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Re: Shingles
« Reply #20 on: April 04, 2016, 02:58:26 PM »
There is no question that the future of treating viruses medically is changing.  Acyclovir and other anti-virals are being used in many different medical circumstances now, and often with good results.  I would like to Eecho North Energy's post.....Stephen1 and Ozarker mention non-traditional methods as a desired alternative to exisitng treatments for diseases.  These can be quite effective, but they have not been shown to be effective in all clinical situations.  So "looking" for a non-prescriptive or holistic treatment is fine, but if they have not been effective in your case, do not be so rigid as to continually avoid other more traditional treatments.  Both types of medical care have their place, and patients should not only consider one or the other.
Hi doctorb, I do agree that both medical care have a place. I am just in week 7 now, and I was just looking for something that might help. The Dr, had me on Valtrax when I first developed this, and it was working quite nicely, now I was very close to the end of the 72 hour window when it was diagnosed.  After I had taken it for the 7 days I was improving and asked for an extension and was told that's it, only allowed to take it for 7 days. Since then it has improved but very slowly for sure. i was given Tylenol 3 with codene, but the side effects got to me( constipation) and I was given some other pain killers from the Tylenol family, but I had issues with those also. I was just looking for some help at night to sleep as I find going to the DR a pain, in the sense it uses Time. I now use a bean bag type of chill pack at night, Tylenol, and sometimes I combine Advil with the tylenol and I get 5-6 hrs sleep. Most of the skin burns, sores, are gone, only some residue scarring is there, it seems to be mostly the nerves are my complaint, mind you, before the chill pack, there is a small area that does get very hot and itchy, especially in hair.
I have a feeling that I will have this for a while, stress seems to fire it up for sure, so fishing season will be great, and I got the mill out today to saw some wood and we all know that is a great stress reliever. 8)
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Re: Shingles
« Reply #21 on: April 04, 2016, 04:05:15 PM »
Stephen1 have you tried Tylenol PM it helps me to sleep with my hip pain. I don't take it regular, so it works for me when it flares up.
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Re: Shingles
« Reply #22 on: April 04, 2016, 05:07:07 PM »
If Motrin (Advil / Ibuprofen) helps, why not try Aleve (Naproxen), which lasts 12 hours.  May prolong your sleep time.
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Re: Shingles
« Reply #23 on: April 04, 2016, 10:01:01 PM »
I got a pain-killer and two anti-virals for the mild case I had over Christmas. I was lucky, the pain seemed to be only on the skin rather than deep down. One thing I learned from being allergic to poison ivy is that endorphins are a natural pain reducer. I would get in the shower and turn on the water as hot as I could stand it, then let it hit the shingle rash areas for about five minutes. Seemed to help for a few hours, but you have to protect sensitive areas!
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Re: Shingles
« Reply #24 on: April 05, 2016, 03:23:19 PM »
Hey doctorb:
Is there anything to take, over the counter, to prevent you from getting shingles?
I hear if we have had chicken pox that the virus is already in us. How can we prevent flair ups?

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Re: Shingles
« Reply #25 on: April 05, 2016, 04:25:01 PM »
Jim; Not to butt in, but there is a shingles shot available.

Ask your Dr or Pharmacist about getting the shot.

When I got mine, it didn't cost me anything, because I had paid up all of my prescription co-pay!
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Re: Shingles
« Reply #26 on: April 05, 2016, 04:30:49 PM »
Chuck:
You can get it at the pharmacy without a prescription?

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« Reply #27 on: April 05, 2016, 05:47:24 PM »
Absolutely. I was wishing I had known about it before the fact.
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Re: Shingles
« Reply #28 on: April 05, 2016, 11:23:18 PM »
There is, as far as I know, no preventative medicine for shingles, except the previously mentioned vaccine.  I would suggest getting the vaccine, as demonstrated by our posters, shingles is no fun.  I have no idea if it requires a prescription, but i would assume it would.
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Re: Shingles
« Reply #29 on: April 06, 2016, 05:10:29 AM »
My insurance won't cover the the vaccine until age 60 even if a physician recommends it. Otherwise it's $300 out of pocket :(


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