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61 y/o male here. Generally healthy but I do have arthritis in my spine that limits me somewhat. I've always enjoyed the stamina of a much younger man. Today is 9/11/16. Late June of this year I started waking up with bad headaches and felt fatigue during the day intermittently. On 7/11/16 I started feeling what I now know was the trigeminal nerve pain. Saw doc on 7/12 and he gave me the shingles dx. Started famciclovir immediately. Rash got worse for a few days and saw opthamogist b/c it went to my eye. Rash healed mostly after 10 days but pain persists. Gabapentin, Norco weren't helpful. Motrin helped some without annoying side effects. The pain has improved to the degree I don't take pain medication but aspercreme with lidocaine helps. I can live with the pain at this point though I do have a bad day or two occasionally. About 10 days ago I started feeling tired after taking a walk if about a half mile. The fatigue has gradually worsened to the degree I'm feeling like I have the flu, but without the fever and respiratory crud. I fear I'm going have to take extended sick leave which I'm not keen on doing.
The initial fatigue I felt back in June went away but has returned in spades. Blood work came back normal. Dr. acts as though he's never heard of this and had no advice on self care for the fatigue.
I wonder if this is a harbinger for another but of shingles. I do feel some itching on the other side of my face but nothing serious. IF, it's indeed the nerve pain without rash, is it too late for another round of antivirals? Has anybody here had the fatigue and did rest make any difference? Ever heard of fatigue onset when the other symptoms are 80% better?
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