... the nurse practioner thought I had contact dermatitis. After being in severe pain on Monday, I found a way to get pictures of my chest and back of my neck to my family doctor. He wanted me in his office as soon as I could get there on Tuesday. He prescibed some huge pill for the shingles and gave me another dosepak to take. A couple of weeks later, my ankles, feet and legs are so swollen and nothing gets rid of the swelling. I was tested for Congestive Heart Failure and it was Negative. My doc has sent me to a sport and spine center and I have compression things put on my legs for an hour, 3X a week for 4 weeks. I am also on a water pill and nothing seems to be working. Will this swelling ever go away? If so, how long???