Postherpetic neuralgia is a complication of shingles in which pain lingers after the bumps, blisters, and rashes have subsided. While many patients experience postherpetic neuralgia shortly after contracting shingles, this condition may surface years after the original virus was contracted. This painful disease can last for weeks and leave behind a chronic state of pain that significantly decreases your quality of life.
The chickenpox virus is the primary cause of postherpetic neuralgia. Unlike other viruses, chickenpox lingers in the body and can be reactivated with time. While nerve pain is the primary symptom of postherpetic neuralgia, loss of appetite, sleep loss, and difficulty concentrating are also common.
If you have recovered from shingles but are suffering from postherpetic neuralgia, then contact our spine care experts who can provide you with the pain relief you deserve. We will provide you with a balanced, individualized treatment plan that addresses your specific needs and helps you live a pain-free life. At The Spine Care Center in Manassas, we’re committed to helping our patients recover with minimally invasive pain management procedures that don’t require extensive recovery time.
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