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I recently got shingles on the right side of my face. It was under right eye and on outside of right nostril. All I Can say is IVE HAD NECK SURGERY, Broken pelvic and tail bone and NOTHING has been as bad as SHINGLES!
I went to ER immediately, ( been twice in 4 weeks, to UC twice and have seen my doctor 4 times.
It seems that NO ONE KNOWS HOW TO TREAT SHINGLES! Its awful. I am 56 years old/FEMALE. My symptoms were: Red RASH, tired, no energy, horrible headache and itchy.
SO I've been on a viral pill for 6 weeks, Toradol for nerve pain ( It works BUT BEWARE... you can only stay on this pill for about a week and then it becomes very dangerous.) I was offered Nueronton for nerve pain but had terrible reaction to it. I've been given PEROCET 10/325, that just made me itch more. I had the first initial breakout and then about a week after it went away, I had another breakout , same place on face minus the real red rash but just itchy dark spots. I was told you can only get a breakout once... bull s**t! I WILL BE GETTING THE VACCINE as soon as I am over this nasty crap!!!
What has worked best for me is Tramadol, rest and ice packs. Keep in mind that night time is the worst. I'm going on 6 weeks and I suggest that you slowly try to get out of the house if you see any signs of getting better. If you stay in bed or house during this awful time it will last longer. I got out of bed and house in baby steps about 3rd week. I still itch terribly at night and my face hurts to the touch.
I wish I had more remedies but it seems that it has to run its course.
I DO STRESS THAT AS SOON AS YOU SEE A RASH, get to your doctor or Urgent care so you can get on Viral pill to help lessen the long term effects of Shingles. Shingles can cause permanent nerve damage.
Praying , all us effected, a speedy recovery!!!
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