I have suffered from PHN now for around 8 Years,I feel t...

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I have suffered from PHN now for around 8 Years,I feel the pain now constantly at a low level even when in bed. The pain increases with stress or at the end of the working day (i work in the plastic toolmaking industry). Every evening the only way I can get relief from the pain is to wear no clothing above the waist and sit or lay under a quilt from the bed which I hold away from my body in order to keep the affected area warm.

I take Dihydrocodein and Citalopram daily. Although you state that antidepressants are only for the pain I find without them I get very depressed due to the constant pain on a daily basis. I can honestly say after the last 8 years that PHN has ruined my life and is the deciding factor on what I can do with my time away from work.

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    Welcome to my world. Lyrics and rhyzolt. Is the best combo. Twice a day!
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    Welcome to my world. Lyrics and rhyzolt. Is the best combo. Twice a day!
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      I'm in your world! I take Gabapentin ands tramadol during the day, Elavil and clonazapam with the gabapentin at night. Still doesn't take away the pain, just helps me deal with it I guess. Is the lyrica better? What is Rhyzolt??
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    I am an 80 year male and have suffered from PHN for two years. The affected area extends from my right nipple, under my armpit and across my back to my spine. Anything touching the area lightly sets off severe pain as if I am being stabbed repeatedly with a needle together with a prickly pain as if I had dried thistles under my shirt.

    I have tried all the usual painkillers and ointments non of which gave much relief but about six months ago a friend suggested that I try a compression vest. Following a lot of experimentation I eventually found a solution which has been a lifesaver to me. I am now able to do the shopping and go for walks etc. without much pain.

    If you, or any other sufferers, are interested please email me and I will give you further details.

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      Yes, I use a compression sleeve on my knee area and one on my ankle. Otherwise, I couldn't wear anything on my leg because of the pain. So it does help you function even if in a limited manner.
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    I know exactly how you feel.  It is a horrible life altering afliction that robs you of your ability to function in life and impacts your relationships so greatly.  It is hard to struggle with something that you know will not kill you but with never ending pain.  You try to convince your brain that the pain has no basis but that doesn't help.   jim
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