What Is Post-Shingles Nerve Pain?
Post-shingles nerve pain, also known as postherpetic neuralgia, occurs if nerves are damaged due to a previous herpes zoster infection, commonly referred to as shingles. Damaged nerves cannot correctly transmit signals from the skin to the brain, which can cause the chronic and debilitating pain you may be feeling.
Symptoms of post-shingles nerve pain are often limited or localized to the area of the skin where the shingles outbreak first occurred, in the band around your trunk, usually on one side of the body.
Less common symptoms of post-shingles nerve pain include itching, numbness, or feeling "pins and needles."
Discovering a Different Kind of Pain Relief
The journey of finding relief from post-shingles nerve pain can be a frustrating one – from the shooting pain and extreme sensitivity to multiple treatment methods that didn't improve your symptoms or had unwanted side effects.
Take the first step toward pain relief by talking to your doctor or healthcare professional about QUTENZA, the first and only treatment to deliver prescription-strength capsaicin directly to the skin.
- Patients have described post-shingles nerve pain as "shooting electric shocks," extreme sensitivity to touch, and pain from items that do not provoke pain (bedsheets, t-shirts, etc)
- About 20% of patients suffering from shingles will develop post-shingles nerve pain during their lifetime