FROM THE START
Getting the conversation
started with your doctor
Living with nerve pain after shingles can be frustrating and, at times, tough. But you’re not alone. Your doctor, as well as other resources and treatments, like LYRICA (pregabalin), are here to help. Whether you are in the beginning stages of getting the right diagnosis or you’ve been managing nerve pain after shingles for a while, working with your doctor is one of the best ways to find relief.
WAYS TO WORK WITH YOUR DOCTOR
PREPARING FOR YOUR
Visiting your doctor’s office and communicating your pain can be difficult, especially when you have stabbing, shooting, electric shock–like pain. Viewing your doctor as your partner will enable you both to decide the best course of action and help you get the most from your treatment plan.
Take a look at some ways to work
with your doctor.
Tell your doctor about
If you have just been diagnosed with shingles, talk to your doctor. Your doctor may prescribe an antiviral treatment to shorten the time you have a rash. If you have pain that persists after your rash is gone, you may have pain after shingles. Be sure to ask your doctor questions and keep him or her informed of your pain. This will enable your doctor to decide the best course of treatment.
Ask about pain after shingles
It’s helpful to have a list of your symptoms when visiting your doctor. Putting everything on paper can make it easier to explain all the ways pain after shingles affects you. If your rash has already gone away, but your pain persists, you should talk to your doctor.
Tell your doctor if:
- Your pain persists for 3 months or longer after your shingles rash has healed
- You feel burning or stabbing pain where your shingles rash used to be
- Light touches, like from your clothing or bed sheets, cause you pain
Tell your doctor about:
- Any medicine you have taken for your pain after shingles
- When your rash first appeared
- How pain after shingles has impacted you
Ask yourself these questions
The questions below can help you get the conversation started with your doctor. Write down your answers on a notepad, and take them with you to your next doctor’s appointment.
- How would you describe your pain after shingles symptoms?
- On a scale of 0 to 10 (0 = no pain; 10 = most pain), how would you rate the severity of your pain?
- In the last week, has your pain after shingles impacted you?
Ask your doctor if LYRICA
can help you treat your condition
If you’re diagnosed with nerve pain after shingles, ask your doctor if LYRICA could be right for you. For some patients in a 13-week clinical study, LYRICA (pregabalin) provided significant relief from pain after shingles.*
Remember, your treatment is an ongoing process. It’s very important that you be aware of how it is affecting you, and that you communicate this information to your doctor. Any changes or additions to your treatment should be a decision you make together. Your doctor wants to hear about your symptoms and experiences, and how you feel.