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I'm 23 years old and recently quit drinking for good. i went two solid years of drinking hard 3-5 days a week, sometimes on 7,8,9 day benders. all heavy alcohol types. I had a bout of shingles 15 months ago followed by brief PHN that went away. Than a few months later I started having extreme pain in my head. Stabbing, burning, zapping, itchy feeling in my scalp followed by tension type headaches. I have had that to date. Doctor's say it's ocipital neuralgia. Drinking helped take away my pain and I am currently going through some hellish symptoms I deem from giving up drinking. My questions are;

Is there a link between herpes zoster and than geting occipital neuralgia?

Is the occipital neuralgia permanent? from drinking damage? everyone tells me my nerves are shot and will never recover. I need lyrica...nerve blocks etc. but i dont wana live my life on anymore pills. Plus I also have an inner ear disorder, so i have vertigo. I just want to recover...any suggestions? I heard taking vitamin b can help heal nerves.

thanks and god bless. :angel:
[QUOTE=StarWars1985;3771397]I'm 23 years old and recently quit drinking for good. i went two solid years of drinking hard 3-5 days a week, sometimes on 7,8,9 day benders. all heavy alcohol types. I had a bout of shingles 15 months ago followed by brief PHN that went away. Than a few months later I started having extreme pain in my head. Stabbing, burning, zapping, itchy feeling in my scalp followed by tension type headaches. I have had that to date. Doctor's say it's ocipital neuralgia. Drinking helped take away my pain and I am currently going through some hellish symptoms I deem from giving up drinking. My questions are;

Is there a link between herpes zoster and than geting occipital neuralgia?

Is the occipital neuralgia permanent? from drinking damage? everyone tells me my nerves are shot and will never recover. I need lyrica...nerve blocks etc. but i dont wana live my life on anymore pills. Plus I also have an inner ear disorder, so i have vertigo. I just want to recover...any suggestions? I heard taking vitamin b can help heal nerves.

thanks and god bless. :angel:[/QUOTE]
I am not to sure what is going on with you, but i do know that alcohol is a neuro toxin and large amounts over time do drain the vitamin B out of one's system, vitamin B is essential for nerve support, in alcoholic neuropathy patients they are classicly low in thiamine [B1] especially, has any doctor tested your B1 & B12 levels ?
its only a simple blood test, but keep in mind that what some docs class as normal levels of b12 are really not, most are decades behind in B12 research, these days anything under a score of 500 is thought to be suspicous of b12 deficiency, which can cause all sorts of peripheral & central nervous system disorders.
Seeing that everyone is saying your nerves are shot, It certainly wouldn't hurt you to supplement with a multi B, B1, B12 [ methylcobalamin] daily, just one other thought, maybe a scan of your cervical spine might reveal any impingments of the spinal cord or any pressure on the nerves around that area.
I hope you get some relief soon,
best of luck
Aussie :)





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