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Wheat Bags.....when to use?

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After my hip op back in Feb I couldn't lie on my right side (my preferred and more comfy side!) so after 6 weeks on my back, resorted to lying on my left side for months. Consequently my left shoulder is now painful and the muscle in my upper arm very sore. When I do backward shoulder rolls there is a horrible crunching sound. I have bought a wheat bag to heat in the microwave but I'm not really sure  when/how often I should be using it and for how long so any advice would be very welcome. I think that I'm going to have to give in and try and get a GP appointment at some point (also have a very sore right thumb joint.....grr!) but would like to see if the heat helps in the interim. TIA!

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9 minutes ago, soapdragon said:

After my hip op back in Feb I couldn't lie on my right side (my preferred and more comfy side!) so after 6 weeks on my back, resorted to lying on my left side for months. Consequently my left shoulder is now painful and the muscle in my upper arm very sore. When I do backward shoulder rolls there is a horrible crunching sound. I have bought a wheat bag to heat in the microwave but I'm not really sure  when/how often I should be using it and for how long so any advice would be very welcome. I think that I'm going to have to give in and try and get a GP appointment at some point (also have a very sore right thumb joint.....grr!) but would like to see if the heat helps in the interim. TIA!

Don’t think you can overdo it, really. I need to apply heat to a jaw muscle and my physio said to do it as often as possible.

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When I've hurt myself, I reheat them as soon as they have gone cold.

When I had my first frozen shoulder I bought myself a mini electric blanket - about the size of a cushion - £20 from Argos - and it is just the right size to wrap around my shoulder and keep it warm. It had different heat settings and a timer that turns it off after 3 hours, although I just turn it on again.

The massage lady I see now also said that if you have heated seats in your car that it was a good idea to use them all the time no matter what the weather. I would love heated seats......

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A friend has a chair massage thingy. It looks somewhat like a car seat cover and it’s heaven! It massages, heats, pokes, prods and kneads.

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