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What lifestyle changes should I make for phantom limb pain?

Charles J. Sophy, MD
Adolescent Medicine

Be as active as possible by exercising regularly, such as participating in swimming or walking. Talk to friends frequently and look for support groups in your area. Consider taking up a new hobby to distract your mind from pain. Experiment with relaxation techniques that work for you 

Follow your doctor's advice and take medications as prescribed. It is very important to maximize pain treatment options so that you can return to a functional lifestyle quickly.

You will also need to pay attention to stump care to reduce pain. Massage regularly or apply heat or ice.

Making lifestyle changes to help you cope with phantom limb pain can be important. Be as active as possible by exercising regularly, such as participating in swimming or walking. Talk to friends frequently and look for support groups in your area. Consider taking up a new hobby to distract your mind from pain. Experiment with relaxation techniques that work for you. Follow your doctor's advice and take medications as prescribed. It is very important to maximize pain treatment options so that you can return to a functional lifestyle quickly. You will also need to pay attention to stump care to reduce pain. Massage regularly; try gently tapping along the scar, and rubbing the scar and stump gently with soft cotton or linen cloth. Keeping the remaining part of the limb warm may also help.

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