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Pain Relief. Air activated heat packs.

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      05.10.2010 13:54
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      Take the edge off your period pain

      Squeamish blokes look away now...

      Once a month a dark cloud is cast over the sun, and anyone who knows me runs for cover as PMT strikes and I am incapacitated for at least two days with torturous period pain...

      Okay so I know I am not the only one who suffers from this, which is really the point of this review. I have always had fairly severe period pain, which has only become worse as I have gotten older. I always hope each month that my period will fall on a weekend so that I can get the worst over outside of work - I have had to be sent home in the past - but just in case the worst happens I like to have several pain relief options available for me to take outside of the house.

      {Cost}

      These pads come in packs of three, and price may differ quite significantly depending on where you buy them. Mine usually cost around £2, but I notice a previous reviewer found hers for £1 at a poundstore - I have made a note of that! These are available fairly widely, and come in different varieties for other types of pain, however I always buy the period pain specific pads.

      {Use}

      You cannot apply these pads directly to your skin, which is a bit of a drawback compared to other (more expensive) alternatives such as deep heat patches. The packet also claims that these may work for up to 8-12 hours, I find that I probably get about 4-6 hours of real relief from these patches before I want to change it - note that you are only meant to use 2 of these patches on the same area in any 24 hour period, and you cannot apply any other heat source to the pad whilst wearing it.

      They are air activated, so you simply open the individually sealed packet, press the patch onto your underwear on your front/back or both, and you will feel it starting to warm up.

      {Does it work}

      I wont lie - these wont combat the most serious period pain, but they do help if you use them along with taking painkillers (I usually take paracetemol and ibuprofen). At home I like to have a small hot water bottle for the small of my back, and a larger one for my abdomen, but if you're out and about these are fairly effective - and if you're out and about the chances are you don't need two hot water bottles strapped to you anyway!

      One disadvantage is that these pads are quite bullky compared to some of the more expensive ones available, so I would advise wearing a long top/jumper on any days that you are wearing these under thin trousers as you might have lumps and bumps showing! You may also hear the odd bit of rustling if you move around a lot!

      {Conclusions}

      Overall I would recommend these to anyone who needs a bit of extra pain relief at that time of the month. If you can afford it however I would usually opt for one of the more expensive patches which you can apply directly to your skin, are more flexible with your movements, and are very discreet.

      As an aside, if you are experiencing unusually serious period pain I would always recommend going to your doctor, even if you do not want to be put on the pill or similar it is worth getting checked out - I once put this off for over a year and it turned out my increasing pain was due to another problem which ended up requiring surgery, so it is always worth the peace of mind, your doctor will probably also be able to prescribe you more effective pain relief.

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        16.06.2009 19:37
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        If you are keen to control pain without drugs, give them a go.

        The cura-heat range is a range of air activated heat packs individually designed to provide pain relief in different areas of the body. I have used the packs for knees and also the back and shoulder pain packs. A box of 3 back and shoulder packs costs around £2.50 and a similar price for the knee treatment pack. They are available in boots and supermarkets. I have also seen them at my local pound shop.

        The main benefit of these packs is that they are drug free. I am a firm believer in always trying something natural or non-medicinal before turning to the medication as a last resort. Basically, all of the treatments contain small packs which heat up when exposed to the air, ie. when you take them out of their plastic wrapper. Some are self-adhesive, like the back and shoulder pain packs and you stick them to your underwear or clothing (not directly on your skin.) The knee packs are smaller and come with a kind of very lightweight knee bandage with pockets in it. You insert the packs into the pockets on either side of the knee.

        The packs warm up gradually reaching maximum heat in around 30 minutes, they stay warm for up to 12 hours giving relief from pain and stiffness. They are really handy as you can wear them under your clothes and no one would ever know.

        My experience is that the heat is very comforting and really helps with the pain. I had quite bad knee problems for a while and used these a lot, they really helped with the stiffness in my knee. I had less success with the back packs, they fell off! They don't seem to stay where you put them, unless you sit completely still! I stuck plasters on the sides to hold it in place. What is great is you can really target these things and put them exactly where you need them.

