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Is it ok to put a hot water bottle on my back when im laying down?

Of course: If you are applying heat treatment to your back with a hot water bottle, lying on it will put the heat where you want it. Be mindful that the cap is screwed on tight so the bottle doesn't leak. ...Read more

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Other than taking pain killers and putting hot water bottle on my back what else can I do.?

Other than taking pain killers and putting hot water bottle on my back what else can I do.?

Many Possibilities: Depending on how long it's been going on, I would consider an evaluation by a spine specialist. Sometimes it could be a muscle imbalance, early onset arthritis or scoliosis. Also could be a pinched nerve/herniated disc. Either way it might be good to figure it out and get appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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I have been suffering from an attack for 3 and a half hours now and been sick twice I have had pain killers and a hot water bottle with no relief what else can I do very painful?

I have been suffering from an attack for 3 and a half hours now and been sick twice I have had pain killers and a hot water bottle with no relief what else can I do very painful?

Get help.: If you are having chest pain or head pain that is different than usual, I'd recommend evaluation. If it is a situation that you have experienced before, adding deep, slow breathing and relaxing stimuli, like a quiet room or soft music, can help with pain. ...Read more

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Got a toothache used hot water bottle and now my thoart is really painful is it possible I've got internal burns? Thoart didn't hurt before the bottle

Got a toothache used hot water bottle and now my thoart is really painful is it possible I've got internal burns? Thoart didn't hurt before the bottle

Toothache: Almost invariably means an infected (abscesses). Applying heat to the area opens the capillaries, facilitating spread of the infection. You need help, and you need it now. See a Dentist immediately before the infection spreads even more. ...Read more

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Back is really painful since car accident - over a year ago. Constant ache&in a lot of pain having to use a hot water bottle. What could it be?

Back is really painful since car accident - over a year ago. Constant ache&in a lot of pain having to use a hot water bottle. What could it be?

You need a diagnosis: If you continue to have a "lot of pain" a year after the accident, you need to see your dr about this and have an MRI of your back to see why it is hurting. From there, you may need to see a physical therapist or a neurosurgeon, depending on what the MRI shows. It is my opinion that you should not see a chiropractor about this, unless you know with certainty what the underlying problem is. ...Read more

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All day I've a terrible neck cramp on the right side of my neck. It's going down this side of my back. Tried massage & hot water bottle. What to do?

All day I've a terrible neck cramp on the right side of my neck. It's going down this side of my back. Tried massage & hot water bottle. What to do?

Rolling pin!: Sometimes people may experience what is called a myofascial trigger point. These trigger points can be associated with pain and associated tightness of the muscle which can then result in stiffness and difficulty with movement. Try this: apply a cold pack for 15 minutes then apply a hot pack for 10 to 15 minutes. Finally, take a baking rolling pain and roll it over the most tender spots for 5". ...Read more

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Can a gout attack last more than 6 weeks. Also is it normal that I need to soak my feet in very very hot water and use hot water bottle 2 relieve pain?

Can a gout attack last more than 6 weeks. Also is it normal that I need to soak my feet in very very hot water and use hot water bottle 2 relieve pain?

Maybe!: First, if you are under treatment and having pain so long, you need another opinion. The medications available should have ended your pain long ago. You must not be on a uric acid lowering drug alone, since it's sole use can prolongue or cause an attack. With the right comination of colchicine, an anti-inflammatory drug, and oral or injectable steroids, you should be better. Hot water helps. ...Read more

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Iv pain in my right Testical, all down my leg also. I have a hot water bottle in my groin it helps a little. What else could I do & what's wrong?

Iv pain in my right Testical, all down my leg also. I have a hot water bottle in my groin it helps a little. What else could I do & what's wrong?

Dr to examine testis: Testicle pain means a trip to the doctor right away because the testicle's blood supply can be twisted off (called torsion). When that happens, the testicle can die. Other causes of testicle pain include trauma, infection, twisting off an appendix of a testicle (a small lump next to a testicle), etc... Since one usually cannot tell if his testicle is twisted, an exam by the doctor is needed. ...Read more

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My joints always crack and are always stiff. No OTC pills help, just a hot water bottle & massages. I'm 19 but feel 90. Is this serious? Had it a year

My joints always crack and are always stiff. No OTC pills help, just a hot water bottle & massages. I'm 19 but feel 90. Is this serious? Had it a year

Polyarthralgias: Recommend evaluation for multiple joint pain. Rheumatologic lab testing may provide information needed to discover diagnosis after very comprehensive history and physical are done. Not enough information in your question to provide clear cut answer. ...Read more

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I've had lock jaw 2 weeks nothing relieving it any advice using hot water bottle diazepam and massage?

