How Do You Make a Kidney Stone Pain Relief Compress?


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Patients find relief from kidney stone pain in the same way they relieve back pain using hot or cold therapy, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Despite limited supporting scientific evidence, patients find that heat therapy works best when combined with cold therapy, according to WebMD.

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To relieve kidney stone pain using a heat compress, patients can use moist heat in the form of hot packs or heat wraps from pharmacies, according to WebMD. Patients can also make heat packs using hot water bottles, which stay warm for 20 to 30 minutes, or a heated gel pack, which stays warm for 30 minutes when microwaved, as Spine-health explains.

Patients can make cold packs with an ice towel, an ice pack or an ice cup, according to WebMD. To make an ice towel, wet a towel with cold water and squeeze any excess water out. Freeze the towel in a plastic bag for 15 minutes before using it. To make an ice pack, place 1 pound of ice in a plastic bag, cover it with water and seal the bag. Wrap the bag in a wet towel before using it. To make an ice cup, fill two-thirds of a paper cup with water, and freeze it until it is solid. To use, peel back some paper to expose the ice, and rub the ice on the back.

To alternate hot and cold packs, apply the hot element for 15 to 20 minutes, and wait a few hours, as WebMD explains. Then, use ice for 10 to 15 minutes.

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