My husband had shingles after he started symptoms of neuropathy but I told him it was in his system so I feel it helped starting the neuropathy sooner. He had a serious bout with it. He was given something but I did not remember what. He was in awful pain and had it for several months. I rubbed him with Avenno every night. After pain had gone he mostly itched. It was several months again before he asked me to stop with the Avenno. He still feels some pain once in a while and still asks me to scratch his back, but remember his was really bad. The main thing is seeing a doctor who decides what to give you other than pain pills.