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Shingles Nerve Damage
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 and Depakote may help. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
see a doctor: See a doctor and have the situation evaluated. ...Read more
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
Is neuropathy in your hand permanent? I had shingles to break out on my left during the month of august, the rash has cleared up. Since then it has turned into neuropathy. My question is what is your best recommendation for treatment? I can't bend my inde
Whole body MS symptoms: neuropathy, trigeminal pain, parathesia, etc. Brain MRI normal. I had shingles not long before this. Could it be post viral?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Pain management: Nerve damage implies permanent damage so medications that help nerve pain are recommeded. Post herpetic neuralgia (due to shingles) is a classic example of nerve pain which responds to Lyrica or gabapentin. Tricyclic antidepressants (e.g. Elavil & others) have be used for years to treat 'nerve pain' nerve blocks (injections) also are helpful.Surgery may help if the 'damage' is not yet permanent. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My arm above elbow hurts. Heat & ice do not help. Friend says nerve damage. What can I do? No trauma has occurred to that area .
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
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
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