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I first had shingles on 10/26/16, and have had PHN in my back and chest since then. I take Gab (down to 1300 mg/day),a prescription NSAID I've been on for 3 years, Asprecreme 3 X daily along with Extra-Strength Tylenol. Like you, I've had terrible stretches of pain, have had to quit work and pace myself. However, I've been slowly improving, but have good days and bad. One thing I truly missed during all this, is my ballroom dancing and private lessons. After also dealing with time-off due to injuries on top of missing months from the PHN, I'm finally back to dancing once a week.
I've gone slowly, avoiding certain moves, figures and holds to prevent the PHN from getting worse, During class today, many times I took a few second break to "shake-off" the pain (my teacher asked me if my hands were numb). It doesn't really help, but it's a distraction. BUT hours later at home, I realized I forgot to take my Aspercreme and Tylenol because I had no pain! Usually at 4.5 hours, I'm getting uncomfortable, then after 5 hours, it's definitely noticeable. Today, 6 hours later, nothing.
How can this happen? I hurt during class, but I also had a blast with moving and stretching in ways I haven't let myself do in over a year. I should hurt! Is it the endorphins? Increased blood flow? WHY and what does this mean for dealing with pain? I know that distractions definitely help us from focusing on just the pain, but I stopped dancing 3 hours ago. I've noticed this other times too. I DO soak my feet in ice cold water (lterally. Lake Michigan is only 33 degrees and 1 mile away. That's where our water supply comes from) after dancing, but that was only my feet.
Charlie, any ideas? I know tomorrow or the next day won't be like this. Maybe I just have to dance every day (what a dream come true.)
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