Postherpetic neuralgia occurs as a complication of the disease shingles. Shingles is caused by the herpes zoster virus, which is responsible for chicken pox in children and young adults. If shingles develops later in life, however, it can damage the nerves, leading to signal confusion and chronic pain. This pain may last for months or years after your experienced shingles. The risk of developing postherpetic neuralgia increases significantly over the age of 60. Postherpetic neuralgia causes sharp, burning pain, sensitivity to touch, itching, and numbness in the affected areas. In some cases, muscle weakness or paralysis can also result if the nerves affected by the virus are responsible for movement. Postherpetic neuralgia pain can be extremely disruptive, affecting your enjoyment of life. Treatments include medicated skin patches and oral medication to ease the symptoms and relieve nerve pain.
If you have questions about postherpetic neuralgia or other forms of chronic pain, contact Pain Specialists of Orange County today. We have the expertise and dedication to patient care to help you manage your pain and regain enjoyment of life. Please visit our website or call (888) 699-1334 to schedule an appointment in Mission Viejo, Laguna Hills, or Irvine.