Pain After Shingles

(Postherpetic Neuralgia)

Patient Priority Clinical Sites is involved in testing an investigational medication to treat the pain that many people experience following a bout with shingles.

For some patients, once the itching, burning, tingling, rash and blisters associated with shingles disappear, pain remains. That pain has a name – Postherpetic Neuralgia.


Postherpetic neuralgia is a painful condition affecting the nerve fibers and skin.

During an initial infection of chickenpox, some of the virus can remain in the system, lying dormant inside nerve cells. Years later, factors such as age, illness, stress or medications can reactivate the virus, causing shingles. Sometimes shingles occurs for no apparent reason.

Once reactivated, the virus travels along nerve fibers, causing pain. When the virus reaches the skin, it produces a rash and blisters. A bout with shingles usually heals within a month. But some people continue to feel pain long after the rash and blisters heal …. postherpetic neuralgia.

Not everyone who's had a reactivation of the virus develops postherpetic neuralgia. But postherpetic neuralgia is a common complication of shingles in older adults. The older the age when the virus reactivates, the greater the chance postherpetic neuralgia will also develop.

Clinical Trial Regarding Postherpetic Neuralgia

Patient Priority Clinical Sites is now involved in testing an investigational medication to treat postherpetic neuralgia.

If you would like more information, please contact us.

All inquiries are confidential. All examinations and procedures are free of charge. And if your inquiry leads to participation in this clinical trial, you may be compensated for time and travel. All of the details are available by calling us.

Tel: 513-791-7760