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Hi, I came across this forum and have been reading what others are going through with the shingles. I contracted scarlet fever as a young child, had a severe case of the chicken pox, now trying to understand the shingles virus at age 49. This is my 3rd time go-around. The first began last year as small red rash sores in my scalp and some blistering on my ears, neck and eyes. Severe aching and neck pain followed long after the rash was gone. I was in denial the second time it happened and now the third time's a charm! It has come full force and far worse with larger blisters and severe pain. Nursing a plantar fasciitis in my left foot and now this, really taking a toll on the nerves. I'm not a pill pusher, only take Synthroid for my thyroid. I do essential oils and coconut oils every night after showering to help relieve the shingles pain. I'm looking for any other pain relief advice as I have pretty much given up on doctors. They are all ready to write out prescriptions and send you out the door with good well wishes. I love the essential oils and am still working with 3 close friends who are all on board helping me to balance out the hot flashes, thyroid, and now the shingles. Even though I have yet to come across one that actually helps for the shingles I have seen improvement in the few I have tried to relieve headaches, muscle soreness, dizziness, eye problems. Coloidal silver has also helped my eyes, throat, and ears. The gel form heals the blisters and cools also. I am very sympathetic with those who are hurting so much they feel depressed and tired from trial and error. I am determined to keep looking and trying, hope this has helped and looking for any other advice also you may have? I also use the TENS to relieve pain. What works for some may not work for all but it's worth a try.
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