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Herpes Zoster, better known as shingles can result in Postherpetic neuralgia (PHN) following reactivation of the varicella-zoster virus. This may produce chronic neuropathic pain similar to the PHN pain without the presence of a rash. PHN associated herpes zoster pain may be perceived as constant or intermittent burning, aching, or throbbing that occurs with or without stimulus; a majority of patients with PHN (~70%) develop allodynia (i.e. pain over the affected area when there is light touch).

 

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Nobody likes the short, colder days of the winter season. If you are suffering from chronic pain it can be even more of a problem.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is form of depression that occurs during a particular time of the year, typically the winter. There appears to be a relationship with a pattern of increased chronic pain symptoms and SAD leading researchers to suggest that there may be a biological reason the two are related.

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Suffering from arm pain, neck pain or headaches that are not responding to physiotherapy or over the counter analgesics? Your neck could be the source of the issue.

Dr. Dominic Hegarty, Consultant in Pain Management and Clinical director at Pain Relief Ireland discusses the options available to help you diagnose and treat this condition with Maura & Daithi on RTE’s Today program.

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