Can Shingles Pain Mirror On The Left Side Despite Being On Gabapentin?
Just today he noticed the pain seems to be mirroring on his left side. Is this typical?
He is under our general practitioner's care currently. Do you recommend that he see a neurologist ?
Continue Gabapentin as prescribed
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Shingles usually affect only one side of the body and do not cross the midline. However, the neuralgia pain associated with shingles can affect the opposite side too, due to referred pain.
It does not mean that the opposite side is having another shingles outbreak. Please continue Gabapentin as prescribed. The post-herpetic neuralgia will subside in about 3 months. He can also use capsaicin patch or cream.on the area of pain.
You do not need to follow up with a neurologist at this point.
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