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I have nerve damage on my back. This week it's been extremely painful and I now have two red painful blisters. Should I be concerned of shingles?

I have nerve damage on my back. This week it's been extremely painful and I now have two red painful blisters. Should I be concerned of shingles?

Pictures uploaded?: If you can upload the photos to your electronic medical record then, one of us would be happy to consult you and tell you what it looks like. Of course, I'll bet that out there in Salem, OR you must have someone qualified to tell you about those 2 red blisters. ...Read more

Dr. Olav Jaren
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Nerve Damage (Definition)

A complete nerve transection will leave an area totally numb. The distribution of the numbers depends upon where the nerve was cut. A partial nerve injury may leave the area tingly or incompletely numb. Finally even if the nerve is not cut the swelling and bruising to the tea can affect the nerve as well. Usually we consider sharp penetrating injuries as likely having nerve lacerations when sensation is lost. A hand surgeon can examine the hand and pinpoint the site or extent of nerve injury and recommend ...Read more


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Is it possible to have neuropathy from shingles without skin lesions?

Is it possible to have neuropathy from shingles without skin lesions?

Shingles issues: Yes although unlikely. Generally shingles manifests itself with the rash and then you develop the post herpetic neuralgia but sometimes the rash is very minor and unless you suspect that its shingles may be confused with poison ivy or other types of benign skin irritations. ...Read more

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Will botox help peripheral neuropathy pain from shingles?

Will botox help peripheral neuropathy pain from shingles?

Unknown,but possible: I don't know if there is any effect of Botox on shingles. In general, Botox works on the neuromuscular end plates, which are motor in nature. Shingles tends to effect sensory nerves, which is why it is so uncomfortable. I don't think Botox will effect it, but it is possible. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of neuropathy pain from shingles? I've had the pain for almost 2 years. I'm taking 800 mg of gabapentin and it just barely takes

How do I get rid of  neuropathy pain from shingles?  I've had the pain for almost 2 years.  I'm taking 800 mg of gabapentin  and it just  barely takes

Consider topicals: 60-min capsaicin patch 8% applied by your dr topical Lidocaine (lidoderm 5%) can be tried but results less predictable. Your dr may be able to recommend safe & effective topicals through a compounding pharmacy. Tricyclic antidepressants (desipramine>amitriptyline) work for most, but be patient, may take 3-4 weeks to kick in. Gabapentin dose is too low. Lyrica (pregabalin) and Depakote may help. ...Read more

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Had post shingles heel pain 20 years ago. Now it is back. Podiatrist said neuropathy.Age 66. Do I need a second opinion? Treatment opions

 Had post shingles heel pain 20 years ago. Now it is back. Podiatrist said neuropathy.Age 66. Do I need a second opinion? Treatment opions

Yes: Definitely get the second opinion. It is extremely unlikely that you are experiencing any pain from shingles 20 years ago. Make an appointment with an orthopedic surgeon to get a second opinion. ...Read more

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Whole body MS symptoms: neuropathy, trigeminal pain, parathesia, etc. Brain MRI normal. I had shingles not long before this. Could it be post viral?

Whole body MS symptoms: neuropathy, trigeminal pain, parathesia, etc. Brain MRI normal. I had shingles not long before this. Could it be post viral?

Response: First, doubt we can blame the shingles. But do you have evolution of a peripheral neuropathy, or even MS which has not been demonstrated.. Second, get EMG testing over the limbs. Third, get MRI of cervical spines. If this all proves fruitless, we would be happy to schedule Concierge visit online. ...Read more

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The best treatment for herpes zoster's neuropathy?

The best treatment for herpes zoster's neuropathy?

Post herpetic: Post herpetic neuralgia is a very painful condition that can occur after an outbreak of shingles which is a reactivation of the chickenpox virus usually occurring in older people. It can be very tough to treat. Different nerve pain medications can be helpful. Topical Lidocaine patches can help and there is also a topical capsaicin patch that is applied for one hour in the office. Nerve blocks occ. ...Read more

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How to know if I have nerve damage?

