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Is there any cure for phn from an attack of shingles. have

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is there any cure for phn from an attack of shingles. have it for 7 years. tried multi cures, creams , neuronton . Ron Stewart
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. David replied 1 year ago.

This is Dr. David

there are medical treatments for Postherpetic neuralgia after shingles which can help, but they are prescription and you have to see a doctor.

there are lidocaine patches 5% which can be used for 12 hours a day which can numb nerves and decrease pain on the skin

there are nerve pain medications like neurontin (gabapentin) or lyrica (pregabalin) which can decrease pain as well.

what dose of neurontin did you use? and for how long?

accupuncture could help decrease the pain. have you tried accupuncture?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Tried lyrics patch too close to ft eye. Gabapentin 900 mg for years , acupuncture 4treatments. Pain study at Compast research for shingles , nothing worked. Closest was gabapentin it eased the itchiness some but to high a dose turned me into a zombie
Expert:  Dr. David replied 1 year ago.

you tried the lidocaine patches?

you may need to try a different acupuncture practitioner.

that is good you have tried a pains study

did you get a shingles vaccine?

have you had your B12 and magnesium levels checked? these can affect your nerve function.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Lidocaine patch over right eye not practical, tried it eye watered like crazy ,. Once I got shingles what's the point of a shot? 5 years ago I had all those tests b12 magnesium etc Doctor said nothing more they could , nerve damage was severe. I have learned to live with it. But a friend told me Mayo just had breakthrough so I called you .
Expert:  Dr. David replied 1 year ago.

a shingles vaccine now will decrease risks for future shingles outbreaks.

we are not Mayo Clinic.

we are doctors here at JustAnswers here to answer medical questions.

is mayo clinics website on postherpetic neuraliga.

you should go to Mayo Clinic. where do you live?