Do shingles make you tired?

Post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN) is a complication of shingles that can occur in 2 to 10 percent of people who get shingles.

It’s a burning, tingling, or weakness of the skin on your torso, arms, or face. These effects are usually temporary and can last a few days to a few weeks.

There are 2 main types of PHN, depending on where you have the rash:

  • Localized PHN: This type of PHN occurs in the skin’s nerve-rich area.
  • Generalized PHN: This type of PHN affects all of your skin.

Shingles can also cause fatigue.

How does shingles cause fatigue?

The pain and tingling of shingles is usually mild and goes away within a few days. But you may experience a burning or stinging sensation.

This can cause fatigue, especially in the first few days after you get shingles.

Fatigue can also be a side effect of shingles if you have PHN.

Fatigue is also common in some people with depression.

Shingles and fatigue

If you have shingles, it’s likely that you’ve had some fatigue in the days after the shingles rash appears.

Although fatigue is common in people who get shingles, it can also be a side effect of shingles if you have PHN.

This is because there’s a direct connection between pain and fatigue.

The pain from shingles can be so intense that you can’t sleep, which can make you feel tired and tired.

If you have PHN, fatigue is a symptom that you may have a mental health condition.

Fatigue and depression

Fatigue is common in people with depression.

Fatigue is a symptom of depression, but it’s not the same thing as depression.

Fatigue can also be a symptom of a mental health condition called post-viral fatigue syndrome (PVFS).

PVFS is a condition that causes fatigue and other symptoms when you have a viral infection, such as shingles.

Symptoms include:

  • Muscle aches
  • Headache
  • Fever

It’s important to talk with your doctor if you think you have PVFS if you also have shingles.

Treatment for fatigue and shingles

Fatigue is a symptom that a person may have a mental health condition.

If you have shingles, it’s important to work with a doctor to avoid complications.

If you have fatigue and have PHN, your doctor can prescribe antiviral medications to help you feel better.

Your doctor may also prescribe antidepressants. These medications can help you sleep better and reduce your fatigue.

Other treatments

You can manage your fatigue and shingles symptoms using complementary methods.

These include things such as:

  • Stress reduction techniques, such as yoga or meditation
  • Exercise
  • Acupuncture
  • Relaxation and breathing techniques
  • Weight loss
  • Exercise, such as swimming, walking, or yoga

It can be challenging to manage symptoms of shingles and fatigue at the same time. But you can try different symptoms of shingles and fatigue at the same time.

For example, if you’re more tired during the day, try doing more physical activity at night. This may help you feel better and help your shingles less.

Also, try to make sure you get enough sleep at night.

Talk with your doctor if you have shingles and feel tired. They can help you find ways to manage the symptoms.

Shingles complications

Shingles can sometimes cause long-term complications.

These can include:

  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Tingling
  • Diplopia

Pain and tingling

Pain and tingling can be very severe in some people with shingles.

In fact, it’s possible to have shingles and also have both severe pain and tingling.

However, the pain and tingling may be more severe if you also have PHN.

The pain from shingles can be so intense that it’s hard to sleep. This can make you feel tired and tired.

Tingling can also be a symptom of PHN.

Diplopia

Diplopia is a condition that causes double vision. It can make it harder to see or read.

It can also cause double vision when you move your eyes.

Diplopia can occur in some people who have shingles.

However, it can also be a symptom of PVFS if you also have shingles.

Treating shingles and fatigue

If you’ve had shingles, it’s important to treat it if you want to get rid of the symptoms. Doing this will help you feel better.

The sooner you treat shingles, the better.

Treating shingles can often prevent long-term complications.

It’s also important to see a doctor if you have PHN. Your doctor can help you manage the shingles symptoms.

If you think you have PVFS, you should see your doctor as soon as possible.

Your doctor can prescribe antiviral medications to help you feel better.

Your doctor may also prescribe antidepressants if you also have a mental health condition.

You can use complementary treatments to help you manage symptoms, such as relaxation techniques and acupuncture. Talk with your doctor before using complementary treatments.

When to see your doctor?

If you think you have PHN and have shingles, it’s important to see a doctor as soon as possible.

This is because PHN can sometimes lead to PVFS.

If you see a doctor, they’ll help you identify the symptoms of PHN and shingles.

You can also talk with your doctor about your mental health.

They can explain the symptoms of PVFS. They can also help you find ways to manage the shingles and PHN symptoms.

If you’re worried that you have PVFS, you should see your doctor. They can help you manage PVFS symptoms.

If you’re worried about depression, you can also talk to your doctor. They can help you manage the symptoms of depression.

They can also refer you to a mental health specialist for treatment if needed.

The takeaway

Fatigue is a common symptom with shingles. It’s also a symptom of PHN.

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