“Shingles Nerve Pain” Facebook Chat on Dec. 3rd Offers Help, Resources...

Updated Dec. 20th, 2013

Several hundred people joined The Neuropathy Association for an informative Facebook Chat on December 3rd to better understanding the diagnosis, care, and treatment of people with shingles nerve pain (also known as post-herpetic neuralgia or PHN).

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Our guest hosts -- Neel Mehta, MD (Weill Cornell Medical College) and Lisa R. Witkin, MD (Weill Cornell Medical College) -- fielded questions posed by the Chat participants on a wide range of topics, offering answers, insights, and resources. The Facebook Chat offered participants a unique opportunity to learn about -- and discuss -- PHN, hear from and ask questions of Drs. Mehta and Witkin, Association staff, and peers ... aimed at improving overall quality of life and care by providing a better understanding for: 

  • the relationship between chicken pox, shingles, and neuropathy; 
  • symptoms and complications of PHN; 
  • evaluation and diagnosis of PHN; 
  • treatment and preventive strategies for PHN; and 
  • the role of current and novel approaches available through clinical research studies to managing PHN. 

“Shingles Nerve Pain” or post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN) is a painful condition that often occurs as a result of shingles (also known as herpes zoster). It is estimated that about 10-15% of people with shingles will develop PHN. The risk for developing PHN also increases with age -- especially in people over 60 -- and those who are immune-compromised. Anyone who once had chicken pox is at risk of shingles since the virus may become reactivated years after the initial infection. 

Dr. Neel Mehta is the medical director of Weill Cornell's Pain Medicine Center and New York Presbyterian Hospital, where he oversees out-patient and in-patient services together with a large team of dedicated pain and regional anesthesia physicians. He also is a co-director of the Weill Cornell Spine Center. He is both board-certified in Anesthesia and Interventional Pain Medicine.

Dr. Lisa R. Witkin is a board-certified anesthesiologist specializing in interventional pain management. Dr. Witkin is currently on faculty in the Division of Pain Medicine, Department of Anesthesiology at Weill Cornell Medical College/New York Presbyterian Hospital. She attended Penn State University’s Schreyer Honors College, where she earned a B.S. in Engineering Science, magna cum laude, with Honors in Bioengineering. She earned her MD at Johns Hopkins University, and she then completed a general surgery internship at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. Following her internship, Dr. Witkin completed an anesthesiology residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, and a pain management fellowship at the New York Presbyterian Hospital Tri-Institutional Fellowship Program (Weill Cornell Medical College, Hospital for Special Surgery, and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center).

A special thanks to our guest hosts for giving their time and expertise to speak with our community on December 3rd!


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