Once a shingles infection has healed, residual pain can occur for several months or even years due to the virus’ presence in, and damage to, the nervous system. The spine pain associated with postherpetic neuralgia would be similar to that felt during the actual shingles outbreak.
- Varicella zoster viral infection
- Nerve damage
- Pain in the area where shingles once occurred
- Pain that lasts for a long period of time (at least several months)
- Anticonvulsant drugs
- Anti-inflammatory drugs
- Spinal cord stimulation