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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Managing pain - heating pads

Suddenly in late January, I had a mysterious twinge in my back. I felt it mostly when I stood up from my chair at work, almost crippling. It only lasted a few days. I saw my doctor towards the end and she said I probably just pulled a muscle pretty bad.

Then, the week before I was to go out of town for work, it came back. So bad I needed to stand at my desk at work. And it would wake me up in my sleep when I tried to rollover. What the heck did I do? I went to Urgent Care; they did some x-rays but saw nothing that would cause the pain. So I was prescribed some pain killers and muscle relaxers. It may have helped, but while I'm out of town on business, I'm standing most of the time and didn't get a chance to sit for a period and see if the pain remained. Though I still did feel it at night.

The pain seemed to ease a bit on its own, but I still went back to my doctor to discuss. She referred me to a physical therapist. I've only had two appointments, but I think what I'm learning is working. Basically, the PT said my tail bone is super stiff for some reason and we need to loosen it up. Between the abdominal muscles movements he recommended, and the therapist assisting showing me the Feldenkrais Method, the pain has diminished quite a bit, though I still feel it here and there. I think a few more appointments and I may have nipped this in the bud.

In the meantime, I whipped up these heat/cold pads in case the pain comes back. I found the small pad as a free pattern on Craftsy. The other, a rice pack with a removable cover, I found on Etsy.
But when did I get so old that I need a therapist?!

Rice wrapRice pad


  1. I've been using rice bags lately for pain but I love how your seems to spread the rice out better with the seams through them. I will have to try this because my bags bunch up terribly and feel uncomfortable after a while.

  2. The 'tubes' really do help to conform to your body. Plus filling the 'tubes' only about 3/4 full contributes too, gives the rice space to move but not so much it'll all group on one end.