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Does A Heating Pad Spread Cancer
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.See 2 more doctor answers
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.
Not a good idea.: Any type of prolonged heat application to the fetus is potentially teratogenic and neurotoxic - avoid heating pads, saunas, prolonged hot-tub immersions throughout pregnancy!
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.
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.See 2 more doctor answers
Yes it is ok: Yes it is ok and may help with the pain.
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.
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 farSee 1 more doctor answer
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