You feel like the torture of shingles is never going to end. The rash, the fever, the blisters and the pain that comes with the blisters is gone. You thought you were on the mend, but postherpetic neuralgia is making you miserable. It’s an intense pain and sensation of burning that has hung on even though all of your other symptoms are gone. Worse yet, you’ve been told by your primary care doctor that this pain could continue for months or years. It is enough to drive you crazy. Fortunately, you have treatment options that can improve your quality of life. Anticonvulsants and/or antidepressants can help you to manage your condition.
How Anticonvulsants and Antidepressants May Help You
Postherpetic neuralgia is considered a complication. It does not affect every victim of shingles. When it does strike, it lingers at least a month after everything else has gone away. It is a lingering effect on the nerve endings that were involved when you had the shingles virus. With the help of our team of professionals, you can combat this problem with the right combination of medications. Anticonvulsants are usually used to treat seizures. They stabilize problematic nerves that have irregular activity. Antidepressants help your body to deal with pain. When you use both kinds of medication in low doses, it could improve your quality of life. You could finally stop battling pain all the time.
Other Ways to Manage Postherpetic Neuralgia
When postherpetic neuralgia lingers, it can really be discouraging. You just want to put shingles behind you. It was bad enough when you were first attacked by the virus. You thought the rash would never fade away. You never thought you would have to deal with a burning pain that feels like your nerves are screaming. To conquer this problem, our team may prescribe a combination of therapies in order to relieve you of your symptoms. This may include tramadol, opiates, creams, gels, patches or interventional treatments. You will work closely with our specialist to find the best plan for you. Postherpetic neuralgia is a struggle, but you can live with this condition. With the proper treatment options, you may even be able to shorten the duration of the condition to put it behind you.
Talk to Us About Postherpetic Neuralgia
You will not know what will work for you until you take the first step and schedule a consultation at The NeuroMedical Institute in Panama City. Anticonvulsants, antidepressants and other treatment methods could significantly improve your quality of life. So, what are you waiting for? Contact us today to book an appointment to learn more about your treatment options!