Bounty [closed]: $50 for any suggestion that I consider promising enough to change my behavior for, conditional on my fully recovering by May 1.
Question: I recently got shingles; I'm now completely better, except for postherpetic neuralgia (~inflammation-caused nerve damage) in/around one ear, which intermittently causes weird sometimes-painful sensations, which (a) is distracting and (b) interferes with my sleep. I'm in the market for suggestions for how to ensure it's temporary: it "usually" goes away within a couple months, but I'll be real bummed if it lasts forever for me.
Unnecessary details that might help guide your suggestions:
- I'm a ~30yo Caucasian male, pretty much perfectly healthy aside from this.
- My first shingles-symptoms were on Jan 14; my last non-neuralgia symptom was around Jan 22.
- My default strategy is basically just (a) rest a lot because I'm tired, (b) drink a lot of water because I'm thirsty, and (c) take 325mg of aspirin 3x/day on the theory that (i) it's unlikely to hurt and (ii) it could plausibly help because it's anti-inflammatory.
- Suggestions I would pay out for if I hadn't already tried them: "ask a doctor"; "Google around"; "Google Scholar around"; "take aspirin"; "offer a bounty on Less Wrong."
Max 10 suggestions, first come first serve.
I'll pay more for suggestions I consider especially great.
Things that make me more-likely-though-not-certain to consider a suggestion "promising": links to reputable sources (like journal papers or LW users with high karma) supporting the idea; common-sense arguments describing the mechanism by which the suggested action should help; not involving unusual drugs.
My evaluation criterion is super subjective, and I'm a skeptical person, so I might naturally not pay out at all; so, to demonstrate seriousness, I commit to paying at least two bounties, to the most promising suggestions, even if they wouldn't otherwise meet my bar.
You win both of the bounties I precommitted to!