If you have been diagnosed with Shingles, your doctor may have treated the acute infection and be providing you with pain medication. If pain remains, the Regional Pain Treatment Medical Center can help your doctor by using advanced treatments to achieve optimum pain relief of your pain problem.
Acute Herpes Zoster Neuralgia
Shingles is caused by a Herpes Zoster Virus, similar to the Chicken Pox Virus. It can affect any part of your body. The virus attacks specific nerve roots causing death of the entire nerve.
Typical symptoms include vesicular skin rash, which covers the distribution of the nerve. It can be extremely painful and take months to heal. It can be constant with sharp knife-like (lancinating) pain. These can occur 24 hours per day at frequent intervals. The pain can last from days to weeks and may respond to conservative therapies as recommended by your Family Doctor or your Pain Doctor. Some require more aggressive therapy.
Unfortunately 5-10% of patients have the development of a Chronic Pain Syndrome, which can last from 1-10 years or a lifetime. In these patients there is permanent damage and an unending pain cycle which causes physical, emotional, psychological and social repercussions. Sadly there may be great disability.
Fortunately the RPTMC can help you break the cycle of pain and also may prevent development of the chronic syndrome of pain. Early pain therapy will provide the best chance of successful recovery and prevention of a long-term pain syndrome.
Many Chronic Sufferers respond well to treatment. In addition to Conservative Medical Treatment, which may include antiviral and pain medication and topical analgesics, your RPTMC Pain Doctor can provide highly effective Injection techniques such as Epidural Injections, Sympathetic Nerve Blocks and Implantable Therapy.
In many patients the majority of the pain is relieved after the first injection. All treatments are aimed at reducing your pain and returning you to a more normal life. The Benefits versus Risks of recommended procedures will be discussed in detail. Our pain doctors are highly trained and experienced to assure the greatest safety.