... gone away but the throbbing, pin sticking pain is there. I know she took Lyrica for a while. It made her speech slurred and her balance uneasy. Another dr took her off Lyrica. I am not sure what pain meds she is on now. My concern is, this has just debilitated her. She just stays in bed, it is more comfortable there. She no longer attends church, she goes nowhere. Any support for this in the Houston area?
I'm not in the Houston area, but your mother-in-law might do better on Neurontin rather than the Lyrica. It is prescribed for pain caused by shingles. She maybe suffering from more than the pain from the shingles. Can you encourage her to seek further medical attention recommending she needs to try to return to a more normal life style rather than spending so much time in bed. Suggest she ask her doctor about the Neurontin.
Lauries suggestion was great! You might also want to look into a pain management Dr for her rather than dealing with her primary Dr or internist. A PM Dr has been specially trained to handle pain of this type and are very knowledgeable about newer treatments. I feel for her. PHN is a very debilitating pain and for some, even the touch of clothing can be excruciating! She definitely needs to see a health care professional about this. It is not something she should have to suffer through.
I also have suffered the pain she is having. I found that Gabapentin, amitriptyline, plus rubbing the affected area with capsium oleoresin anagesic cream (Theragen HP) helped me a lot. The cream gets very warm and you need to wear plastic gloves to apply sparingly. Also prayer goes a long way. Hope this may help ,God Bless
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