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: Pianogal, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 20

I suffer from PHN, it is so painful! I am taking gabapentin but there is still pain and the medication makes me drowsy. The pain is so debilitating. I am also a heart patient with a mitral metal valve and a defibrillator. Cool showers help for a while but there seems to be nothing available to help us.

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Comment from: pianogal, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 26

I have postherpetic neuralgia (PHN). I am a heart patient with a defibrillator and a mitral metal valve. I have suffered for approximately 5 months. The nerve pain has subsided but the itching hasn"t. I went to my primary physician yesterday and asked for medication (Elavil) 5mgs. Gabapentin has done nothing, I wonder why the itching increases upon waking in the morning.

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