I've been a lurker here for a while and have been reading your posts because my mother (age 50) has unfortunately contracted shingles on October 2017 on the right side of her face and scalp (including her eye). Extreme shooting pain/stabs, screams, sobbing, etc. Then the rash cleared up and we thought we were good to go. Unfortunately it left nerve damage and she struggled with burning, excruciating pain as well as many sleepless nights due to the extreme sensitivity and unimaginable pain.
Fast forward to today, she's been taking acupuncture for about 3 months now, and has improved dramatically. These days, the pain she deals with is bothersome and very irritating rather than serious and painful. She can go most of the day without any medication, and if it gets bothersome for her in the evening, she will take some Advil. She is able to sleep 7 hours a day, and is usually well enough to light chores and walk around the house with 3 lb weights to exercise. The bigger issue at hand right now we believe is CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) but that is a different discussion.
However, reading stories on this page has frightened me. Even despite the dramatic improvement, my mother silently fears not recovering fully or quickly enough since each day has become very long and tiring for her. I wanted to ask other people who have been victims of shingles and PHN and gauge to see if we seem to be on a good track to full recovery. Please let us know, thank you.