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Post-shingles nerve pain, also known as postherpetic neuralgia (PHN), occurs as a complication of shingles (herpes zoster). The shingles virus causes damage to the nerves it infects, leading to ongoing pain signals sent to the brain.

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.

Symptoms of post-shingles nerve pain

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."

close up image of man’s lower back, indicating area of post-shingles nerve pain

Actor portrayal.

About 20% of people suffering from shingles will develop post-shingles nerve pain during their lifetime

The risk of developing post-shingles nerve pain increases with age

Causes of post-shingles nerve pain

Post-shingles nerve pain happens when nerves are damaged due to a herpes zoster infection, commonly referred to as shingles.

illustration of damaged nerves
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