Shingles

Posted by ramona51 @ramona51, Apr 1 11:05am

Help! Since I threw my back out this past week, I developed a horrific case of shingles. Could the stress of my back pain have triggered the shingles? What have you used to treat shingles?

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Praying right now. I've heard shingles are so painful. I personally don't think throwing your back out caused shingles, but, I am not a doctor. God Bless You Greatly!

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Sometimes the pain of shingles precedes the rash coming to the surface
by as much as a week. Especially if it is at the same nerve distribution.
Prompt treatment with a prescribed antiviral from your doctor is the best remedy.
You can use Tylenol and ibuprofen if the pain is severe. I used good old fashioned calamine lotion to dry and protect the blistering area.
A clean cotton tee shirt to cover the area. The wound area does shed the chicken pox virus for several days.

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@covidstinks2023

Praying right now. I've heard shingles are so painful. I personally don't think throwing your back out caused shingles, but, I am not a doctor. God Bless You Greatly!

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It’s a pain like no other, including labor! I have only been able to get about 2-3 hours of sleep per day/night for over a week because of the pain. I’m pretty much completely blistered over at this point. I’ve been using calamine lotion and was prescribed an antiviral medication. Also taking acetaminophen and ibuprofen. I appreciate your blessings. I’ve prayed for relief many, many times this week.

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Why is amitriptyline prescribed for shingles?
Amitriptyline is an old medicine, originally used at high doses (75-150 mg) to treat depression but now used at low dose for nerve pain. A small study published in 1997 suggested that taking a low dose (25 mg) of amitriptyline early on may help prevent post-herpetic neuralgia.

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@springer1961

Why is amitriptyline prescribed for shingles?
Amitriptyline is an old medicine, originally used at high doses (75-150 mg) to treat depression but now used at low dose for nerve pain. A small study published in 1997 suggested that taking a low dose (25 mg) of amitriptyline early on may help prevent post-herpetic neuralgia.

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It is also given in low dose for IBS patients. It has helped some friends of mine greatly.

My guess is that it boosts the Serotonin level in the brain and it effects your mood which could help with pain. Just a guess.

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Since shingles run along a nerve, it absolutely could have been triggered by a back issue.

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