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Can I use a heat pack or ice pack for spleen pain?

Can I use a heat pack or ice pack for spleen pain?

Seek medical eval: Spleens don't usually cause pain. If there is enlargement, there is a risk for rupture. I recommend being seen at an urgent care or ER facility to assess the real reason for your problem. ...Read more

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Re the issue of ice pack vs heat pack for someone with costochrondritis?Tried a heat pack - disappointed, ice pack seems better, what does each offer?

Re the issue of ice pack vs heat pack for someone with costochrondritis?Tried a heat pack - disappointed, ice pack seems better, what does each offer?

Ice..,: costochondritis is often helped w/ NSAIDs ( Ibuprofen , for example) and ice packs or ice massage to the affected rib, especially when symptoms are of recent origin or after exercise . Ice 'vasoconstricts' ( decreases size of blood vessels ) and thus often improves the swelling associated w/ costochondritis. Additionally it may help to 'numb' the affected area and lessen the pain . Best of Luck! ...Read more

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Will stretching for 15 mins in total 10-12 times a day along with hanging from bar for 30 mins and skipping for 30 mins help me grow taller ? I'm 20.

Will stretching for 15 mins in total 10-12 times a day along with hanging from bar for 30 mins and skipping for 30 mins help me grow taller ? I'm 20.

Height: Your height is determined by your genes. You can't change it unless severely malnourished as a child but nothing you can do at your age. ...Read more

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I wear ice pack vest and neck wrap when exercising or going outside in warm weater due to heat hives. any health precautions from this?

I wear ice pack vest and neck wrap when exercising or going outside in warm weater due to heat hives. any health precautions from this?

No, but U may-: -want 2 add an antihistamine as well. U have 2 B careful since it is hard 2 warm up with the ice. B sure U consult an allergist 4 other recommendations. ...Read more

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If I had pancakes leftovers in a hot car for 1 1/2 hours and then refrigerated them for 3 hours before I ate them (cold), will I get food poisoning?

If I had pancakes leftovers in a hot car for 1 1/2 hours and then refrigerated them for 3 hours before I ate them (cold), will I get food poisoning?

Unlikely: Food poisoning often is associated with certain foods, not usually pancakes. Also, because those pancakes were recently cooked -and were not left around for too long-it's quite unlikely to get food poisoning from them. Your body also is already prepared with a 'pit' full of stomach acid, if there are a few bacteria sitting on those pancakes. That's a major purpose of stomach acid -to kill stuff... ...Read more

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Hot flash then puking and heart races. Nautious, cant keep food or drink down for a week NO ENERGY! Sleeping 23 hours a day. Some blur vision?

Hot flash then puking and heart races. Nautious, cant keep food or drink down for a week NO ENERGY! Sleeping 23 hours a day. Some blur vision?

Vomiting: Many of your symptoms are not specific to just one illness. It is possible you have infectious gastroenteritis (mostly caused by viruses, a "stomach flu"), but it is also possible you have a life threatening illness, especially when you mention symptoms of blurry vision. Go to the ER or an urgent care center immediately. Dial 911 if you are unable to safely transport yourself there. ...Read more

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Is using an ice wrap and a heating pad instead of cold and hot water for hydrotherapy okay?

Is using an ice wrap and a heating pad instead of cold and hot water for hydrotherapy okay?

Hydrotherapy: Surely. Just make sure that the temperature of the ice wrap is not too cold to cause hypothermia on area it's applied on. ...Read more

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I consumed two packs of pepperidge farm cookies and a huge bag of doritos and had diarrhea for two days straight?

I consumed two packs of pepperidge farm cookies and a huge bag of doritos and had diarrhea for two days straight?

Not an ideal diet: So your question is...? We've all made the mistake of overdoing junk food--it tastes great, but backfires. You have nicely demonstrated there is no substitute for making healthy meal choices & future adherence to moderation. ...Read more

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Would playing racing video games for several weeks straight and everyday for long hours trigger mdds?

Would playing racing video games for several weeks straight and everyday for long hours trigger mdds?

Yes: And also eye problems. You are doing too much of a good thing and hurting yourself. Find something else to occupy your time like exercising, reading, knitting or any occupation to keep your hands ; mind busy. ...Read more

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Red and warm knee cap. Add ice pack or call ortho?

Red and warm knee cap. Add ice pack or call ortho?

See a Doc: A red and warm knee joint could be a sign of infection. This is not something to "sit on". See a doctor, preferably and orthopedist asap. ...Read more

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Can you use ice PACk for shoulder pain?

Can you use ice PACk for shoulder pain?

Ice pack for pain: Yes, that is a wonderful use for an ice pack. Might use it wrapped in a towel to protect your skin. Use it for 15 -20 minutes every 2-4 hours as tolerated. Good source of pain control and decreases swelling. ...Read more

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Can i eat a 4 day old meat pizza been wraped up in new 2450 pound fridge and been heated up for 3 minutes in a 1000 watt microwave is it safe?

Can i eat a 4 day old meat pizza been wraped up in new 2450 pound fridge and been heated up for 3 minutes in a 1000 watt microwave is it safe?

I do the same thing: You remind me of me. If the pizza has no odor, no discoloration, no mold like entity on it, and when you taste it, has no sour/bitter or musty odor and taste, then it is usually ok. Most people would not eat it, but i do. Hahaha, sometimes our being too clean in the us has caused us to lose much of our immunity. Still do things with caution, if unsure, don't do it. ...Read more

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25 m , daily 8 hrs sitting, brisk walk daily for 20 mins. Is honey & warm water good in morning?As suggested by online blogs to un necessaryreduce fats

25 m , daily 8 hrs sitting, brisk walk daily for 20 mins. Is honey & warm water good  in morning?As suggested by online blogs to un necessaryreduce fats

No. : Adding honey will do hardly anything to affect your fat. The more effective thing would be to increase your briskness of walking, increased the amount of your walking, and to decrease the amount of fat that you eat. ...Read more

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I've been getting right knee pain during leg workouts - esp lunges and during/after time on a treadmill. Advil or aleve (naproxen)? Ice or heat? Suggestions

I've been getting right knee pain during leg workouts - esp lunges and during/after time on a treadmill. Advil or aleve (naproxen)? Ice or  heat? Suggestions

Why do you have pain: The real question is why do you have pain, especially if it is recurrent. Ice is always the best choice for musculoskeletal problems. A short course of an advil (ibuprofen) like medication may be ok. If this does not resolve with rest and simple measures you should have an orthpedic surgeon or sports medicine md examine you. ...Read more