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How does nerve pain from shingles feel?
Shingles usually causes a rash and pain in the affected area, which subsides when the rash disappears in about two to four weeks. However, if the pain continues, it is called Postherpetic Neuralgia, which is characterized by nerve pain. Postherpetic Neuralgia can cause spontaneous burning or ongoing pain, paroxysmal shooting or electric shock-like pain, or evoke sensations in response to light touch or other mechanical stimuli. Pain type and intensity can vary from person to person, and the skin may become overly sensitive and itchy, making daily activities like turning over in bed, washing, or hugging someone difficult or painful. The affected area may feel intensely itchy, more sensitive to pain than usual, and hurt from things that don’t usually cause pain, such as a light touch or cool breeze. Postherpetic Neuralgia can significantly impact a person’s quality of life, causing sleep loss and limited chest movement due to discomfort.
What is the duration of nerve pain after shingles?
Postherpetic Neuralgia, which is nerve pain that can develop after shingles, affects only 9-15% of patients. The duration of this pain can vary, with most patients experiencing discomfort for one to two months. About one-third of Postherpetic Neuralgia patients have symptoms lasting around three months, and about one-fifth experience symptoms for a year or longer. The exact cause of the herpes zoster (shingles) virus re-emerging and causing Postherpetic Neuralgia is unknown, but it’s believed to occur due to damage to the nerves during the shingles episode. The damaged nerves can continue to send pain signals to the brain, resulting in a burning or throbbing sensation that persists even after the skin has healed. Although the nerves eventually settle down, the existing nerve damage can cause the pain to last for years or even the rest of the person’s life.
How can I determine if Post-Shingle Pain is healing?
Most patients with Postherpetic Neuralgia have a positive prognosis, but pain medication may be necessary for up to three months. However, if the pain is severe, lasts longer than three months, or significantly reduces the patient’s quality of life, the prognosis may be fair to poor. Although Postherpetic Neuralgia can cause permanent nerve damage, it is not a fatal disease. Treatment primarily focuses on symptom control since pain can persist for years or even a lifetime. Randomized controlled trials have shown that both topical and oral agents are effective in treating PHN. Topical therapy is used as the first treatment for mild pain and is combined with systemic drugs for moderate or severe pain. The 5% lidocaine patches, which are analgesic agents, have been proven effective in providing at least 50% pain relief in a meta-analysis of studies. Capsaicin cream, which needs to be applied several times daily, is also effective as a low-concentration patch. Certain drugs, such as tricyclic antidepressants and antiepileptics, are used for nerve-related pain in Postherpetic Neuralgia. Amitriptyline, nortriptyline, and desipramine have been shown in many studies to help treat PHN, while anticonvulsants like gabapentin and pregabalin offer some benefits in treating Postherpetic Neuralgia.
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