GETTING A DIAGNOSIS
DIAGNOSING YOUR PAIN
Diagnosing pain after shingles is relatively simple. Because shingles is a common condition, your doctor may be familiar with it. Your doctor may also be familiar with pain after shingles, a complication of shingles. Understanding and getting a diagnosis is the best way of finding pain relief.
A few ways your doctor may
diagnose nerve pain after shingles:
Your doctor will ask about your
pain history and perform
a physical exam
For most people with shingles, a rash and blisters will form along the chest or back. This rash is often accompanied by pain. Your doctor may take a scraping or culture of these blisters for lab tests. But many shingles cases can be diagnosed without such tests.
Your doctor will ask if your pain
has continued for 3 months or
For many people with pain after shingles, the pain goes away with the rash. When the pain persists for more than 3 months after the rash is gone, it’s called pain after shingles. If you’ve had shingles, and your doctor knows this, pain after shingles is easy to diagnose. At this point, no tests are usually necessary. The pain will generally be felt in the same places the shingles rash appeared. You may not have to live with pain after shingles because treatments are available for this pain.
Treating your pain
Pain after shingles is a type of nerve pain, and nerve pain isn’t like other kinds of pain. That is why you may benefit from a specific treatment. LYRICA (pregabalin) is an FDA-approved, specific treatment that can help provide relief for pain after shingles.
Pain after shingles can last for months or even years. LYRICA is meant to be taken every day to manage this pain. For some patients, LYRICA can provide significant relief from pain after shingles.*
*Individual results may vary.