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pac

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Hi im writing on behalf of my 15 year old son who was diagnosed with shingles in his ear that left him with hypersensitive hearing. Any loud noise at all is extremely painful to him and is not able to attend school. It is socially very isolating for him and naturally i am concerned uf it will ever get better. He is on lyrica twice a day
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Paulbe

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Has he been treated medically for the shingles themselves?
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pac

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Yes he had intermittent severe stabbing pains as well as the sensitive hearing and a constant dull ache. The ENT specialist prescribed him the acyclovir course of treatment for five days four days after the severe pain started.
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Paulbe

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I can recall a post on one of the forums where someone claimed that treatment for herpetic infection actually fixed his ear sensitivity.  I'm sorry I don't know any more about it but it seems one of those anomalies that people report from time to time on forums.  It may be that your son's hearing issues may settle as the post-inflammatory process dies down.  Time is still on his side.
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pac

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Hopefully but unfortunately the longer it goes on the more concerned i am that it may not go at all. He is in his exam year at school and is becoming socially isolated. I am arranging a tutor to come into him at home as a short term solution. The diagnosis of shingles came from the neurologist also but solely on his pain description and pattern etc.
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Paulbe

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Did he have obvious rash or lesions visible around his neck and/or cheek on that side?  15 is very young for shingles, although certainly not impossible. 

Has he had Chicken pox in the past?

http://www.pennmedicine.org/encyclopedia/em_PrintArticle.aspx?gcid=000858

This link gives a pretty good run-down of what Shingles/Zoster infection is about, if its any help.  The Ramsay-Hunt syndrome link may offer some explanation of what could be going on ear-wise.  I'm certainly not saying its that, that's for the Neurologist to consider, but it does demonstrate how ear involvement can occur with Zoster infection.
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pac

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Yes he had chicken pox. The neurologist diagnosed shingles
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lird12

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I am wondering if Lyrica helps with his sound sensitivity? Thank you
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pac

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not really it helps the pain in his ear though
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pgfairy

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I don't think this is a very popular treatment in some countries but when I had neuralgic pain associated with shingles the doctor gave me amitriptyline at a low dose and that was extremely helpful in decreasing my pain symptoms. If the Lyrica isn't interrupting the pain enough to decrease the sound sensitivity another antidepressant like amitrityline might be worth suggesting? 
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pac

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thanks gffairy
i have heard of amitryptilline but hes been started on topamax so hopefully it might be effective.
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