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Male, 61, healthy, bilateral knee replacements in last year, rehab going well, four months after my second TKA, awoke one morning with severe eye pain. Eye was photosensitive, and lid was slightly swollen. Eye was so sensitive upon movement I went to the walk-in clinic within an hour.
Doctor instantly recognized a rash over my eyebrow and some along my scalp. SHINGLES!
Started Valtrex and Tylenol, had severe headaches and eye pain for four days and increasing boils/blisters along D1 line, severe nausea, saw opthomoligist. Day 5 I see new red blotches along my flank and around onto my back (opposite side as my head) and my head pain is spreading down my cheek, into and around my ear, and into my jaw. Saw another pair of Drs on day 6 who confirmed I have Shingles in at least 4 dermatones, put me on another week of Valtrex along with Gabapentin to ease the never ending pain.
I have been taking all my leftover Percocet (10 a day) from my knee surgeries, yet still stay in a quiet dark room with a wet towel on my head to survive.
I thought knee replacement was tough. Huh!
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