Postherpetic neuralgia (PHN) is a painful condition that can develop after a person has had an episode of shingles. It is caused by damage to the nerve fibers that transmit pain signals from the skin to the brain.
The pain associated with PHN can be severe and last for months or years after the shingles rash has gone away. The exact cause of PHN is not known, but it is believed to be linked to an immune system response to the shingles virus.
When a person is infected with the virus, their body produces antibodies to fight off the infection. These antibodies can mistakenly attack healthy nerve cells, which can lead to inflammation and damage to the nerve fibers. This damage can cause pain that can be felt in the area where the shingles rash was located.
The most common symptom of PHN is a burning, stabbing, or throbbing pain that can be severe enough to interfere with daily activities. Other symptoms of PHN can include itching, sensitivity to touch, and a feeling of numbness or tingling in the affected area.
It is important to talk to your doctor if you are experiencing pain after having shingles. AAIM has experience helping patients with PHN get their life back. By utilizing various modalities to decrease inflammation and pain. As well as strength your body to fight the virus. Many patients report a significant decrease in symptoms associated with PHN.