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Medical News and Perspectives
May 25, 2005

When Shingles Wanes But Pain Does Not

JAMA. 2005;293(20):2459-2460. doi:10.1001/jama.293.20.2459

Boston—Although chronic neuropathic pain can be excruciating and debilitating, patients experiencing it often have difficulty describing the sensation and pinpointing its origin. Treatment is therefore a challenge for physicians, and preventing the onset of chronic neuropathic pain is a research area of great interest.

At the recent American Pain Society annual meeting, Robert Dworkin, PhD, of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in Rochester, NY, spoke of his work aimed at predicting and preventing chronic neuropathic pain in patients with herpes zoster, also known as shingles. The findings could have implications for many types of chronic neuropathic pain, including diabetic neuropathy, HIV neuropathy, phantom limb pain, and mastectomy pain.

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