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Old 09-26-2007, 01:50 PM   #1
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I Had The Shingles 2 Years Ago And Am Still Hurting From Phn. Do You Have Any Solutions?

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Old 09-26-2007, 05:37 PM   #2
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Re: doctors questions

There is a med called Lyrica that is specifically designed for post-shingles neuropathy. There are other, older meds that are for the same thing. There is also a new anti-depressant out called Cymbalta that is very good for nerve pain. It helped mine, and I had the added benefit of not being so anxious and irritable. Talk with your doctor and see a pain specialist if they cannot get this under control.

Good Luck!

Old 09-26-2007, 10:32 PM   #3
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Re: doctors questions

yes i agree lyrica is def worth a wonders for some ppl....does nothing for some....i tried it for pain and didnt help but then again i have trigeminal neuralgia type 2 and it wasnt very effective on it. it was originally designed for shingles though so worth a try. It is a new med and is expensive but well worth it if it can prob go see your PCP and get something like that.....although it is still a schedule 5 drug though for some reason.....i really dont see any potential for abuse at all in it....but then again it is there for a reason.

let us know if it did in fact work for you though or what you end up doing about the pain for the shingles.....i hope you feel better soon as well


Old 09-27-2007, 03:42 PM   #4
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Re: doctors questions

Hey Bev, Lyrica is just one of many anti seizure meds used to treat nerve pain. The manufacturer of lyrica just spent the money to do clinical trials on PHN and now fibro to get FDA aproval for that specific use. However, Anti-seizure meds and anti depressants have been used off label this very purpose for decades to treat PHN and other types of neuro pain and fibro. Just because it's the only one with FDA approval for this use doesn't mean that another anti seizure med like toppamax, tegretol, neurontin, gabbapentin and a dozen others aren't also worth trying. Even meds as old as dilantin work for some people.

So don't give up on the entire class of anti seizure meds just because The one that spent the most money doing a clinical trial doesn't work for you. Neuontin or any one of many meds may work better for you. Pain management docs have used meds from this class for decades because they do work. The fact other anti seizure meds havn't done a clinical trial doesn't mean Lyrica is any more or less effective. It would be like giving up treating depression if the one anti depressant someone tries doesn't help.

Good luck, Dave

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