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I have had 4 episodes of shingles in the past 10 years, 3 of which were in my eyes. I've also had increased episodes of trigeminal neuralgia over the past 5 years. I have tried several medications - becoming allergic to one, and switching to another which controlled the TN but left me unable to concentrate enough to work, so I was on medical leave for 15 months. That was 2 years ago.
So now I've encountered another flare of the TN, and have started a third new medication, and am finding it to also be leaving me unable to function. In addition, I'm on high doses of steroids so I can't sleep well.
On the one hand, I feel I need to take some time off since I probably can't do my job well (I'm self-employed and reputation is important). On the other hand, I'm not sure how to spend my time while in this condition so that I don't get depressed (not to mention the decreased income).
Any thoughts or experiences you can share that I might find helpful?
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