The pain associated with a shingles outbreak can last months to years after the rash has cleared. Dr. Liphard D’Souza is a board-certified neurologist and pain management specialist who sees patients at Neuropathy Treatment Clinic of Oklahoma in Tulsa. He has a better strategy than the anticonvulsants, opioid pain medications, and other ineffective treatments often recommended for the debilitating pain associated with shingles — combined electrochemical therapy. Rather than masking your pain, this innovative treatment addresses the damaged nerves causing your symptoms. Call the office today for an appointment or book your visit online.
Caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox (varicella-zoster), shingles is a viral infection that results in a painful, blistery rash that typically appears in a strip on your torso but may occur anywhere on the body.
The rash may take 3-5 weeks to clear and generally starts with burning or tingling pain at the site, followed by a red rash that eventually develops blisters which open, drain, and then crust over.
Once you’ve had chickenpox, the varicella-zoster virus remains in your nerve tissue. It may lie inactive for decades before reappearing as shingles. The CDC estimates that 1 in every 3 people in the United States will experience shingles in their lifetime. It’s more common in older adults but even children can get shingles.
Shingles pain, also known as postherpetic neuralgia, is the most common complication of shingles and affects nerve fibers and the skin at the site of the outbreak.
Nerve fibers damaged by shingles can't communicate clearly with your brain. Instead, the nerve messages become confused and exaggerated. This causes chronic, often excruciating pain that can last for months to years.
The symptoms associated with postherpetic neuralgia are usually localized to the area where the rash occurred and may include:
These symptoms all occur after the shingles rash has healed and your skin appears clear.
With combined electrochemical therapy (CET), Dr. D’Souza injects an anesthetic to block the nerve pain and applies carefully controlled electrical signals to the affected region which targets and helps soothe the damaged nerves. It’s essentially painless other than a slight pinch with the injection and takes just a few minutes to perform.
CET has a high efficacy rate, providing significant relief for 87% of patients who undergo the therapy.
For relief from shingles pain, schedule a visit with Dr. D’Souza today. Call the office or book your visit online.