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Doctor insights on: Is It Better To Use An Ice Pack Or A Heat Pad For Muscle Soreness And Cramps

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Muscle (Definition)

It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more


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If I have a sore muscle in my back, is it okay to use heat on it all night while i'm awake if I have to work the next day lifting heavy things?

If I have a sore muscle in my back, is it okay to use heat on it all night while i'm awake if I have to work the next day lifting heavy things?

Max 30 min on: You should never over use heat on the area for too long to avoid a burn to your skin. Take a break every 30min or so to avoid any issues. ...Read more

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I am currently having severe leg cramps, all over muscle soreness and having headaches and dizziness. ?

I am currently having severe leg cramps, all over muscle soreness and having headaches and dizziness. ?

Possible deficiency: Muscle aches can be the result if overuse and also electrolyte deficiency (low potassium, magnesium). Also anemia can cause similar symptoms including the headaches and dizziness. I suggest evaluation by a physician to check a complete metabolic profile. ...Read more

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I have aching muscles that heat up at moments, when my upper spine ache my chest ache and sharp cramps.What could it be?

I have aching muscles that heat up at moments, when my upper spine ache my chest ache and sharp cramps.What could it be?

Evaluation needed: You will need to see your doctor for a physical examination, and work-up to figure out what may be causing your numerous symptoms. Those symptoms may be all unrelated. But lots of things could present with these symptoms. So accurate diagnostic work-up is important. ...Read more

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Is it better to use heating pad r an ice pack on a swollen arm?

Is it better to use heating pad r an ice pack on a swollen arm?

Good question: Western medicine says use ice/cold to decrease swelling and then warmth after a coupe days. Eastern medicine does not like cold at all as it causes constriction and keeps toxins local where heat increases circulation and removal of toxins. Do what makes it feel better for you. If injured, take homeopathic arnica. It helps. If it is not an injury, please be seen. ...Read more

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Tingling in muscles? Please help, it's driving me crazy. What could cause a tingling feeling in the muscles of my shoulder? My shoulder has been stiff and sore for a little over a week, to the point where i can barely use it and have to use a heating pad

Tingling in muscles? Please help, it's driving me crazy. What could cause a tingling feeling in the muscles of my shoulder? My shoulder has been stiff and sore for a little over a week, to the point where i can barely use it and have to use a heating pad

The : The most important thing is that you keep using your shoulder normally. It sounds like you may have had a bursitis in the shoulder or another problem, and now the nerves in the shoulder may be irritated. If a patient has this and don't keep moving the shoulder, then the patient can develop "frozen shoulder". To avoid this, keep doing gentle range-of-motion exercises with the shoulder, such as climbing your fingers up a wall, or hanging your hand down and performing circles with it. If this continues, or you have continued pain, then it would be reasonable to consult an orthopedist. ...Read more