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

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Dr. SG Erman
Family Medicine
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Andrew Oh
Pain Management

In brief: Directly related

Post-herpetic neuralgia is by definition, nerve related pain following an episode of shingles.
It typically involves face, chest, or abdomen, one sided, and is typically described as burning, sharp, shooting pain that is constant. This can be difficult to treat and i would recommend seeing a neurologist or pain management physician.

In brief: Directly related

Post-herpetic neuralgia is by definition, nerve related pain following an episode of shingles.
It typically involves face, chest, or abdomen, one sided, and is typically described as burning, sharp, shooting pain that is constant. This can be difficult to treat and i would recommend seeing a neurologist or pain management physician.
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