is cool water bath good for CD inflammation?

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   Posted 8/24/2010 1:13 PM (GMT -7)   
This may seem weird, but I'm wondering if taking a cool bath will help with ileum inflammation.
Anyone try that or a cold swim and notice any improvement?

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   Posted 8/24/2010 2:39 PM (GMT -7)   
I actually have an aversion to total body cooling when I'm having inflammation. I will sit around in a sweatshirt and drive with low AC, even in warmer weather. I get pains in my muscles and joints, and cold seems to make it ache worse. I do use ice packs on my abdomen though. That helps soothe the burning sensations. I have ice packs for my tummy and a heating pad for my back, knees, and other muscle and joint pains. Sometimes the heating pad feels good on my stomach too. I love hot baths with Epsom salt (you can get it OTC at any pharmacy). My approach to pain management depends on the day and the type of pain.

My advice: Just try it. Let me know if it helps. I would suggest trying ice packs, but that's because the thought of putting my whole body in cold water doesn't sound good to me.
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   Posted 8/24/2010 3:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Not sure about this one, I think the reverse seem more appealing!! You might have something though...

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   Posted 8/24/2010 9:36 PM (GMT -7)   
A cold shower or bath has been a home remedy for husbands all over the world for centuries. I don't see why it could not help but I am with dunny on this one.

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   Posted 8/25/2010 3:18 AM (GMT -7)   
I'd be more inclined to use an ice pack. I used to all the time when I was flaring bad, it helped some.

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   Posted 8/25/2010 7:30 AM (GMT -7)   
I find that cold has an opposite effect, and makes things worse for "me". If I try in the hotter weather, to put a cold pack on my tummy, I end up with more cramping. So even in hot weather I use my heating pad. Hugs!
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   Posted 8/25/2010 8:01 AM (GMT -7)   
I wouldn't have thought so, because ice is normally used immediately after an accute injury to minimise the swelling. I don't think it does much good for most chronic inflammation. But it can't do any harm to give it a try. I'm almost tempted to now, although I'm one of the ones who find heat soothing when my gut is achy and sore. One of these days I might even get around to buying a heating pad instead of relying on the bottom of a mug of tea... <_<

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   Posted 8/25/2010 1:01 PM (GMT -7)   
I may try the ice pack today. This surely sucks. :-(
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