Hi. Well I am like a lot of you...been trying multiple things to help the pain through a pain management specialist to no avail. I had shingles about 3-4 years ago. It was a really bad summer for mosquitoes. I started having pain around my spine to the my lower left side. I saw what I thought were bites. I treated them as such because of how bad the bugs were that summer. Then I saw more. I panicked and thought I had bed bugs. Tore the whole house apart basically cleaning everything. Still had the itchy papules...but they burned! So finally after a while and nothing going away I finally went to the urgent care clinic. Come to find out I had shingles. He asked me why I waited so long to get treatment. Well, I never would've even guessed it was shingles. I was put on an antiviral and they cleared up.
Since that time, I have still been in pain. What's weird is that the pain is near my spine where the outbreak hit but it goes to the right more than the left (where the rash was). Sitting with my back pressed against anything is painful. I cannot sleep on my back. I do have 3 herniated discs in my back but according to my ortho doc, my pain is not near those 3 discs (well I do have some pain but it isn't this weird burning/achy/aggravating pain).
I am on Cymbalta which isn't helping. I tried spinal injections, trigger injections, PT, muscle relaxants (but I think that's because I hurt so bad that I tense up), ibuprofen, lidocaine patches, other pain patches. I was given gabapentin but I was nervous to take it due to side effects, but now I am wondering if I should give it a shot. I mean, the Cymbalta already caused me to gain weight (food consumption hasn't really changed) so I guess the gabapentin isn't going to do any worse. I am trying CBD oil but either it doesn't work for me or I'm too low a dose at the moment. It's so frustrating. The pain doctor is very understanding but it just seems like in this realm there's so much trial and error in trying to treat this. I'd be happy if I could get my pain down at least by half but so far, nothing.
The whole thing is so frustrating. I'm 47, work full-time and have 2 very active kids. I know you all have lives, too, and really have no time to be dealing with the pain but somehow we all still do. It sometimes wakes me up at night so I deal with insomnia sometimes as well.
I just had to get this out.
Anyone have any luck with gabapentin? Should I even bother? I see my pain management specialist in a few days. Really not sure where the next step should go.
Hang in there, everyone.