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Are there any new therapies for postherpetic neuralgia? I had shingles 1-1/2 years ago and still have constant significant pain.

L.S. Kansas City, MO
Residual shingles pain is very tough to treat. Dr. David Edelberg suggests finding a doctor who will give you vitamin B12 (1,000 mcg) and thiamine (50 mg) injections three times a week for three weeks. He also recommends taking vitamin E orally, in a dosage of 400 IU three times a day. Your doctor has probably already suggested you try G:pepper cream (0.025% capsaicin), applied three times a day; used regularly, it seems to block the brain's perception of the pain. Lastly, a good acupuncturist may help.
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