I have been having cold sore attacks since I can't remember, and fortunately do not have many, but mostly when I have had too much sun or too much alcohol, and usually they are on my lips but not too bad, on the initial tingle I will immediately start to apply Zovirax and within a week the are well on the way to healing. Usually the attack will happen in my sleep and I will wake up with pain in my scalp and all down one side of my face the skin will be very tender but only when first touched, it feels like I've been slugged in the face and most times I don't even realise that it is the onset of an attack until later the lip tingle starts. sometimes, as in my latest attack I get the facial/scalp attack with no lip sores. Is this a common symptom or am I unique, my mother suffered an attack of gullien bahr syndrome(sic) from which she fully recovered. any info would help. Ta.