I had shingles April of 2008 in my right eyebrow and the right side of my scalp & head. I have had PHN ever since. I was on Gabapentin, which did nothing for the pain and I had terrible withdrawal effects coming off and still have some residual withdrawal symptoms 4 months later. My pain was getting better since about June, to the point I have been taking nothing for pain at all. I still had some soreness on the right side of my head, but it was alot better. Now, all of the sudden this past week the unbearable pain is back. I thought the shingles might be coming back, but I have no rash. I am under some stress right now with work, but I am not sure that this could trigger this pain. I am at the point now that I am considering another medication, which after my experience with Gabapentin I am very leary of medication. I do have a script filled for Savella which is a new medicine for Fibromyalgia Nerve pain. I never started it because my pain was getting better. Does anyone know why shingles pain would be getting better and then all of the sudden get really bad again. I am so depressed right now and feell like if this continues I will have to take another leave from my Job. I really can't stand living this way, as I have no quality of life right now.
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