The following Australians have shared their personal experience with shingles and postherpetic neuralgia (PHN).
Elizabeth Wallan, VIC
“I have suffered from chronic pain for nearly 10 years now and wish I could have just one day without the pain. It started as a sharp pain below my sternum that tracked across the nerve line on the right-hand side of my body and still persists to this day.
I am able to manage with the pain on a daily basis; however there have been times over the years when I’ve cried because I would like just one day without pain. Mostly the pain is bearable and in the background, but sometimes I get a sharp stabbing pain or ‘knotting’ of the muscle, that comes on without warning and I don’t know what triggers it.”