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Anyone who has PHN would likely have endured to some degree, the acute pain to some degree during this phase of the virus. I hope to shed some light on understanding this key phase in which I believe most of the nerve damage to the dorsal root ganglion takes place. After feeling the annoyance of the shingles rash for about two weeks I thought the worst was over. It was about to get far more ugly. For the next 7/8 days every 90 minutes or so a debilitating pain would start on my left torso where the rash had been. From front to back along a six inch swath between sternum and navel. The pain would move along these nerves. Starting in front at heart level the excruciating pain would begin and then move to the left side then back to the spine. Holding in each spot for 8/10 seconds before moving to the next. Hitting each of these three spots about 90 minutes apart. One out of every five attacks the pain would move from front to side to back and reverse around to where it began. These attacks would last a total of 40/50 seconds making them even longer and more brutal. All of which would be spent holding ones breath and clenching the entire body to keep from screaming in agony. The
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