So I asked one of my friends last night what she knew about shingles, and just as we were getting off the phone, she added, “Sambucol is good for shingles, by the way. It boosts your immune system.” (Sambucol is the elderberry extract I’m always plugging for respiratory illness.)

A little bell went off. See, I couldn’t figure out why the pain got so much worse after being okay for the first two weeks after surgery – it hit me that I’d been taking Sambucol for an impending cold that whole time. The pain got much worse after I stopped taking it.

So I started taking it again last night. I slept through the night for the first time in a week, and more important, the pain is much better today. There’s still pain, but it’s not as intense. It’s bearable. Very, very interesting.

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