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i am 75 years old...previously healthy except for shingles. i was diagnosed two weeks ago after having a very, very, very, very,severe stabbing earache. i also had a slightly sensitive occipital area on my scalp. since I was unable to get into see ANY doctor went to the ED and was diagnosed. i was started on VALTREX and given some Vicodin. even with the vicodin the pain was agonizing. finally got into seeing my FNP and started on prednisone. forgot to mention earlier started on lyrica. anyhow the prednisone made a huge difference. the usual MEDROL pack, decreasing doses over seven days. After about five days pain started coming back but not as bad. now off the prednisone and definitely getting worse again. not horrendous yet. the right side of my scalp is very sensitive and I can feel some lesions on scalp but hard for me to visualize and i live alone. never any lesions on face, ear or neck and yet the majority of my pain is on the side of my neck...from the ear on down...i guess i thought the severe pain would be in the actual area of the shingles and it is not. OR am I going to be awaiting a second outbreak which I understand can happen? Hoping MERRY might see this post and provide more information. thank you.
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