Shingles: Prevention is the way to go
But obstacles include vaccine cost, Medicare reimbursement policies, and vaccine shortages.
Shingles can be a painful rash that goes away after a few weeks — no fun, but manageable. Or it can be hellish.
"Horrible" and "excruciating" is how some people describe postherpetic neuralgia, the painful aftermath that develops after the initial rash phase in about 10% to 20% of shingles cases. Postherpetic neuralgia pain is hard to predict. It can last for months, even years. Yet it can also end abruptly (and mercifully) for no apparent reason.