95% of the population carries the Varicella Zoster Virus (Chicken Pox). 1/3 of the population will have Post Herpetic Neuralgia within their lifetime. Shingles most commonly afflicts persons over the age of 50, particularly those with a weakened immune system. CuraLase approaches Post Herpetic Neuralgia by conducting a careful screening interview with a qualified practitioner. The screening will determine the correct protocol for patient care. This is an important step in making sure that the patient does not have an acute problem requiring urgent medical attention.
Post Herpetic Neuralgia is neuropathic pain, which occurs due to damage to a peripheral nerve caused by the reactivation of the Varicella Zoster Virus (chicken pox). The condition is very painful. It may resolve in 1 to 3 months, or could last for several years. Several types of pain may occur with shingles including continuous burning pain, episodes of severe shooting or electric-like pain and a heightened sensitivity to gentle touch. Post Herpetic Neuralgia is often very painful and can be quite debilitating. Individuals often experience a decrease in their quality of life.
Patients often experience pain relief during the first week of treatment and significant relief before the end of the protocol.
Symptoms of Shingles (Post Herpetic Neuralgia):
• Deep stabbing pain in the side
• Breakout of a rash or bumps turning into blisters
• Redness, burning with an extreme sensitivity to touch
• After the rash and blisters disappear, severe pain ensues
• Sensitivity to temperature changes
• Sensitivity to clothing touching the body