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I'm in the US, it's 1:00 in the morning and I'm 3 weeks into shingles that wasn't caught early enough. I'm just starting Neurontin (gabapentin) but it's only been 2 days and the pain is unbearable. I found this forum several days ago. I'm pacing the floor, trying to distract myself. Like MSM81, I thought that pain was muscle strain or something else. Tonight, it's the worst it's ever been. I'm using aceteminophin, lidocaine ointment and a prescription NSAID i've been on for years. The Neurontin seemed to start to relieve the sympmtoms a bit today but I didn't realize (bad drug info on the packaging) that an antacid should NOT be taken within 2 hours of taking the drug, so it negated it's effects. I'm just trying to thanks you for this info and see if anyone has any other tips for dealing with the pain. I've taken showers, which "confuses" the pain singnals and relaxes my miid-back, but obviously that can be done on a limited basis. Any advice!! Please? I also posted this as a reply to someone else's post, then I saw the "start your own". Sorry, I['m exhausted and in pain and didn't see this.
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