A nerve pain caused due to the damage or disease that affects the health of the nervous system of a person. When your nerves have a problem or are damaged, they send pain signals to the central nervous system and you feel the pain. This pain is usually felt as burning, stabbing, shooting, aching, or an electric shock kind of sensation.
Among other reasons such as, diabetes, cancer or cancer treatments, HIV or other STDs, or alcohol or drug abuse, Shingles is also a common cause of nerve pain. When you feel nerve pain, the term that is used to describe the pain is called neuropatic pain or neuralgia.
Shingle, as we all probably know, is cause by the same virus that causes chicken pox and is called Varicella-zoster. After you are infected from chicken-pox and treated, this virus remains in your body and becomes dormant for years in the nerve cells. The same virus awakens when your immune system is weak and due to various other causes, it attacks in the form of shingles also known as herpes zoster. This time, it can be worse than chicken pox and can also cause serious nerve damage. However, it can always be treated avoiding any serious complications.
There are times when people feel nerve pain after shingles has been treated, and hence it is important to be aware of the causes of nerve pain to avoid wrong diagnosis as nerve pain also indicates other health problems such as heart disease, appendicitis, etc.
If nerve pain is adamant, the situation is called postherpetic neuralgia (PHN) and can also be termed as neuropathy. In this case, the nerves have been damaged. Neuropathy is also a common condition and can be treated by treating any of the causes, in this case, shingles.
Medication helps in this case. Taking care of the overall health cures neuropathy and one can also build healthy nerves. You can talk to your doctor and get on a healthy lifestyle including healthy diet and practices to build healthy nerves.
You need to learn about vitamins and nutrition your body needs and follow the diet that gives you all the necessary and important nutrients. Therapies and alternative medicine also helps cure neuropathy. Acupuncture is a part of alternative medicine and can be used to cure this damaged nerve(s) problem.
The process is slow and one must be patient. Taking more stress about the whole situation will increase the chances of delay in the cure/treatment.