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Dr. Mark Pack
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Lose Weight (Definition)

Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more


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All of a sudden last night i started experiencing knee pain.I have had no trauma and did not fall. I have used a heating pad but it is stillput weight?

All of a sudden last night i started experiencing knee pain.I have had no trauma and did not fall. I have used a heating pad but it is stillput weight?

See Ortho if Needed: Usually most pain resolves on its own, however if it persists or you have swelling noted you may want to see an orthopedic doctor to evaluate it further. Use Ibuprofen or aleve (naproxen) around the clock for the next several days to help as well. ...Read more

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Do slimming gels that heat up as you move or exercise to cause excess sweating in fatty areas make you lose weight or do you simply just sweat more?

Do slimming gels that heat up as you move or exercise to cause excess sweating in fatty areas make you lose weight or do you simply just sweat more?

You simply sweat mor: If you sweat enough to be dehydrated you weigh less with the same amount of fat. There is no selective loss of fat except by liposuction. Diet and exercise make you slimmer. This is worthwhile in every way. ...Read more

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Will a heating pad help with a bloated stomach?

Will a heating pad help with a bloated stomach?

Maybe but...: There are lots of reasons for abdominal discomfort & bloating, & not all of them are due to the gynecologic tract. Even "functional" syndromes may be present without underlying "disease." however partial sbo due to metabolic & inflammatory conditions nearby (like an untreated infection of the urinary tract) must be considered & addressed. Check with doctor for examination & treatment options. ...Read more

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Can a heating pad help shrink a 7.5 cm ovarian cyst? Any other remedies to naturally shrink an ovarian cyst? Also, can it shrink much within one week?

Can a heating pad help shrink a 7.5 cm ovarian cyst? Any other remedies to naturally shrink an ovarian cyst? Also, can it shrink much within one week?

No: A heating pad can help with the discomfort from an ovarian cyst but will not help shrink it. They can shrink some or rupture and go away completely in 1 week, can remain unchanged or can even grow in that time. That is the reason that follow-up is recommended. Hope this helps. ...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?

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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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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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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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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Can I use a heating pad on my swollen ankles?

Can I use a heating pad on my swollen ankles?

Swollen ankles.: Can but better to find out why they are swollen and treat the reason rather than the symptom. ...Read more

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I used a heating pad at 6 weeks on belly for 20 minutes on high and then on my back. Could I have caused harm?

I used a heating pad at 6 weeks on belly for 20 minutes on high and then on my back. Could I have caused harm?

No worries: If the skin looks normal, no worries. What will be, will be. Many things are possible in life, so we can't about "sweatin' the small stuff", as they say. ...Read more

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Heating Pad (Definition)

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