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   Posted 7/19/2009 3:48 AM (GMT -6)   
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.

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   Posted 7/19/2009 9:43 AM (GMT -6)   
I hope the lidocaine patches will help you!
I'm glad your rash is geting better too...Let's hope you
continue to improve each aand every day...
lots and lots of soft hugz and thanks for the update and information!
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   Posted 7/19/2009 3:37 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm glad you appeared to have stopped the progression and that's good. Last thing we need is another source of pain!



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   Posted 7/19/2009 7:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Dear Jag,
Good Evening *huggs* it is good to see you. I am glad you are getting a little relif. Though, i wish there was more they could do to help. shakehead Continue to rest as much as you can. We sure do hope you get better!
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And sorry I could not travel both  
And be one traveler, long I stood

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   Posted 7/19/2009 8:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jag,

I'm glad to hear that the lidoderm patches are helping! I used them at night for several months, and will still occasionally use them. If nothing else, it makes me feel like I am doing something! It sounds like they could definitely be quite effective in your situation. If you have any trouble getting them to stick, some cloth bandaging tape around the edges can help. It is light enough that it doesn't hurt your skin at all, but strong enough that it holds the edges of the patches down! I hope you start getting better with each passing day!

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