Shingles Update – pain is manageable with correct medications!
So I made it over to see my physician, Dr. Albert Ahn, on Monday.
At first he didn’t believe that I had shingles on my sciatic nerve. Until he saw the pox.
Because I caught it early, he put me on 1 gram of Valtrex 3x a day, 100-300mg of neurontin 3x a day, and an acyclovir ointment up to 5x a day. Plus naproxyn and benadryl as needed.
I started at 100mg of neurontin, but that was not enough. 200mg does the trick. Am I a little fuzzy? Yes! But not too fuzzy to work.
My problem is that when I feel better on the meds I sometimes push myself. Friday I decided to demonstrate a single upside down push up on the Wunda Chair, and the moment I got off the chair I felt the pain down my leg.
On a side note, I am amazed at how much the meds cost. Seriously, I pain $100 with my insurance for these meds. Worst part? It was the ointment that was a $60 co-pay. The medication that is the least important for stopping the virus, but the most important for my personal comfort. If I didn’t have the money, I would have not gotten the ointment and would be much less comfortable.
The rash is much better this week, but pain is still there. Hopefully just another week and things will be back to normal. I miss exercising.