What are the symptoms of pain after shingles?

Some form of pain often accompanies the shingles rash, and this is typically considered normal. However, when pain persists for more than 3 months after the rash is gone, it could be nerve pain caused by shingles, which is called pain after shingles. Some people experience mild pain with shingles or they simply feel itchy. For others, the pain is intense, and the gentlest touch can be excruciating. In certain severe cases, this pain can lead to insomnia, weight loss, depression, and disability.

People have many ways of describing the distinct feeling of pain after shingles and this pain can often vary from person to person as:

  • Burning pain
  • Stabbing pain
  • Pain that feels like an electric shock
  • Shooting pain where the shingles rash used to be
  • Pain from the light touch of clothing or bed sheets
Pain After Shingles