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