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Are the symptoms of post herpetic neuralgia bad?

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.

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

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.

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Does post herpetic neuralgia usually cause many symptoms?

Pain: Neuralgia is, by definition, pain that occurs without stimulation of pain receptors. Herpes infections, which include "shingles", often result in this syndrome.

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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.

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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, .

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What is post herpetic neuralgia?

Shingles: A neuropathic pain that lasts for more than a month after a shingles infection started.

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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.

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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.

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What can I do for coping with post herpetic neuralgia?

Neuralgia: This is a very common and unpleasant problem. These days there are many treatment plans geared to helping people with this problem. Medications are available from your physician.

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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.

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Does post herpetic neuralgia usually cause many symptoms?

Pain: Neuralgia is, by definition, pain that occurs without stimulation of pain receptors. Herpes infections, which include "shingles", often result in this syndrome.

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

Post herpes: Residual pain neuro deficits from shingles type exacerbation. It can be extremely debilitating to a patient. Seek consultation from a neurologist or pain physician. Neuroleptic medications may help.

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What is the definition or description of: Post herpetic neuralgia?

Nerve pain: Post hermetic neuralgia is nerve pain (burning-like, lancinating, toothache type of pain) usually after a viral infection after zoster or shingles.

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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.

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Are there official recommendations for treating post-herpetic neuralgia?

Yes.: Gabapentin is officially approved for treatment of phn, but I prefer amitriptyline. See a dermatologist for a prescription.

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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, .

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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.

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