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Do Heating Pads Help Cramps
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
I doubt it will help: Nsaid’s, ssri’s, hormone meds, otc meds containing diuretics, warm bath, heating pad, exercise ; acupuncture are excellent for pms / period. Avoid caffeine, chocolate, alcohol ; salt. Get gyn eval to r/o underlying pathology. Consider omega- 3 fatty acids, magnesium (supplementation or through diet) or black cohosh with dr ok. Sipping chamomile ; green tea can dissipate pain. Ginger helps w nausea. ...Read more
Inflammaton: Occeasionally the muscles become inflamed.Get a more detailed answer ›
Severe mensteaul cramps can barely standup straightX2Days
Tried Tylenol (acetaminophen) Motrin Naproxen and heat & hot bath 0 relief
help not sure what else do do?
Options: Dysmenorrhea Tx: NSAID’s, SSRI’s, hormone meds, OTC meds containing diuretics, warm bath, heating pad, exercise & acupuncture are excellent for dysmenorrhea. Avoid caffeine, chocolate, alcohol & salt. Get GYN eval to R/O underlying pathology. Consider omega- 3 fatty acids, magnesium (supplementation or through diet) or Black Cohosh with dr ok. Sipping Chamomile can dissipate pain. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Probably: ? heating pad help for fibromyalgia (FM) pain. Painful muscle spasms occur with FM and heat application would likely help. Some sufferers apply cannabis lotion after the heat & then massage these spastic muscle regions; they have reported benefits. The topical cannabis would not cause any significant blood levels or a "high" feeling. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Two ways: Exercise can give you natural pain relief. When we exercise, we make endorphins which act like "natural morphine." endorphins make us feel good. Also exercise helps us get rid of prostaglandins, the chemicals which causes uterus cramping. So getting up and getting moving 30-60 minutes every day is good for lots of reasons. Relieving period cramps is one of them. [more info in comments]. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
Elevate: You can try elevation and ask your doctor for some compression stockings. If you have tired, aching, heavy legs it is likely due to backward flow in your veins. This is common in pregnancy and the majority of women will have resolution of these symptoms after delivery. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Somehow injured my shoulder. Taking muscle relaxer, and ibuprofen. And using heating pad. What else can I do to help it heal?
No: Ibuprofen is an anti inflammatory medication. Muscle cramps happen from causes other than inflammation( and there are many). If you get the cramps frequently it would be a good idea to see a doctor to find the cause. A few things to try on your own would be magnesium supplements or epsom salt soaks, warm compresses, or massage. Also pay attention to whether you might be dehydrated. ...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
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