i.e, Has anyone's doctor had any answer to that? Has anyone found anything other than drugs that help the pain?
I'm wondering if anyone has any idea how long PHN usually hangs on before it runs its course?
Added 4 Nov 2010:
Hi all, I haven't figured out how to delete questions, but this has been online for quite a while, so if someone out there can tell me how to delete the question, that would be great. Meanwhile, the simple answer seems to be that no-one (doctors included) know: it varies from person to person. One must wait it out and see.
Thanks to all who replied.
My mother has had PHN after having shingles almost two years ago! It is so painful for her she can't even stand the slightest touch. Her doctor has no answer as to how long it will last. Some meds help alittle. She takes lyrica, hydrocodone, a sleeping pill, and uses the lidocaine patch, and ibuprofen seems to help. She went to a pain management clinic but did not get much relief. The pain is so severe that she has trouble walking.She said the only time it does not hurt is when she is asleep. Sometime I think that it will never go away! We pray every day that it will. I hope and pray yours does also. I hope this answered a few of your questions.
I am going into my fourth year with PHN. I am now trying accupuncture, have had three treatments and have found some relief. This Dr. Yang does it a different way than just sticking needles in you. He used 23 needles just in my back, seven in my ear, ect. These are then hooked up to a machine and you can feel them working. The only problem is that Medicare does not cover these treatments, so I am limited financially as to how many I can afford, as they are not cheap.
Hi all... I've had PHN for a year. Every site/doctor I have spoken to says it can last months or years, no one gives a specific amount of time. I have also tried to find this answer with no luck. I have tried Topamax, Lyrica, Carbatrol and Carbatrol + Baclofen to ease pain, but none have worked. The only thing that sometimes takes the edge off is Percocet, but it makes me so sick that usually I'm sobbing by the time I take it. Acupuncture didn't work, neither did Lidocaine cream. I don't know if Capsaicin/Qtenza patch would work, only since my PHN has moved to my face and is in/near my eye. I'd love answers, too!
As all of my doctors have told me-"you just have to wait til it goes away"- 3mos, 6mos, yrs... I had shingles mid March, which became PHN- and as we all know, the pain is awful. I have tried all kinds of meds,vitamins,accupunture, and alot of prayers. Right now is month 5- and thankfully I have reached a kind of plateau. My affected area is my right eye(which is still being treated for the shingles virus),right forehead and that triangle back to the top/back of my head. I am taking Lyrica 175mg tid,Lycine 500mg daily,Biotic vit daily, B12 sl bid,Vit b stress comples daily,Nucynta 50mg bid for pain(which I am weaning off of),Elavil 5mg hs... and for the past 2 wks I have actually started to feel like a human being again(YES!) The numbness/pain is there, maybe a level 3, but I can deal with it.
It is the first time in 5 mos that I think there might be a light at the end of the tunnel! After being off work for 5 mos- I anticipate going back, hopefully in the next few months... a first for me. So there is my answer-as I am sure everyone has there own story..thanks for listening cj PS.I forgot to add my topical mixture I put on my forehead/"hot spots"- it is a mixture of ketaphen,lidocaine,neurontin and clonipine-works wonders.
I took myself off all drugs as the side affects were not worth it. My doctor put me on a vegan diet & I take immune support supplements. PHN happens because of a break down of your immune system. Build up your immune system & it will suppress the virus. Get rid of stress in your life too! The drugs will only damage your body even more long term. Find a naturopathic who will work with you. It’s hard work but worth it..
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