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.