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Postherpetic Neuralgia – Preventing Long Lasting Shingles Pain

Posted by Jane Jansen on

Postherpetic neuralgia occurs when nerves have been damaged in the area where an outbreak of shingles has occurred. The pain of shingles persists after the rash has gone and in some people it lasts months or even years.

Shingles is an infection of a nerve area caused by the varicella-zoster virus. The virus usually affects one nerve only, on one side of the body. Symptoms occur in the area of skin that the nerve supplies. Occasionally, two or three nerves next to each other are affected.

The first sign of shingles usually is a tingling feeling, itchiness, constant dull, burning, gnawing or stabbing pain on the skin typically on the back, side, tummy or face near the eye. A rash typically appears 2-3 days after the pain begins.

Statin Drugs for lower cholesterol are linked to developing shingles, particularly as you get older.

According to the CDC about 48% of adults aged 75 and over and about 71% of adults with cardiovascular disease and 54% of adults with high cholesterol use a statin cholesterol-lowering medication.

According to a study published on November 13, 2013 in the medical journal "Clinical Infectious Diseases", " Statins lower the immune system, possibly resulting in reactivation of the varicella zoster virus (shingles virus) already dormant in the body." In the main analysis, "The rate of herpes zoster virus (shingles) was higher among users of statins relative to nonusers of these drugs."

A medical study published in the June 14th 2018 medical journal PLOS showed Statin users had a significantly higher risk of Herpes Zoster (HZ) than non-statin users and the risk was especially high in the elderly. The risk increased in terms of cumulative dose and the duration of statin use. Conclusion of the study:  “These epidemiologic findings provide strong evidence for an association between HZ and statin use, and suggest that unnecessary statins should be avoided.”

In our practice we see numerous patients with posterherpetic neuralgia even though they have been given treatments by their medical doctor. To avoid this long lasting pain it is crucial to begin natural treatments as soon as possible after diagnosis to prevent nerve damage. The longer the person has experienced the pain, the more difficult it is to reverse it.

Upon Shingles diagnosis immediately start taking (along with your doctor's treatments):

Olive leaf extract (Natural Factors) 2 caps 3 x day to kill off the virus. Take it even if you are on an anti-viral medication from the doctor.

B-12 1000mcg (sublingual) (Jarrow Formulas) under the tongue 2 x day to protect the nerve.

Vitamin B6- 2 x day to protect the nerve.

Curcumin Phytosome Meriva 500mg (Jarrow Formulas) 2x day with meals for pain relief.

Plus CBD Oil 15mg (CV Sciences) 1 cap 2x day for pain and inflammation

Plus CBD Oil  (CV Sciences) or lotion apply topically as often as needed for pain relief. If sores are open apply Colloidal Silver gel to kill the infection topically.


I can’t urge strenuously enough to begin this treatment as soon as possible when shingles has been diagnosed and to continue for at least 2 weeks after pain is completely gone. For further treatment suggestions it is advised to schedule an in-office or telephone Natural Wellness Appointment at the Tree of Life Wellness Center. 508-336-4242

Jane Jansen  Naturopath Tree of Life Wellness Center

Host Holistic Healthline Radio

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