ny bro. had severe shingles around the trunk. left with residual severe, severe pain. now using patch to have a 'spot' to lay on to 'try' to sleep. A friend in the medical profession told us of a drug called KUTAPRESSIN and has an 85% cure rate. If it cures you...no more pain 'cause no more disease! Please inquire and read up on it, etc....don't just 'ask' your doc...get informed! God bless you!