My 97-year-old mom has a shingles outbreak in her arm and the pain is still unbearable after 5 weeks. She calls out every 2-3 mins if not medicated. she is not eating except for small bites with pain pills every 4-5 hours and then sleeps. I can get her to drink protein drinks and protein juice. We've tried everything I can think of - narcotics, medical marajuana, lidocaine patch, capzasin cream, one treatment of accupuncture and sedatives. nothing helps. she is a DNR. should we consider hospice? or is it too soon. How long can a person sleep, eat very little and live in this horrid pain every WAKING minute? I love her so much. It just is tearing my heart out. Does anyone have experience with shingles that can give me hope, help or a plan if nothing helps? Can she take another round of acyclovir? It helped initally. How about steroids, like prednisone? Our Dr. hasn't seen her in a few weeks and she's really too frail to spend hours at the office waiting to see him. ANY helo would be so appreciated. as will your prayers.