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The ER diagnosed my husband with shingles. he had severe, appendicitis-type pain. (Thursday) He was feeling better. Then he woke up at 2:00pm with his pain the worst it's been. he has no rash and no fever. He uses advil, tylenol biofreeze and ice.

By Anonymous May 9, 2016 - 1:24am
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what can i do to ease his symptoms? he refuses to go in for a second opinion.

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Hi Anon!

Thanks for your post!

I'm sorry to read your husband has shingles - from what I gather, they can be enormously painful.

Shingles cannot be cured. Treatment is focused on:

Easing symptoms
Speeding recovery
Preventing PHN
Itch and Pain Relief

Itching may be relieved by:
Calamine lotion
Wet compresses
Frequent oatmeal baths

Over-the-counter pain relievers:
Oral medications like acetaminophen (Tylenol) , ibuprofen (Advil) , and naproxen (Aleve)
Capsaicin , a substance from hot peppers (topical)

His doctor may prescribe drugs to relieve pain that doesn't respond to over-the-counter remedies.

Antiviral Drugs
Certain antiviral medications may control shingles by changing how the virus reproduces in nerve cells. They include:

Acyclovir (Zovirax)
Famciclovir (Famvir)
Valacyclovir (Valtrex)

Antiviral therapy may shorten a shingles episode. But he must start it within 48-72 hours after symptoms first develop. These medications can reduce the severity and duration of PHN. They are for patients with the highest risk for this condition (ie, over 55).

His doctor may also prescribe a short course of oral steroid medication (eg, prednisone ) if his immune system is functioning normally.

Anon, you can read more here: http://www.empowher.com/condition/shingles

It's his decision not to seek a second opinion - but if this pain continues, it's not wise to ignore it. There could be another issue going on like appendicitis, pancreatitis or gall stones.

I hope he feels better soon.


May 9, 2016 - 5:56am
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