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   Posted 4/29/2011 5:43 AM (GMT -6)   
I ahave numerous nerve injuries, herniated discs, frozen shoulders and etc. Three carpal tunnel surgeries made all thwe other nerve injuries worse.
A heating pad is my main relief besides pain meds. Can anyone recommend a really good one?

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   Posted 4/29/2011 8:22 AM (GMT -6)   
My favorite is a moist heating pad, as the heat seems to go deeper with moisture. It is not recommended ti use one constantly, as the heat can trigger an existing inflammation process that is already going on. Sometimes, I take a hand towel and wet it and roll it up and nuke it in the microwave. You have to be careful doing this as you can get the towel too hot.
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   Posted 5/8/2011 7:12 PM (GMT -6)   
I do like moist heat but I use an infrared platinum heating pad for my back, elbow and knee as it can bend and has 2 different size Velcro straps for back and limbs or over the shoulder. Infrared platinum heating pad can reach muscles 2-1/2" into the muscle as opposed to a regular heating pad that only goes 1/2" in your muscle. Not sure the statistics for moist heat which is also helpful.

Be careful with moist heat as I had numbness in my back and I ended up burning myself with a hot water bottle and the Massage Therapist noticed I burned myself only like a sunburn so it wasn't as bad. Infrared is not used for anyone with a spinal cord stimulator implant but for hardware from surgery not recommended but you could speak with your Dr. about it first.

I'm not saying that my herniated disc was healed by the infrared platinum heating pad but was not seen on my second MRI 15 months after using the infrared platinum heating pad which my Pain Management Dr. recommended to me for the treatment of pain from an annular tear. Sara
Chronic back and leg pain. Degenerative disc disease for 3 years and unable to work since injuring my back. EMG/nerve test shows peroneal sciatic nerve is being irritated from L4-L5 disc area. Meds-Oxycontin, Cymbalta, lyrica, flexeril,Wellbutrin, Oxazepam for sleep. TX-facet joint, trigger point, nerve block and epidural injections every year x 3 years with temporary relief only. Did PT.

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   Posted 5/8/2011 7:38 PM (GMT -6)   
My favorite is a clay one I got in the drug store-you microwave it. Be careful it gets hotter after you take it out.
It is the only one that weighs enough to really provide relief to the muscles in my shoulders.
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