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Does A Heating Pad Help Lower Back Pain
I've had severe lower back pain for three days now and I'm using a heating pad, it seems to help, what else can I do?
Depends on cause: Most common cause of back pain is from lumbar strain which can be treated conservatively as you are doing. If the pain continues or is severe, you should get an evaluation by a healthcare professional. The treatment ultimately depends on the cause of your back pain. Good luck. ...Read more
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 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
What could cause lower back pain that's worse on the right side and also causes pain towards the hip area? Icy hot and heating pad no help.
Back pain: Many possible causes as simple as a back strain or as much complicated ones such as spine patology of the lumbar spine produced by degenerative disc disease, arthitis of the facet joints, bulging disc, spondylolysthesis with or without spondylolysis, olso extra articular spine pathology such as kidney pathology:kidney stones, enlarged kidneys and olso diseases of the vessels such as dilatation of the a. ...Read more
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 more
Having lower back pain which goes down till my right knee since a week. Bending forward gives me some relief, pills & heat pads r of no help, pls sugg?
I'm 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
Reevaluation: You may need to be reevaluated to discuss options for treating the cause of your pain rather than "just" taking pain medications, using a heating pad and resting. Based upon the specific diagnosis of the cause of your pain, there may be more powerful treatment options available. ...Read more
Depend: For initial back secondary to musculoligamentous strains/sprains cold packs to be applied to prevent swelling and reduce pain. After 24 to 36 hours apply heat to increase blood flow bringing the body healing squads. For longer lasting pain you are basically trying to control pain and as individuals we responds differently to each modality. So try & she what works best for you. ...Read more
Lower back pain worse when lying down. Worse when sitting. Located almost in buttocks. Does not radiate. What could it be? Is ice or heat better?
Pelvis joint: Female with low back pain & sciatica worse sitting/lying likely has unilateral sacroiliac joint subluxation; whereby lumbar nerves are tugged & impinged where they exit lumbar vertebra foramina. Sacroiliac joint instability is highly associated with sciatica. See comments: ...Read more
I have lower back pain just pressing on my back brings pain is this sciatica? Heat and cold therapy doesn't always work.
Muscle Spasm: Trigger points are bands of taut muscle areas that hurt when pressed upon and radiate to other areas than just the painful spot that is pressed upon. Most times stretching and massage of that area relieves these spots, however sometime they continue and need to be addressed by your doctor. ...Read more
Bent down to pick something yesterday. Severe lower back pain since. Cant walk, sit, stand, bend over, sleep. Ice, heat. Nothing helps. HELP!
Low Back Sprain: It seems you have sprained your lower back and possibly pulled a muscle while bending down. The usual treatment for that is rest, ice pack locally and may need over the counter or prescription pain killers like Naproxen or Ibuprofen and muscle relaxants.If pain does not get better within 48 hours, then consult your Doctor ...Read more
Lower back pain over buttocks. Worse when lying down or sitting. What could it be? Is ice or heat better? Don't remember doing anything to cause it
Arthritis/stenosis: This could just be some arthritis of the back. In an acute injury it is technically better to use ice. If no injury, then which ever of ice or heat helps. You could also have some stenosis (just means narrowing) irritating (pinching) a nerve causing the buttock pain. If it doesn't get better on its own after a week or two consider doing some physical therapy to strengthen your core and back. ...Read more
I smoked marijuana wax at too high of heat. I have been coughing a lot with severe lower back pain for days. Are the two likely related?
Smoking weed and lung damage are very likely to be related and you are probably unaware of the damage that is happening to your brain.
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Practice safe sex. ...Read more
Sudden excruiating lower back pain that travels to entire abdomen? I'm 23 female kidneys were checked earlier this year and were good I do have cyst in numerous places I have family history of cancer I learned that applying heat causes pain to go away fast
I have severe lower back pain which caused my torso to twist. Should I use heat or ice? Should I visit a chiropractor? Steroid shot?
Lower back pain and tightness on the left side, and shortness of breath, heat flash, dizziness. I have asthma but never had this issue in relation.
ER evaluation: Serious symptoms: get checked at local ER or uC clinic. ...Read more
Major low back pain. Recurring. Injured this morning when getting out of bed. Advil (ibuprofen) ineffective. Heat pads help. Muscle or nerve? How to treat?
Have you been seen?: First if you have never been seen for this, it is time to go see the doctor. It is better to apply cold to the area until you understand what is wrong in the back. Muscle vs nerve is addressed with the physical exam. Treatment is based on the working diagnosis after physical exam and maybe xrays. Could your pain stem from kidney, uterus, bladder? ...Read more
Is heat or ice better for low back pain? Especially if there is a lumbar disk herniated? What are the symptoms of having a lumbar disk herniated?
Both: Both can help but it may differ from pt to pt sometimes it helps to go back and forth between heat and cold / if you feel one is much more helpful for you then stick with that / use apiece of swim noodle behind the small of your back while sitting as a "lumbar roll" I have found this to help many people including me over the years hope you feel better. ...Read more
Be careful not to burn yourself.
Towel or sheet between pad and skin.
Not on high and limit duration. ...Read more
I'm 33 weeks pregnant- have lower back pain, is it safe to use heating pad on lower back on medium setting while I sleep?
On low and for less than an hour is likely to be helpful and not harmful to you or baby.
Set a timer. ...Read more
Ovulation and severe lower back pain. Is it normal? Excessively ovulating I have to wear a pad during ovulation, why?
Ovulaiton/PMS: Vaginal discharge changes due to a preovulatory estrogen effect. There can be an increased volume of clear, stretchy, slippery mucus. The most common physical manifestations of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) are abdominal bloating and an extreme sense of fatigue. Other common symptoms include breast tenderness, headaches, hot flashes, and dizziness. ...Read more
Can prolonged use of an electric heating pad cause internal damage, particularly to the kidneys? I have been using an electric heating pad for chronic back pain nightly for 2 years+ 2-4hours at 113f-130f. I am concerned about possible internal damage, es
Suffering from lower back pain. Avoiding medication so I can donate blood soon. Applied a pad last night, suffered from nausea this morning. Normal?
Let me help: Most low back pain can be treated without surgery. Treatment involves using analgesics, reducing inflammation, restoring proper function and strength to the back, and preventing recurrence of the injury. Most patients with back pain recover without residual functional loss. Patients should contact a doctor if there is not a noticeable reduction in pain and inflammation after 72 hours of self-care. ...Read more
Yes: It is a non steroidal anti-inflammatory that is usually given IV or im. But comes as an oral formulation as well. It does help with back pain. It is in the same class as Ibuprofen and naprosyn (naproxen) (aleve). So don't take these medications in addition to your toradol. As always, take your medication as directed. ...Read more
It depends: It all depends on the cause of your lower back pain. See your to determine the cause. A do is a type of medical dr who has been trained in treating muscle/skeletal problems & may be able to help. Do's can use different techniques--osteopathic manipulative medicine to help treat low back pain-kind of like a chiropractor but also using gentle techniques like stretching, relaxing muscles, realignment. ...Read more
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