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healing spirit
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   Posted 10/17/2008 11:33 AM (GMT -7)   
I use a heated rice bag on the right side of my ribs every night to get rid of "the hug".  It works great.  I am now also using a heated rice bag on my legs sometimes about 16 hours after my rebif injection.  That is when my legs are hurting me bad.  It seems to help take the tightness and soreness out of them.  I am almost through my 3rd week since starting the rebif and am my second 1/2 dose injection.  I know heat sometimes makes symptoms worse but I am using heat in a very conservative way that seems to help me a lot.  Is there anyone else that uses heat to help with side effects or just plain pain?  The MS nurse at Rebif said if it helps and doesn't make me feel worse, use it.  I am just curious if anyone else does the same.
 
Cindy

Gretchen1
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   Posted 10/18/2008 11:23 AM (GMT -7)   
Cindy,
 
This sounds like a great strategy for you.  I am so glad you found something that is helping.  I have used local heat on spasticity in my calf.  As long as it doesn't raise my body temperature, then I am good.  I think it really helps.  I like the rice bags.  They are real easy to use.
 
I don't take rebif so I can't help you there.  I am sure the rebif nurse has given you good advice.  Keep posting!!!!
Gretchen       co-moderator MS board       diagnosed with MS July 2006
 
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healing spirit
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   Posted 10/19/2008 6:28 AM (GMT -7)   

Thanks for your reply Gretchen.  I figure if it isn't bothering me, I am ok. 

Cindy


Gretchen1
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   Posted 10/19/2008 9:53 AM (GMT -7)   

Cindy,

You are learning that magical truth - we know our bodies better than anyone.  If heat works for you, use it.  Don't even consider the fact that most of us with MS can't tolerate heat.  You are doing a great job of keeping up the fight.  Do the best and most you can to manage symptoms and feel good.  It is even better when you can find such benign strategies as rice bags!!  Good for you!!


Gretchen       co-moderator MS board       diagnosed with MS July 2006
 
I have no lesions on my soul and so I will live with no limits.

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