What is Post-Herpetic Neuralgia

Post-Herpetic Neuralgia-  A complication of the Shingles virus that involves continued, lingering, burning pain along the affected nerves and skin after the Shingles blisters have subsided.  In order to contract this condition, a person must have had the chicken pox, because Shingles (herpes-zoster virus) is a reactivation of the dormant virus. 

More about Post-Herpetic Neuralgia can be found on the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke website:  http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/shingles/detail_shingles.htm

More about Post-Herpetic Neuralgia from The Mayo Clinic website: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/postherpetic-neuralgia/basics/definition/con-20023743

Post-Herpetic Neuralgia Signs & Symptoms:

  • Burning, sharp, or aching pain along the affected nerves (typically spreading from the back, around the side along the torso)
  • Sensitivity to touch
  • Muscle weakness