I've had lock jaw 2 weeks nothing relieving it any advice using hot water bottle diazepam and massage?

See a TM j doctor: The most frequent reason fo RA locked jaw is due to dislocation of the disc in the tm joint. An acute closed lock can be manipulated releasing the traped disc and restoring normal opening. You should see a tm joint specialist in your area. ...Read more

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I have a bad pain inbetween my breasts and it travels through to my back, it eases when I apply a hot water bottle. It feels like real bad indigestion?

I have a bad pain inbetween my breasts and it travels through to my back, it eases when I apply a hot water bottle. It feels like real bad indigestion?

GERD or gallstones: This is a somewhat common presentation of either gastroesophageal reflux disease or heartburn. Other possibilities include gallstones or peptic ulcers disease. You should see your doctor for further evaluation. ...Read more

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I am having a warm sensation under my skin on the right side of my abdomen its not painful just annoying as it feels like a hot water bottle under ski?

I am having a warm sensation under my skin on the right side of my abdomen its not painful just annoying as it feels like a hot water bottle under ski?

Don't worry: If it just started, it will likely just go away on its own. Observe for things that make it better or worse. Give it a couple of days if it's not painful and try to distract yourself and do other things. It does not sound like a serious symptom. If it persists beyond a week or you develop any other symptoms or the sensation is worsening, see a doctor! ...Read more

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I have left my hot water bottle on my stomach its left a heat bruise on my stomach what cream can I use to clear it up?

I have left my hot water bottle on my stomach its left a heat bruise on my stomach what cream can I use to clear it up?

Like a burn.: When a hot water bottle or heating pad is left on the body surface for too long, it burns the skin. It should be treated like any other burn: OTC antibiotic ointment, oral pain medication such as tylenol (acetaminophen) or ibuprofen. An ice pack to the area can also help alleviate pain. ...Read more

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Have throbbing below right rib, comes and goes, had scan on kidneys all okay so kidney stones ruled out. Hot water bottle seems to help?

Have throbbing below right rib, comes and goes, had scan on kidneys all okay so kidney stones ruled out. Hot water bottle seems to help?

No short answer: I would guess you have strained the right upper abdominal muscles. The scan should have noticed if you had gall stones. It is easy to strain the upper abdominal muscles turning over in bed wrong, losing our balance & trying to keep from falling or being hit in the side by a door when the wind catches it.
As you found heat will help a lot, use it for 15+ minutes 3-4 times a day when you can. ...Read more

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Is using of ice pack/bag recommended over hot water bottle for joint pain (oestoarthiritis) in the knee?

Is using of ice pack/bag recommended over hot water bottle for joint pain (oestoarthiritis) in the knee?

Both: Heat brings blood to the joint to help with healing or nutrition ice helps calm inflammation decreases the development of fluid or swelling. ...Read more

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For cremaster muscle strain placing hot water bottle on groin good? My doc said 2 use ice packs b'coz hot can effect spermatogenesis. Used cold it hurts

For cremaster muscle strain placing hot water bottle on groin good? My doc said 2 use ice packs b'coz hot can effect spermatogenesis. Used cold it hurts

Differing Opinions: I am not sure why you would worry about a temporary diminishment of sperm production when you are hurting. Ice is good in an acute injury to diminish swelling. But, once swelling has occurred ice provides no benefit. Heat helps soften the muscle spasm and helps with some minor pain control. ...Read more

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Besides hot water bottles, what is the best way to apply heat to the lower back to soothe nerve pain?

Besides hot water bottles, what is the best way to apply heat to the lower back to soothe nerve pain?

Hot shower heating p: Hot showers, hot stones, heating pad and corsets with pouches built in to hold heat generating materials or chemical patches applied directly to region. It does not matter how it is applied but don't burn yourself. The heat will relieve any muscular symptoms. ...Read more

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I'm 6weeks pregnant. I use hot water bottles on my back& sit right infront of an electric heater so back is very hot every night for hours. Hurt baby?

I'm 6weeks pregnant. I use hot water bottles on my back& sit right infront of an electric heater so back is very hot every night for hours. Hurt baby?

Back pain: It is not likely that this would cause fetal harm but it is important to have your back pain evaluated to determine why you are needing this daily treatment. Perhaps there is a medical cause that can be treated. ...Read more

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Is it ok to use hot water bottles for menstrual period cramps?

Is it ok to use hot water bottles for menstrual period cramps?

Depends: Hot water bottles in general are a fine method of dealing with menstrual cramps for those who cannot or don't want to take medication. Make sure the bottle is covered to avoid burning the skin. If cramping is becoming worse over time consult your md. ...Read more

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