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i had shingles 7 weeks ago. I never got the blisters, just the rash. It started on my back and spread around my right side into Mtn armpit (the most painful) and all over my right breast. Seems like the pain is getting worse every day. Can't stand wearing clothes on top. I take pain pills. The hydrocodone/acetaminophen 5-325. Doesn't even touch it. Tried the lidocaine patches but after a few days it burned. Anyway they don't cover enough. I just started on Lyrica 25mg 3 times a day. Maybe I could increase that? Will check with doc. Anyway, any more suggestions would be appreciated. I have never been so miserable. Can't leave home cause wearing clothes hurts too much. I still have the red rash also. Will this ever end? Do you think the Tramadol might work better with the Lyrica? Also, I tried the Capasaicin once and it burned terribly. Should I try that again and suffer thru the initial burn? The only relief has been cold cloths. Anyone had relief from topical creams?
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