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Postherpetic neuralgia ,Herpes zoster shingles,
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CLEEOROURKE posted:
MY SON DEVELOPED SHINGLES AT THE AGE OF 30 UNFORTUNATELY HE WAS IN AN INSTITUTE WHERE CARE WAS NOT GIVEN AND SINCE HAS HAD DEBILITATING PAIN FROM NERVE DAMAGE AT THE BRACHIAL PLEXUS NETWORK OF NERVE FIBERS AND SPINAL DORSAL ROOT GANGLIA. HE IS NOW 35 AND HAD SINCE THE OUTBREAK PAIN RADIATING FROM HIS NECK TO THE THORACIC AREA TO THE RIGHT ARM TO HIS HAND AND THE PAIN IS SEVERE HE HAD TESTING DONE AT A NEUROLOGY OFFICE OUTSIDE THE INSTITUTION WHERE HE WAS TOLD THAT THE NERVE DAMAGE WAS SO BAD THAT THERE WAS NOTHING THAT COULD BE DONE TO HELP HIM HEAL. I QUESTION THAT AND THUS THIS DISCUSSION TO FIND A PATHWAY TO HELP HIM IN ANY WAY THANK YOU
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lifes responded:
Clee,

There's actually very little to do for shingles. Most "treatment" is steroids at the outset and controlling itch/pain. Shingles in adults is extremely painful. For anyone who doesn't know, shingles can develop in any adult who had chicken pox as a child. The virus reactivates but in painful shingles rather than chicken pox.

It sounds like he developed a type of neuropathy or polyneuropathy from the 'injury' shingles left behind. Whoever he saw is mistaken... there may be no "cure", because neuropathy has no cure, but meds can help.

Have you read info at www.neuropathy.com ?

You need to ask about this pain. There's a HUGE difference between "nerve" pain and other types of muscle pain. Narcotics or antidepressants (given for pain syndromes) will not help nerve pain... but anti-seizure meds can help lessen nerve pain. Neurontin/gabapentin, Trileptal, are just two. Some docs give Lyrica, but it has many side effects. Anti-seizure meds cannot be abruptly stopped--or the person can have a seizure.

Lifes


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