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What is the risk factors for nerve pain after shingles?

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Researchers have long known that older people are more likely to get postherpetic neuralgia, the nerve pain after shingles. Other things that can make it more likely to happen include:

  • Older age
  • Being female
  • Having symptoms before the rash appeared, like numbness, tingling, itching, or pain
  • Severe pain during the illness's early stages
  • Severe rash

SOURCES:

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

SOURCES:

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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