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Alright guys well this post may be long but I wanted to tell my whole story from start to finish. I'm Katie in 28 years old and I currently run and etsy shop so I can spend some time with my husband because he is in the navy and it's just easier to be my own boss. My husband is deployed now so I have been super stressed. So.... Around December 18th I went to the doctor for some jaw discomfort. My dog had smacked me in the face and really tweaked my jaw out. So the nice doctor had prescribed me some pain meds which were the lowest dose of Norco. Those helped so much for my jaw pain and I was so excited that I was gonna be able to eat prime rib for Christmas dinner!!! On December 22nd my sister and I had watched a zombie movie which is our favorite genre of movie and we were walking around the house saying hopefully you don't catch the zombie. Well that evening I got a double ear ache. I couldn't hear anything. Which just happened to be the first zombie symptom ( I know I'm not turning into a zombie. It's just a really funny coincidence and I need all he laughter I can get right now) then I lost my voice and my throats was sore for like 3 hours. I was feeling really under the weather but I had no temp. The next day and the 23rd I woke up and my ears were throbbing so I figured I had a ear infection. I then took off my rob and I noticed a rash on the left side of my lower back. It didn't hurt and maybe because I was taking pain meds all ready but it was just there. I laughed it off and said I was getting the zombie and that was that. The 24 came and I was still taking the pain meds for my jaw but my ears were just killing me. I just knew it had to be a double ear infection but since it was the day before Christmas no doctors would be open and I didn't want to go to the emergency room for that. I always get them so I can deal with them. Christmas came and I wasn't even able to eat prime rib because I just didn't feel good and I didn't want to be around friends and family because I was afraid I was going to give them the cold or flu or whatever I had. The 26th was Monday and most doctors offices are still closed so I went on Tuesday the 27th. I wasn't able to see my normal doctor but they got me into there sister clinic. The doctor was very nice and I really want him to be my new primary doctor. He looks like Jake Gyllenhaal so that's a plus lol. Well he looked into my ears and I figured he was just gonna say well you have an ear infection and I was going to be on my way home. But he then told me your ears look fine. I was like SERIOUSLY! I then told him about this weird rash that was about the size of the bottom of a coke can. He looked at it and asked me a few questions like is it painful etc. He then said well I guess you have had chicken poxs as a kid because you have shingles. I was in shock because shingles is always advertised as a elderly problem. I never would have thought that I could get it at such a young age. And since it didn't hurt I really didn't think much of it. I just figured I would show him because I was there. He said I probably didn't feel the pain because of the pain meds I was taking. So I went to the doctor for an ear infection and came out with having shingles. Fun stuff. I was kinda scarred because I wasn't able to get on he antiviral meds because I waiters to long but I blame that on Christmas and it was just a rash with no pain. No big deal right. Well I was terrified because shingles gets the bad rep for being super painful, and you just feel like death. Since I live alone right now because my husband is deployed I didn't have anyone to take care of me I guess you could say. But the doctor did say with all of my symptoms that it was shingles and that's what they do. Great right. Well after hours of reasearch I got super scarred and I went to the emergency room because I wanted something so I wouldn't get post pain. They gave me a steroid. I forgot what it was called. I went and saw the cute doctor again and he said no do not take those. He even apologized for me having to go to the er. He refilled my pain med prescription for me and then put me on amitriptylin. With the pain meds I felt ok. It didn't take the pain all the way away but I was able to function enough to work on my etsy shop. Days went by and they blistered over and scanned and everything. On December 8th I had to take 2 of my pain meds because the pain was bad!!! I googled it to make sure it was ok to take 2 and since I was taking the smallest dose it was fine. Each day the rash started getting better but the pain was getting worse. As I take more pain meds it keeps the pain at bay but it's still there. So on January 13th I went and saw my normal doctor. When she came in she was like welcome to the shingles club 😑 I told her I'm sorry that I couldn't see her about it but she didn't have any openings. So we are discussing it and I tell her about the pain I'm in. I told her I only have a few of my pain meds left and it doesn't seem like it's getting any better. She said since the rash is almost gone that ibprofin should help. I asked her about the lidocaine patches and she said she doesn't prescribe them because there so expensive. So today is January 14th and I went to urgent care. I am trying not to take my pain meds because I want to save them for when I am just in horrible pain. The doctor looked at my rash and he came me some gabapentin and he said he would prescribe me the lidocaine patches but yes they are expensive. I go to the pharmacy and thankfully tricare covered most of it. They were suppose to be 280 bucks but I only had to pay 10. So the doctor said that when I take the gabapentin that the pain should go away immediately. I put a patch on which burned and didn't help much and then I took my first doesnto hopefully being pain free. I don't want to take pain meds because I know they are addicting so I was really hopeful of these new meds. Well it's 8 hours later and the patch didn't do much and the gabapentin did nothing!!! Ugh. So I broke down and I took a pain med. I went to bed and the pain woke me up. Lately I have only been sleeping 3-4 hours a night because the pain is so bad that it wakes me up. I'm exhausted and frustrated. I don't know what to do. Should I go to the er??? I mean it's just pain and I will survive but it's horrible and I'm in tears because I think the doctors are just looking at me like in a drug seeker. I ge tthat I'm young but this shingles is no freaking joke!!! I just want to feel better but nothing has helped except for the pain medicine. I want these new meds to work but after looking them up a lot of people say it's normal for gabapentin to not work like that. So guys that is my story of my shingles. I would never wish this upon anyone. I'm just miserable. I'm getting nauseous all the time now because of the pain and the lack of sleep. What would you do in my situation. I don't want to go to the er for them to just tell me to take ibprofin. Trust me I am taking it. Please any advice would be greatly appreciated. I don't want to live with this pain for the rest of my life with the doctors just telling me to take ibprofin. Obvisouly they haven't had shingles and don't understand the pain and depression that can come from it. Sorry for such a long story but I just need some advice. Thank you guys!!!
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