Cold Packs From The Chemist Or A Bag Of Frozen Peas ?

bluebeard
bluebeard Member Posts: 260
edited 2. Feb 2010, 10:05 in Living with Arthritis archive
I use ice massage a lot, with either ice cubes or cups of ice to relive pain and stiffness

where can I get commercial ice cold packs etc

or is a bag of frozen peas as good as anything ?

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  • lindalegs
    lindalegs Member Posts: 5,371
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    I used to use the peas until I bought an ice pack from the chemist. It comes in the form of a bright blue gel pack which can be chilled or heated up and it's own 'sock' to protect your skin. I got mine from Boots and I keep it in the freezer for whenever I need it.

    Luv Legs :D
  • jennac
    jennac Member Posts: 35
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    I cant use Cold stuff it kills my hands if i so much as hold a cold can.

    Warm water works better for me or heat rub x
  • annebr
    annebr Member Posts: 730
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    I have a wheat pack, which I can heat in the micro or put in the freezer. The instructions said to pop it into a freezer bag and into the freezer. I have never tried it cold as I find heat works better for me.

    anne
  • dutchess
    dutchess Member Posts: 79
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    I just use a bag of frozen peas wrapped in a tea towel. I use this when my vasculitis flares up on my leg and was recommended this by my consultant.
    Take care
    Luv Kelly
  • ritwren
    ritwren Member Posts: 928
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    When I need heat I use the wheat bags but when I need cold I use the proper ice packs bought from the chemist. They're the blue gel type and can either be heated or cooled/frozen. I keep them in the freezer. :)
  • bluebeard
    bluebeard Member Posts: 260
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    cheers gang
  • zechariah
    zechariah Member Posts: 222
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    I have a gel pack that goes in the freezer which is good!
  • valval
    valval Member Posts: 14,911
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    have always kept bag of peas in freezer for this as have two lads who play football so always one with lumps and bumps lol
  • bluebeard
    bluebeard Member Posts: 260
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    I have put my ankle on a block of ice from a margarine tub full of water today

    its very soothing
  • valval
    valval Member Posts: 14,911
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    was reading you should keep ice on till skin goes pink can not remember why lol
  • bluebeard
    bluebeard Member Posts: 260
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    yes, thats what doc told me

    he says that if you use ice 3 times a day , the bit inbetween when your foot or whatever is warming up, thats when blood rushes in to help pain

    and then when you put ice back on, it freezes again
  • livinglegend
    livinglegend Member Posts: 1,425
    edited 2. Feb 2010, 15:21
    Most chemists sell ice packs. While frozen peas are good in an emergency, they are unsafe to be eaten afterwards because you have partly thawed and then refrozen them.

    If you want to be careful with the cash, then get some ice packs intended for cool bags. Identical, except half the price. Store permanently in the freezer and they are there already frozen for when you need them. As others have commented, don't put them directly onto your skin or you will get ice burn. Wrap in a cloth or tea towel, then apply.

    Joseph 8)
  • bluebeard
    bluebeard Member Posts: 260
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    :)

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