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The herpes virus responsible for chickenpox, Varicella zoster lays dormant in nerves after the chickenpox outbreak. Shingles (called herpes zoster) break out in the region affected by that nerve or nerves, which is also why shingles are usually restricted to one body side (as nerves don't cross the spine). [NHS page on shingles] Spreading the virus to ...


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I had shingles in the last quarter of 2013. It was on the facial and trigeminal nerves. There were times when it felt like someone was boring a hole in my ear with a dull drill bit and pouring 90% isopropyl alcohol on an open wound on my left cheek. It was damn painful.I have been taking gabapentin every since, and I'm not sure NSAIDs would be very helpful. ...


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In, shingles, pain commonly persists after rash disappearance and usually disappears on its own. If the pain lasts for more than 30-90 days after rash disappearance, it is called postherpetic neuralgia (PHP). Antivirals, such as acyclovir, famciclovir and valcyclovir, do not help in postherpetic neuralgia. Postherpetic neuralgia, NEJM: Antiviral drugs ...


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