About 1 million Americans experience shingles each year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In addition, half of the cases typically occur among men and women who are aged 60 or older.
"Prompt diagnosis is important so that the appropriate treatment can be initiated in a timely manner to minimize ongoing pain," said Jeff Rogers, DO, interventional pain physician with Orthopedic Associates of SW Ohio.
The symptoms will depend on the individual person. Some people will just start to notice a single pattern area of the body. The area can just feel a little bit more sensitive if you're brushing over it or putting your clothes on or maybe sensitivity to temperature. The areas most often affected by shingles include the spine, stomach and chest, but can also include the face and mouth.
"The earlier a patient is treated, the less likely the condition will progress to a chronic condition," explains Dr. Rogers. Interventional pain management physicians use a combination of medication, interventional techniques to decrease pain. Topical pain medicines and nerve pain medications are helpful. Interventional procedures which may be used in decreasing pain include: injections and nerve blocks.
If you have been suffering from shingles and your quality of life is limited by something like putting on clothes or pain when somebody bumps into you -your shingles problem is probably not going away any time soon. "It is better to seek treatment earlier rather than later, call our office," said Dr. Rogers.
Dr. Jeff Rogers is a board-certified physician specially trained in interventional pain management. We have offices throughout the Miami Valley region to provide convenient, high quality orthopedic care to the community.