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How does shingles cause long-term pain?

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Shingles is a viral infection of the nerve roots. Most people recover from their bout, but the pain can linger for almost half of the people over 60 who don’t get treatment. It can last for months, years, or even the rest of their lives.

These people have what's called postherpetic neuralgia, the result of the shingles virus damaging the nerves of the skin. In some cases, the pain is mild. In others, even the slightest touch -- from clothing or even a breeze -- can be excruciating.

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News release, Depomed, Inc. News release, FDA. Robert H. Dworkin, PhD, professor, department of anesthesiology, University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, N.Y. Johnson, R., , April 5, 2003. Jung, B. et al., , May 2004. Katz, J. et al., , December 2005. Mounsey, A. et al., , Sept. 15, 2005. U.S. Food and Drug Administration web site: "Shingles: An Unwelcome Encore." News release, FDA.







BMJNeurologyJournal of PainAmerican Family Physician

Centers for Disease Control.

Sampathkumar , P. Mar 2009. Mayo Clin Proc.

 

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on May 3, 2018

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News release, Depomed, Inc. News release, FDA. Robert H. Dworkin, PhD, professor, department of anesthesiology, University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, N.Y. Johnson, R., , April 5, 2003. Jung, B. et al., , May 2004. Katz, J. et al., , December 2005. Mounsey, A. et al., , Sept. 15, 2005. U.S. Food and Drug Administration web site: "Shingles: An Unwelcome Encore." News release, FDA.







BMJNeurologyJournal of PainAmerican Family Physician

Centers for Disease Control.

Sampathkumar , P. Mar 2009. Mayo Clin Proc.

 

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on May 3, 2018

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