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  1. Just a few lines to introduce myself. I decided on the heading because unfortunately the defining characteristic of my condition has been PHN – Post Herpetic Neuralgia, which I've had since shortly after being exposed to the virus and it is with me every hour during which I'm awake. The range of symptoms makes incredible reading at times, since the vast effect that it has had on my nervous system has caused so many secondary complications. Principally, it has caused sacral radiculopathy, affecting my ability to stand, to balance properly and to raise my legs, furthermore mild incontinence. I have lost power in my pelvic muscles, as a result of the nerve dysfunction. It has also caused genital numbness, leading to other problems, as you might imagine. It also causes an almost constant stabbing pain, genitally and often when symptoms are particularly bad, a pressing or knawing pain, and a burning sensation. I have treated myself mostly, because medical care here in Thailand is very limited and is focussed almost entirely on providing expensive and profitable medical procedures since they generate the most revenue. Recently I have been treating myself with herbal therapies, the most successful of which has been red reishi mushroom and propolis. I hope that some of my findings with regard to herbal therapies may be of help to others, especially since my case has been such a difficult one to treat. I continue to live in hope for a therapeutic vaccine solution. James.
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