Pain Matters


As we get older the chance of us getting shingles increase. It can often be a very painful and persistent problem to many affecting their daily life in very profound ways.

Along with the outbreak of a red and scaly rash there is sharp, shooting and burning pain. This normally affect the trunk and abdominal area but can affect others parts of the body including the face. These symptoms last for several weeks. Treatment initially can include antiviral medication, anesthetic patches and sometimes oral steroids. Unfortunately, quite often pain persists even after the shingle rash heals.

Specialized injections including epidurals can be used to speed up the resolution of the shingles out break and the associated pain. Injections also reduce the chance often developing pain which outlasts the actual shingles outbreak which is known as post-herpetic neuralgia.

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