Shingles

Question

I have had shingles for 6 weeks and the inflamation has cleared up, but I am still suffering some chest and back pain and loss of some energy. Is there any current remedy available.

Answer

The technical term for what you have is “post-herpetic neuralgia” which is the pain that occurs even well after the skin lesions of shingles have healed. You should discuss therapies with your doctor. They range from topical therapies such as capsaicin cream or Lidoderm patches, to oral medications such as Neurontin, amitriptyline, NSAIDs, and codeine-like pain relievers.

Alan Matsumoto, M.D.

About Alan Matsumoto, M.D.

Part-time Faculty, Division of Rheumatology
Johns Hopkins University