• Colleen Colleen
    November 05, 2010
    Can shingles causes back pain?
    Colleen Colleen
    November 05, 2010

    I had shingles seven years ago on my left middle back.  Now I get periods of strong internal pain in the exact area. Can this pain be related from the shingles I had seven years ago?



  • Cort
    Health Guide
    November 05, 2010
    Health Guide
    November 05, 2010

    Yes, it could be. Post-herpetic neuralgia or post-shingles pain, happens to about 10% of the people who come down with shingles.  The virus could have caused chronic inflammation in the area and/or disrupted the pain producing pathways there; the virus is gone but some disruption remains.

    Topical ointments may help as well as a variety of other treatments - although it may take awhile to pin down what is most effective. Good luck! 

    Here are some links that might be helpful to you:


    Using Tylenol Responsibly

    What Can Be Done About Nerve Pain?



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