Many people will be glad to learn that a second vaccine, called Shingrix, to prevent shingles in people over 50 is now available privately in the UK. Currently people aged 70 to 79 years can get a one-dose vaccine to prevent shingles, called Zostavax, from their GPs.Continue reading GSK shingles vaccine now available in the UK
Dr Matthew Ridd wants to run a trial on preventing shingles pain. First, he needs to find out how people with shingles would respond to a survey following them for about three months (?) afterwards while they take the treatment for shingles pain. Click here to go to his survey and give him your opinion: https://primarycare.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/shingles
A vaccine for the prevention of shingles is available. If you are between 70 and 79 on 1st September 2020, you are eligible. The vaccine (known as Zostavax®▼) is provided from your regular GP, pharmacists or private healthcare providers. We encourage anyone who is offered this vaccine to take it up. Continue reading Vaccine to Prevent Shingles
Help spread awareness of chronic pain by clicking on http://bit.ly/PainReadiness. This UK based researcher would like as many people with chronic pain as possible to fill in the survey.
Please do – at http://bit.ly/PainReadiness
Would you like to help a researcher by answering his questions? Dr Paul Chazot ([email protected]) would like to find out what helps and hinders people from managing their pain. Continue reading Would You Like to Help a Researcher by Answering His Questions?
If you are finding it difficult to get the right medication to help with your PHN or if your doctor seems to have run out of ideas, you can ask to be referred to an NHS Pain Clinic. There are also private pain clinics. Continue reading Finding a Pain Clinic
Researchers from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, have found that an anti-seizure drug gabapentin and an antidepressant nortriptyline taken together is a more effective treatment to stop the pain of post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN) than either of the medications alone.