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


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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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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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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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Is there anything else I should do about fluid in my ear? I am already using a heat source over my ear when I am laying on the couch.

Is there anything else I should do about fluid in my ear?  I am already using a heat source over my ear when I am laying on the couch.

Ear effusion: Treat any nasal congestion from cold or allergy with medications. It'll take a month for middle ear effusion to clear. See ENT if blockage persists and procedure can be perform in office to remove effusion ...Read more

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Sometimes i feel discomfort and heat on my ear?

Sometimes i feel discomfort and heat on my ear?

Ear infection?: Please see you doc because you may have an ear infection. He/she can diagnose it and provide helpful treatment before it gets worse. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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My ear& jaw have been hurting for a week. Thinking its TMJ otc pain med no help, what can I do. Heat help soso, but not enough what can I do?

TMJ pain: more information would certainly be needed to make a proper evaluation of the cause of the pain. I would suggest seeing your dentist as soon as possible to see what the possible causes might be ...Read more

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I have a very bad toothache. My pain is going through my jaw and down my ear and neck. What can I do for it? Should i put heat on it?

I have a very bad toothache. My pain is going through my jaw and down my ear and neck. What can I do for it? Should i put heat on it?

Heat may help : Heat may help, but really you need to see a dentist. Antibiotics and treatment of the infected tooth are the only things that are really going to do the trick. ...Read more

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Last winter i briefly got sick. In my left ear, ear wax has been stuck behind my ear drum since then. Will this heal over time? I cannot heat as well.

Last winter i briefly got sick. In my left ear, ear wax has been stuck behind my ear drum since then. Will this heal over time?
I cannot heat as well.

Get checked: Unless there's a hole in your eardrum (perforation) you cannot have wax stuck behind your eardrum. More likely, there is mucus in there but, it should not last a whole year after a cold. You need to be examined by an ENT who can evaluate your ear and hearing health. Expect to have formal hearing testing done when you go in, called an audiogram. The whole thing should be painless. ...Read more

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I am having a toothache thats hurting into my ear what should I do I have o insurance and I am in pain I have used ibupren its also making the left side of my face hurt even other teeth... Will heat help what will help the pain

You : You really need to see a dentist. A dentist can block the pain with a local anesthetic and deal with the problem quickly, efficiently, and properly. Pain medication and antibiotics really won't help you. A visit to the er will be expensive and they won't be able to really help you much. See a dentist. ...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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I am diagnosed with cholecystitis. Can I use a heating pad to soothe the pain.?

I am diagnosed with cholecystitis.  Can I use a heating pad to soothe the pain.?

Maybe: But internal pressure pains from gallstones causing irritation of the gallbladder may have limited relief from external heat. Can try ibuprofen. Avoid fried, fatty & greasy foods. See your doctor to get a referral to a general surgeon to discuss gallbladder surgery. ...Read more