ABOUT PAIN
AFTER
SHINGLES

Pain after shingles, or post herpetic 
neuralgia, is a common complication 
of 
shingles, a disease caused by the 
same 
virus that causes chickenpox.

PAIN AFTER SHINGLES IS DIFFERENT

What is pain after shingles?

Nearly 1 in 3 people over the age of 60 will get shingles in their lifetime. What many people don’t know is that shingles can actually cause long-lasting pain.

Shingles symptoms may start with a painful, blistering rash on the trunk, arms, and face. The rash normally goes away over time, but you may still experience burning, stabbing and shooting pain. This pain is caused by nerves damaged by the shingles virus. The site of your shingles rash usually determines where you are most likely to feel nerve pain.

DID YOU KNOW

Shingles is a disease
known for its painful,
blistering rash. Every
year,
nearly 1 million
Americans
get shingles

SYMPTOMS

What are the symptoms of
pain after shingles?

Some form of pain often accompanies the shingles rash, and this is considered normal. However, when pain persists for more than 3 months after the rash is gone, it is called pain after shingles.

Some people experience minor 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. Pain after shingles can often vary from person to person. People have many ways of describing this distinct kind of pain.*

PAIN SYMPTOMS OF
PAIN AFTER SHINGLES

Shooting pain where the shingles rash 
used to be

Sensitivity, pain from light touch 
of clothing or bed sheets

Electric shock

Burning

Stabbing

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
more

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.

PROPER TREATMENT

Treating your pain
after shingles

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.*

HOW LYRICA MAY HELP

For some patients,
LYRICA helps
significantly
relieve
pain after shingles