing helps. My GP has prescribed 30 mg Codeine to go with paracetamol and amitrip for nighttime. I can't take NSAIDS because of Reflux. So as someone else says here, I have to save up my pain killers till the evening because I can't take them every 4 hours. What with my antivirals, plus 4 other prescription pills, it's all getting confusing. I missed my shingles vac by 11 days last year - how ironic is that?!
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