Treatment options may include:
- Numbing patches
- Over-the-counter medications
- Prescription drugs
- Steroid injections
- Tricyclic antidepressants
- Appetite loss
- Burning sensation
- Deep pain
- Difficulty concentrating
- Difficulty sleeping
- Jabbing pain
- Sensitivity to pressure, touch (allodynia), or temperature
- Severe pain in the same spot where shingles occurred that lasts for more than 30 days
- Sharp pain
Diagnostic tests include:
Usually, tests for postherpetic neuralgia are not necessary because the doctor will recognize the condition based on the duration and location of the patient’s pain symptoms after having shingles.
Causes & contributing factors may include:
- Chickenpox virus
- Viral damage to the nerve cells due to shingles
- Triggers that can cause the shingles virus to reoccur are age, illness, and stress.
- It occurs in 10 – 15% of shingles patients.
- It can last anywhere from a few weeks to several years.
- Doctors don’t know exactly why some people develop postherpetic neuralgia.
- It is more common in people more than 50 years old.