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Lifestyle Changes for Postherpetic Neuralgia Treatment

Besides recommending medicines, your doctor may offer several suggestions regarding lifestyle changes. For example:
 
  • Make sure you get enough rest, avoid stress as much as you can, and eat well-balanced meals.
     
  • Simple exercises like stretching or walking can help. Check with your doctor first.
     
  • It may also help to use cool compresses to reduce the pain.
     
  • Do things that take your mind off your pain. Watch TV, read interesting books, talk with friends, or work on a hobby you like.
     
  • Try to relax. Stress can make the pain worse. Listen to music that helps you relax.
     
  • Share your feelings about your pain with family and friends. Ask for their help.
     
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