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Shingles

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  • Posted By: candice
  • July 30, 2008
  • 08:23 PM

Hi, I've just been diagnosed with Shingles but my doctor did not give me an anti-viral prescription. Is it because it's not that severe? The rashes are located just on my left leg. He did ask me if I have insurance beforehand (I do not), is this why he didn't prescribe me the drugs? Are anti-viral drugs expensive?

Before the rashes, I had excruciating "nerve pain" which lasts about 2-3 secs on my left thigh, but comes and go. Today subsided a bit (from a pain scale of 8/10 down to 6-7), but I am worried that even after the rashes are gone, I will still experience this pain.

I've read somewhere about "postherpetic neuralgia" and how it can be avoided if I take anti-viral drugs earlier (like within 3 days after the first rash appearance). It's day 2 now, and I'm wondering if I should ask for a prescription from my doc.

I am really worried since I am only 27, and I enjoy sports, biking, etc. and won't be able to do those things if I experience such pain in the future.

Advice, anyone?

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  • I've had the pain for years; they can prescribe meds for the pain and an anti-viral. Little Gal, find a new doctor with feelings..that's all I can say. Now, what I did was life changing. I took homeopathic small pox, Variolinum; I took the advice from this site:http://abchomeopathy.com/forum2.php/48945/For shingles accompanied with neuralgia, Variolinum is the best remedy.Take Variolinum 200 (c) two doses every day for three days.Then report (sic, repeat).You can order it from a dependable online source. After years of trying many things, the Variolinum worked and I feel the leg sensations will finally heal.
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies Flag this Response
  • Some Anti Viral medications are expensive; however, your doctor can give you samples or a discount card. I too was recently diagnosed with Shingles. My doctor prescribed Valtrex. He provided me with a discount card and samples. You can also go to Valtrex.com (http://www.valtrex.com/) and get coupons. Good Luck!
    terri1 2 Replies Flag this Response
  • In general anti-virals have been shown to have the most effect on patients older than 50 and that is the recommendation - always treat patients over 50 with antivirals within 3 days of onset. The risk of you having postherpetic neuralgia is very low - in adults under 60years, the risk is about 2%; in patients 60-69 about 6.9%; 70years and older 18.5% risk.With younger patients, the decision to treat depends on severity of the pain and rash and the history of prodromal pain - studies have shown that anti-virals are not very effective on the young. That being said, anti-viral med can be given if the provider choses - especially since there are little adverse effects and the meds are tolerated.One of the issues with not treating younger patients is cost -- the most effective drug is also the most expensive (a couple hundred dollars for the course of treatment). Acyclovir which is significantly cheaper needs to be taken 5 times a day - so that in itself is a problem.Call and talk to your doctor if you have any more questions.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 23, 2008
    • 08:51 PM
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