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    sore and ache

    not from riding my sholder blades are so sore and my right arm joint at sholder I move wrong it hurt like h I have put liement on it rub in but no relief .

    refresh my memory why heat pads are not good cause I sure would like 1

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    Do you know if your pain is caused by arthritis? If so, icing the area for 15 minutes several times a day can reduce inflammation. Heat can make inflammation worse, but many people (myself included) find that a heating pad on the low setting is helpful for arthritic shoulder pain - I alternate ice with heat. I don't think there would be any harm in experimenting to see what works best for you. Remember not to ice a joint for more than 15 minutes per hour.
    MS with cervical and thoracic cord lesions

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    Quote Originally Posted by vjls View Post
    refresh my memory why heat pads are not good cause I sure would like 1
    Because if the heating pad were to make contact with an area where you do not have feeling, it could easily burn you without you knowing it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vjls View Post
    not from riding my sholder blades are so sore and my right arm joint at sholder I move wrong it hurt like h I have put liement on it rub in but no relief .

    refresh my memory why heat pads are not good cause I sure would like 1
    Heating pads used on areas of the body with reduced or no sensitivity can cause severe burns.

    Edit: Sorry Scot, I was typing my answer, the phone rang and I was distracted...finished up my post and saved it to this thread, and then saw your answer posted just a bit earlier.

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    even for just a few minutes like 10 15? what else is there

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    Quote Originally Posted by vjls View Post
    even for just a few minutes like 10 15? what else is there
    Yes even for just that amount of time.

    Once, I used a microwavable buckwheat neck and shoulder wrap that produces what feels like a moist heat. I wrapped it around my neck and laid down flat on my back. I got a burn about 3 inches in diameter on one shoulder after about 10 minutes. Luckily I hadn't microwaved the wrap for more than the 2 minutes suggested, so the burn wasn't too severe. But still, it took 3-4 weeks to completely heal.

    My injury level is C6/7 and I have some, but not total skin sensation at my shoulders.

    Wonder if anyone has tried one of these for shoulder pain: https://www.amazon.com/Icy-Hot-Shoul...ay&sr=8-3&th=1


    • PORTABLE, AT HOME TENS Pain Relief: Icy Hot's SmartRelief TENS Starter Kit is wireless & easy to wear & use. This unit has 63 intensity levels, & includes a reusable electrode pad designed for targeting muscular and chronic pain.
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    Those buckwheat wraps get really hot, really fast. So do gel packs. I have a Sunbeam electric heating pad that has four settings - the lowest provides just a hint of warmth. Maybe an old-fashioned, easily regulated hot water bottle would feel good on that shoulder.
    MS with cervical and thoracic cord lesions

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bonnette View Post
    Those buckwheat wraps get really hot, really fast. So do gel packs. I have a Sunbeam electric heating pad that has four settings - the lowest provides just a hint of warmth. Maybe an old-fashioned, easily regulated hot water bottle would feel good on that shoulder.
    I know what you say. Actually NL tried the buckwheat wrap before I did and didn't find it too hot. Trouble is I can't squirm when something gets uncomfortably hot and NL can. It is amazing what a difference a little bit of squirm can make.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gjnl View Post
    I know what you say. Actually NL tried the buckwheat wrap before I did and didn't find it too hot. Trouble is I can't squirm when something gets uncomfortably hot and NL can. It is amazing what a difference a little bit of squirm can make.
    Yes, indeed, a slight squirm can change everything.

    Something else I've noticed about the buckwheat packs - they don't heat evenly or in the same way every time. It's a good thing that you followed the heating directions to a tee, or you could have had a second degree burn. It makes me shudder to think about it.
    MS with cervical and thoracic cord lesions

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    NL suffers from chronic Sternocleidomastoid syndrome which affects the areas just behind the ears. If you have ever worn glasses and get a pain behind your ears from the bows of the glasses you have experienced this kind of pain. She gets a great deal of relief from a TENS unit, which is what lead me to ask about the IcyHot Tens in an earlier post. The only caveat is that if you have a heart pacemaker, you should not use any kind of TENS therapy.

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