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Can I use a heating pad for pain? Can I use a heating pad for pain?

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Unread 01-08-2005, 05:37 AM
Can I use a heating pad for pain?

I had my LSH on 1/5/05. I'm not in a lot of pain, and am keeping up on my pain meds. However, my left side of my abdomen really hurts. This is the site where they hooked up the morcilator (the grinding machine) and the Dr. warned me that it would be really painful for a while. Can I use a heating pad for the pain? I'm just trying to think of an alternative or an addition to the pain pills.
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Unread 01-08-2005, 05:49 AM
Can I use a heating pad for pain?

Yes, but moist het is best. I have a bed buddy I got from Walgreens and you put it in the microwave for 1 1/2 minutes - it works wonders.
Unread 01-08-2005, 07:06 AM
heat or ice

My post op instruction said heat or ice were fine-but just to make sure you didn't leave it on one place too long-the tissues are numb or lowered in feeling. You might not know if you are burning the skin.

I used an frozen ice gel pack put in a ziploc baggie, then wrapped in a dishtowel. I moved it around every 5 minutes. I used that on the incision pain, and the burning skin feeling.

I used a heating pad on the deep muscle type pain on my shoulders and back and leg where it seemed to ache. I moved that around also.

I also used lots of pillows to support whatever hurt when I was lounging in bed or on the couch-I had to change positions a lot because staying in one position too long hurt too.

It did get better-little by little. Hang in there-

My DH also gave me some shoulder rubs while I sat in a straight back chair-that helped too. Maybe you can figure out a way to massage other areas around the area that hurts-those muscles get sore by getting overused when the damaged areas are weak.

Meanwhile and to you.
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Unread 01-08-2005, 09:06 AM
Can I use a heating pad for pain?

Thank you both so much for your suggestions. I have something familiar to the bed buddy thing that I'm now using and it feels great! A note about your massage idea, at the hospital on my release day, a licensed massage therapist came by and gave me a shoulder, upperback, and arm and hand massage. It was wonderful!
Unread 01-08-2005, 09:38 AM
Can I use a heating pad for pain?

I use a rice bag-these are so simple to make and can be any size you want it to be----I simply sewed a square (easy even for those of us who don't sew)-filled with rice and sewed closed. I put it in the microwave for about 3 to 5 minutes.

It is never burning hot and keeps the heat for hours----I have a large one I use just for my feet and other sizes for my stomach. The heat lasts for hours!

My dr. told me about this and it has been a lifesaver for me since surgery!

I like it because it is natural and no electric cords!
Unread 01-08-2005, 09:48 AM
Can I use a heating pad for pain?

Pebbles, what on earth is the grinding machine ( morcilator). I also had laparoscopy and actually my only abdominal pain left (for the moment) happens to be on the left side, but kinda low down, so I was just wondering............
Unread 01-08-2005, 02:01 PM
Can I use a heating pad for pain?

With the LSH, the doctor makes 3 incisions--one in the bellybutton, one on the right side of the abdomen and one on the left side. The laparascope goes into the bellybutton and the other tools are put into the other two incision sites. The morcillator is the machine used to grind up the uterus (that's why I call it the grinder, sometimes the Cuisinart for fun) to make it into smaller pieces to get it out of your body via the small incision cites. I don't think they use it for an LAVH, but then again, I'm not sure! Glad to hear you're doing well.
Unread 01-08-2005, 02:36 PM
Can I use a heating pad for pain?

PraireLakeLady - just reading this post & would like to say thanks for the ice idea with the incison pain... My incison has been very sore, they just restitched & stapled it up on Thursday. I am going to try the ice shortly to see if it will help...

Unread 01-08-2005, 03:13 PM
Can I use a heating pad for pain?

I cringed at the description of the grinder machine......yuck! I had a grinding I don't think! I used heating pad (electric) one day, then developed fever and bleeding......maybe no connection, this was day 6. A friend said the heat may have over heated and opened up my blood vessels. I loved the way it felt, but have stayed away and used an ice gel pack instead. Remember cold shrinks, heat expands. My best friend is a wonderful heart shaped squooshy pillow my teenage son brought me. It fits right in my pelvic area and was great for those dreaded coughs and sneezes............oh and laughter outbursts too! I don't need it as much now, but still sleep with it. I think all the hospitals should have these for us hystersisters and c-section momma's! Hmmm.....a marketing idea? Jenny
Unread 01-08-2005, 04:25 PM
Can I use a heating pad for pain?

I alternated between ice packs and warm soaks. For the warm soaks, my saint of a mother sat beside me on the bed and kept steaming washrags warm in an Igloo ice chest-type lunch box. She applied these to my incision and changed them as soon as they cooled off.

Those were probably the most pampering moments I experienced post-op.

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