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.
Hampton T. When Shingles Wanes But Pain Does Not. JAMA. 2005;293(20):2459-2460. doi:10.1001/jama.293.20.2459