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What is postherpetic neuralgia and how does it relate to shingles?

What is postherpetic neuralgia and how does it relate to shingles?

Pain: Postherpetic neuralgia is fancy doctor talk for residual pain left over after the shingles rash has gone away. Post means after, herpetic means related to herpes-and shingles is caused by a herpes zoster virus, and neuralgiai s another word for nerve related pain. Not all patients who suffer from shingles get the resultant postherpetic neuralgia. ...Read more

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Shingles (Herpes Zoster) (Definition)

A painful blistering skin rash caused by the chickenpox virus (varicella zoster). Early treatment with antiviral medication (within 72 hours) lowers the risk of post-herpetic neuralgia, which is lingering skin pain after the rash disappears. ...Read more


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What happens if you have shingles, how common is postherpetic neuralgia?

What happens if you have shingles, how common is postherpetic neuralgia?

Common: Shingles is latent chicken pox virus that affects a single nerve when it is exacerbated. Even though shingles is common, post herpatic neuralgia is less so. With proper initial treatment the complication can be minimized but not eliminated. ...Read more

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How to determine if shingles or some herpes virus is affecting the cranial nerves? if it happens what to do?

How to determine if shingles or some herpes virus is affecting the cranial nerves?  if it happens what to do?

See your doctor: This partly duplicates another question. See that reply. There isn't enough info here to say anythine more, e.g. what symptoms you are having. See your primary care doctor if you have continuing symptoms that concern you. ...Read more

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What is patterning, and how does it relate to cerebral palsy?

What is patterning, and how does it relate to cerebral palsy?

An archaic Rx: In the 70's & 80"s a pt & ot in philli promoted a patterning method for cp. The method involved rebreathing co2 & moving body thru motions of fish/salimander/man to awaken the nerves. Psychological researchers showed the method was no better that simple visitation & encouragemt. For the pt&ot they were getting $30k in initial fees + followup.Well meaning but worthless rx follow many chronic pbs. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of nerve healing? How can I tell if my neuropathy is improving? How long does it take for nerves to heal?

What are the symptoms of nerve healing? How can I tell if my neuropathy is improving? How long does it take for nerves to heal?

See details: Nerves heal very slowly and often do not heal completely. The speed depends on the nerve involved and the severity of the injury. Symptoms of healing are reductions in the symptoms. ...Read more

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Please explain what does the herpes virus do and can it be fatal?

Please explain what does the herpes virus do and can it be fatal?

Herpes virus: Herpes is a nasty virus that after a primary infection (cold sores or genital sores) will 'hide' in the nerve roots forevermore. It may come out again -particularly at times of stress or other disease/illness. These are 'outbreaks'. Extremely rarely, the cold sore virus (HSV-1) might go backwards into the brain, rather than forward to the lips/mouth -and in that RARE case it can be quite dangerous ...Read more

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What is the vagus nerve? Can gerd/lpr stimulate it and what symptoms occur if it can?

What is the vagus nerve? Can gerd/lpr stimulate it and what symptoms occur if it can?

Nerves in the neck: The vagal nerves, 1 on either side of the neck, control the vocal cords; the left vagal nerve also gives parasympathetic innervation to the heart. In theory, gerd shouldn't stimulate the vagal nerves, because the esophagus is further back in the throat, while the vagal nerves are close to the front of the throat. ...Read more

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How to know it is shingles or genital herpes?

How to know it is shingles or genital herpes?

Dermatomal Rash: Generally shingles follow a dermatomal path meaning follow the path of a spinal nerve exiting the spine. Genital herpes stays around the mouth, groin and rectal areas mostly. There are always exceptions to the rule but this should help distinguish the two most of the time. ...Read more

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How long does shingles last and what are key signs of postherpetic neuralgia?

A and B: A. Duration 7 to 14 days, average 10 b. Severe burning pain in distribution of rash which may persists for days to months or years, long after rash has resolved. In the absence of a definite skin rash at any time, diagnosis of post-herpetic neuralgia is suspect. ...Read more

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What is hydrotherapy and how does it relate to gout?

What is hydrotherapy and how does it relate to gout?

Water therapy: Hydrotherapy is using circulating water to help reduce swelling and improve circulation. I have not ever used it for treating gout but i would say a cold water bath would help reduce the pain and swelling. ...Read more

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What's the highest does of gapapintin you can take and does it help with trigeminal neuralgia ?

What's the highest does of gapapintin you can take and does it help with  trigeminal neuralgia ?

