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Does heat help nerve pain?

seekingdiagnosisseekingdiagnosis Posts: 23
edited 31. Jan 2015, 14:42 in Living with Arthritis archive
Hi, does anyone experience heat working effectively on nerve pain?
Thanks in advance :D

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  • stickywicketstickywicket Posts: 25,998 ✭✭✭
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    I don't get nerve pain but why not suck it and see?
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  • As5567As5567 Posts: 665
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    I would say this is probably a very individual thing, give it a try it cant do no harm!
  • dreamdaisydreamdaisy Posts: 31,567 ✭✭✭
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    There's only one way to find out, isn't there? DD
    Have you got the despatches? No, I always walk like this. Eddie Braben
  • seekingdiagnosisseekingdiagnosis Posts: 23
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    I did try, I had a lovely hot bath and it made my pains worse.
    Ok, does heat make inflammation worse?
    :?: :?: :?: :D
  • stickywicketstickywicket Posts: 25,998 ✭✭✭
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Maybe try a wheat bag next time.

    Hot baths might depend on the heat of the bath. I know they get quite uptight about them in hospitals. Warm might be better than hot.

    My RA / OA usually responds well to a hot bath ie on 9/10 occasions it helps. On the 10 occasion it just makes it worse. I've no idea why.

    As for inflammation - some find heat helps and others respond better to ice.
    “There is always a well-known solution to every human problem - neat, plausible, and wrong.” H.L. Mencken
  • dreamdaisydreamdaisy Posts: 31,567 ✭✭✭
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    In my experience inflamed joints are usually hot to the touch and require ice. DD
    Have you got the despatches? No, I always walk like this. Eddie Braben
  • theresaktheresak Posts: 1,998
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    I have some nerve pain from when I had shingles - heat makes it worse for me.
  • villiervillier Posts: 4,426
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    I have nerve pain due to a neurological condition and sometimes I soak my extremities in luke warm water and Epsom salts it helps relieve the pain a bit when I am in a flare. x
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  • dreamdaisydreamdaisy Posts: 31,567 ✭✭✭
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Ah, when I earlier replied I wondered whether to include a hint about trying a small area first via a wheat bag or hottie: now I wish I had. :oops: The trouble is that when one is a few years in you assume that people know these things, whilst completely forgetting that of course they don't. :oops: Having a bath is physically beyond me and has been for many years (I need a Wallace-type invention to launch me from one!) but, if you are capable, then maybe a cooler one might help.

    I reckon there is more than one kind of inflammation but, seeing as how the root word of 'inflammation' must be 'inflame', the hint that heat won't help is there: alas we are all different and we don't know what works until we try. I hope things have now eased. DD
    Have you got the despatches? No, I always walk like this. Eddie Braben
  • seekingdiagnosisseekingdiagnosis Posts: 23
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hi, thanks to you for the replies :D
    Most of my pains have been ok today as I've not done much but my archilles tendon has been extra sore :(
    Thanks for the tips and comments.
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