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I had laparoscopy surgery a week ago would you suggest using a heating pad or ice pack on the area? I'm no longer swollen from the surgery.

I had laparoscopy surgery a week ago would you suggest using a heating pad or ice pack on the area? I'm no longer swollen from the surgery.

Ice vs. heat: Simple answer is to use what feels the best at this point. Since swelling gone there is no reason to use ice if heat feels better. Ice may numb that area and help also. Really it's your choice now. ...Read more

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If I put and ice pack on a head injury and I put pressure on it is that bad?

If I put and  ice pack on a head injury and I put pressure on it is that bad?

No: Trauma to the scalp often produces a "goose egg" swelling due to bleeding into the membranes of the scalp. Ice and pressure will reduce the amount of bleeding. If injury is severe, evaluation may be necessary including ct scan to look for fracture or bleeding inside the skull. Ice and pressure will not affect the fracture or internal bleeding. But additional evaluation would be necessary. ...Read more

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I did an MRI in June 2015 after feeling pain in my neck for a long while. I put a load on my head at the end of May and it trigger end the pain again.

I did an MRI in June 2015 after feeling pain in my neck for a long while. I put a load on my head at the end of May and it trigger end the pain again.

Cervical impingement: Do not put a load on your head at this point. You did not give the result of the MRI You should see an ortho or neurosurgeon as the symptoms suggest a pinched nerve. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Just severed my spine in a atv accident what comes next after surgery will I be put in a cast?

Just severed my spine in a atv accident what comes next after surgery will I be put in a cast?

Which level ?: Which part of your spine was injured ? Need more information. Any internal injury ? Burns ? Will surgery be attempted to stabilize the spine ? You need to be talking to your doctors about the next step. ...Read more

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Where is the best place to put a ice pack on your head when u have a migraine?

Where is the best place to put a ice pack on your head when u have a migraine?

See a neurologist: There are many types of headaches and many reasons for each type. You should speak to your primary care physician who can refer you to a neurologist. It would be helpful for you to keep a "headache calendar" by noting down the timing, frequency, duration, and intensity of your headaches. Ice is not proven for migraines, especially if it is diffuse. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/headache.html ...Read more

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Will it hurt to put a heat pad on my back if I have a kidney infection?

Will it hurt to put a heat pad on my back if I have a kidney infection?

No it will not hurt: Kidney infection is a very serious condition. I assume you are under the treatment of a physician. To use heat pad to help the pain, if it helps to alleviate the pain, can be used. Zk. ...Read more

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I had a mole on my back taken off a week ago...is it possible to feel the pain from your back in your chest?

I had a mole on my back taken off a week ago...is it possible to feel the pain from your back in your chest?

Possible but.. .: Pain can radiate along nerves far from its origins However, depending on your age and cardiac heath, chest pain may need to be investigated a bit further to rule out heat issues ...Read more

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If I carry my backpack on the just one shoulder each and then back half of the time, then does it even out the stress on my shoulders?

If I carry my backpack on the just one shoulder each and then back half of the time, then does it even out the stress on my shoulders?

No: Wearing a backpack improperly can lead to severe problems get a good one and get it fitted - at a camping or adventure store - for example rei if you have access. ...Read more

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Back hurt i was in a car accident on last wed. My back is hurting a little bit, not as much as it was on friday. Do i need to go to the chiropractor just in case.

Back hurt i was in a car accident on last wed. My back is hurting a little bit, not as much as it was on friday. Do i need to go to the chiropractor just in case.

Before : Before seeing a chiropractor you should probably see your primary care provider first. He/she will perform a complete exam and may order x-rays. From there it can be determined if chiropractic services are in order. On the other hand, if you are already under the care of a chiropractor it is reasonable to go there and the chiropractor will tell you if you should see your primary care provider. I hope you are better soon. ...Read more

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Can i take a shower the day after having a abscess moved on my upper buttocks? u

Can i take a shower the day after having a abscess moved on my upper buttocks? u

Probably not: Depending on the type of procedure, many incisions and removals leave behind a wound that should be allowed to heal and needs to be cared for in a special way to allow that healing the best opportunity to do well. If you ever have a question about what you can/should/should not do after a procedure, it is vital to ask the provider or their support staff what to do. Always follow instructions. ...Read more

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After a meningitis shot could I put a cold or hot pack on it for pain?

After a meningitis shot could I put a cold or hot pack on it for pain?

Yes: I take it that you had a vaccination with menactra, or the Meningococcal vaccine? You can apply a warm or cool pack to the injection site for comfort. This will not affect the efficacy of the vaccine. ...Read more

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After showers, why does it hurt to put on clothes? This only started happening a few months back. I have the shower knob on the same that I always do.

After showers, why does it hurt to put on clothes? This only started happening a few months back. I have the shower knob on the same that I always do.

Nudes or Nerves: Means you're a natural-born nudist!Or maybe a side effect of one of your medications(maybe clonidine).I assume you mean your skin has become more sensitive and not your muscles.Correct me if I'm wrong, because muscle soreness could mean something else. Also, the skin feeling after shower could mean a nerve problem that young people can get, so since it's been three months,best to see your doctor!! ...Read more

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I fell and hit my leg against the cupboard i fell from i applied ice pack immediately but now a small area next to the gash is numb, why?

I fell and hit my leg against the cupboard i fell from i applied ice pack immediately but now a small area next to the gash is numb, why?

Unrelated: If you remember that the nerves in the skin run in all directions including across the area that is now your open wound. In addition, there is inflammation of healing (red, hot, swollen and tender) that may involve that nerve. Plus, the trauma may have cut or otherwise damaged that nerve. The good news is that skin nerves usually resolve and return to function depending on the injury severity. ...Read more

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