My wife has had Post Herpetic Neuralgia (residual pain from Shingles) for 7 years now. It is a terrible pain - every afternoon she suffers so much she cries. We have tried MD after MD, nutritionist, etc., for answers.
OK, the latest treatment was to be Intercostal nerve block injections, to stop the pain through the nerves.
So, Thursday morning, we went in for the injections, which leave a pain residual. About 4:00 am Friday, she awoke me in absolutely terrible pain, short of breath, just short of screaming.
Off to the ER, where they diagnosed that the needle from the injection had penetrated and deflated the lung - a pneumo thorax.
Tube in the lung, night in the hospital and home this afternoon.
Meantime, my very painful trigeminal neuralgia is not responding to the medication, and I can hardly chew, and I have developed as acute inflammation of my Achilles Tendon, and every step is a literal pain.
Anyway, the moral of the story:
GET YOUR SHINGLES VACCINE SHOT. They now recommend it down to age 50 (CDC). Shingles is possible for anyone who has had Chickenpox - lots and lots of people. It works for about 50%, and reduces the severity for most of the rest, (It wasn't available when my wife (and I) had Shingles)