I was diagnosed with shingles two weeks ago. I have it in my right eyebrow and a few spots in my hairline area. I took Valtrex and it must have helped because from the time I started taking it I got no new spots. I went back to my doctor today and she says that sometimes the pain can last for a few months. I am in horrible pain today and although overall my pain is better than last week I can't stand it sometimes. I can't work or really do much right now because of the pain. I was wondering how you know if your going to have PHN and what has helped others with the pain? I have been taking percocet when it is very bad, but that makes me feel drugged out and barely helps. My doctor gave me neurontin, which I haven't taken yet and I am a little frightened of the side effects. I was wondering if anyone has tried Cymbalta? It is an antidepressant that is supposed to help with pain. I have been very depressed over the past two weeks and crying alot from the pain. I just pray that it goes away as it is unbearable at times right now. I am very glad that I found this support group as it helps to know that you are not alone, because I think it is hard for people that haven't had the shingles to understand the pain.
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