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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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Low back pain is pain that occurs in the back above the buttock area and below the ribs. Low back pain can be sharp, dull, intermittent or constant. Pain can be at rest or associated with activity. Back pain can also be accompanied with pain that shoots or radiates down into the lower extremities or legs which is frequently ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Maybe: Heat is good for muscle tightness and spasm. Ice best for soreness and tenderness from inflammation. If it hurts to touch, ice it first, then put the heat on. Each one for only 15-20 min. Both can cause burns if used too long per session. Can repeat process several times/day. If the symptoms don't improve within a week, seek medical evaluation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Im having neck and low back pain what do I do my pain meds are not helping i tried heating pads my pain meds relaxing bed rest
Hello. : Hello. I don't know if your pain is chronic or acute. Sometimes having hot water against the muscles can help to relax them (shower head on pulsate mode or jacuzzi). If you are having neck pain, you might to ensure that your chair, computer set up etc, at home and at work are ergonomically correct. I do not know what pain medications you are taking but Flexeril helps to relax muscles. If you want quick relief medical acupuncture is very helpful. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have had a lot of hip pain lately on my right side. Cramping in my leg.. Sometimes it hurts so bad I do ice and heating pad. Please help me.
Sciatica: True sciatica is leg pain that shoots from back, down the leg past the knee. This mimics the path of the sciatic nerve, thus it's name. Mri of the spine would be diagnostic. I would surmise given the hip and calf pain, that this is more likely pinched nerve than a problem with both hip and knee (less common). If persistent, get into a spine/pain doc for an evaluation. No need to hurt so badly. ...Read more
Ive had this pain in my back in between my shoulders off in on for the past few weeks , i've laid on a heating pad and it dosent help what can i do?
FIBROMYALGIA : THORACIC MPS/FIBROMYALGIA Ultrasound usually relieves pain by improving blood flow to tender muscles. If it flares symptoms you may have fibromyalgia or a herniated disc stay the T2-T6 levels . You need a full exam labs. X-ray of thoracic spine and potential MRI If symptoms persist or worsen. TRY TENS TX . Start a gluten free diet WholeApproach.com and gutbliss. Com MEDS: LYRICA/SAVELLA/CYMBALTA . ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What would you do if you have a netlike rach but you don't use heating pad or anything? What could it be
Livedo reticularis: Netlike rash (livedo reticularis) could be a normal variant with cold exposure. In this case it disappears once skin is warmed up. If it is a persistent skin pattern, some investigation & possibly a skin biopsy are needed. Livedo is a vascular pattern, meaning there is some inflammation of blood vessels, which can be seen in lupus, vasculitis, certain meds & others. Please see dermatologist. ...Read more
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