I am having serious trouble with PHN. I am 31 y/o, have panic disorder and on many medications already, but I am having what is certainly the worst pain of my life. My ophthalmic nerve was involved with the shingles and, as you know, it is such an intense and unique burning pain. I have a strong background in medicine and pharmacology, so I know what drugs will have bad interactions with my current anxiety medicine. So my question is if anyone has had success with medication that ISN'T Gabapentin, any tricyclic antidepressant, tramadol, or capsaicin? I am taking Vicodin 5/500 now for breakthrough pain, but no relief for the constant pain and the Vicodin only takes the pain down to a somewhat tolerable level. I truly am in agony and wondered if anyone had success with other painkillers or other medications than the ones listed I cannot take? Thank you
Well, I know that Vicodin helps moderate pain but not costant relief, I would try using a duragesic patch which delivers relief around the clock. It is a slow release recipe for those in need of real relief. If your dr, won't prescribe it I would take it to the next level and that would be Percocet or OxyContin. Good luck to u
I suffered severe PHN in my left ribcage for 10 years and was put on tons of meds, most of which did nothing to stop the burning pain. Finally, I was referred to a pain management specialist/anesthesiologist, who performed a series of nerve blocks near my spine, which were called "intercostal nerve blocks". There are several other types of nerve blocks like this for different regions of the body. These injections completely cured my pain after only 2 months & 3 injections. No more pills! No more pain! Please look into having a nerve block performed!!! The relief is amazing!
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