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16 year old girl is having severe lower stomach pain off and on, so bad it buckles her over in tears. Er gave her vicodin (500mg) and ibuprofen on 3/29 for four days didn't help hardly at all. The only thing that seems to help is a warm bath. Heating pad

16 year old girl is having severe lower stomach pain off and on, so bad it buckles her over in tears. Er gave her vicodin (500mg) and ibuprofen on 3/29 for four days didn't help hardly at all. The only thing that seems to help is a warm bath. Heating pad

Abdominal : Abdominal pain is a very complicated symptom. Often, the er is able to make sure it is not caused by something dangerous and in need of emergent care, but rarely are they able to diagnose the problem after that. Still, you did the right thing by taking her to the er with pain that severe. You should call her doctor for an evaluation. Her doctor will be able to take a thorough history and physical which can help direct further testing and/or treatment if needed. Good luck! ...Read more

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Heat can ease muscle pain. Be careful not to overheat ...Read more


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So i'm 20 years old, i get these leg pains, its about every night they hurt. Seems the only thing to help is a hot bath or heating pad.Why?

So i'm 20 years old, i get these leg pains, its about every night they hurt. Seems the only thing to help is a hot bath or heating pad.Why?

Muscle cramps : These are common. Most frequent cause is cold extremities during sleep, excessive exercise, or caffeine use. Please try to discontinue caffeine, and wear socks or leggings to bed. If this doesn't help, see your, doctor. ...Read more

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8yr/o with JRA in middle of bad flare and says her liquid Lortab isn't helping with pain also Tryed warm bath and heating pad any suggestions?

8yr/o with JRA in middle of bad flare and says her liquid Lortab isn't helping with pain also Tryed warm bath and heating pad any suggestions?

Review: Review her JA treatment. She may require changes in her medication.to achieve better control. It is so sad she is requiring Lortab for pain. Also check her dose with her doctor. Maybe that can be increased. All the best. ...Read more

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Having pain in the middle of my back on the left side been having the pain for 3 weeks, have tried pain reliever, heating pad, massage, hot bath

Left : Left sided back pain may be caused by back joint problems, pulled muscle and injured rib or vertebrae, sometimes other organ systems can cause the pain. I would recommend being checked by your primary care doctor. Physical therapy is usually the initial treatment. Patients who fail physical therapy may benefit from steroid injections, other interventional pain procedures or surgery depending on the specific problem. Good luck! ...Read more

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What are some home remedies for terrible af cramps? Apart from heating pad and hot water bath coz they dont do any good to me. Thanks!

What are some home remedies for terrible af cramps? Apart from heating pad and hot water bath coz they dont do any good to me. Thanks!

Menstrual cramps: If you desire non-medication approaches you can discuss use of traditional herbal like Black Cohosh w your Dr. Sipping Chamomile tea can also help to dissipate pain. A small amt of essential oil massaged onto abdomen can be calming. Consider lavender, rosemary or sage. Stretch your body. Inhale slowly through your nostrils. Fill your lungs and hold for a count of five before slowly exhale. ...Read more

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34 weeks preg. Had Charley horse 2 nights ago still in horrible pain and can hardly walk!!!Tried walking out, heating pad, hot bath....no relieve!!!!

34 weeks preg. Had Charley horse 2 nights ago still in horrible pain and can hardly walk!!!Tried walking out, heating pad, hot bath....no relieve!!!!

Go to ER: Charley Horse(muscle spasm) can be quite severe and those who have not had it may not be aware of how painful it is. If all the home remedies have failed ,go to the ER. Some hydration,correction of abnormal electrolytes/minerals may be all that is needed. Hope you feel better ...Read more

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I tried tylenol (acetaminophen) sitting in hot bath n drink hot milk n get massages n heating pad n still hav severe back pain i'm preganant n what else can I take :(?

I tried tylenol (acetaminophen) sitting in hot bath n drink hot milk n get massages n heating pad n still hav severe back pain i'm preganant n what else can I take :(?

Hard to say but...: This is hard to answer without more details or even without examining you, but it would be totally safe to add 2 cups of epson salts to your hot bath to get magnesium into your body, which often helps.
Consider seeing a physical therapist and/or good osteopath (who does osteopathic manipulation- see http://bit.Ly/1kgd0xp) or good chiropractor. Acupuncture can help as well. Consider prenatal yoga. ...Read more

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Can a heating pad be used for mettorrphagia?

Can a heating pad be used for mettorrphagia?

Sure.: If you mean metrorrhagia, meaning irregular bleeding between periods, a heating pad may not help prevent bleeding but may help with the cramps you get when you bleed. You should be evaluated by a gyn though b/c bleeding between periods isn't normal and usually is easily treatable. Could be a polyp, an infection, fibroid, or perimenopause. ...Read more

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Does heating pad help kidney pain?

Does heating pad help kidney pain?

NO : Heating pad usually help relax the muscles /ligaments which can improve pain. Sometimes muscles around kidney can go into spasm from kidney infection called pyelonephritis and in that case a heating pad may provide temporary relief. ...Read more

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Will i sleep better on a heating pad?

Will i sleep better on a heating pad?

