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2. Symptoms

The symptoms of postherpetic neuralgia occur in the same place as the initial shingles outbreak. Continuous throbbing or aching is accompanied by occasional spikes of sharp, burning pain. The skin becomes extremely sensitive to touch and temperature changes. Some people develop allodynia, which means their skin becomes so sensitive that clothing causes discomfort. Other symptoms include itching, numbness, and headaches. Muscle weakness or paralysis occurs in rare cases if the nerves that are affected control muscle movement.

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