Postherpetic Neuralgia - Symptoms and Signs

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What are postherpetic neuralgia symptoms and signs?

The main symptom is pain. The pain can be severe (allodynia); patients describe the pain as burning, sharp, jabbing, deep, and aching. Often, the patient feels increased pain when any pressure, even clothing, touches the area. Some patients describe itchy skin and weakness or paralysis of the area.

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Comment from: owlish, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 06

I got over the shingles fine, it was on my head, on the right side. However, it was followed by the worst case of sciatica I have ever had, in my right leg, from my buttock to my ankle and even my toes. I thought it was just a coincidence. But it continued to get worse. Then I discovered ice, which seemed to reduce the pain enough so I could sleep at night, and I took coated aspirin, four 81 mg tablets every 4 hours. The pain lingered, and then it seemed to be getting better and I could walk again without pain. But I noted with surprise that I suddenly had allodynia (hypersensitivity to touch, with a fiery pain resulting) in my upper leg at the top of my thigh, right side. Clearly, what I thought was really bad sciatica was postherpetic neuralgia (PHN). It's getting slowly better, but I am surprised, since I thought the pain if I got PHN would be on my head, where I had the rash. Nope.

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Comment from: Katy, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 29

I have had PHN (postherpetic neuralgia) for twelve years down the right side of face/head. I have had acupuncture at different sources and have tried lots and lots of painkillers. The pain is constant and even a slight breeze lifting my hair is painful. Washing my hair or having it cut is painful. I sleep with the bed covers under my armpit to avoid them touching me. The itching in the morning only makes it sorer. I really feel for anyone else that is suffering from this awful condition.

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