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It is now a year since I started a thread re edema with PHN which my father was experiencing. Sadly my father passed just before Christmas, largely to the edema, the reason for which was never established by all his doctors. I do believe it was from his medications as many of them do have edema as a side effect and he certainly didn't have it before he contracted shingles 2 years ago. Anyway, at 92 he is now at peace after enduring severe pain for those two years. After reading about so many of your stories and experiences with PRN I thought I would "put it our there" that my sister was doing some research about the benefits of using a topical treatment of peppermint oil which has resulted in near immediate improvement in shingles-related pain, with the results lasting for two months of follow-up treatment. I don't know if anyone has tried it, however, I know how desperate one can get with this awful condition.
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