What kind of light exercises can I do to relieve my back pain for shingles?
- 14 Dec 2009 by Anonymous
- 17 Dec 2009
- pain, back pain, herpes zoster
I went to see my doctor last friday and asked him for a pain killer medication because I was in a lot of pain due to having shingles. But when I saw my doctor he had a frustrated look on his face and wasn't in a good mood that day. He told me he refuses to give me a pain killer medication because he doesn't want me to get addicted to it plus
the drug would cause drowsiness and I would have to take this drug in intervals.
He doesn't want to be responsible if something happens to me. Now, I still have a lot of pain in my lower back due to having Shingles. My rash is gone now but the pain is still there every morning and evening. Any advice from the members would be nice. Then he told me that he can't help me anymore and I need to see a neurologist. I asked him who does he recommend? He told me he doesn't know anyone but will print me off a list of
doctors I can see. Then he told me if I do see a specialist its going to cost me a lot of money.
I hate being in pain all the time. Now I am left to going back to taking Benadryl Allergy
medication which doesn't work very well anymore. I am trying to not take very much
medication because it has caused side effects for me.
Added 14 Dec 2009:
I understand how my doctor feels about prescribing pain killer to his patients. I am still taking Bendryl oral medication twice a day and have been taking it for 3 1/2 months now.
Added 14 Dec 2009:
This doctor also told me that I am in the second stage now and what is called Post
Herpetic Neurologia and I will have this pain for 6 months to one year. I am trying to have a positive attitude now and refuse to believe I will be in pain this length of time.
I still gave him a positive review even though he couldn't help me.
My back pain is due to an injury but I find walking and stretching to be the most helpful. I hate to even tell you this but my son had shingles 8 years ago and he still gets flare ups of back pain. On a positive note he only takes ibuprofen and uses moist heat along with exercise.
Since this is not really as described back pain. Instead, this is like pain from raw nerve endings. May I suggest : Topical Lidocaine patch 5% Local
Provides pain relief directly at the site of PHN pain
Lidocaine is in the same family of Novacaine. The numbing action will dull the nerve endings as it is applied topical. This is not a narcotic ! Another thing if you can not get this lidocaine patch may I suggest frozen peas or corn. Apply for 15 min. on, 1/2 hr off. This also will numb the nerve endings.
BTW: I forgot to mention when removing the patch, clean the back site with milk of magnesia. I know you are saying what? It cleans the glue off, without damaging the dermas
and the epidermis connective tissue.
If the shingles come back here a herbal medicine for under your tongue" Herpezostin
This can be found in a health food store.
One thing remember, do not put anything on the site that can burn. Example Ben Gay or Icy Hot as this can damage the nerve endings more.
Kudos to your doctor not wanting you to get addicted medicine. What a mess to get off of that stuff. There are many people who visit this board should have a caring doctor like yours.
Have a great holiday season
First and foremost you are not asking for recreational drugs you have Shingles for goodness sake. If he is your doctor and doesn't know you well enough to give you the medication that is no way out of line to treat your shingles then I don't care how bad a mood he was in he is not doing his job. I understand that now a days doctors have to be very careful when prescribing pain medication but he also has an obligation to the patient and to treat the whole condition not only the part he is comfortable treating. Why would he refer you to a neuraologist then tell you if you decide to follow his advice it will cost you alot of money. If i were you I would find a new Doctor. Believe me I know it is not an easy thing to do but after being miserable for years I finally made the move in August and I am so glad that I did. I put it off too long. Did he treat with with Valtrex or famvir and I am not sure if Zovirax is oral yet or not.
God Bless you as I know from having shingles it can be painful. Good Luck and I hope you find some relief. I hope I helped a little and sorry for ratteling on but it upsets me when doctors act that way.
The FDA just approved a drug called Qutenza on Nov. 16th which is a Transdermal Patch made for postherpetic neuralgia pain (caused my shingles). You should check it out. It's made with 8% capsaicin (Capsaicin is from hot chili peppers). It's made specifically for people with PHN after having shingles. I hope this helps. Good Luck
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