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Do Heating Pads Help Cramps
It is superficial: You get cramps because the uterus is a big muscle and it is typically trying to squeeze out some blood. The uterus is also located deep down in your pelvis and heat from a heating pad simply does not reach it. ...Read more
I've heard heating pads can give you cancer. Is this true? I like using one to ease my menstrual cramps each month.
Health Myths: This would be a false or inaccurate myth. No is the answer to your question. ...Read more
What are some home remedies for terrible af cramps? Apart from heating pad and hot water bath coz they don't 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
I was using a heating pad for cramps from the drug store and I feel like it was sending electric shock so I stopped. Do I need to go to the er?
No: Do not use that heating pad again. Try to return it. If you have not additional symptoms than you had before using the heating pad, there is no cause for concern. ...Read more
I get lower back pain with my cramps. I don't have a heating pad, but I have icy hot. Will it help?
Probably: Yes Ashley, please try it. It may help because it is essentially an attempt to divert the resources of your nervous system so that it sends temperature signals (either heat or cold) rather than pain during cramps. So try it, it may help. ...Read more
I had a pap smear 2 days ago, and I have cramps that keep me up at night, and I need a heating pad to dull it down so I don't cry. Is this Okay?
Not normal: It's not normal to have significant cramps after a pelvic exam/Pap smear unless the exam was rather difficult and required a lot of manipulation. You should review this with the healthcare provider who completed the exam to make sure no complications like an infection has developed. Best of luck. ...Read more
I am five weeks pregnant today. Two nights ago, I had some cramps. I put a heating pad on my belly on high for three hours. Should I be worried?
No: Usually you can put heating pad for 20-30 min. If you don't have any symptoms right now don't worry. It's in the past. Don't use heating pad on your belly while you are pregnant. ...Read more
After excessive use of a heating pad to treat cramps I have gotten brown spots on my stomach. This was over a year ago and are not gone. What do I do?
Need diagnosis: A heating pad should not cause brown discoloration on the skin that have lasted for over a year. A visit to a dermatologist either in person or though a virtual visit on healthtap is advised. Once a cause is determined then a treatment plan can be designed. ...Read more
I have really bad cramps and painful pms. What can I do to ease the pain? Besides my usual ibuprofen and heating pad?
Treat cause: Treating the discomfort is necessary, but longer term, think to treat the cause. This is often imbalance in the progesterone/estrogen production or timing, which can be corrected by natural means. You may contact me at www. Drkusher. Com. And click on the "Blog" link lower left. Review the article on Rebalancing Female Hormones. ...Read more
Cramping: Try placing the heating pad down and positioning your lower abdomen on top of it ...Read more
I get menstrual cramps on my period this month they are so bad the only way I'm not almost doubled over is applying pressure or a heating pad help?
Many options: There are multiple medical options. Hormonal treatments such as birth control pills, Progesterone treatments and the Mirena (levonorgestrel) iud are effective reversible treatments that will help many people. There is also a drug called Lysteda that contains no hormones which will help others. Discuss these options with your doctor. You may have endometriosis and these options will help. ...Read more
I am a teenager and experience bad menstrual cramps. I treat with a heating pad. I've noticed brown spots on my stomach. What can I do to treat?
Meds: If you use a heating pad for the cramps, you may be causing a reaction in your skin area, even a minor burn, so you need to be careful. There are meds that can help with your cramps. Have a dr. Discuss medications for painful menstrual cramps and look at your brown spots on your stomach too. Good luck. ...Read more
8 weeks pregnant, and w/out thinking at 2am, I put heating pad on low set. On lower back and then belly bc of cramps for app. 30-45m. Did I harm baby?
I get terrible menstrual cramps, which do not go away with advil, tylenol, (acetaminophen) motrin, midal, or a heating pad. What should I do to relieve my pain?
Try OCPs: Start taking oral contraceptive pills not for birth control, but for period control. You may have better luck with prescription anaprox (naproxen) ds. Another option would be to start Depo Provera injections every 3 months - most women stop having periods altogether. In your case, if you are not having periods, you will not be having severe menstrual pain. ...Read more
++ Clear CM, painful cramps, legs are sore, tender breasts, 5dpo. TTC. Possible Preg? Will a heating pad affect possible implantation?
Other than taking something, heat pad, and dark chocolate, what are some ways to get rid of menstrual cramps?
Menstrual cramps are due to the release of prostaglandins from the uterus at the time of bleeding. The most effective way to treat this is with an antiprostaglandin medication such asa, Aleve (naproxen) etc.
This class of drugs decrease prostaglandin production and thus decrease the pain associated with menses. ...Read more
A microwave heated pad has helped me with cramps. I am around 5 weeks along. Is it safe to use hot pad on my lower abdominal? Or the heat is harmful?
A Fetal Hot Tub!!: Think of it this way: You probably take a bath or shower (well, I hope so) so if the heat isn't any hotter than that (or if it is, just for short periods of time) you should be fine. If YOU relax, the BABY (well, right now, the fetus)will relax. Just make sure it doesn't burn you. You'll get all jagged up with pain and a bunch of stress hormones will infest you. The key here: minimize stress ...Read more
Can heat pads damage eggs & ovaries? Used one for 1.5 hours due to cramps, fell asleep and have a reddened patch of skin. We are TTC.
No: The skin is very protective and likely absorbed most of the heat. It would be very unusual to damage your ovaries containing your eggs. All the best. ...Read more
Heat: Ice is better for swelling; heat is better for muscle cramps/soreness. ...Read more
Am 6 weeks pregnant. Had consistent dull cramps. Used heat pad on belly at high setting for 15 mins. Cramps suddenly stopped. Misscarriage?
Schedule a visit: A heating pad will not cause a miscarriage if that is what you are asking. Cramps also do not indicate a miscarriage. At 6 weeks the only way to confirm a normal pregnancy is to schedule a visit with your doctor and evaluate it by ultrasound. ...Read more
Awful menstrual cramps, diagnosis uterine fibroid & adenomyosis, bcp contradiction. What can I do other than OTC pain pills & heat pad which don't help much?
Exercise: Cramping during or after exercise indicates you are not taking enough fluids. Working out causes the body to lose water and electrolytes. Keeping well hydrated can help prevent the cramping. Sports drinks like gatorade or powerade have some electrolytes in them and that is why they are so popular in organized sports. ...Read more
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