My PM doctor prescribed lidoderm patches at my last visit on Friday. They want to ward off any long term nerve pain. I am putting two on each night after my shower, you wear them 12 hrs on 12 hrs off. I've worn them for two nights and they are helping. I am not getting the knife stabbing pain in my shoulder blade and I placed one in my armpit area last night and it has alleviated pain going down my arm. You can wear up to 3 patches at one time.
Anyway here is a reminder of what to do when shingles are suspected. Get to your doctor right away, don't wait. If appropriate for you they should prescribe an anti-viral med, mine was Valtrex. It can be painful and you may run a fever. Mine caused both so meds for pain, increased my neurontin & continued current pain meds, and a fever reducer are being used. Like I stated above the lidoderm patches are also helping. The rash is also getting better and not as painful to the touch.
Hope this will help any of you if the future if you develop shingles. I think we all get a little nerved up at times with all of our pain issues. Increased nerve issues can bring the little critters out of hiding at any time.