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Have CKD4 along with Proteinuria.

I have Shingled which I believe has caused my RSD/CRPS to come back after being dormant for 15 years. It feels exactly as it did 15 years ago. My Dr. just insists it is Shingles pain that I am feeling. The Dr who treated me then retired and no way to get his records.

Tried low dose (300mg) Gagapentin, Lyrica, Hydrocodone, and simbalta with no pain relief. Skin on left quadrant chest and around under arm to back sensitve to touch. Left arm painful down to fingers.

I fear the meds will exacerbate my ckd so do not know what to take.

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Hi, I use a site called drugs.com to find any information about medications that may be problematic for CKD and other issues I have. Perhaps that site can help you determine what would be beneficial for you to try and help ease your mind.

Best of luck.


I'm sorry to hear that. I had shingles in April and it is quite painful. My breakout is exactly where you described except did not go down arm. Months later, I still get occasional pains and sensitivity in those areas. You are correct, though, in being concerned with medication as it can cause kidney damage. My GFR also dropped dramatically during that time, but then rose back up again after the rash disappeared. I did have the pain about a month before the rash appeared along with a crushing pain in my chest.

Is the doctor you are referring to a kidney specialist or a GP? I discussed treatment with my nephrologist at the time and found a medicine that I could take, but it was an a tifungal rather than pain killer. You might try britishhomeopathic.org/char... for suggestions, but as always, consult your doctor before taking any supplements.

I hope you find a solution soon. Let us know if you find something that works. I have a feeling I will be dealing with another attack somewhere down the road since I still have some nerve damage.


I'm not sure if this will help at this point but there is a new vaccine coming out soon called Shinglex. While the "old" shot was about 60% effective this one is about 94% effective. My PCP told me about it and will let me know as soon as its available and of course I'll pass along that information when I get it.


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