Ice – A Cheap and Natural Pain Reliever

Hi everyone. Pain meds provide quick relief, but have many side effects. We all know that.  There is one remedy, however, that is surprisingly great. And most of us can use it. Ice – a cheap and natural pain reliever.  Learn more….

This effective pain reliever is known as ice. Plain and simple ice. I was really surprised when the doctor mentioned that the best way to alleviate pain was with ice. And to think, all this time I thought they liked promoting pharmaceutical drugs. I like the icing gig. All the other pain meds had awful side effects like nausea and breathing difficulties. 🙁

The only side effects I can think of with ice occur when a condition known as cold urticaria exists.  I do not have cold urticaria. The only drawback to me is the fact that ice melts. Go figure. Here are some ways to use ice that I’ve come across and work well for a total knee replacement:

  • Large gel pack. Frozen solid and then used, these stay cold for about an hour.
  • Ice bag. Simply fill these up, screw on the top and use. The ice seems to melt quickly in the one I was given. Plus, I keep envisioning Curly wearing his after he pulled his tooth. 🙂
  • Small gel pack. These are great for smaller, isolated areas.
  • Battery-operated ice pack. One of my friends lent me this and it reminds me of a torture contraption. Plus, it doesn’t have a battery with it. I wonder if this is considered durable medical equipment.? Hmm.
  • Ziploc-type plastic bag. Cheap and easy. Simply fill up the bag, close, and wrap a towel around it. If I have the energy, I like to crush the ice. It makes for a smoother whatever. The towel absorbs the melting ice. The towel also keeps my clothes dry. Cool.

My ice is melting. Gotta go.

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4 thoughts on “Ice – A Cheap and Natural Pain Reliever”

  1. My husband learned about “Game Ready” during his second TKR… and I have already booked one for my TKR coming up mid February. Its an amazing machine that has been in locker rooms for the past 15-20 years and is just now making its way into mainstream healing. It is a machine you fill with ice and it constantly circulates ice cold water through a wrap that is put around your joint. It also adds gentle compression to help speed healing. It reduced the need for any pain narcotics for my husbands recovery … it is an amazing piece of equipment. Available to rent – two weeks seems to be the optimum time frame. I encourage everyone to check it out. Our surgeon actually told us about this, and has a rep working out of his office to give information and help arrange delivery to your door, and pick up two weeks later! He said it is now being recommended as optimum care beginning immediately after surgery.

  2. Hi Pam,
    I also left a private email message for you. Thanks for visiting my site and leaving your tkr comment about the icing machine. It sounds similar to the one used by friends and myself – 10 years ago. It was rare to find and only recommended by a few surgeons. Glad to hear it is hitting mainstream.
    Keep in touch and good luck!

  3. You have a great blog but you are in error about ” And we all can use it. Ice – a cheap and natural pain reliever. ” I am about to have a TKR and am quite concerned as I have cold urticaria – essentially an allergy to cold. I swell into hot hives, itch and in extreme situations can begin to shake. The allergist has informed me I need warmed IVs as it can cause my BP to bottom out. So please be aware that this allergy, though not common is increasing with frequency and as such, you may want to add as a caution for people to be aware of. Kind regards.

  4. Hi Lori,
    Thanks for visiting my site and leaving your very interesting tkr comment. I had never heard of cold urticaria and certainly understand your concern. I will adjust the article wording to take your condition (and probably others) into consideration. Here’s hoping the medical literature and your providers do you service.
    Good luck and keep in touch!

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