Shingles is a condition that affects adults who have previously experienced a case of the chickenpox – usually sometime during childhood. When the chickenpox virus (varicella zoster) is reactivated, the virus will travel down nerve fibers, resulting in a painful epidermal rash. Shingles pain has been known to last for an extended period of time, even after visible symptoms have subsided. In most cases, however, shingles pain will resolve on its own within several months. Sometimes, the pain takes over a year to subside – in some instances, it has been known to last for up to 18 months. If your shingles pain lasts for longer than 18 months, seeking professional care is highly recommended. This typically means that the nerves have been permanently damaged, and ongoing treatment will be necessary. Comprehensive Pain of the Palm Beaches cannot cure permanent shingles pain, though we are exceedingly well-versed in effectively treating permanent nerve damage, and alleviating uncomfortable symptoms related to this specific disorder.
Symptoms of Shingles Pain
Those afflicted with shingles will experience some or all of the following symptoms:
- Abnormally sensitive skin/skin that is extremely sensitive to the touch
- Itchiness that ranges from mild to extremely painful
- Tingling or burning of the skin
- Blisters (often filled with fluid)
- Symptoms of the flu, such as headaches, chills, an upset stomach, fatigue, and a low-grade fever
While all of these symptoms are relatively common, those with shingles will almost always experience a skin rash and localized pain.
Treatment for Shingles Pain
Shingles pain can be extremely difficult to bear, and will frequently require pharmaceutical intervention. There are several topical treatment options, such as numbing agents and a Capsaicin topical patch. If pain is more severe, and topical treatment methods do not work (or only work temporarily), anticonvulsants or tricyclic antidepressants may be used. In most cases, shingles will last for up to five weeks – however, the pain can linger for a much greater period of time. If this is the case, we are available to help.
How Comprehensive Pain of the Palm Beaches Treats Shingles Pain
When treating pain related to shingles, we look at a number of elements – how long the pain has persisted, how severe the pain is, and how responsive an individual patient is to non-invasive treatment methods. In most cases, we will develop a conservative and personalized treatment plan, which will be geared towards eliminating pain in the shortest amount of time possible. In cases of severe and long-term pain, more invasive treatment methods may be necessary. However, it is our goal to cure your pain effectively and efficiently with as little intervention as possible.
If you are suffering from shingles pain, we can help. Call (561) 434-7577 and let the caring staff at Comprehensive Pain of the Palm Beaches help you along the path to healing.