Need help, can shingles caue breathing difficulties after initial infection?

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I had shingles in may of 2015 and since then i have not been able to play clarinet or sing. I have nerve pain from where the shingles are in the middle of my ribs and was wondering if shingles can cause breathing problems or is it an underlying cause

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    I'm 19 btw

     

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    I can't help you on that sorry

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    Dear Milleta,

    It sounds as if you have Post Herpetic Neuralgia if the pain is constant and in the same location as the rash/pain of the initial shingles episode.

    I am so sorry you continue to suffer with this.

    I would suggest that you consult with an excellent neurologist.

    There are medications that can lessen the pain such as

    Neurontin-gabapentin or Lyrica-pregabalin

    AND

    Cymbalta or Venlafaxine.

    They all need to be titrated up to help manage the pain.

    Sometimes, using a combination of the medications from each class helps better than just one medication.

    I hope this helps you.

    Best Wishes

    Merry Juliana

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    The dr had put me on Amotriptyline 10mg 1 at night for shingle pain without rash I am not certain about them after reading up on the drug
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      Anita,

      Amitriptyline 10 mg is a tiny dose compared to the 300 mg dose treatment for depression. While it has adverse effects, the 10 mg dose should not cause major effects. It might need to be titrated up to still a relatively small dose to help manage the pain. It can be very effective in managing PHN.

      Best Wishes

      Merry Juliana

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