Your email. I have four little ones who ask me everyday when I will be better. Then the rash began and it alllll began to make sense. First symptom was severe abdominal pain that wrapped around to my back which I would describe as undulating pressure and lightening strikes. I am glad you started the gabapentin, as you may find that it really helps with the itching/tingling once you get an effective dosage. I am telling you this so you do not suffer undue stress. What the vaccine does best (imo) is (in 67% of cases) warding off the development of post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN). Night is the worst, but daytime isn't a picnic either. I WILL be getting an annual shingles shot from now on! Its hard because I am not one that likes to sit still for very long and at 34 years old I feel somedays like I am 80. Began New Years Eve nite...thought my spleen would explode out of my left rigcage...went to ER. Even typing this is bringing on pain in my arm and hand. Mine started in June 18 and I didn't sleep through the night until about August 1st. I am experiencing nerve damage pain on the entire right flank from shingles - it's been 3 1/2 months since the first symptoms. Step two: If you have to complete. Went to the doctor who said yes it is shingles. I'm on antiviral pills, and was given a compounded ointment, and I am taking Advil (ibuprofen) for the pain, but it doesn't seem to help. He diagnosed muscle strain of the teres minor and major and irritation of the nerve that runs between them. Truly a bad situation, as either I would be in bad pain from my stomach or from the shingles, like 24 hours a day. What helped me the most was dabbing the itchy area with cotton balls soaked in apple cider vinegar. Thank you so much for taking the time and care to come here and share and help others realize how important it is to keep the immune system as healthy as possible while suffering from this debilitating condition.Sending you my biggest virtual {{{HUGS}}}. Check with your physician first before using any of the suggestions. This thread has been very helpful. I keep a wet washcloth in a plastic container with me at all times and keep dabbing my face for relief. The rash never did blister, ooze or scab over. My rash is on left side of my stomach with a few places on side/back. I am beginning week 5 and the pain is still tough to deal with - I have been on gabapentin and the antiviral. The doc also suggested I take Lysine (1000mg, 3Xday) and a multi-vitamin. A friend said it best. I take a pill and a half in the evening, which I thought would get me through the night, it lasts about 2.5 hours before the pain wakes me up and I start the "try to find comfort" process all over again. is the same as the rash on the top of my foot. Sleep quality – fibromyalgia sufferers often have trouble getting a good night’s sleep. Hope it goes away soon too. What doesnt kill us make us stronger! I have nerve damage in my spine that causes shooting pain and itching. Started at the upper chest, runs just below my pec, across my side and ribs to the middle of my back. A lot of companies do no third party testing since there’s no regulations. Praying for everyone ♡, I am in the middle of this 6 weeks and ice packs and accupunture have helped me the most... Also allowing myself to rest when i feel tired instead of pushing through it. More recently the blisters have dried up and the burning pain has been not bad during the day and worse at night, as most comments have said. Makes no sense, I know, but it had the opposite affect while I had shingles and helped me relax / sleep. Work is out of the question. also how long before i can swim in my saltwater pool thanks, can you have shingles and it not be painful? These are the only oils that i trust to use. He got it last year and it lasted 10 days. I remember so well that feeling of being tired, wanting a good sleep, and craving that feeling of normal again. Godspeed. The other night I felt like this must be what it feels like if you have cancer in your arm. Hopefully at week 5 you are nearing the end of the pain!! Thankfully I haven't had any itching (yet) but moving brings on horrible pain so I sit as still as possible at work and am praying for something to work at night. I'm so glad I saw this blog since this whole thing is scary and depressing! Not sure if it helps. Hope this helps and wishing you a speedy recovery! Very interesting, the mind / body connection. Best wishes to all. You are surely NOT alone. I hope everything calms down soon. I have taken 4 days of the antiviral medication but I have had shingles longer than that although I don't know when it actually started because of the bad virus and generally feeling unwell. I feel it creeping up on me, until I'm at that stage where it's unbearable. After I drink coffee in the morning I feel better until afternoon when fatigue sets in. I took it at night and curled up on the couch. Study explains why patients with shingles feel pain. Which my dr won't prescribe again - I know they are addictive but surely one more week's worth isn't threatening? Hi Lisa,Whoever diagnosed you with post hermetic neuralgia was wrong. 