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I am 84 yers old. I had the shingles once and then got the

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I am 84 yers old. I had the shingles once and then got the vaccine. About two years ago Istarted having a breakout about every 2 months, always in the same place, lower back at bottom of the spine. Since the last one a month ago I am in Pain, I guess the nerve endings mostly stomach and chest, so uncomfortable I have to take Advil every 3 hours. I take the prescription Valecyclovir while I have the breakout, for 7 days but what can I do now when I keep having so much pain? Will this continue? Would continuing the medication help or is it dangerous to take so much? Please help!
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. David replied 11 months ago.

This is Dr. David

I am sorry you are having so much pain

after shingles, patients can have a lot of nerve damage pain or neuropathy or neuralgia pain

prescription medications neurontin (gabapentin) is well known to help neuralgia nerve pain.

also Lidocaine patch also called Lidoderm can be used in the area of pain to numb the nerves and decrease pain

but these are prescription medications that you have to get from your doctor.

they work well for neuralgia pain

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Expert:  Dr. David replied 11 months ago.

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