        Obviously, as these packs heat up you need to take care and not apply any pressure to them, lie on them etc. Also, they shouldn't be used on sore or broken skin. Apart from this they are really safe as they are drug free.

        I great invention!

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          23.04.2009 20:55
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          If you can buy them cheaply then it's worth trying them out.

          I suffer from very severe period pain and tend to have to stay in bed with a hot water bottle so when I saw a packet of these in the pound shop (£1 for three!) I thought I'd try them as they might allow me to be a bit more mobile during my time of the month.

          They are air-activated so they start working as soon as you open the individual plastic packet. As they're individually wrapped, you can easily keep a spare one in your handbag without having to carry a whole box.

          They claim to last for 12 hours but I would say they only seem effective for about 8 hours at most and if you've been wearing one for several hours you start to not notice the heat and so it loses some of its effectiveness. They definitely do get warm though.

          There's a warning on the packet that the product can cause burns if not used correctly (and there's a long list of safety precautions). I've never had a burn but I did wear a metal belt buckle over a pad once (I ignored the warning!) and it got uncomfortably hot very quickly and I had to remove it.

          You have to attach these heat packs to your clothing and not your skin which isn't very convenient if you're using them for period pains unless you're the sort of woman who wears very large knickers or high-waisted trousers! If you're using them for back or shoulder pain though I don't think that attaching them to clothing would be too inconvenient.

          Overall, they're not as good as using a hot-water bottle but they do provide some comfort and I will continue to use them to help soothe my period pains a little while I'm outside of the home.

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            23.04.2009 18:16
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            Go for Deep Heat instead

            A long time ago I used to use heated pain relief pads by Deep Heat on my back when I used to get really bad pain, but at nearly £2 for one pad, they were expensive, and although I think they're a better solution than taking tablets, I couldn't really afford to keep using them when I could buy a pack of Ibuprofen for about 40p.

            I was shopping online a while back when I noticed the Cura Heat pads were just £3.52 for a pack of three from Superdrug, which seemed a lot more reasonable, so I decided to get a pack for the next time I had aches and pains.

            You can get different packs of pads for different areas of the body, and also ones especially for use with period pain, arthritis pain and even IBS. The ones I bought were the ones for back and shoulder pain, as to be honest it's my back and shoulders where I normally get pain, and it's all my own fault, a mix of bad posture and lugging a heavy handbag about.

            I first needed to use one of the pads after painting my bathroom. By the time I'd finished I was absolutely aching all over, the small of my back especially, to the point I had to lie down watching TV and eating chocolate for the rest of the day! Seriously though, it was really painful, so I decided to get out one of the Cura Heat pads and give it a try.

            The pads come in an orange box and each pad is sealed in a plastic packet. This is because the pads are air activated, so as soon as you take them out of their packets they begin to warm up, although it does take 30 minutes for them to reach their maximum temperature. The pads are white with one sticky side and are quite heavy.

            The thing that surprised me most about these pads, was that unlike the Deep Heat pads which are applied directly to the skin, these ones have to be applied to the clothing. I didn't realise this when I ordered them and had I actually realised I'm not sure I would have bought them in the first place. The reason, apparently is that if applied directly, the patches can cause burns to the skin. There is another review on here, where the reviewer admits to having put the pads on her skin and had no problems, however I'd rather not take any chances.

            For me, there are lots of problems with having to apply these over your clothes. Firstly in summer, people tend to wear less clothes, and say for example I was wearing a strappy top my shoulders and upper back would be exposed, meaning I'd have to get changed before wearing it. Secondly, it looks stupid having a big white pad stuck on your back! In the colder months when wearing layers it isn't so bad as you can put the patch on a t-shirt and cover it with a jumper or cardigan, but in summer if you're only wearing one layer, it might look a bit strange.

            Another thing that concerned me about wearing the patch on the outside of my clothes, was that I wouldn't be able to feel the heat against my skin through my clothes. It seemed that my fears were realised, as despite purposely changing into the thinnest cotton t-shirt I could find, I found that the amount of heat I could feel was minimal, and it wasn't warm enough to soothe the aches and pains I had. In fact, I found that the only way I could feel the heat if I applied pressure to the pad by sitting back or lying down, both of which the box instructs you not to do.

