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Have TMJ bad- taking anti-inflammatories. Still in pain- using heating pad. Pain in ear as well-- any suggestions to reduce pain? Am on soft diet.

Have TMJ bad- taking anti-inflammatories. Still in pain- using heating pad. Pain in ear as well-- any suggestions to reduce pain? Am on soft diet.

Good start.: You've done all the right things and since the pain is persisting you need to see a dentist or oral surgeon. Some of the next steps could include x-rays and/or special scan to the joint, prescibing muscle relaxants and maybe an occlusal splint. There are many causes for joint pain that must be determined before selecting the next step in your treatment. ...Read more

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Heat can ease muscle pain. Be careful not to overheat ...Read more


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Should I use a heating pad on low to help the pain of my ear infection?

Should I use a heating pad on low to help the pain of my ear infection?

Yes: Sometimes the heat will help pain, but be cautious about the settings; not too hot! Oral pain meds like Ibuprofen maybe offer better relief, and of coarse you should return to your doctor for evaluation. ...Read more

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2nd day of stiff neck behind left ear. Shooting pain when moving. Heating pad all night and no relief.

2nd day of stiff neck behind left ear. Shooting pain when moving. Heating pad all night and no relief.

Occipital neuralgia: (on) involves the greater and lesser occipital nerves located in the back of the scalp and can produce neck pain as well as headache.
The diagnosis of on is entirely dependent upon history and physical examination. Therefore rec.: see a pain management or orofacial pain specialist. ...Read more

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I may have an ear infection but I can't see the doctor until tomorrow. In the meantime, would a heating pad against my ear help or make it worse?

I may have an ear infection but I can't see the doctor until tomorrow. In the meantime, would a heating pad against my ear help or make it worse?

Heating pad: A heating pad would give you temporary relief. However, make sure the setting is on low so you don't burn yourself. ...Read more

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woke up in tears bc her ear hurt so bad. Gave her Motrin, had her lay on a heating pad propped up and nothing helped. Ear drops hurt her. Ear infection?

Could be: The middle ear will usually hurt if you stretch or hurt the ear drum. This is most commonly due to a build up of pressure behind the drum from pus, but other things can do it. The only way to know is to have her seen. With that degree of discomfort, the sooner the better. ...Read more

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Ear hurting along with ringing clogged and pain in jaw and teeth. Drained a lil blood out if it the am. Tried drops neti pod heating pad nothing works?

Ear hurting along with ringing clogged and pain in jaw and teeth. Drained a lil blood out if it the am. Tried drops neti pod heating pad nothing works?

Needs to be seen: You should start by seeing a dentist who will probably also refer you to an ENT specialist. You may have multiple problems at the same time and we can neither diagnose you over the internet nor recommend treatment. This requires a medical history and a clinical exam, and x-rays as well by your dentist. ...Read more

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I have a head ache in my neck mostly. I laid on a heating pad to try and help. Now I can barely pick my head up it hurts so bad.

I have a head ache in my neck mostly. I laid on a heating pad to try and help. Now I can barely pick my head up it hurts so bad.

Neck pain: Tension migraines are headaches that come from tense muscles of the neck that insert on the back of the head. The headaches are usually from compensatory muscle spasm due to abnormal alignment of the cervical spine. Massage, physical therapy, and chiropractic care are helpful to relieve the neck pain and headaches. ...Read more

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I have a neck pain issue, seeing drs/pt. Heating pad on neck makes my head instantly throb. Drs are confused. Ice is fine. Had Prednisone, no help?

I have a neck pain issue, seeing drs/pt. Heating pad on neck makes my head instantly throb. Drs are confused. Ice is fine. Had Prednisone, no help?

