As many of you know, my wife has suffered for 6 years from extreme postherpetic neuralgia, a terrible pain which is caused by Shingles. Shingles especially hits and is hard on older people. Anyone who has ever had Chicken Pox is a candidate for Shingles, and no one is quite sure what causes the Chicken Pox - which remains in your body, even after recovery - into Shingles.
In any event, both Shingles and PHN are painful. Most folks have the pain go away after a period of time.
We have consulted specialist after specialist for a cure or at least relief. We have tried all the standard remedies (Capsaicin, etc.and the internal drugs caused such a reaction they were intolerable), and were on the verge of traveling to a specialized pain clinic in California, when our PCP called us in a couple of weeks ago with a possible new treatment.
We tried it, and it has been great. Two weeks ago se was crying from the pain, today she had no pain.
There are pharmacies called compounding pharmacies, which mix special concoctions. In her case, they put six different drugs into a cream which I rub on her back and side 3-4 times per day. So far, it has been just great.
I share this because if there is anyone else out there suffering from this, they need to know about this solution.
Also, EVERYONE - please get your Shingles vaccine shot. Medicare now covers it. You cn get Shingles more than once. Both my wife and I have recently had the vaccine, and both of us have had Shingles 20 years in the past. I still have numbness in my face from the Shingles.
PM me for specifics - there is a compounding Pharmacy in Alabama specializing in these medicines. They also have different concoctions for other types of pains.