Not necessarily: Most people sleep best in a slightly cool environment. Too much heat could disrupt sleep. In really cold environment an electric blanket may be helpful. It is also dangerous to sleep on an heating pad due to risk of getting burned. ...Read more

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It okay to use heating pad at 34 weeks

It okay to use heating pad at 34 weeks

Depends: It depends where you are using it. If you are using it on you back or leg or arm that is okay. Not on your abdomen. ...Read more

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Can a heating pad promote implantation?

Can a heating pad promote implantation?

Implantation: There is no credible medical evidence that heating pads help or hinder implantation. The usual advice is just to rest, but there is no credible evidence that that helps either. ...Read more

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Is a heating pad good for mild kidney pain?

Is a heating pad good for mild kidney pain?

Possibly: Will not effect kidney but can make people feel better regarding a skin/nerve effect. ...Read more

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Is using a heating pad bad for your muscles?

Is using a heating pad bad for your muscles?

No: Heat can be very soothing for muscles, but if it is too hot, or if you have decreased sensation, a burn can develop and this is dangerous. ...Read more

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Can I use moist heating pad to manage sciatica?

Can I use moist heating pad to manage sciatica?

Yes: The sciatic nerve can be irritated because of a herniated disc, arthritis that results in tightening of the spinal canal, falls, injuries, or other rare reasons (tumors, infections). Anti-inflammatory medications, alternating heat/cold therapy, physical therapy (especially with traction) can be helpful to relieve sciatic pain. ...Read more

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Back/kidney pain, would using a heating pad be ok?

Yes it is ok: Yes it is ok and may help with the pain. ...Read more

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What is the best way to treat burn from a heating pad?

What is the best way to treat burn from a heating pad?

Depends on the: Depth of the burn. Only a trained medical person can tell the depth. If it is a heating pad burn, it is usually superficial, second degree at the most. If it is truly only second degree, topical antibiotic ointment and occulsive dressing for a week should do it. But, more importantly, why did you not feel the burning in the first place? If it is on leg, you might have problems with nerves. ...Read more

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When using a heating pad does the infection spread?

Yes: If the heating pad is shared with other people without cleaning it. ...Read more

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My back hurts really bad. What can I do at home to make it feel better? Heating pad?

Heat, rest, magnets: A heating pad (or hot water bottle) may help. Rest often helps.Avoid activities & positions that cause pain.You can try stretching & massage.Applying therapeutic magnets can reduce pain & speed healing.Anti-inflammatories like Aspirin or ibprofen can help, as can natural ones like curumin.If there is spasm, natural anti-spasmodics like magnesium & valerian may help. See a doctor if not improving. ...Read more

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What can I do to help with the pain of contractions? Can i place a heating pad on myself? Would it help?

What can I do to help with the pain of contractions?  Can i place a heating pad on myself?  Would it help?

Heating pad: And tylenol (acetaminophen) may help. You're already taking tylenol (acetaminophen) with Codeine which should help. If you're talking about contractions related to pregnancy, call your oby right away and ask for advice. Take care! ...Read more

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I have sciatica and have been literally sitting on a heating pad for hours at a time. Could this be making the pain worse?

No, but watch burns: Sciatica can be treated. If your heat pad doesn't resolve this (likely) see a pain or PMR doc for,work up of cause. Then treatments including home stretching.
Prolonged use of high heat can burn tissues, causing them to discolor. This should be avoided.
I n reality the sciatic nerve is over 5 inches deep, and the heat just doesn't get down that far ...Read more

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My wife sleeps all night with a heating pad to take care of her back pain. 1 month already with a heating pad at night. Is it really useful?

It may make her feel: Better but it will not solve the cause which may be self limiting with time. Otherwise, try lifestyle changes like exercise, not smoking & weight control. Otc meds if no contraindications may help. If not better & the pain is bothersome enough, see your physician. If mattress is old, a new one may also do the trick. ...Read more

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Lower back still continues after car accident 2 months ago. In the morning wake up in pain been streyching, using heating pad but still in pain?

Lower back still continues after car accident 2 months ago. In the morning wake up in pain been streyching, using heating pad but still in pain?

See below: There are many causes of low back pain. The most common cause is usually related to degenerative changes to the discs or joints of the lower spine. It is common for this type of arthritis to be worse in the morning and improve throughout the day. If your pain lasts greater than 2 weeks be sure to see your physician. ...Read more

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What exactly is a heating pad and kind to use?

Heating pad: A heating pad is basically a thin flat plastic pad with coils inside, which when plugged in, warm the pad. There are many brands available, but choosing one with a washable fabric cover and at least three heat settings would be best. Most drug stores sell them. ...Read more

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What would be the effect of heating pad to the fetus?

What would be the effect of heating pad to the fetus?

Not a good idea.: Any type of prolonged heat application to the fetus is potentially teratogenic and neurotoxic - avoid heating pads, saunas, prolonged hot-tub immersions throughout pregnancy! ...Read more

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How much time should I put a heating pad on my shoulder?

How much time should I put a heating pad on my shoulder?

20 minutes: In generally heating or icing a shoulder is done for 20 minutes out of an hour. It is important to ensure the heating pad is not left on too long as they can burn the skin particularly in the elderly. Most people find that icing the shoulder is a better pain reliever than heat. ...Read more

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Would it be recommended to to sleep with a heating pad at night?

NO: Do not ever sleep with an electric heating pad on. You could burn your skin, cause a fire, or become entangled in the cord, possible strangulation. Never fall asleep with the heating pad. ...Read more

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