I thought my shingles were under control and healing, when I got whammed by some serious breakthrough pain today.
After a day of pain misery, I have been told to switch back to Gabapentin from Lyrica. I had only taken four Lyrica pills (it was expensive!) but if it doesn't work, I need to find something that does.
I should still use the Fentanyl 50 mcg patch and the Lidocain 5% patch and have increased to two of three permitted three daily. I may try three tomorrow. I am to add two 5/500 Vicodin and 0.5 Ativan for breakthrough pain.
So far the Vicodin has helped a lot, enough to type at the computer.
I'm going to start the Valacyclovir again, on the theory that I may still have active shingles in my body.
My major concern? That all these narcotics will prevent me from driving or being focused enough to do the things I love. I have an appointment to see Dr Bufi the naturopath tomorrow and would like to make it there and back safely. I suppose this is what the Ritalin is for....