Having recently undergone a total knee replacement, I have had my fill of ‘pain meds’. None work that well.Â At least for me they haven’t.Â There is one method, however, that is surprisingly great.Â It is all-natural, cheap, and convenient.Â In fact, it can be found in everyone’s freezer.
This effective pain reliever is known as ice.Â Plain and simple ice.Â I was really surprisedÂ when the doctor mentioned that the best way to alleviate pain was with ice.Â I like that.Â Â All the other pain meds had awful side effects like nausea and breathing difficulties. 🙁
Ice has no side effects – that I can see.Â The only drawback is the fact at it melts.Â Gee, what a dilemma. :)Â It’s great having pain decreased quickly instead of waiting for pills to kick in.
I was given one of those ice bags that you see in movies being used for headaches (or hangovers).Â (A vision of Curly sporting one of these suddenly came to mind). It’s not a very big bag.Â Other choices include:
- large gel pack.Â These seem to keep cold for about an hour. Nice. Plus, they fit along the back of my knee very nicely.
- battery-operated, 12-hour ice pack.Â This is huge and reminds me of a torture contraption. One of my friends lent it to me, but it doesn’t have a battery. Hmm.
- small gel pack.Â Perfect size for isolated knee areas.
- plastic, Ziploc type bag. Cheap and easy.Â Fill with ice, close, and wrap with a towel.Â The towel absorbs the melting ice and keeps me dry.
Well, my ice has melted. Gotta go.