How to know if I have nerve damage?

Nerve damage?: Please consult with your primary care physician or a neurologist for a thorough exam. ...Read more

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Could nerve damage really be repaired?

Yes and no: A severed or ruptured nerve theoretically can be repaired surgically, but that does not guarantee complete healing and normal function. Nerves do have the ability to regenerate. New connection can be made to bridge the area of injury. This takes time and most healing will occur within the first year after injury. Ultimately, your body will do the best it can to heal the injury. ...Read more

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What can happen if I have nerve damage?

What can happen if I have nerve damage?

Nerve damage: Nerve damage most often leads to either burning pain, weakness and numbness. The most important thing to do is to try to identify the cause of the nerve injury and if possible to treat it. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of spine nerve damage?

What are the symptoms of spine nerve damage?

Yes: It can cause pain , weakness , numbness , burning pain, spasm, or coldness or other more bizarre symptoms in the innervated areas., see a doctor if you have those symptoms. ...Read more

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Can acupuncture cause nerve damage?

Can acupuncture cause nerve damage?

Not really: Theoretically and in reality it does not happen because nerves are very slippery and movable , and the acupuncture needles flexible.Because of that it is virtually impossible to pears a nerve. Of cause care is being taken that nerves are avoided . Acupuncture points are located along the fascias(very thin transparent tissues enveloping the muscles) and usually away from the nerves. ...Read more

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How can I treat elbow nerve damage?

How can I treat elbow nerve damage?

Cubital tunnel: Most commonly, ulnar nerve is trapped at the level of the olecranon fossa at back of the elbow, and treatment can involve medication, pt, steroid injection, or surgical nerve transfer out of harms way. Less common, is involvement of median nerve at the front of the elbow. An EMG study can help guide treatment interventions. ...Read more

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Can nerve damage lead to arthritis?

Can nerve damage lead to arthritis?

Yes: Some nerves give feedback to your brain and spinal cord, helping your body to protect them. When they fail, the joints can be exposed to excess force without you knowing it. This is called a neuropathic (or charcot) joint. It is seen fairly often in the feet of people with the neuropathy (nerve damage) associated with diabetes mellitus. ...Read more

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How do you treat bicep nerve damage?

How do you treat bicep nerve damage?

DependsOnTypeInjury: If the nerve is crushed, given time it will probably grow back on its own in 1-2 yrs.If it was severed, it may or may not repair itself.Physical rehabilitation can help the re-wiring process.Also, if the nerve is injured due to inflammation, neuroprolotherapy may help function return. ...Read more

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Can nerve damage make a man infertile?

Can nerve damage make a man infertile?

Possibly: Men that have had back surgery especially lowered in the spinal column in the area where the nerves control the reproductive area may develop subfertility. This surgery may compromise the ability to ejaculate and maintain erection and may even possibly affect sperm production. ...Read more

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Any solution for penile nerve damage ?

Any solution for penile nerve damage ?

Here are some...: First, one needs to figure out what & why makes you think that you have penile nerve damage. So, collect the related information on the onset, degree, & progress over time with its sequence of events, & bring those to Doc for anylysis, physicals, & possible tests so to deduce possible Dx for proposing possible Rx. But, up to now, there is no known Rx to solve nerve damage, but lifestyle may help.. ...Read more

Dr. Sam Markzar
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Neuropraxia (Definition)

Neuropraxia is defined as a temporary loss of function of the nerve. Some nerves are purely sensory while others carry both sensory and motor fibers. Traumatic contusion injuries to nerves or nerve compressions can cause Neuropraxia. Sensory nerves like sural nerve in the leg or mixed sensory and motor nerves like the median and ulnar nerves in the forearm & hand ...Read more


Nerve (Definition)

The brain and spinal cord communicates with what is occurring in the internal organs and limbs by nerve fibers where are like electrical wires with insulation (myelin) and the "copper" (axon). Within brain and spinal cord these nerves connect to other nerves via synapses on both axons and dendrites. A nerve can carry information regarding sensations, and ...Read more