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To all whom use a heating Pad,,Please Read.......

Started by rene on 10/12/2012 9:41pm

Today I was thinking about everyone whom has stated they use N love the feeling of a heating,,All of a sudden something clicked into my mind :: 1. unless its being used for authritis and u stated u luv the comfort u get out of it,,,,,,Heat causes inflamation to the nerves,,which U all know causes pain N it takes days or weeks for the nerves to calm down,,Its Ice that calmes the nerves,,I know you all enjoy the feeling and comfort from the heating pad,,what u are doing is causing inflamation which results in pain and then u continue the next day and so on...So ur actually causing increased Pain..The proper way of using a heating pad is 20 min. of heat followed by 20 min of ice. I cant stress to everyone how true this is,,I wont steer U guys wrong,,so please try to always use the ice after the use of a heating pad..For those who are using heat therapy always end the process w/ice for an addition 20 min. Keep me informed if U try my advice and let me know if you find a difference.If you HAVE been using a heating pad daily for more than a week,U wont be able to tell a difference for atleast another week,,or also to REALY find a quick decrease in pain, discontinue the heating pad all together and just use Ice or a pack of frozen veggies ( always put a towel on ur skin N ice on top, never apply the ice w/out a barrier. I anxiously will B waiting to hear of everyones results. Pleas leave ur name and address so I can bill U for my services. ( fee being in the amount of sending me a hug) .LOL LOL... plz remember U wont see a result to tell me for atleast 4-5 days of starting this suggestion..or u can use Biofreeze or any other cold balms.....Nurse Rene :) :) TRUST ME,,I dont give medical advice unless Im certain, I did take an oath to do no harm,,its true , even in nursing when U graduate U have to take an oath...:)

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I'll remember this! Good info Rene!

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To All: I put out a very important tip and noone read it,,I guess U guys just love that heating pad, but im tellin U,,It is the route to causing inflammation,for now on I wont put out info unless asked...hope I didnt affend anyone.

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I agree Rene,
I use ice for the pain between the shoulder blades and neck, it works better than heat.
I use heat for my lumbar though...Don't know why heat works better there...it just does.
You know, this pain game is all about the little things we can do for ourselves, especially when some Dr's just don't give a crap.
To all of you that give advice and tips to the rest of us,
Thank You,
Janet

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thanks Rene :) you are totally right about using an ice pack after heat to keep the inflammation down. I remember being told that from years of physiotherapy. I often read posts on spine universe when I am feeling like nobody really understands what I am going through but I rarely post much. I often read your posts Rene and I just wanted to tell you that even though I don't know you my heart goes out to you and I love your sense of humor. Thank you for all your advice and please keep posting you make me smile :) Kim

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Hi girls, Kim Im glad I make U smile,,thats what its all about,,tryin to smile even though we R in unbearable pain. The pain takes everything from us but fight to keep that smile, Thats the only thing I have left and I refuse to loose it,,,,,my smile :) :) :) rene

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Rene,
I didn't know nurses also took an oath, wow. :)
Can you tell me, what's the best muscle relaxer is? I'm sitting here and my back is jerking with spasms.

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Hey Janet,

I am certainly no nurse but.... I have taken robaxacet in the past for muscle spasm and it worked pretty good. If you are looking for just an over the counter medication. Do you take other meds as well? just make sure you can mix them if so. hope you feel better soon :) Kim

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That's wonderful advice to share with everyone experiencing nerve pain. I'm one of thos people who experenice and have been dealing with extreme nerve pain for over 3 yrs. I just started a new physical therapy place, and found the best ice packs I've ever used. Its called ColPak and it isn't your typical gel type ice packs that only stay cold for like 10-15 minutes. This ColPak ice pak is filled with a clay like subastantce that stays cold for like 30-45 minutes. I have the lumbar one and the XL Size, and I use the lumbar on my back of course and the XL one on my right leg that I've got the nerve pain. These days of pain are misrable, and so difficult to deal with. Even the smallest amount of relief is so nice. Any idea on how long for a nerve to heal? Does the nerve usually heal?

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Hi Michele,,I must look for those packs u have,,they soung good. As far as ur questionabout the nerve repairing,,unfortunaltly no, and the longer it stays damaged the worse and more damage it causes. Sorry for being so blatent,,lying wouldnt help,atleast knowing u know how to properly care for the pain..Have u had surgery and when? Nice to meet U and welcome to the group. Happy Holidays, Rene :)

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Hi Rene, Thank you and it's nice to meet you to. Oh yeah those icepacks I think are the best, and I love the fact they stay cold for such a longer time. Yes I've had surgeries. I had 2 laminectomy/diskectomy last year (1st Feb 2nd Dec) due to a herniated disk on my L5-S1. In March this yr I had a anterior/posterior spinal fusion, and still in recovery from this surgery. My 1st surgery was with a ortho surgeon, and when I explained I was starting to have pain in my leg he said it was normal (I knew it wasnt normal pain). I found another surgeon who sent me for another MRI, and explained my disk had reherniated. He said there's onln like a 4% chance of a disk reherniating, and since I already had surgery that was my only option. He explainec he felt a laminectomy/diskectomy was the better option since less aggressive. I agreed to the surgery and started PT few months after, and seemed pain was lessoning somewhat. About a month of PT I started feeling alot of pain in my leg and back, so my surgeon sent me for another MRI. After I got the films I was looking at the images, and looking at one of the images I felt like I had been hit in the stomach. I was shocked and in disbelief what I was seeing because the disk fora 3rd time reherniated. Once Dr reviewed films he was shocked to see the results showed a reherniation, and he explained that I was going to need a fusion. During the time my disk was herniated it was compressing my siatic nerve. This round has been so difficult to recover from the fusion, and the pain I feel all the time and non stop is frustrating. Hopefully all the nerve pain I've been feeling & increasing is that siatic nerve is extremely slowly trying to heal. It's so frustrating not to have a good quality of life for over 3yrs, and to be in pain 24/7. Oh and no problem for you being so blunt and straight forward. Believe me I tell my orthopedic surgeon/his PA's, my pain Dr, and also my physical therapist to always be straight forward no matter if the news is good or bad because I get more out of it then from sugar coated information. Any advise or suggestions feel free to share it with me. I need friends/ppl who know what this type of life and pain.

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Hi

Found the information very useful. I suffer from mild spondylysis at times and more so in winter,neck pain and little giddiness. I do take morning walk for 40 minutes and do some neck exercise so it is in control. Only today, first time i tried heating pad and now will try ice pad. Will keep you posted on outcome.

Thanks Rene,

Atul

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I'm considering stabbing myself in the eye with a pencil to get my mind off the pain in my lumbar, leg, upper-back, shoulders and arm!

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Thank you very much for this info, Ms. Rene - I've been doing it backwards! (icing then heating) I knew my doctor told me to do both (to increase circulation or something) ... I guess I should have paid more attention to what he said to do! I had iced my spine, and was (right now) in the "heating pad" phase when I came across this! So now I'm going to "ice" it again!

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