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Postherpetic Neuralgia (Shingles) nerve damage

Brain & Nervous System | Last Active: Apr 3 1:43pm | Replies (118)

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I have had nerve pain in my back and side from the shingles in 2015. I still have it and have tried everything my doctor suggested. Nothing has helped. It is driving me crazy. Anybody have the same problem. I also have had back surgery 2 times. Was successful. Went back to my doctor and he said back was fine. Sent me to the pain clinic for a shot which lasted 2 days. Any ideas would be helpful

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I have had the same post herpetic neuralgia (PHN) nerve pain in the right side of my lower back for nearly two years now. One of my doctors says it will go away in time and the other says it won't! I've tried gabapentin, opioids, TENS, acupuncture, cannabis (CBD), massage, heat and cold, physical therapy, lidocaine, and acetaminophen. Nothing has helped so far. I even did a trial of spinal cord stimulation (SCS). It may have helped a bit; however, when I read online all the pros and cons of SRS, I decided against the permanent version in which leads are inserted along your spinal cord and a battery under your skin. Also, it apparently isn't a permanent solution in which the nerves are healed - it just blocks the nerve signals to the brain.

Like you, I would love to hear from others that have experienced PHN if they ever got over it or if they found a way to relieve the pain.


I tried all those things also except SCS. The lidocaine cream helps a little bit. Like you I am so discussed. My doctor says it will eventually but after 3 1/2 years I am thinking not.

A friend had shingles in early 2018. It has left awful pain in her hand. Lyrica helps her she is still limited in how she can use her hand.

Inquire about a spinal cord stimulator, nerve burning,