Well guys, Valtrex doesnt actually kill viruses, it suppresses them, but it is still the same idea, reducing the virus along the nerve. Billy, the lidopatch idea was brilliant! Lidopatches were conceived with Shingles in mind and they are excellent for that type of pain. I also want to add, do not delay in getting treatment for shingles. The sooner you get treatment, the less likely you are to get herpatic neuropathy which can leave you in severe pain long after the shingles heal. Drs are unsure why some get neuropathy and some dont, but studies have shown that delay in treatment can be a factor. Shingles are caused by the same virus that causes chicken pox. The virus lies dormant along the nerve after the outbreak of chicken pox until something stimulates it to flare again, usually a stressor like an illness, extreme emotional stress but sometimes it is unknown what caused it to flare and it can occur many years after the case of chicken pox. Shingles can be very painful.
You may need to ask for an opioid pain reliever too, if the pain gets bad. The lidocaine patch can help to numb some of that pain but I've seen many who needed strong pain killers like morphine to control the pain. Again, call your Dr for an evaluation and treatment right away!!! If your PCP cannot get you in today then I would advise you seek out an Urgent Care center or the ER at the hospital. DO NOT DELAY!!!
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