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?
He needs gabapentin that's what they give to you for the pain of shingles
What has the actual Dr said about it?
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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