Post Herpetic Neuralgia treated by top pain management doctors, at Louisiana Pain Specialists, in Kenner, Marrero, New Orleans and New Orleans East

Description

Postherpetic neuralgia is a pain condition that sometimes occurs after a patient has had shingles. Shingles is a painful skin rash caused by the same virus as chickenpox. If the pain in the area lasts for more than three months after the rash has healed, this is considered postherpetic neuralgia. It is due to nerve damage cause by the infection.

Symptoms

The main symptom is pain in the location where the shingles rash occurred, lasting longer than three months after the rash has healed. It most often occurs in people over 60 years old. The pain can be stabbing, aching, burning, or shocking. It may be continuous to occasional, mild to very severe. People who suffer from this condition are very sensitive to touch and changes in temperature.

Diagnosis/Tests

Postherpetic neuralgia is diagnosed based on a history of shingles and pain in the area lasting more than three months after the rash has healed.

Causes

  • Nerve damage due to shingles

Treatment options & care

Links to additional resources

ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/