Postherpetic neuralgia

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What is postherpetic neuralgia?

Postherpetic neuralgia (PHN) is a painful condition affecting the nerve fibers and skin resulting from the activation of the latent varicella-zoster (shingles), the virus that causes chicken pox. Following the healing of the rashes and blisters, the pain sometimes persists.

Common symptoms reported by people with postherpetic neuralgia

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with postherpetic neuralgia

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Percocet)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
pain (2) postherpetic neuralgia (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
pain (1) postherpetic neuralgia (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Ratio-Lenoltec #3)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Zovirax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
postherpetic neuralgia (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Adderall)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Essential Oils)
Type
Other
How many have tried
1
Tried for
depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Salonpas)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
postherpetic neuralgia (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Celebrex)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Famvir)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
postherpetic neuralgia (1)

Data from patients with postherpetic neuralgia, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with postherpetic neuralgia

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Percocet)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
pain (2) postherpetic neuralgia (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for postherpetic neuralgia (2 evaluations)
Side effects
emotional lability
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
pain (1) postherpetic neuralgia (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Ratio-Lenoltec #3)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Zovirax)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
postherpetic neuralgia (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Adderall)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Essential Oils)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Salonpas)
Perceived effectiveness
for postherpetic neuralgia (1 evaluation)
Side effects
burning sensation in skin
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
postherpetic neuralgia (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Celebrex)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Famvir)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
postherpetic neuralgia (1)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with postherpetic neuralgia, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has postherpetic neuralgia on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 0
20s 5
30s 16
40s 20
50s 42
60s 55
70+ 48
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 3
20-29 years 8
30-39 years 13
40-49 years 16
50-59 years 15
60-69 years 9
70+ years 4

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 50
Female 144

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 84
Not Diagnosed 5

These charts show data from postherpetic neuralgia patients who have completed their condition history
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