Shingles is a disease caused by the varicella-zoster virus – the same virus that causes chickenpox. After you have chickenpox, the virus stays in your body. It may not cause problems for many years. As you get older, the virus may reappear as shingles. Unlike chickenpox, you can’t catch shingles from someone who has it.
Early signs of shingles include burning or shooting pain and tingling or itching, usually on one side of the body or face. The pain can be mild to severe. Blisters then form and last from one to 14 days. If shingles appears on your face, it may affect your vision or hearing. The pain of shingles may last for weeks, months or even years after the blisters have healed.
There is no cure for shingles. Early treatment with medicines that fight the virus may help. These medicines may also help prevent lingering pain. A vaccine may prevent shingles or lessen its effects. The vaccine is for people 60 or over.
Postherpetic neuralgia is pain in the area where a shingles infection once occurred. The pain may last for months or years.
Postherpetic neuralgia occurs when the nerves have been damaged after an outbreak of shingles. Shingles is caused by the varicella zoster virus, the same virus that causes chickenpox.
Postherpetic neuralgia is more likely to occur in people over age 60.
The main symptom is pain in the area where shingles once occurred. The pain can range from mild to very severe. It lasts for months, sometimes years, after the original shingles infection.
Anticonvulsant drugs, usually used for seizures, may help with the pain of damaged nerves. Gabapentin and pregabalin are the ones most commonly used to treat postherpetic neuralgia.
Skin patches with lidocaine (a numbing medicine) may also be prescribed to relieve some of the pain for a period of time.
Pain medications are often needed. Sometimes acetaminophen or NSAIDs such as ibuprofen are enough. Many patients will need stronger, prescription drugs such as codeine, hydrocodone, oxycodone.
Drugs used to treat depression (antidepressants) may also help reduce pain, as well as help with sleep.
Electrical nerve stimulators may be used for severe, long-term cases of postherpetic neuralgia.
Consultation with a pain specialist may be necessary in some cases.
i treated by acupuncture and cupping a patient who had shingles for three months,blinsters on back and chest(right side) disappeared in two weeks ,then the pain on right back and chest still is severe,taking painkiller,no useful,can not sleeping at night, because of the Postherpetic neuralgia .
i use acupuncture and cupping,after three treatments,he feels very well,pain relief lots,sleeping is good,need not painkiller before going to bed.see the photo druing cupping.
see the photo bleeding in cup after cupping.
see the photo about the patient skin after shingles.
i have done acupuncture for 21 yrs, i got doctoral degree in acupuncture in Chinese university in 1995,and i had acupuncture work experience of big hospital in China,and i have the chinese medicine clinic in Newmarket Auckland NZ from 2003,so if you would like choose a acupuncturist to fix your problem,please come to my clnic ,you will have a excellent choice.