Cryotherapy or Cryoanalgesia

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Has anyone tried or heard about Cryotherapy or Cryoanalgesia. I read one report about very effective use of freezing on the affected nerve pathways, but can't find anyone in the UK who offers it for PHN.

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    Hi John:

    I asked about procedures re: freezing or burning to try to destroy the faulty nerve pathways.  Was told there is a method re: thermal destruction but it is radical and only used on terminal patients.  Also told by an ocologist perhaps radiation treatment to destroy the nerves.  Havent heard of freezing.  These methods are so extreme the medical community doesn't really want to go there.  For people in pain - one will try anything when desparate.  j

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      I tried cryotherapy to freeze the nerve connection. It didn't help at all. It didn't do any harm either.

      I saw my neurologist yesterday and asked him about marijuana, but you have to be at death's door to get it where I live. He thought it would be worth a try.

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      I take cesamet which is a artificial marijuana like drug - but doesn't have the full range of effects.  I have asked my recent pain specialist if he would prescribe medical marijuana along with a number of other options including prednisone which I found did actually help with pain management.  I am still waiting for a reply from my Jan letter to him.
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      Hi Jim,

      This is the research I was referring to. The nerve is not frozen but controlled "cold" applied. What do you think? 

      john86790

      http://www.researchgate.net/publication/51149542_Cryoanalgesia_for_post-herpetic_neuralgia_a_new_treatment

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      That is very interesting.  In terms of mechanism I had tried bloodletting/acupunture from a chinese MD that practices both types of medicines.  My assumption was impacting the nerves so that they regenerate/change.  It didn't work unfort.   I have had nitrogen cryogenics for dermatology reasons.  If they dont actually kill/freeze the nerve perhaps it is about stressing them and they somehow become more normal.  I am going to take this article to my pain specialist - who still hasn't responded to my letter on other options.  They tend to have their own theories and research avenues which isn't always helpful when it comes to de novo approaches. THANKS.  This is one of the huge benefits of social media and this site.
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    I even contacted this doctor directly to ask if she ever was going to be in the USA or knew of any referalls to doctors who do this in the USA, but she couldn't be of any help.
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    Hi John. Don't know about the cold thing, but I've had PHN 

     for 17 years now and am still on Gabapentin, amitriptyline, Tramadol, and Clonizqpam. This little cocktail helps control the pain somewhat but it's always there. I recently ordered a led deep penetrating light for heat therapy which some have had success with. One more thing to try, so we'll see!

    Patricia

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    Hi John, I just found the same article about Dr Calandria, and am going to see if a dermatologist here in eastern Canada will do it for me. I've had the PHN for 9 yrs....still hoping for a remedy other than the drugs.  How are you now?  Did you find your answer?  Would love to hear!  Charity, NB Canada

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