Returning to work after shingles
I was diagnosed with shingles a little over two months ago and I am still having pain. Most of the rash is gone although my eyebrow still has a little red in it and is sore. The problem is that I am still in pain. I have a burning pain in my eyebrow and right above it. It is constant and seems like nothing helps it. I take percocet and that barely does anything but makes me feel drugged out. I am currenlty on Neurontin but only 600 milligrams and my doctor said that I need to be on 900 milligrams for pain relief, so we will see but so far no pain relief. I am supposed to return to work, but don't feel I am able to do to the pain. I keep postponing returning to work because I feel unable to work right now. The people at work don't understand the pain I am in. I was wondering how long it took for other people to be able to return to work? I just can't see returning till I have the pain under better control. I am so depressed right now as the pain is unbearable at times it just burns so bad and it is hard for people to understand that haven't been through it. One day I was perfectly healthy and active and now I feel completely disabled due to this. Sometimes I just break down in tears as I feel the pain is so bad. The doctors don't know anything either. They say the pain can last months or longer and they don't know why some people get the post shingles pain and others don't. I thought I did everything I could like getting to the doctor pretty quickly and taking the Antivirals. In fact I took antivirals for two weeks by my choice. Anyways thanks for letting me vent.
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