            So overall, I have not been impressed with these pads at all. They may be cheaper than the Deep Heat patches, but it seems that there is a good reason for that, as they are no-where near as good. Needless to say I would not recommend them, and I will not be buying them again.

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              27.03.2009 15:22
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              Would probably work better if applied directly to the skin - but it tells you not to!

              Last week, I woke up with a pain in my arm, at the point where the top bit meets the elbow - and I don't even know why, as I cannot remember banging it or twisting it. You know how sometimes, a pain just appears from nowhere? (Maybe it's Dooyooers Cramp, caused by too much sitting here typing?)

              Anyway, I remembered that I had these Cura-Heat Patches in the bathroom cabinet. I had bought them some time ago from my branch of Home Bargains, so the price was less than it would normally be, at around £2.00.

              I orginally bought these because I don't like using cold things for pain: you know how you are recommended to use a bag of frozen peas , for example, to reduce pain and swelling. Well that's alright in summer, but I am freezing cold all the time as it is at this time of year, so I wanted something hot.

              The instructions tell me to open the packet and stick the patch onto the affected area, but not directlly onto the skin: Following the instructions carefully for fear of getting burnt, I open the wrapper and apply the sticky side to my sleeve.

              I was expecting it to feel like a gel, but it felt more like a powder inside the patch. On the outside, the patch just appears like a giant plaster.

              Hmmm. By now I was thinking, this is a bit silly. The instructions say that you should not open the air-activated pack until just before using it, because it will start to heat up immediately. Sure enough, just 6 short hours later, I feel a slight warmth in the elbow area. Was that all? Er, yes. There was no 'heat' , much less any chance of burning.

              Did it help with my pain? No, that lasted another few days then died away of its' own accord.

              Did I feel really stupid all day long? Yes, particularly when my six-year old kept telling me that I had got something stuck to my sleeve.

              Will I use it again? Yes, because I have still got some left in the packet, so waste not, want not. However, in future, I will not follow the instructions* - I will apply it directly to my skin in the affected area, and take the consequences, lol.

              *Disclaimer - please always follow the instructions ;)

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                27.03.2009 13:41
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                Soothing and comfortable - just what the doc ordered!

                In my haste, one day last week, I stretched up to reach something from a cupboard, without going and getting a step.......I'm not particularly tall, so I did that sort of wobbly, standing on tiptoes, thing trying to coax my desired item from the shelf.......resulting in a pulled muscle in my back. No one to blame by myself.

                I am very lucky in that after a few days of pain, I had access to a fantastic phsyio who worked wonders, leaving me with rather less pain. The pain had become discomfort rather than out and out "ouch" and I was very much aware of it.

                The physio said that if it continued to give me problems I could put a bag of frozen peas against it to ease it.......now, I don't know about you, but I didn't really fancy walking around the office with a bag of petits pois sticking out of my waistband.......

                So, instead of heading to the freezer cabinet in the local convenience store, I headed to Boots, and bought a box of 3 Cura-Heat patches for back and shoulder pain. At £3.80 they are quite expensive per patch, but Boots have an offer on at the moment for buy-one-get-one-half-price which brings the price down quite nicely.

                The instructions are simple, just take one of the pads out of its sealed packet, and stick it to the area that is giving you pain or discomfort.

                They claim to provide targeted 12 hour warming relief from minor muscular and joint aches and pains - that sounded just the job to me, and a whole lot more discrete and comfortable than a bag of frozen peas.

                So, armed with my patch, I went back to the office and slapped it on the offending area. Within minutes the patch is pleasantly warm, and the discomfort definitely subsiding.

                Now, I must point out, that the packet says that you should not apply these directly to skin, because they might burn, but instead you should apply them to your clothing or your underwear........

