The Good Old Heating Pad. This is my #1 go-to to help me cope with my lower back pain. I have degenerative disc disease as well as a herniated disc located in my lumbar region. In the last 4 years I’ve gone through 3 heating pads. I remember the first time I used one. I was 15 years old and my mom heated it up for me because I was having such bad period cramps. It would end up being 14 years later before I found out that what I had been experiencing was not normal. Endometriosis.
Most of us old school chronic pain people know that a heating pad is a must. It can be the difference between a bad day and a really bad day. I can tell you this, no matter how broke I am, I’m going to have a heating pad even if something gets paid late or I eat super cheap for a week or two. If you don’t have one, you really need to get one. I’m telling you, they can really be a life saver. Wal-Mart sells them for around $13 and up. Even if you get the cheapest one it’s better than not having one at all. However, if you absolutely can’t afford one, I get it. You’re talking to the woman who once washed her underwear in the dishwasher because she had zero laundry money! (Tip: Do NOT do this; it was not one of my brighter moments). The next best thing you can do is make a rice warmer that you can heat up in the microwave.
If you aren’t a seamstress or even know how to thread a needle for that matter, you can make one with an old tube sock and some uncooked rice. Just fill the sock up with the rice and tie the end off with a string or even knot it if possible. Once it’s tied up you can put it in the microwave for about a minute and a half. If you have some essential oils or fresh herbs, just add a bit to the rice before you fill the sock and you can enjoy a little aromatherapy while you’re basking in the warmth of your ingenuity and creativity!
Peace and blessings,