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Hi, I'm in my mid 40s.... Had a wicked bout of Shingles down my right arm in sept 2008 (I'm also right handed, if that ain't part of the joke.). I had the pain about a month before any rash appeared. I swore I had a pinched nerve, so I was seeing a chiropractor... Man I had this guy stumped... nothing he was doing worked. Hell, he put me in one of those traction machines that yanks on your neck. After 3 weeks of torture from the chiropractor?, I finally started getting a rash. Blisters on my forearm, fingers, and palm. Finally diagnosed I was in absolute agony... The rash cleared up after about 3 weeks... but the pain has remained ever since... I've been taking Gabapentin or Lyrica... I can't take Cymbalta... I suffer Serotonin? Syndrome when given SSRI or SNRI antidepressants?. Elavil... and don't forget the freakin narcotics.... Those were pure evil.
The pain clinic I was going too, told me that I'll probably have this the rest of my life.... that it self is utterly depressing...
?For the last 5 years, I've been taking methadone, Gabapentin?, and Elavil and it works enough to get me through a day. Some days are tolerable... and some days really, really suck.
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