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Is there a good treatment for post herpetic neuralgia?

Is there a good treatment for post herpetic neuralgia?

Postherpetic neuralg: Severe options, thankfully. Medications such as gabapentin, pregabalin, Lidocaine patches . Nerve blocks and treatments with pulsed radiofrequency. Spinal cord stimulation if nothing helps. It is a painful and difficult to treat condition. See an expert for proper evaluation. It has central as well as peripheral components so the treatment may vary depending on that. ...Read more

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Dr. James Marx
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Neuralgia (Definition)

Neuralgia is a condition in which there is a sharp, unexpected pain along a nerve that is due to the irritation and damage of that nerve. Chemicals, diseases such as diabetes, medications, previous surgery, and trauma are potential causes of neuralgia. Numbness and weakness of the muscles supplied by the ...Read more


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Any treatment for post-herpetic neuralgia?

Any treatment for post-herpetic neuralgia?

Many: Over the counter remedies include zostrex cream-a cayenne pepper extract that will burn your eyes like tear gas. There are a number of medications including Lidoderm patches-a local anesthetic applied to the unbroken skin, a number of different meds of the anti-epileptic class like lyrica, (pregabalin) neurontin; snri antidepressents like Cymbalta and Pamelor work at the spinal cord level, . ...Read more

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Can you tell me which vitamin is good for post herpetic neuralgia (nerve pain)?

None according to: The scientific literature but I am sure some ads will tell you differently or someone who sells them. There are medications like Lyrica (pregabalin) and Neurontin that may be of more use. See your doctor. ...Read more

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Is a stellate ganglion block appropriate treatment for post herpetic neuralgia, along the trigeminal nerve. ?

Is a stellate ganglion block appropriate treatment for post herpetic neuralgia, along the trigeminal nerve.  ?

Possibly: Stellate nerve blocks are often used to treat peripherial nerve problems caused by injuries or trauma. They are designed to block sympathetic nerves. The trigeminal nerve is a cranial nerve, that does not go through the spine or neck, so i don't know if the stellate block would help. The sympathetic nerves do contribute to eyelid motion and facial flushing, so it may be worth a try. ...Read more

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Are the symptoms of post herpetic neuralgia bad?

YES!: Antivirals, like valtrex, (valacyclovir) need to be started within 72 hrs of shingle symptoms. They can decrease the severity and duration of the rash. If pain persists after the rash is gone - postherpetic neuralgia (phn) - it needs to be treated aggressively so it does not last forever. The older you are when you have shingles, the more likely you are to have phn. See a board certified pain specialist for help. ...Read more

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What are the major symptoms of post-herpetic neuralgia?

What are the major symptoms of post-herpetic neuralgia?

Dysesthesia: Phn is characterized by altered sensation (dysesthesia) in the area previously affected by shingles which lasts beyond four months. There may be severe pain or just altered sensation. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: post-herpetic neuralgia?

What is the definition or description of: post-herpetic neuralgia?

Herpes Zoster : Infections can cause shingles, an eruption along the path of a nerve over face, trunk, or even limbs. The immediate process is associated with seering pain and localized numbness over the nerve distribution. In some patients, a persistent agonizing painful sensation can develop, and plaque the patient indefinitely. Meds, such as Lyrica (pregabalin) may work wonders. ...Read more

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My husband's grandparent might have post herpetic neuralgia. What is it?

Painful: Post-herpetic neuralgia is the pain that sometimes occurs after shingles resolves. There are several effective treatments for it. See a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Shingles -has anyone had post-herpetic neuralgia pain treated?

Several treatments: Post-herpetic neuralgia (chronic pain after shingles) can be treated with Gabapentin (neurontin) or other related drugs. You can also apply capsaicin (zostrix) cream to the area, which burns the nerve endings to deaden the pain. Other treatments include tricyclic antidepressants, Lidocaine patches, and, in severe cases, narcotic pain relievers. ...Read more

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I would like relief from post herpetic neuralgia.?

Neurologist: Post-herpetic neuralgia can be very painful. There are several medications that may be able to help with the pain. Neurontin (gabapentin) is one of the 1st line medications that has some efficacy. There are other medications that your neurologist may recommend that may help decrease the pain. ...Read more

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Herpes (Definition)

There are different types of herpes infections; herpes simplex infection of mouth (gingivostomatitis) and lips (labialis) are the most common. Others include genital herpes, and herpes zoster. Herpes infection could very mild to very dangerous depending on the type and location of the body affected. I ...Read more


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Nerve Pain (Definition)

Neuralgia is a sharp, shocking pain that follows the path of a nerve and is due to irritation or ...Read more