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Feels like a Charlie horse at the top of my back near my neck everytime i try to bend my neck down im laying on a heating pad now but not helping?

Feels like a Charlie horse at the top of my back near my neck everytime i try to bend my neck down im laying on a heating pad now but not helping?

Try ice/cold paks: If there are no neurological symptoms like weakness or numbness, this is likely muscle spasm. If it would not interfere with your other medications and you have no allergy, you could try an over the counter antiinflammatory like ibuprofen/motrin/advil/alleve and cold paks. If it fails to improve over 24 hours or you develop weakness/numbness, you should see an orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more

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Heat can ease muscle pain. Be careful not to overheat ...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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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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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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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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How much time should I put a heating pad on my shoulder?

How much time should I put a heating pad on my shoulder?

20 minutes: In generally heating or icing a shoulder is done for 20 minutes out of an hour. It is important to ensure the heating pad is not left on too long as they can burn the skin particularly in the elderly. Most people find that icing the shoulder is a better pain reliever than heat. ...Read more

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