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Pamela Neckpain
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   Posted 11/18/2008 12:39 AM (GMT -6)   
How do you do the washrag in the microwave
I made a few this evening and they felt really
good for a few minutes. I put one on my back,
one on my derrier, and the other on my neck.
The problem with them is they got my pj's, and
sheet all wet and cooled off way too fast.
It was a little awkward to ge them on the right
Maybe that's the way it is?
Can you BUY something like that?

For anyone trying this trick at home, remember the wet rag is REALLY
hot when you first take them out of the microwave.

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   Posted 11/18/2008 1:36 AM (GMT -6)   
Pam, a thick hand towel or kitchen towel dampened and put in the microwave for a few seconds works well on the neck and shoulders. After you have heated it roll the towel and place it around your neck. You can nuke the towel as often as needed, moist heat is much better than dry heat. I have cooked many meals doing this,lol Hugs Susie

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   Posted 11/18/2008 1:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Oops another quick note is you can buy a heating pad like at WalMart or one of the drug stores that is a moist heating pad, it will say so on the box. If has a little piece of matieral that you get wet thing wring out and place it inside the heating pad. Sorry my act is not together tonite not feeling well. By the way Pam I was accepted by Pumpsters the othe day. I did an intro post about me then received a notice from them to follow their guidelines when posting which I thought I had done. This is a really different group and I belong to several and I am not sure quite what to this of this outfit. Pumpsters accepts people that either are getting the pump or already have one. Hugs kid.

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   Posted 11/18/2008 2:08 AM (GMT -6)   
I think you misunderstood what I was trying to describe. What I use isn't wet at all. It's more like a cloth or sock-like material filled with grains of some sort (someone here mentioned trying to make one with rice, but I bought mine) and you microwave it and it's DRY and you can wrap it around your neck and walk around with it. It's not flat like a heating pad.

i know I'm doing a lousy job of describing it. Maybe someone else knows what I mean and can describe it better!

Whatever is inside is something that can be heated and it made for this purpose, so I wouldn't put just anything in a sock. But it has the feel of a bean bag with very small grained or something in it. I think they might be some kind of clay material. Wish I could do better at describing!


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   Posted 11/18/2008 9:39 AM (GMT -6)   
I know what PAlady is trying to describe I think. Mine is called "The Original Bed Buddy" microwave Heat -Pack moist heat for Pain. It is like a tube sock filled with rice I believe. When I am hurting bad I alternate this with cold like the gel packs in the freezer. I hope this helps...and I hope you get some relief.


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   Posted 11/18/2008 10:14 AM (GMT -6)   
What PALady is describing is rice in material. Sometimes they add Flax seed as well. It is a wonderful thing that I found when my MIL got me a store bought one and I ripped it was wondered where all the rice came from!!!

I sent you a link through e-mail to a great product if you don't want to add rice to a sock (weird but it does work cool )

It is made for womens problems but, due to its shape and make, is great for back pain.


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Post Edited (ekkorose) : 11/18/2008 8:17:21 AM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 11/18/2008 3:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Since Linen's and things is going out of business try to find
yourself a moist heat pad there, I found a king sized one there
and got it on sale plus it has auto shut off and well I just so like it........
I do usually, turn it off though...if ya have to keep it on and might forget, then keep it on low
setting as to not get burned......
Just an Idea...
Hope your feeling better here soon Pamela...
Lots of soft hugz to you..........
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   Posted 11/18/2008 3:33 PM (GMT -6)   
I think ekkorose and b4u are describing something along the lines of what I have. The nice thing about the one I have is that it has these rope like handles of sort at each end (I am SOO bad at description!! LOL) and you can hook them together after you wrap the "tube sock" part around your neck.

Now I've probaby thoroughly confused you! I wish I could remember where I got it, but I've had it a lot of years.


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   Posted 11/18/2008 11:54 PM (GMT -6)   
PAlady I have one of those too that you are describing and I bought mine at Walgreens. I also have the Body Buddy the others are talking about as well. I wonder if we have all confused Pam enough talkng about these things. If you have a sewing machine you can make the Body Buddy's and use rice as the filler. I have one of those too,lol. Susie

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   Posted 11/19/2008 12:24 AM (GMT -6)   

You can also find them in a lot of magazines that sell little gift type things, and I'm sure they have them online too. They are really good for relaxing. I used to have one shaped like a cat! I eventually had to stop using it though because my dogs always wanted to play with it because it looked like one of their toys (it looked like a stuffed animal, just in the shape of a U and filled with beans)! You can even get scented ones (I think the one that I had had chamomile in it) that can help you relax even more.

Careful with the wash-cloth, it gets really hot really fast in the microwave & it is easy to burn yourself! And I do agree that the cloths cool off too quickly -- the rice/bean bag packs are much better at retaining heat.


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   Posted 11/19/2008 1:46 AM (GMT -6)   
I want the cat one!!! LOL

I'm laughing as I read this thread. Does anyone else's house (in my case my bedroom and part of my kitchen) look like it could be a physical therapy office?? I've got a neck heat pack, 2 back heat packs, one in the freezer, a stim unit, a blood pressure cuff, and enough cervical pillows to supply all you at HW! LOL


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   Posted 11/20/2008 2:24 PM (GMT -6)   
The infusion center would use the homemade ones made out of sock filled with rice. It helps to find a vein. It smelled kinda nice when they nuked them too...

Also for the moist towels(I use dishcloths), make sure you wring out all the water. Nuke for no more than 30 seconds...then re-nuke for 10 seconds thereafter...
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