helped by this? My 97-year old friend has suffered from severe shingles pain for the past 8.5 years. I believe that it's particularly difficulty to get over it as you get older because the immune system gets so impaired. The doctors tried every medication, even marijuana, injections, you name it, during that whole time. Nothing ever helped him at all, until now. CELEXA (an anti-depressant) has taken away most of his pain. Imagine that! Thought this might be of help to someone else.