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Does A Heating Pad Spread Cancer
Yes: If the heating pad is shared with other people without cleaning it. ...Read more
Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...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
39 yo female with intermittent pelvic pain. History of female cancers. I've called the dr for referral. Should I use a heating pad? Advil (ibuprofen) until seen?
Either or both: Both are safe. The more important issue is that you keep your appointment with your doctor for evaluation. ...Read more
Last 4 weeks had chronic pain under left shoulder blade & down arm & tingling fingers & sore left breast. Heating pad helps. Can this be lung cancer?
Pinched nerve: The pain that you describe is more likely from a herniated disc or stenosis of the cervical spine (arthritis) than lung cancer. An MRI of the cervical spine and brachial plexus will determine if this is a spine problem or a cancer problem. See a spine specialist to determine the cause of the pain and to begin a treatment plan. ...Read more
Heating pad: A heating pad is basically a thin flat plastic pad with coils inside, which when plugged in, warm the pad. There are many brands available, but choosing one with a washable fabric cover and at least three heat settings would be best. Most drug stores sell them. ...Read more
NO: Heating pad usually help relax the muscles /ligaments which can improve pain. Sometimes muscles around kidney can go into spasm from kidney infection called pyelonephritis and in that case a heating pad may provide temporary relief. ...Read more
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 more
Yes it is ok: Yes it is ok and may help with the pain. ...Read more
Depends on the: Depth of the burn. Only a trained medical person can tell the depth. If it is a heating pad burn, it is usually superficial, second degree at the most. If it is truly only second degree, topical antibiotic ointment and occulsive dressing for a week should do it. But, more importantly, why did you not feel the burning in the first place? If it is on leg, you might have problems with nerves. ...Read more
Heat, rest, magnets: A heating pad (or hot water bottle) may help. Rest often helps. Avoid activities & positions that cause pain. You can try stretching & massage.Applying therapeutic magnets can reduce pain & speed healing. Anti-inflammatories like Aspirin or ibprofen can help, as can natural ones like curumin. If there is spasm, natural anti-spasmodics like magnesium & valerian may help. See a doctor if not improving. ...Read more
What can I do to help with the pain of contractions? Can I place a heating pad on myself? Would it help?
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 more
My wife sleeps all night with a heating pad to take care of her back pain. 1 month already with a heating pad at night. Is it really useful?
It may make her feel: Better but it will not solve the cause which may be self limiting with time. Otherwise, try lifestyle changes like exercise, not smoking & weight control. Otc meds if no contraindications may help. If not better & the pain is bothersome enough, see your physician. If mattress is old, a new one may also do the trick. ...Read more
Lower back still continues after car accident 2 months ago. In the morning wake up in pain been streyching, using heating pad but still in pain?
See below: There are many causes of low back pain. The most common cause is usually related to degenerative changes to the discs or joints of the lower spine. It is common for this type of arthritis to be worse in the morning and improve throughout the day. If your pain lasts greater than 2 weeks be sure to see your physician. ...Read more
I've had a pain in the middle of my back and even a heating pad doesn't help and I don't know what to do? It hurts worse when walking during the day.
Apply ice: Apply ice, rest, oral anti inflamatories.Get a more detailed 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 more
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
20 minutes: In generally heating or icing a shoulder is done for 20 minutes out of an hour. It is important to ensure the heating pad is not left on too long as they can burn the skin particularly in the elderly. Most people find that icing the shoulder is a better pain reliever than heat. ...Read more
Yes. Moderation advised.
Yes: The heat can be soothing and can accelerate healing. ...Read more
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