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The pain started in my back on the right side near my spine, mid way down, went through my chest and around my side to the front of my body. I thought I was having a Heart attack. The pain was unbearable. So I go to the hospital and they seen a small area of the blisters on my back. Shortly after being at the hospital the pain went up on both sides of my neck , face and head. They say it cant affect both sides of your body, but let me tell you that is not true in my case. This was stress related. They gave me steriod shot and meds. I had severe headaches after that happened. Since then I have had shingles on my left side upper back close to the shoulder, only the rash was not bad, only the pain was bad. But the rash/blisters was not real bad the first time but the nerve damage was terrible and I still have pain in both places on my back. My doctor put me on gabapentin (that is spelled wrong) but Im allergic to that so could not take it. So now I take Topamax 25mg twice daily, its wonderful. I do get a headache every now and then but not on a daily basis. Also I kept having so much pain on my right side where the first outbreak was so my dr put me on Acyclovir 400mg once daily. This has reduced the pain so much. Also I have chronic pain from a car wreck over 20 yrs ago and about 5 wks ago my pain medicine was changed. I wont go into all the details but what im on now is not working so I have been in so much pain, that my body has been stressed out to the max. Ive been having pain in both places where my shingle were and now the deep pain in shoulder and found a few blisters on both areas. the pain in my shoulder did not last long so not sure it was shingles but it sure did feel like it. If i had not been taking the Acyclovir every day for as long as i have been taking it, I don't even want to think what this outbreak would have been like. Hope this info helps someone. I know how frustrating it can be when you have a doctor that does not listen to you, or just not know what to do. We know our bodies better than they do when it comes to certain things. Not everything, but some things. So for those of you that keep getting shingles ask your doctor about putting you on the Acyclovir once daily just to see if it will help. Its helped me so much. Good luck
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