Hard to say: The highest dose of Gabapentin would be 3600 mg/day or 1200 mg three times/day. It is not an established treatment for trigeminal neuralgia, however there was a small study about 15 years ago that showed benefit for 6 out of 7 people. There are many other well studied treatments for this condition. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of herpes and how long it last? Can it be cured?

What are the symptoms of herpes and how long it last? Can it be cured?

"Herpes is Forever": There was an ironic quip that while love may fade..... It has no cure but some symptom relief is possible. It simply goes into ; out of remissions throughout life. Stress - physical or emotional can bring it out of retirement - general good health can keep it at rest. When you see your doctor, ask for guidance on managing it but definitely use condoms always but especially when sores are present. ...Read more

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What is arterial occlusion? What is the treatment for that? How does relate to chronic thrombosis? How di u treat this?

What is arterial occlusion?  What is the treatment for that?  How does relate to chronic thrombosis? How di u treat this?

Vascular disease: Arterial occlusion is blockage of blood flow thru the artery. It can be caused by a clot or atherosclerotic buildup in the artery. Treatment is anti coagulation occasionally surgery to bypass the blockage and on occasion attempts to remove the blockage with a balloon or chemically. ...Read more

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What exactly is narcolepsy what is the symptoms and can it misdiagnosed with depression answer asap please?

What exactly is narcolepsy what is the symptoms and can it misdiagnosed with depression answer asap please?

Unlikely : Narcolepsy and depression are 2 very different diagnoses. Narcolepsy consists of sudden attacks of sleepiness that occur in unusual circumstances (e.g. Driving). In some cases, sudden drop attacks that occur with emotional triggers (e.g. Falling to the ground when laughing), hallucinations when falling asleep or getting out of bed and feeling "paralyzed" for a few minutes after waking up may occur. ...Read more

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What is the best thing to treat Tonsillitis caused from a virus? And how long does it usually last?

What is the best thing to treat Tonsillitis caused from a virus? And how long does it usually last?

Rest, fluids, OTC: Rest and fluids and patience are the first line for a viral sore throat. If there is pain, over the counter Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen can be taken. If severe and the swelling makes it difficult to swallow, see your doctor who can prescribe steroids for the swelling. ...Read more

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How does it feels to have a lipoma intramuscular? what are the symptoms? Is it a serious thing?

How does it feels to have a lipoma intramuscular? what are the symptoms? Is it a serious thing?

Usually asymptomatic: Intramuscular lipomas are usually asymptomatic and are found incidentally. As such, they do not typically require treatment. If it is large enough, it may cause tenderness in the muscle involved (very uncommon). In that case, you should see an orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more

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What is it like to have shingles?

What is it like to have shingles?

Painful: Shingles tends to be exquisitely painful, with light touch or no touch causing sharp, burning pains. Vesicles (blisters) may also develop at the site of shingles, and may cause scaring. If not treated promptly the pain of shingles may continue on past the acute flare, leading to post-herpetic neuralgia. Get yourself checked if you are concerned you have shingles. ...Read more

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Do neuralgia pains have a relation to bipolar disorder? If so how does one reduce it?

Do neuralgia pains have a relation to bipolar disorder? If so how does one reduce it?

Neuralgia: It doesn't have anything to do with bipolar disorder in terms of it being caused by bipolar. I would think that people with bipolar disorder probably have a higher incidence of neuralgia, but that's my assumption only. ...Read more

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What is Parkinson's disease and how long does it take for symptoms to occur?

What is Parkinson's disease and how long does it take for symptoms to occur?

Loss of neurons: Many issues still not understood but main feature is a progressive loss/lack of replacement of neurons in a portion of the mid-brain called the substantia nigra. Like most degenerative diseases, it usually progresses for decades before symptoms become apparent: shaking, rigidity, slowness of movement & difficulty with walking; altered stooped & slow gait. ...Read more

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What exactly is malaria? What are some of the symptoms, how does it happen, and how can it be cured?

What exactly is malaria? What are some of the symptoms, how does it happen, and how can it be cured?

Caused by an : Organism that is injected into the body from a mosquito bite. The major effect is recurrent high fevers with drenching sweats. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
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Neuralgia (Definition)

Can also be described as neuropathic pain or "nerve pain" which can occur anywhere in the body. It can also be due to many disorders such as direct nerve damage, diabetes, ...Read more


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Herpes Zoster (Definition)

Shingles (herpes zoster) is a painful, blistering skin rash due to the varicella-zoster virus, the ...Read more