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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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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

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