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Unread 08-15-2010, 12:52 PM
Cold vs Hot Compress

This site has been wonderful in preparing for my TAH (Aug 9). I was hoping some sisters might be able to add their insight into my cold vs hot compress dilemma. Most sites I've read recommend hot compresses, however, I find that cold definitely more soothing. But I dont' want to do it simply because it "feels" better.

Hot compresses increase blood flow which will help nerve regeneration and cell repair. Cold compresses feel fantastic but reduces blood flow.

What do you think?
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Unread 08-15-2010, 01:26 PM
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I used cold, it just felt better....warm made me feel worse! I believe it is ok to use whatever feels best, unless you doctor told you something specific.
Unread 08-15-2010, 01:27 PM
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Ok...I have always told my Ortho patients Ice for bones (things like that) and warm for muscles and such....UNTIL I HAD A TAH!!! Can I tell you....I love my Ice pack! My dr didn't tell me to use one and they didn't give me squat in the hospital...until I started reading stuff on here how all these girls talked about the ice pack helping their "swelly belly"....YEP...they day I didn't it....Immediate relief. Hope this helps
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Unread 08-15-2010, 03:05 PM
Re: Cold vs Hot Compress

I gotta co-sign on the ice packs!!! Love, love, love.

When I had the crazy burning sensations after doing too much, the ice pack was the only thing that helped.

I agree with LoveTheOcean: whichever one makes you feel best is what you should go with.
Unread 08-15-2010, 10:03 PM
Re: Cold vs Hot Compress

Thanks for your replies. I'm lying downing with one now! If only it I could fall asleep now.
Unread 08-16-2010, 08:32 AM
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I have to laugh because I always tell my husband how much I love my ice I am using it less at the 5 week mark but I still love the feeling of using it after walking or moving around alot!
The best feeling is to use a heating pad on your back (when your back hurts) and ice on your tummy!
Unread 08-16-2010, 09:27 AM
Re: Cold vs Hot Compress

I liked the ice...I started with that after seeing all the posts from my fellow sisters. Funny thing was the nurse at my dr's office said NO WAY to the ice, that it'd cause problems.
Unread 08-16-2010, 11:36 AM
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NY, did the nurse explain what problems it would cause? Also, sending you positive thoughts (read your thread).

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