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I had shingles in march 06 . I have a stressful job and busy life. I got acyclovir within 24hours and took time off owrk. AT times my pain was controlled with paracetamol and codeine however aftr 3months thiings were not significantly better so i tried amitryptaline, unfortunately this made me very drowsy. i had 3 sessions of accupuncture which didn't help. Then my Gp tried me on gabapentin. this helped enormously although i owuld still have bad days, recently the gabapentin stopped working despite being at maximum dose . For the last 2 months I have been using lidocaine patches these together with a cognitive behavoiural therpay approach to pain really helps. I would urge anyone with PHN to go to their GP try different medication and alos look at CBT.
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