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What's best for back pain-(skeletal back pain); heat, or ice?

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Ice helps with inflammation and swelling. Heat helps relax the muscles and I think it helps circulation too. Sometimes alternating between the two is the way to go.

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Ok. Thanks!
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Excellent answer.
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even I'm searching for it. :(

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IcyHot. Shaq swears by it.

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Hi Shaylen, it depends on it if the pain is nerve pain or muscular. I had a herniated disc in my low back and the Dr recommended ice for 10 minutes then heat for thirty, then ice again for 10 minutes... do it three times then rest for 8 hours and repeat. He said if you do the ice for more than 10 minutes it could cause frostbite, so make sure you don't fall asleep on it.

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Thanks sherry. :) it's nerve, defiantly not muscle; my brother kept sticking his knees into my seat on the way to a baseball game for an hour drive. I have minor scoliosis, so it hurts my back.
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I'm defiantly going to do this!
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Ice.. 20 minutes an hour
No heat

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Uhh you should NEVER ice ANYTHING for an hour 0_0
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Agree..
Otherwise I would have said
Ice for an hour
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@zorg-oh sorry well your grammar makes it hard to understand
@liz-hey I got your message-I would reply to it right now even but my back hurts excruciatingly. My family and I were going to an A's game and my brother (even though I always tell him to stop and he knows he shouldn't do that,) kept putting his knees in the back of my seat. My spine hurts so bad, because I have minor scoliosis. I hope that didn't make it worse. >.< my brother can be really selfish sometimes but I'm in a lot of pain so I can't sit up now and I'd want to sit up to answer it; I'll get to it soon! There are a lot of messages I'd love to get to, but I'm hurting. :/ I'll get to you ASAP!
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I was gone most of the day yesterday.
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Hey Shay..
Sorry for the misunderstanding
Hope your feeling better
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Ok. :) I want to, and I promise I will soon! I wanted to do it first thing in the morning but was still hurting. It's harder to do longer responses on my side, haha. I'll comment via your latest answer when I do.
@zorg-thanks.
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Oh no no worries I don't feel rushed. I knew you were just letting me know. :) it's just me-I am frustrated, haha. It's got nothing to do with you!
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