Shingles and the Wisdom of Early Treatment


If you experience any of the following symptoms[1]

–           Nerve pain of unknown origin

–           Enlarged lymph nodes

–           Highly sensitive, tingling or burning skin

–           Pain in the left side of the chest and heart attack has been ruled out

–           Pain in the neck or back that begins to radiate down one limb or around your chest

–           Body aches, fever and chills and flu and meningitis have been eliminated as a diagnosis

Contact your physiciuan or your local NeuropathyDR® clinician immediately.  You could very well have shingles even if the rash itself has not appeared.

This is especially true if you are 50 years or older and

–           Had chicken pox at some point in your life

–           Have an autoimmune disease

–           Have any other health issue or significant stress that weakens your immune system

Shingles is not life threatening but it is extremely painful.  And, without proper treatment early on, you could develop postherpetic neuralgia caused by damage to the nerves in the area affected by shingles.   Postherpetic neuropathy can be debilitating and can last for years.  The pain can be so intense that even clothing on the skin can be excruciating.

To lessen the possibility of postherpetic neuropathy, early treatment is a must.

Treatment Regimen

If you actually manage to start treatment before the shingles rash appears, expect treatment with medication first to ease some of your pain. Your NeuropathyDR® clinician will then evaluate your spine and the skeletal system paying particular attention to the area where you’re experiencing pain.

Chances are, your nerves are being affected by misalignments too,  and your NeuropathyDR® clinician will give you an adjustment to realign the skeletal system so that your nerves are not being adversely affected.  That will not only help with your immediate problem, it will decrease the chance of long term nerve damage leading to postherpetic neuropathy.

In addition to a chiropractic and/or physical therapy to realign the spine and support proper functioning of your nervous system, your NeuropathyDR® clinician will advise you on proper nutrition and a diet plan to give your body what it needs to heal.

Stress Management is Vital[2]

Just as you need the right diet in order to heal, you need to get plenty of rest and avoid stress as much as possible.

Your NeuropathyDR® clinician will put together a lifestyle plan for you utilizing stress management tools to help you avoid or limit stress than can make a bad medical situation even worse.  Some suggested techniques are:

–           Exercising regularly.

–           Relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, tai chi, yoga or meditation.  Any of  these will calm the mind and, in turn, calm the body and nerves.

–          Finding a hobby that will take the mind off postherpetic neuropathy pain.

The Final Step in Nerve Protection/Repair

Once you have chiropractic adjustment to eliminate subluxation and provide support for the nervous system, you’re eating the proper diet to support your body and your stress is under control, the final step is repair of any nerve damage.  Talk to your local NeuropathyDR® clinician about our unique treatment protocol. Only our clinicians are taught this.

This allows the nerves to communicate again and that, in itself, starts the process of reversing the damage of peripheral neuropathy.

As an added bonus, the NeuropathyDR® Treatment System for Post-Herpetic Neuralgia can be used in your own home, on your own, once your health practitioner has started the treatment and established a base line for you to build on.

The combination of hands-on care, nutrition, stress management and NeuropathyDR®, employing neurostimulation as one component is showing great promise in helping shingles patients and those unfortunate enough to develop postherpetic neuropathy return to a pain free life, without the long term debilitating effects of postherpetic neuropathy.

Can any of these treatments “cure” shingles? No, of course not.  Shingles is caused by a virus.

However, early treatment at the earliest sign of symptoms will make it much easier for your body to fight off the virus sooner and lessen your chance of developing postherpetic neuropathy.

We hope this information helps you deal with this very uncomfortable illness and the possible lasting effects of Postherpetic Neuropathy.  Having a bit more background information on your illness will help you participate in your care and give you a better chance of a positive outcome.

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