Hey all! In my post Tips for staying warm when the weather outside is not, I suggest using portable heat wraps. I still do suggest this as it is something that I have done and will continue to do, however I have a warning to issue. On Christmas Eve, my spine and neck pain was at an all time high. Knowing that I wanted to attend church later in the evening, I slapped on a heat wrap to help relax my muscles. About an hour before I was to leave for church I felt a strange twinge of pain where I had placed the patch. I felt even more pain when I removed the patch and was shocked by what I saw. The patch had burned me.
Thankfully I caught it when I did, because the burns could have been way worse than they already were. This post is to urge you to read the warnings and instructions on ALL packages! If I had read the package I would have known not to wear the wrap for more than 8 hours. By the time I felt the pain from the burns, I had been wearing the wrap for 11 hours. I could have spared myself from this additional pain, if I had only read the warnings.
One drawback of living with pain is that when something is providing relief, I never want it to end. The chances of me remembering to take it off within 8 hours would have been slim, even if I had read the warning. With that said, from now on I plan to set an alarm on my phone to remind myself.
I still stand by my suggestion as long as you follow the manufacturers warnings and directions.
Wishing you a day filled with smiles and gentle hugs,
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