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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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?
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
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
"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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What is the best thing to treat Tonsillitis caused from a virus? And how long does it usually last?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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