                I totally ignored this instruction and slapped it straight on to my back, and I had no problems at all - I find the patch pleasantly warm rather than hot, and I did not ever feel at any risk of burning. However, the packet does say different, and I don't want to be held responsible for anyone's personal burning issues, so please use your own judgment, not mine!

                The patch stayed nicely in place - I did not have to worry about it slipping out and showing itself to my colleages, yet it was not so firm that it pulled my skin at all.

                I removed the patch when I got home, so had been wearing it for approximately 10 hours - it was still gently warm, so the claim on the box that it will provide relief for 12 hours is probably not far wrong.

                The patches have a shelf life (provided you keep them in their packets) of about two and a half years, so it is something that will keep in the medicine cupboard "just in case" without much of a problem.

                Don't be tempted to open the packet unless you need the patch though - they start warming up as soon as they feel air, so only open them when you need them, otherwise you will have wasted your money.

                My back feels a lot better now - but if I get that niggle again, I will not hesitate to reach for one of these patches rather than painkillers or the frozen peas.

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                  22.07.2008 02:40
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                  These are good for emergencies, and its even better they are sold in most chemists on the way to/fr

                  Incase your not sure what these actually are (and I wasnt the first time I bought them) they are patches that when in contact with the air (i.e opened up from the sealed packet) warms up. Its supposed to stay hot for around 8 hours. They are used for muscular pain and period pains.

                  I brought these as I had bad period pains and my back was killing me. I had tried ibuprofen, neurofen plus (and these were the days before I could get hold of feminax ultra).

                  They cost around £4 or £6 plus depending on which type you buy and will have about two or three in a box. Some boxes are supersize and have many many more. I did feel these were very expensive, as a pill usually works out the same and you dont use them all in one go. But I was in agony and the pills had not worked.

                  I opened the sealed plastic patch and placed a patch on top of my top, under my jumper, it comes with a strip you peel off to reveal a sticky side. It tells you nin the instructions in many many ways (in words, in leaflets, in images with crosses over them...) so you wear them on clothes- remember to wear layers if you do this. Not a black suit. These patches are white. it just wont work.

                  They began to warm up straight away, after about 15 minutes I think they were as warm as they were going to get. It did continue to get a little warmer, but not much after this. It was a nice warming effect, but in my view, I would have liked it warmer. (I now apply these straight to my skin as its not hot enough for me otherwise).

                  It did help to have it on, -its like a portable hot water bottle, but is also its quite thick, it feels like its an envelope filled with sand paper and is quite heavy. Having this on my back did make me feel self concious, it felt like I was wearing a nappy of something!

                  It did stay warm for the full 8 hours, getting to its warmest within the first 30 minutes and staying there for a good 3 or 4 hours before gradually cooling off very very slowly- but this could be as I was wearing it, I got used to it and it didnt feel as warm. But it was dead after 8 hours.

                  I do think these can help with cramping and pain and they do exactly what they say on the box- they warm up and stay warm. They are good if you do not have the chance to warm up a hot water bottle or are at work and dont want to draw too much attention to yourself by hugging a hot water bottle. But I would say if you can use a hot water bottle, save yourself the £2 or so and use the hot water bottle. Only use these if you are going out.

                  I would still buy these, but only in real dire need like an important meeting or my kettle broke or soemthing. They do work, but are bulky to wear if your a women who likes the streamlined look and they do create too much waste for my piece of mind- I dont think you can recycle these. (This bothers me). But I do like the fact they are non invasive, they dont put pressure on your liver the way pills do, and they are very simple to use.

                  I have tried the period cramp shaped ones, which cost a lttle more but are specially shaped, I did think at first to keep with the square ones as they are cheaper, but was not really big enought, so would advise you if your getting period cramping to get the specialy shaped patch. Its slightly longer and works better.

                  If you have a muscualr cramp on say your back/shoulder/thigh, then use the square patches, they work better.

                  Just to add, I know I stated I put this straight onto my skin, please only do so if you are sure your not going to get burnt, my skin did itch and feel very warm when I did this, but I am very used to placeing a boiling hot (though wrapped) water bottle straight onto my skin like this. Its not something everyone should do.

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                Pain Relief. Air activated heat packs.