Uncertain? Diagnosi: Need to know the diagnosis. We see this kind of problem in a lot of situations that you need a better diagnosis to clarify your therapy. It depends on examination the range of motion of your neck and even the muscle tone in myofascial tender points. You may well need imaging, x-rays and even injections. ...Read more

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Will keflex and a decongestant take care of ear pain/pressure? Will a heating pad also help to ear. Started with chest cold a week ago. Moved to my head. Have also had a fever for 1 week. Sudden onset of pressure/pain in left ear yesterday. Some yellowish

Unless: Unless the ear pain and pressure are secondary to a bacterial infection, antibiotic therapy is unlikely to be helpful. We often prescribe antibiotics for persistent complaints beyond a week that may have been initiated by a viral prodrome to prevent secondary superinfection. Keflex, in general, would not be considered the drug of choice for community acquired otitis media. An oral decongestant can assist in relief of nasal, sinus, and mucosal congestive changes leading to eustachian tube dysfunction resulting in ear pain and pressure. Topical afrin is more effective as a decongestant as it works more directly at the target site as long as you respect the 3-5 day maximal useage recommendations to avoid rebound congestion (rhinitis medicamentosa). A heating pad for inflammatory conditions may actually worsen the pain by increasing the firing rate of the nerves carrying the pain impulses. If you continue with ear drainage of the type you are referring I would have the ear examined to rule out sponataneous perforation of the eardrum. ...Read more

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Can a heating pad be used for mettorrphagia?

Can a heating pad be used for mettorrphagia?

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

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It okay to use heating pad at 34 weeks

It okay to use heating pad at 34 weeks

Depends: It depends where you are using it. If you are using it on you back or leg or arm that is okay. Not on your abdomen. ...Read more

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Can I use a heating pad for a kidney stone?

Can I use a heating pad for a kidney stone?

You can: But it will not work. The stone blocks and the smoothe muscles in the ureter work overtime to push it forward, and that sounds out alarm signals big time causing nausea, vomiting sweating and pain. The heating pad solves none of the cause or even any of the aftermath. Go to the er. ...Read more

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Can I use a heating pad on my swollen ankles?

Can I use a heating pad on my swollen ankles?

Swollen ankles.: Can but better to find out why they are swollen and treat the reason rather than the symptom. ...Read more

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Does a heating pad kill sperm inside a females body?

Does a heating pad kill sperm inside a females body?

No: The heat from the pad will not get to the interior so the sperms will maintain normal viability. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use a heating pad on an inflamed spleen?

Is it safe to use a heating pad on an inflamed spleen?

Generally yes: Never on high heat! Or while sleeping!
one can get burned.
If it is comfortable it is unlikely to be harmful anywhere.
(except diabetic, or neuropathic feet where real damage can occur since the feeling is diminished or absent). ...Read more

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Will a heating pad give any relief for kidney stone pain?

Will a heating pad give any relief for kidney stone pain?

It can but careful!: Heat can relieve the pain; have to be careful as it can cause burns. It may also cause some chronic changes in the skin if used for a long time. It is better to get treated. ...Read more

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Can you use light heating pad on back and utetus to help implantation after IVF transfer?

Can you use light heating pad on back and utetus to help implantation after IVF transfer?

Ask your IVF doc!: I am pretty sure there is no scientific data to answer your question conclusively - so ask your ivf center about this. I would not expect any effect on implantation likelihood if I were you, though. Make sure you are taking Folic Acid 1-5 mg daily, avoid stress/smoking/alcohol, maintain a positive attitude and good luck! ...Read more

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I used a heating pad at 6 weeks on belly for 20 minutes on high and then on my back. Could I have caused harm?

I used a heating pad at 6 weeks on belly for 20 minutes on high and then on my back. Could I have caused harm?

No worries: If the skin looks normal, no worries. What will be, will be. Many things are possible in life, so we can't about "sweatin' the small stuff", as they say. ...Read more

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I have discomfort in my knees, it comes and goes. Usually after I apply heating pad on the knee, it feel better the next day. What can be it?

I have discomfort in my knees, it comes and goes. Usually after I apply heating pad on the knee, it feel better the next day. What can be it?

Can't say for sure: There can be many reasons- joint, cartilage but usually not both knees or soft tissue like Tendonitis or bursitis. If there is joint swelling suggests arthritis and be swelling from bursitis and tendinitis also. You need to see your physician to help clarify what the problem is. ...Read more

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I had first IUI today then got a massage. Woke up in the middle of massage with heating pad on my abdomen for 30-60 mins. Is this a problem?

I had first IUI today then got a massage. Woke up in the middle of massage with heating pad on my abdomen for 30-60 mins. Is this a problem?

