les blisters were located. We went to ENT nurse practioner and she thought is was TMJ. she has recommended Voltaren gel. The more I read about the pain of shingles the more I believe this is what is causing the pain.Would the Voltaren gel help or would it aggravate shingles pain?
Well, long answer is: diclofenac 3% may be very good for shingles. Reasoning that neuralgic pain from shingles is due to inflamed nerves / nerve bundles just under the skin that exhibit as roughly corresponding rashes. My practical experience is it worked for me (50% pain reduction) when 3% was applied to afflicted nerve bundles in the neck. Nothing else was working well for me, even opioids. Caution, 3% is only prescribed for keratosis, so you’re going to have to talk your dermatologist into the prescription. Caution, must ID spot treat bundles, not lather the stuff on! It’s strong & can cause complications (read up). Try looking up this older article for a start, “Effect of 1.5% Topical Diclofenac on Clinical Neuropathic Pain
Shihab U. Ahmed, et. al.” My Dr. said, “interesting” and that this may be "un-investigated", overlooked... hope this helps someone...
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