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If you've had chickenpox, the virus that caused it “hides out” in your nervous system. Sometimes this virus reawakens years later and travels to your skin. Lesions can erupt, often on one side of your torso or face. That’s shingles.

In some cases, shingles can cause inflammation of your nerve fibers and roots and damage them, causing pain. You feel the pain in the same areas where the rash broke out. That's postherpetic neuralgia.

From: What Is Postherpetic Neuralgia? WebMD Medical Reference

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Mayo Clinic, “Postherpetic neuralgia: Definition,” “Shingles: Causes,” “Postherpetic neuralgia: risk factors.”

National Health Service UK, “Post-herpetic neuralgia.”

University of Maryland Medical Center, “Postherpetic neuralgia: symptoms.”

UCLA Health: “Postherpetic Neuralgia: Symptoms.”

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Shingles.” Center for Shingles and Postherpetic Neuralgia: "Surgical options for treating postherpetic neuralgia, "Treating shingles with tricyclic antidepressants to lessen the risk of PHN." Johnson R., , April 5, 2003. : “Risk factors for postherpetic neuralgia in patients with herpes zoster.” Lyrica: "PNH: How Lyrica Works." : ”Herpes Zoster and Postherpetic Neuralgia: Prevention and Management.” NINDS: “Shingles: Hope through Research.” : “A Vaccine to Prevent Herpes Zoster and Postherpetic Neuralgia in Older Adults.”  















BMJNeurologyAmerican Family PhysicianNew England Journal of Medicine

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on November 26, 2018

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic, “Postherpetic neuralgia: Definition,” “Shingles: Causes,” “Postherpetic neuralgia: risk factors.”

National Health Service UK, “Post-herpetic neuralgia.”

University of Maryland Medical Center, “Postherpetic neuralgia: symptoms.”

UCLA Health: “Postherpetic Neuralgia: Symptoms.”

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Shingles.” Center for Shingles and Postherpetic Neuralgia: "Surgical options for treating postherpetic neuralgia, "Treating shingles with tricyclic antidepressants to lessen the risk of PHN." Johnson R., , April 5, 2003. : “Risk factors for postherpetic neuralgia in patients with herpes zoster.” Lyrica: "PNH: How Lyrica Works." : ”Herpes Zoster and Postherpetic Neuralgia: Prevention and Management.” NINDS: “Shingles: Hope through Research.” : “A Vaccine to Prevent Herpes Zoster and Postherpetic Neuralgia in Older Adults.”  















BMJNeurologyAmerican Family PhysicianNew England Journal of Medicine

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on November 26, 2018

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