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I've been suffering from shingles for 3 months now. I never developed a rash. But I have burning and pain. Is this normal with shingles? My dr said it's postherpetic neuralgia. Need some advice for comfort

By Anonymous October 3, 2017 - 10:32am
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Hello Anon

Thank you for writing and I'm sorry you are dealing with this kind of discomfort.

Taking antiviral medications before PHN develops is the most effective way to reduce its severity.

A variety of other treatments are available:

Tricyclic antidepressants (may also treat shingles)
An SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) may also be prescribed.
Lidoderm patch—a transdermal form of lidocaine (local anesthetic)
Gabapentin —an anti-seizure medication (also treats PHN)
Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)—a device that generates low-level pulses of electrical current on the skin's surface
Nerve blocks—injections near nerves to provide temporary pain relief (used as a last resort)

Anon, have your tried any of these methods?

October 3, 2017 - 1:44pm
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