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Treating Nerve Pain After Shingles

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Herpes Zoster (Shingles)

What Is Shingles? Shingles is a very painful disease caused by the same herpes virus that causes chicken pox (varicella zoster virus). Like other herpes viruses, the varicella-zoster virus has an initial infectious stage, (chicken pox) followed by a dormant stage. Then, with no warning, the virus becomes active again. About 20% of people who have had chicken pox will eventually develop shingles. This reactivation of the virus is most likely to...
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What type of specialist treats shingles

About the middle of april 2011 i began itching under might right breast and pain. I thought i had cancer, went to a clinic and they had me get cat scan of my right side under breast spent about $300 in deductibles expenses for nothing. I went to a...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Shingles (herpes zoster)is often managed by primary care physicians. If there is severe post-herpetic pain (neuralgia) then often a neurologist (nerve specialist) or pain specialist might offer some assistance at achieveing pain relief. KH... Read more »

diagnosed with shingles at 11

I am 26 years old and have had attacks of pain from shingles since i was 11. the attacks usually lasts about two minutes and are dormant for months. Recently, they have become extreme and close together. I got shingles from having chicken pox...
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
Sometimes shingles will cause persistent pain for months or years, especially after a severe episode. This syndrome is called "post-herpetic neuralgia". Many of the medications that are used to alleviate the pain of peripheral neuropathy... Read more »

How can you tell when Shingles are spreading to the internal organs?

I have numerous articles about herpes zoster which mention that in people whose immune systems are extremely weakened, the shingles virus can spread to the internal organs and affect the lungs, central nervous system and the brain, sometimes causing...
Brian Conway, M.D.

Response from Brian Conway, M.D.

University of British Columbia
Shingles is caused by varicella zoster virus, a virus in the herpes family. The initial exposure to the virus is usually as a result of cickenpox in childhood. The virus then survives in nerve cells for the rest of your life. At various times... Read more »

Shingles SUCK

The facts - Discovered I was positive after a Shingles breakout a year ago. Started HIV treatment at 100K viral load, CD4 of 64. Responded quickly to Combivir-Crixivan treatment - undetectable VL, CD4=100 after 6 weeks. Demanded a switch to a life...
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
Unfortunately, many people experience "post-herpetic neuralgia", which means that it still hurts after the lesions have healed. That is because when the shingles virus travels down the sensory nerves to an area os skin where the outbreak... Read more »
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shingles

Posted by tboy, 3 Replies
last week I was diagnosed with shingles. I didn't get nearly the attention of the doctors or information I needed. Oh sure I recieved a prescription but not much information. I'm taking acyclovir (sp?) It is painful to sleep and my leg looks... Read more »

Shingles = HIV?

Posted by grcboy30, 5 Replies
Hi there.
I had chicken pox at 5 years old so can develop shingles. I haven't been to the doctor yet but have what I am pretty sure is shingles on the side of my chest (a pink rash which is itchy with bumps). I am terrified of HIV. I am only 30... Read more »

shingles

Posted by LLsexyLL, 2 Replies
Does anyone know how to prevent getting shingles the second time. I had them Dec 2010 . Now my face has healed but I was told I can get them again.
Is there anyway of preventing getting shingles again? Read more »

shingles?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
i had a sexual encounter yesterday with a guy who appeared to have shingles. when i asked him he said it was eczema, which i did not argue, but while changing him in sexual positions i did noticed that the shingles were in his ankles, and other body... Read more »