The initial outbreak of shingles I had was accompanied by viral meningitis which was diagnosed vy a spinal draw and brain scan. It's now been 17 months that i have been challenged with PHN in mid-section area for which I have tried Cymbalta, Lyrica, Vicodin, Tramadol, Gabapentin, acupuncture, Indigo bio-feedback, neural therapy (injections of a procaine-like substance into scars to energetically create anew nerve path), three different procedures to try & identify the nerve in the spine causing the issue. Nothing seems to help, but I must say that if I compare the pain to that of a year ago, it has diminished somewhat - I am grateful for any small improvements! The chronic pain is beginning to wear me down and I feel horribly depressed. Thus, am considering the marijuana. Would appreciate any input. Thanks
1 Jul 2012
If you live in a state where medical marijuana is legal, and it certainly seems you've tried everything else under the sun for your pain, I give trying it a big thumbs up. I know many people it has helped, and you might feel a bit more laid back.
17 Jul 2012
TangoAnn, I say go for it if you can get it ! I have had PHN for 4 years, tried everything and nothing works... that's a lot of pain. I use the hydrocodone as well, when I'm not working. Have you tried Horizant? I'm suppose to start it this Thursday, something new used for restless leg and PHN.Ice packs do give some temporary relief... hang in there.
26 Jan 2014
I have had PHN for 8 years. What works for me is 2-3 motrin and icy hot right on the area. I have it on my right shoulder blade. I have never tried any other drugs for it, don't really like even taking motrin. But when the pain gets unbearable, I take it. Will look into medical marijuana, if it gets legalized, or we move to a state that it is.
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