48 hrs after that, the rash started, and one day after that, I started antivirals and steroids. If your nighttime pain is due to vascular disease, it not only doesn't feel better when you get up and move around, it actually feels worse. Even though pain lingers for 20 %, most of us heal. I can't sleep and I can't find a non painful position to sit in. I can't even imagine. I am trying to remain positive, but at 87 years, positive is difficult in the best of times and believe me, this is definitely not the best!! Don't try to save money on yourself here. My shingles started about 14 days ago with a pain in my flank right side. I've been able to safely (though not exactly comfortably) drive short distances. Say some specialists about the pain but couldn't bear to spend 700.00 for a shot and wasn't sure it would work. Funny. 3rd night explosion not so severe. I am keeping my fingers crossed that I am almost out of the woods. The reason l was having blackout pain was because the first doc (actually my oncologist) had given me too low a dosage to relieve nerve pain. This sounds more like genital herpes simplex 2 infection. Still feels like a sunburn but not as mean. Finally got a prescription for Gabapenten, also not terribly helpful.I suddenly saw this item in an email and researched it. For me, the end started with a period of a day or two of no pain, then a recurrence, followed by another pain free day or two. It's been a full month for me now. I am 38 and am also apparently lucky enough to have shingles in my eye. This time I am waiting to see where the blisters manifest. Sounds like you should be at the start of week 5 which means hopefully this is almost behind you! No sleep, hurts to do anything. Which I didn't go to the Doctor till the next day. It probably is not shingles. My shingles got so bad I was sobbing, so I know how hard it is. I kept an eye on it and throughout the next day my left arm would itch, but I could not scratch it and it felt numb and a bit weird. I was so excited because she said it would help with pain and sleep. It started on my left side rib cage with the rash. The greater ... Shingles is an infection of nerve roots coming from the spinal cord and the nerve inflammation can be very painful. I am still in some pain although I am managing it only with paracetamol at night. And, he is testing our faith, by fire, that it may be found to praise and glorify Him! I have given up the dark chocolate though. On a related note, some folks have found relief using the original Listerine (the amber color) on the site of their shingles rash. So tired of this!! I am a little over 4 weeks and except for a little tenderness where I had the rash, I am saying it is over for me. I just want it to stop and feel normal again I would do anything, Forgot to mention it is on my scalp back of neck where hairline beginns side of my neck and ear, Carmen, I feel so bad for you. Been dealing with this for about two weeks now. Thanks Diane! I have been seeing an ophthalmologist throughout the process. i wasnt doing anything before it started, only on my computer.i was wonderingm what it can be" Answered by Dr. Mary Engrav: You : You need to be medically evaluated immediately. It is more comfortable. Weird to touch my face and not feel it, yet at the same time have outrageous itching. Praying for you all. It goes from my sternum, under nipper, around ribs, to my spine. Plus the stress of me getting married in a few months didn't help. Its been a rough few months. Community Answer. For me, the pain lasted about 6 weeks. Seriously? HAIR LOSS from meds!!!! Then a rash the size of a half dollar showed up on my arm by my shoulder out of nowhere.I called the Dr she put me on a antiviral med and a nerve med. It is excruciating. Just hoping that I'm on the road to recovery and that I'm not being too optimistic! I feel like a prisoner in my own house. I have all the symptoms of the pain, the burning and numbness in my right should down my arm and to my hand. I would like to know what to use so I relieve stress as painkillers do not work for me as well as sleeping pills. I could see where pain may vary depending on which nerve cluster was attacked by the shingles virus. It's me again and I have to say that I slept with the heat wrap thing last night and it helped so much. What a horrible spot to have it. I feel like crying sometimes because my sleep is interrupted and I have been taking ambien to help me sleep. Three, fluctuations in hormone levels that occur at night often worsen symptoms of respiratory conditions like asthma and allergies. If your osteoarthritis (OA) keeps you up at night, you’re not alone. I just want you to know you're not alone, you're not imaging it and it's repulsive. My one son is special needs and I am so drained and exhausted. It will be over for you too. This is … Here's my timeline: Began on a Thursday with two days of feeling ill, headache, extreme fatigue and having to force myself to push through to get my work done. Pain meds are almost a waste of time. Does the shingles pain get better then worse? My thanks to all the participants. <--- Great comment. I cannot thank you enough. Any thoughts on going in a pool? Not having the biting feeling inside my arm anymore. I am due to start a new job in 10 days. You have my sympathy and prayers. First time it was on my right forehead near my eye. I feel like I have been living in my bathtub. I got 1 hour sleep last night, which is not good for operating heavy equipment. Still hurts in my left arm, goes to my breast, my nipple? Structurally, my eye is perfectly healthy, so that is the good news. But the serve pain was terrible. It's really putting me off consuming anything - not that I have any appetite anyway. It drives me insane. Every time my husband would scratch it I would feel like it was on fire. Doctors help you with trusted information about Pain