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Shingles on face and in eye

Skin Health | Last Active: Dec 14, 2021 | Replies (30)

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I also have shingles of the eye, face. and eye. Sure didn't know pain like this existed! Vicodin doesn't help; wondering what drs. would do if I went to the ER. Would they treat me as a hypochondriac or a drug-seeker! I'm so hesitant to seek additional help but the pain is debilitating, and I don't know what to do. Thanks

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Hi Alexandra,
If you have not seen a doctor, go to the ER. You need antiviral meds started right away. If you did see a doc and are on the antivirals, and the pain is too much, I would think about going to a walk-in clinic or ER. Call ahead and find out how busy they are. Plus, if you still have the blisters out, you are contagious and can give the chicken pox to unvaccinated folks, so they need to know you are coming so they can isolate you. I was given Dilaudid when I was hospitalized. I needed IV anti-nausea meds to keep the antivirals down, then to keep the Dilaudid down. Having shingles in your eye can lead to blindness, so be sure you are getting the right treatment. I don't think they will see you as drug seeking, especially if you still have the blisters. They all know how painful it is. I had lightening bolts of pain in my right eye, in my head, and my hair hurt to touch. I needed drugs just to lay my head down. If I had been discharged from the hospital a day earlier than I was, I would probably have had my head shaved, it hurt so much to move my hair!