Reference Postherpetic neuralgia (PHN) Opens New Window, the most common complication of shingles, is difficult to treat. Your doctor may recommend other treatments, along with medicines, to control the pain of PHN.
Other treatment choices
There are other treatments that may be used for shingles and postherpetic neuralgia. These treatments may help, but there is no clear evidence from studies that show how well these treatments work. These other treatments include:
- Reference Acupuncture, a Chinese therapy that has been used for centuries to reduce pain.
- Reference Biofeedback, a method of consciously controlling a body function that is normally regulated automatically by the body.
- Reference Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) Opens New Window, a therapy that uses mild electrical current to treat pain.
Psychological therapies that help you tolerate long-term pain, such as Reference cognitive-behavioral therapy, may be helpful. These methods can include counseling as well as learning techniques that teach you to shift your focus of attention away from the pain, such as Reference relaxation and breathing exercises.
For severe pain from PHN, you may need to see a Reference pain management specialist Opens New Window. These doctors are trained to help with pain that doesn't respond to medicines or usual treatments.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference June 5, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference Nancy Ann Shadick, MD, MPH - Internal Medicine, Rheumatology