Knowledge Base

Update on Shingles and Postherpetic Neuralgia

Shingles, also known as herpes zoster (the virus that causes it is the varicella-zoster virus), is an often painful condition that occurs in people who have previously had chickenpox. It is estimated that 95% of all Americans have had chickenpox at some point in their lives. The possibility of developing shingles is quite high, close to 1 of every… Read more »

Alcohol and chronic pain

People have been using alcohol to help cope with chronic pain for many years. Many people also may use alcohol as a way to manage stress, and chronic pain often can be a significant stressor. Research studies have found that as many as 28% of people with chronic pain use alcohol as a pain management… Read more »

Be kind to your skin

Unfortunately, when nerves don’t work right due to conditions like diabetic neuropathy, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), post-herpetic neuralgia, and chemotherapy related peripheral neuropathy, this can lead to skin problems: rashes, sores, itching, burning, and redness. You may not think this is very important, but if this applies to you, this article will point out… Read more »

Pain that continues after breast cancer surgery

Pain and breast cancer It has been known for a long time that only one out of three people who are newly diagnosed with cancer experience pain.  However, one out of two people who are undergoing cancer treatment, and more than three out of four who have advanced cancer, experience pain. Now, because of medical… Read more »

Diagnostic tests for peripheral neuropathy

Your nervous system and peripheral neuropathy Your nervous system is divided into the central nervous system (made up of your brain and spinal cord) and your peripheral nervous system. Your peripheral nervous system sends messages back and forth between your brain and the rest of your body; it helps to control your muscle movements and… Read more »

Why aren’t there better treatments for neuropathic pain?

Neuropathic pain is pain that serves no purpose: You keep feeling pain even when an injured part of your body has already healed. It’s caused by a problem with the body’s pain system. Like a broken alarm clock, this faulty system broadcasts non-stop, incorrect, and annoying signals that can’t be turned off. Research is shedding… Read more »

Understanding complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS, RSD)

Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a chronic pain condition. CRPS is also known today as reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD) and was known in the past as causalgia. The often-excruciating and non-stop “burning” pain of CRPS may be triggered by any injury, such as surgery, broken bones, or car accidents. Even minor injuries like sprains may lead to overwhelming… Read more »

What makes neuropathic pain different from other pain?

Amy is usually a multi-tasking whiz, but one day her multi-tasking talents let her down. While Amy was stirring soup on the stove with a metal spoon, she decided to rinse off one of her hands. She turned on the water faucet with one hand and kept stirring with the other – and got a… Read more »

Understanding fibromyalgia

Have you been told that you might have fibromyalgia? If so, then you could be one of the more than five million Americans who suffer from this chronic pain condition. Chronic pain is no laughing matter. According to the World Health Organization, one out of every five people around the globe has some type of… Read more »