No: Heat is only a problem for sperm when it is stored in the testicle (boxers versus briefs) but not at body temperature inside of the female. ...Read more

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Having pain in the middle of my back on the left side been having the pain for 3 weeks, have tried pain reliever, heating pad, massage, hot bath

Left: Left sided back pain may be caused by back joint problems, pulled muscle and injured rib or vertebrae, sometimes other organ systems can cause the pain. I would recommend being checked by your primary care doctor. Physical therapy is usually the initial treatment. Patients who fail physical therapy may benefit from steroid injections, other interventional pain procedures or surgery depending on the specific problem. Good luck! ...Read more

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Put heating pad on right lower pelvic area to soothe pain. It hurt a lot. Pain has been going in for a few days. Is it my ovaries? It's hard to walk

Put heating pad on right lower pelvic area to soothe pain. It hurt a lot. Pain has been going in for a few days. Is it my ovaries? It's hard to walk

Pelvic pain: Pelvic pain is complex as there are several organs in the pelvis. The ovaries, fallopian tubes, uterus, cervix, bladder, appendix, intestines, colon and rectum can all be the source. Pelvic pain requires and examination to help organize the evaluation. ...Read more

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Swelling from hit to shin from softball-should I continue to ice or switch to heat? If switch to heat, should I use heating pad or will icy hot work?

Swelling from hit to shin from softball-should I continue to ice or switch to heat? If switch to heat, should I use heating pad or will icy hot work?

Treatment options: If your injury occured 72+ hours ago then it is acceptable to switch to heat in an effort to deal with any swelling in the area. Icyhot doesn't cause the same healing effect of ice or heat. Topicals such as this are known as counterirritants that trick pain receptors, but really do nothing more than numb the area.

If you are having severe pain, or are unable to walk on your leg please have a xray. ...Read more

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Can a heating pad help shrink a 7.5 cm ovarian cyst? Any other remedies to naturally shrink an ovarian cyst? Also, can it shrink much within one week?

Can a heating pad help shrink a 7.5 cm ovarian cyst? Any other remedies to naturally shrink an ovarian cyst? Also, can it shrink much within one week?

No: A heating pad can help with the discomfort from an ovarian cyst but will not help shrink it. They can shrink some or rupture and go away completely in 1 week, can remain unchanged or can even grow in that time. That is the reason that follow-up is recommended. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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I have a burn I got from a heating pad and ive been taking care of it keeping it clean and putting antibacterial cream and bandanges on it but it got?

I have a burn I got from a heating pad and ive been taking care of it keeping it clean and putting antibacterial cream and bandanges on it but it got?

DETAILS????: How large a burn? Exactly where? Blisters? Pain? Duration? Which "antibacterial" cream? If you have bacitracin, neosporin, or triple antibiotic THROW IT AWAY!! These are useless and a common cause of allergic reactions. In general, mild burns respond to cool water and lubrication with vaseline or Aquaphor. ...Read more

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What exactly is a heating pad and kind to use?

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

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What would be the effect of heating pad to the fetus?

What would be the effect of heating pad to the fetus?

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! ...Read more

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Is using a heating pad bad for your muscles?

No: Heat can be very soothing for muscles, but if it is too hot, or if you have decreased sensation, a burn can develop and this is dangerous. ...Read more

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Is it safe to put a heating pad on an inflamed appendix?

Warming up appendix: If you have inflamed appendix, it is best that you see a surgeon for removal or risk suffering disastrous consequences. ...Read more

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Is heating pad good for pain in lower left abdomen women?

Is heating pad good for pain in lower left abdomen women?

Yes, if...: If it helps decrease the discomfort. But if this is chronic, you need a diagnosis. Could be many things, including diverticulitis. ...Read more

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Can you use a heating pad while wearing a holter monitor?

Can you use a heating pad while wearing a holter monitor?

Yes: Holter monitoring is going to check for arrhythmias and heating pads will not interfere. ...Read more

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Are there any dangers to sleeping on a heating pad every night?

Are there any dangers to sleeping on a heating pad every night?

SLEEPING HEATINGPAD: Yes it can be dangerous, some heating pads can cause burns. You have to read the instructions and follw them. So be caefull. ...Read more