Tag: neuropathy

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 »

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 »

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 phantom limb pain

You need to know: Phantom limb pain can happen after the amputation of a body part, such as a foot, arm, or leg. A person with phantom limb pain feels that his or her whole limb still exists (and still hurts) even though it’s no longer there. Up to 80% of people who’ve had a limb amputated have… Read more »