My doctor diagnosed me with postherpectic neuralgia (I am in extreme pain) but I am having some doubts that's what it is because I never had a rash, I have back pain on both sides of my spine(most of the time it is only on one side), I am 24yrs old and the pain has been going on for 4 months now. I mean the pain I have is like postherpectic neuralgia(burning, tingling, itching and a deep jabbing/aching pain). My doctor has put me on Neurontin and Lidocain patches and it just isn't working. So my question is first of all is does this even sound like the right diagnoses or is there something else this could be? Has anyone else with postherpectic neuralgia experienced pain on both sides of their spine and at such a young age? For people that have had pain as long as I've had, what are the chances it will go away? What are some good treatments that have helped others with the pain of postherpectic neuralgia? Thanks for reading my question and I appreciate any answers.
Does this sound like postherpectic neuralgia?
- 30 Nov 2012 by hunter12316
- 31 December 2012
- pain, back pain, neuralgia, skin rash, doctor
Added 30 Nov 2012:
I also wanted to add my doctor had me on 5-325 Norco for the pain which was helping some if I took 4 a day(2 in the morning and 2 in the afternoon). She flipped out when she heard I was taking that many and took me off of them. She said I should only take them when I am in pain and I said well doctor I am always in pain so doesn't that justify me taking that many? To me if I am a doctor and someone tells me they have to take that many to even notice a slight difference I would say wow this guy really is in pain. So my question is how can I talk to the doctor about getting back on the norco for my pain or something else that helps more with pain, if there is anything?
Welcome to the site.
I have not experienced what you have, but I would like to help.
Postherpetic neuralgia Symptoms
The main symptom is pain in the area where shingles once occurred.
The pain can range from mild to very severe. It may continue, or come and go.
The pain is described as a deep aching, burning, stabbing, or feeling like an electric shock.
People with this pain are very sensitive to touch or temperature changes.
The pain lasts for months or sometimes years after the shingles infection.
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There is no way it is post herpetic neuralgia. Shingles never is on both sides of your body. It follows a nerve path, from your spine around to the front, or vice versa. You would have had some symptoms of shingles even if you didn't have a rash. Did you have chickenpox when you were a child? If not, you don't have a chance of having shingles. Its very odd for someone so young to get shingles unless for some reason they are immunosuppressed. Here is a web site for you to get armed with all the info, then go to your dr. If he argues with it, I'd find another dr. Arguing with the mayo clinic is foolish. You could print it out and take it along.
Hi there, i have post-herpetic neuralgia pain, i have had mine for 3ys after having the shingle virus. and i did have a rash with that. you should be referred to a pain clinic at your local hospital. i have tried the lidocaine patches but the do not help me. i have the pain on my right back right hip, and right groin it never goes away. but the was cream that my doc gave me at the hospital, you should try it. it is very good its called capsaicin and it numbs the pain completely. u can use this 4 times a day. it contains mustard. but i can not use this either as it affects my asthma with the fumes. ask your gp about trying this cream it may help you. best wishes.
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