Sunday, 17 November 2013

Neuropathy Association Facebook Chat About Shingles

Today's post from the Neuropathy Association of another of their very useful Facebook events. This one concerns shingles, which as a nerve disorder, is very closely related to neuropathy and often leads to neuropathic complications in patients. Many people with HIV will be used to shingles appearing in their lives (post herpetic neuralgia) so the information exchanged on November 20th 2013 could be of great help, whether you also have neuropathic problems or not. Worth checking in or at least reading the transcript when it appears later.

SAVE THE DATE! November 20th for Our “Shingles Nerve Pain” Facebook Chat
November 13th, 2013

The Neuropathy Association is pleased to announce that we will be hosting a Facebook Chat on November 20th that focuses on better understanding the diagnosis, care, and treatment of people with shingles nerve pain (also known as post-herpetic neuralgia or PHN).

FACEBOOK CHAT: “Shingles Nerve Pain”
WHEN: November 20th, 2013 (7 - 8:30 pm ET)
GUEST HOSTS: Neel Mehta, MD (Weill Cornell Medical College) and Lisa R.Witkin, MD (Weill Cornell Medical College)

“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.

This Facebook Chat offers participants a unique opportunity to learn about -- and discuss -- PHN, hear from and ask questions of health care experts (Drs. Mehta and Witkin), Association staff, and peers, and improve 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.

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).

We look forward to having you join us on November 20th for this Facebook Chat, which will be held on The Neuropathy Association’s Facebook page. A special thanks to our guest hosts for giving their time and expertise to speak with our community!

P.S.: If you do not use Facebook:

- You can still access the Chat "live" by visiting The Neuropathy Association's Facebook page, but you will not be able to join the conversation by posting comments. View the Neuropathy Association's Facebook page!

- You can read a transcript of the highlights from the Chat that will be published afterwards in the coming weeks. Sign up to receive your free copy of the transcript by email!

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