in Herpes Zoster: Dr. Singh on why are shingles so painful at night: If pain persists after the rash is gone - postherpetic neuralgia (phn) - it needs to be treated aggressively so it does not last forever. I finally did get some sleep last night but I'm so afraid that it might be a fluke. Any advice, or pain coping medications anyone may know of? It's now Saturday and I'm to the stage where I feel great for a few hours during the day and then the evening comes. One thing I noticed that others haven't mentioned is that I am a TYPE 1 (insulin dependent) diabetic. I hope I don't have lasting effects from this. If you are experiencing nerve pain at night, don't automatically assume it's from neuropathy or vascular disease. His daughter said it felt like being covered with burning barbed wire. After two weeks of no sleep i thought why aren’t I using my essential oils. They told me I had shingles and sent me home with pain meds (Percodin). Thank you for starting this blog. I hope this thing is on its way out. Not too bad the first few nights, but then it has become pretty painful in left arm area and hits other random spots as it sees fit. I am one week in, and I have to say this has been one hell of a ride so far. My Dr was not in that day and I knew I needed urgent care. what medication can i take for shingles i am itching a lot and it's very painful? I don't want to take ambien to sleep because it makes me depressed the next day. Lisa Jo. Just diagnosed with shingles..had pain in my arm thought it was a bad pinched nerve. Top answers from doctors based on your search: Connect by text or video with a U.S. board-certified doctor now — wait time is less than 1 minute! My son in law is 37 and very healthy. Like I said my wife is a doc and doing all she can but I got 1 hour last night and 2 the night before that's about my norm. The other issue I had is something I felt I should warn others. There are also diminishing returns on the effectiveness of the vaccine; it only lasts for 5 years. As an adult with a serious problem like shingles its recommended to take a high dose, ideally he would be taking 10 pills (22 percent) per day. Because there were no other symptoms I decided I was OK. On Thursday evening the pain was unbearable and as I was getting out of the shower I happened to notice red splotches on my torso. I am terrified, (yes really), that this will never stop, that I will have this itching madness for years or forever and that my eye will forever be deformed. I saw one person on this blog say they took Lyrica but I'm wondering if anyone else knows anything about it?? Has the pain dissipated yet? I only get 4-5 hrs of sleep before I get woke up in pain. Hi, It helps to know How others are coping with shingles. Mine started Aug 6, and a month later I am miserable! X, Hi everyone. Shingles pain worse at night. I had honestly no clue how bad it can be and was quite oblivious to all of this when my grandad and a few relatives developed shingles years ago. Begin by practicing good sleep hygiene techniques combined with exercise and stimulating activities. Tonight has been the worst for not being able to sleep. Any eyebrow movement also sends stabbing pains across the right side of my head. I have a feeling this would have been much worse. I have used some Plexus Ease cream and they also make a capsule and that has seemed to help some. Coincidentally or not, I had a Zostavax shot about 10 months ago. In your case, you could cut them into strips and place them along the path of the nerve pain. My daughter suffers from nighttime headaches. Unfortunately, this is on the top of my head, so to get any relief from topicals, I would have to shave my head. The extreme pain and stress can cause hair loss too. I had vague symptoms about a week ago then broke out on one side of my face ,God awful lesions under chin and ear. I have never seen anyone suffering so much it was truly awful. It also sounded like something that doesn't even take effect for at least a few days to a couple weeks. I am anonymous up there and I am still resisting Neurontin. It makes your skin feel cold but really good. I still have burning pain in my back & down my left side from breast to waist. I have found your blog to be so true. (I work from home, thank goodness, so am trying to work enough to at least pay the bills. I don't feel the pain worse when I eat, but I never ate much when I first got shingles as the codeine medication made me sick to start with. You may be able to get over the counter. Got it yesterday, wore it and even 15 minutes in I had amazing relief. Keep hanging in there! I'm around the end of week 7 since the first signs of shingles. Shingles takes 5-6 weeks to run its course and if I'm reading your post correctly, yours did not start until Aug 28. Now I have it again. Earth therapeutic wraps that you microwave..lovely, hot showers, Biofreeze, which really rocks, and said some prayers. Total sympathy to all, hang in there and keep your sense of humour....This is into my 4th week so l live in hope it will diminish now. Sounds crazy, but it's true. When the Dr. told me I couldn't take anything other than Tylenol, he looked sad for me- lol. Ohio weather is that way now. This illness is so evil.i resisted the neurontin and am glad I did. It helps greatly, but needs to be re-applied often. I did not think I was a person who would get shingles. The most common complication of shingles is persistent pain after the rash has healed. 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