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Post Herpetic Neuralgia

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Why does post herpetic neuralgia cause pain while sleeping?

...HiI have had a chronic case of post herpetic neuralgia for some time now, and some days I hardly notice the pain. While sleeping, however, I usually wake up experiencing rather unbearable...(which responds quite well to analgesics at that...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
I am somewhat stumped trying to give a solid scientific explanation. Sometimes when the body is otherwise calm and not distracted pain in a region becomes more noticeable. If anyone out in cyberspace has a good explanation please post it! KH Read more »

Post Herpetic Neuralgia Pain While Sleep

Comment: I thought perhaps it was the increased blood flow to the area that came in proximity to... Read more »

rash

I am HIV pos and have a small painful rash on my lower back...I have never had chicken pox as a... Read more »
Articles
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Vaccine Sharply Cuts Risk of Shingles in Seniors, Study Finds

...chickenpox and shingles, and can remain dormant in a person's body for decades before erupting. The most severe complication is post-herpetic neuralgia, in which the virus causes inflammation inside nerves -- a persistent, painful condition that... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Herpes Zoster (Shingles)

...rash goes away within a few weeks, but in some cases, severe pain can last for months or even years. This condition is called "post herpetic neuralgia." Shingles and HIV Shingles is not one of the infections that leads to a diagnosis of AIDS.... Read more »
Project Inform

Pain Patch for Neuropathy Fails in Study

...company is still moving forward with their application to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to use the drug in treating post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN) and perhaps other forms of neuropathy. Early acceptance in Europe has already occurred. ... Read more »
U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration

A Clinical Guide to Supportive and Palliative Care for HIV/AIDS

...Illness. London: Edward Arnold, 1967. Watson CP, Chipman M, Reed K, Evans RJ, Birkett N. Amitriptyline versus maprotiline in post herpetic neuralgia: A randomized double blind, cross-over trial. Pain 48:29-36, 1992. Kishore-Kumar R, Max MB,... Read more »
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I am 30 YO guy. Worried that I may have got infected. I met this friend of mine on 5th of Dec 2010 which was just a causual meeting after 5 years. After having drinks she started touching me and I got aroused and we end up mating. While in act, she... Read more »

Excessive Mastubation

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Ever since I found out that I'm poz, I've been spending a lot more time mastubating. Is that normal? Or could it be because of the amount of time I've been spending reading posts about sexual issues? Pleasing myself has become an every day thing... Read more »

Lost

Posted by LostNconfused, 5 Replies
I tested positive 3 days before Christmas and I think I am still numb to the fact. I haven't told any friends or family because I really don't know how and most are judgemental and I'm sure will walk away. But I guess if they do, then I didn't need... Read more »

What foolish and senseless behavior. Please Help!

Posted by brainshom, 1 Reply
About 2 months ago, I did something that was completely out of my character and now I am scared as hell. I was new in the neighborhood and had a one night stand with a girl whom I later found out was/is a prostitute. Had I known she was a sex... Read more »