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I have PHN on my left ear and left side of entire scalp. I don't know if anyone shares this experience but I get flares, several times I day where the area where I had shingles begins to burn and I feel a need to touch it and when I do the pain goes to other areas where i have had the shingles. Someone gave me the idea of having a bead necklace and whenever I get the urge to touch the area I touch a bead instead. I roll it in my hand to fight the pain and I focus on a part of my body that is not painful(like the palms of my hands). I count to 4 to myself and just breathe. I have found it does help with that insatiable need to touch the nerve pain area. Only those of us who have it would understand. Please let me know if this happens to you. This is just an idea but it has helped a bit. It may be worth a try!
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