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A 35-year-old female asked:

Can shingles give you bad headache? my face bones/teeth hurt. no infection or teeth issues. jaw hurts. pain eases some laying down on back/rightside.

4 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Shingles: If shingles involves your face it can cause a great deal of pain. Have you actually been formally diagnosed with shingles? If not please seek evaluation. If you have, you might need more potent pain medication. Contact your provider.
Dr. Robert Killian
General Practice 28 years experience
Shingles hurts....: Yes. Absolutely. I can see you are on valtrex (valacyclovir). If the pain is unbearable you may want to ask for something stronger to help you get through this healing that is to come.
Dr. David Rosenfeld
Pain Management 27 years experience
See below: I agree with dr. Killian. Shingles can hurt. Continue the valtrex. There are several medications for "nerve pain" that may help (lyrica (pregabalin) and gralise).
Dr. Kiley Reynolds
Pain Management 26 years experience
Neuropathic Pain: I routine advise the use of neuropathic pain medications during the treatment of shingles which helps decrease the incidence of post herpetic neuralgias. Gabapentin is still the most inexpensive, but the newer formulations Gralise (long acting) and Lyrica (pregabalin) work well also.

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