Post-Herpetic Neuralgia and Migraine

Episode 46,  Oct 28, 2013, 01:11 PM

Busting some myths about shingles and post-herpetic neuralgia, and the dos and don’ts of managing migraines.

This programme was funded by the Scottish Government.

Migraine is not ‘just a headache’ – it’s a disabling condition that can cause major disruption to work and personal life. So says David Watson, a GP who specialises in treating patients with chronic headaches. 

Dr Watson explains that the ‘migraine brain’ is extra sensitive to changes in the environment, how small changes to lifestyle can help people to minimise episodes and how to avoid the pitfall of medication overuse. He also gives helpful advice on how patients with migraine can best prepare for a visit to their GP.

Post-herpetic neuralgia is another frequently misunderstood condition with myths about its contagiousness and relationship to chickenpox and shingles causing confusion. Marian Nicholson of the Shingles Support Society clears up these misunderstandings and emphasises the importance of preventative treatments. We also hear about a new vaccine which should help to protect older people who are most at risk of developing post-herpetic neuralgia after shingles.


  • David Watson, General Practitioner, Aberdeen and Chair of the SIGN Guideline on Headache
  • Marian Nicholson, Director of the Shingles Support Society.
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