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Oct 19, 2017 · Shingles relief in Skin Health

She didn’t really say, but I hoped it would start working soon. I figured it would take a few days though. I’ve only taken it 2 days, so hopefully by the weekend I feel some results. I wish I knew how long before they start getting better.

Oct 18, 2017 · Shingles relief in Skin Health

Correction: Had an X-ray!

Oct 18, 2017 · Shingles relief in Skin Health

I’ve been diagnosed with shingles. I did not break out with sores or have a rash. I have stabbing pain in my upper back and right shoulder, headaches, muscle aches, itching, nausea, chills and am very tired. The Dr. prescribed prednisone which I have been on for a week. That doesn’t seem to be working. I just had an extra which revealed mild osteoarthritis in my shoulder which I already knew about and degeneration in my spine. She didn’t think that would be the cause of the pain I was having. I started on gabapentin yesterday. I had the shingles shot 2 years ago and the Dr. thinks that is why I do not have a more severe case. I have been taking hydrocodone to help with the pain, but I do not want to take this long term. Any suggestions are welcome. Oh yes, I also went to the chiropractor, but found no relief there.

Jun 27, 2017 · Chronic Pain members - Welcome, please introduce yourself in Chronic Pain

Thanks for update on the Biotene.

Jun 27, 2017 · Chronic Pain members - Welcome, please introduce yourself in Chronic Pain

Flashing lights really bother me as well. I actually had to change churches because they started using them at the one I used to attend. And I have to shield my eyes going across some bridges when the sun flashes through. Don’t worry, I’m always being safe if I’m driving! The barometric changes are a big trigger for me. I haven’t noticed onions, but will keep that in the back of my mind as a possibility. I’m always looking for what might be a cause so I can avoid it in the future.

Jun 26, 2017 · Chronic Pain members - Welcome, please introduce yourself in Chronic Pain

Thanks for the Biotene tip. I’ve never heard that before, but will get some. I do use Stevia now, that or Truvia. I do try to avoid strong odors. Other causes I’ve heard of are red wine, aged cheese, chocolate and deli meats with nitrates (I get Boar’s Head – they don’t have nitrates). Also I’ve read getting enough sleep and staying hydrated is important. I’m having a problem with the sleeping part lately, so started taking Melatonin a half hour before going to bed. It helps going to sleep, but not staying there!

Jun 26, 2017 · Chronic Pain members - Welcome, please introduce yourself in Chronic Pain

Good to know about sour cream as something to avoid; although I don’t use it very often. Thanks for the Biotene tip. Worth a try. Haven’t heard that before.

Jun 26, 2017 · Chronic Pain members - Welcome, please introduce yourself in Chronic Pain

Caffeine does not trigger migraines for me that I know of. I don’t care for coffee, never have. I rarely drink a cola. I do drink black tea occasionally, but not enough that I think the lack of caffeine is the cause of my migraines in the am.
My Dr prescribed a beta blocker many years ago as a preventative. My blood pressure has never been an issue. Going through menopause did not make my migraines any better (or worse).