Posted , 5 users are following.
There is not a lot of info about what the 'healing' pattern or process is actually like so thought I would add some words. Male 66 got an itch in back one day which progressed to level 10 pain upper back within 24 hours - thought it was facet joint dysfunction but doctor said 'shingles' and started antiviral within 48 hours. A very bad prodromal pain (ie starting pain). Rash from back to breast started after three days. Rash was extensive but not blistering. Pain was unbearable and on antivirals and lyrica 3-600mg a day. It took me 3 months (12 weeks) to feel I could decrease dose (weeks 10 and 11) and come off lyrica at week 12-13. I am currently at start of week 17. So I have PHN which is allodynia (ie hypersesnitibity) on breast and around that area to back. The pain gradually - I mean very very imperceptibly - gets better and it is as if the dial of symptoms gets turned down but it is all still there. At weeks 14-17 the pain went from about 5 to 1 and now I am at .5 on pain scale so very very tolerable. It is almost impossible to understand how slowly the improvements occur until you think back each two weeks and realise it isn't as bad as it was. I may be looking at another 4-6 weeks for a 'no symptom' scenario or result but feel some residenual numbness is inevitable. So the lesson is it is unlikely one just wakes up and it is gone!! The secret is to slowly get your pain dosage down and expect that the older you are the longer it takes. 6-12 months for PHN when you are in your 60's is 'normal' so don't lose heart.
1 like, 13 replies