When is shingles pain the worst?
March 4, 2013 2:22 PM Subscribe
I was diagnosed with shingles yesterday, with the first symptoms appearing 4-5 days ago. I have 14 Vicodin, and probably won't get more. When should I take them?
posted by jewzilla to health & fitness (19 answers total)
Right now the pain is annoying but mostly tolerable. I'm told it can become extremely bad, but varies from person to person. I'm a 37-year old male. Tylenol or Aspirin helps some, but Vicodin kils 100% of the pain. I'm trying to figure out if I should spread out the Vicodin evenly through the rest of the course of the disease (10ish days?) or save it for later if the pain will get worse then.
Last night I was able to get about 6 hours of sleep with just Tylenol. I'm told the pain is worse in the second week. Maybe I'll need all the Vicodin just to get through the night?
What was your experience? How was the pain distributed over time?