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Anyone who knows me knows that I have, and use, a LOT of hot/cold packs. I use them cold from the freezer for migraines and injuries, and hot for Irritable Bowel Syndrome flare-ups, back pain, and shoulder/neck pain. I have Fibromyalgia, Osteoporosis, and Arthritis, as well as a shoulder injury, neck injury, and knee problems, and I also get a lot of migraines.
I used to make my own hot packs out of regular flame-retardant flannel and wheat berries, and bought a few to see if they were better than mine, but when I found the Comfy Comfy Canada cold/hot packs, I knew I’d found my solution.
The first major difference between this cold/hot pack and the others I’ve tried is the soft Minky fabric. Minky is a thicker fabric, and it feels like butter. It’s ultra-soft, and the extra thickness allows you to heat the pack up a little hotter than flannel packs, as the fabric acts as a buffer between the heat and your skin. This also means the pack stays hot longer. When it feels cooler, I flip it over to the flannel side and the thinner fabric allows more heat to come through. While I do have a Serger (Minky is thick, so difficult to sew on a standard machine) it’s really not worth it to me to go buy 4 spools of the same colored thread and go through the process of threading and setting up the serger just for a few hot packs. Minky also isn’t cheap, so at the low price that they offer these hot packs at, I don’t have to figure out how much Minky to buy and sew it – the price is definitely worth the purchase vs. making it myself.
Another difference between this, and other hot packs, is the length and width. This hot pack is so much longer, and wider, than traditional hot packs that it’s very, very versatile. Wrapped around my neck, it also provides heat over my shoulders, and being so wide, it covers more of my shoulders than the skinnier packs sold in drug stores.
It’s also much lighter-weight, being filled with Flax seeds rather than other fillers, and stays warmer longer. The size really comes into play for me when I have the severe stomach pain that goes along with IBS flare-ups, as I can double it up to fit on my tummy, adding more weight to help confuse pain signals. Staying doubled-up also means that it will retain its heat longer (especially if under blankets), which means fewer trips to the microwave to reheat it. It seems to stay warm for about 45 minutes, but when I fold it like this, then turn it around and fold it so that the paisley flannel side is facing out, I find that it’s still hot on the inside, extending the length of time it stays hot! I’ve literally gone to bed with it under the blankets at night, and woken up and it still feels somewhat warm (could be from body heat and heat trapped under blankets, but it’s a nice bonus to have in the bed on cold nights!). I also use it to wrap around my feet to warm them up! It’s the only hot pack that would ever properly wrap because of its extra-long size!
We’ve talked about hot, now let’s talk about cold. I get so many migraines each month it’s hard to keep track. All I know is I go through a LOT of eye gel bead masks and cold/hot packs. I’m constantly rotating these packs through the freezer, so I have several on hand. This one is so much nicer than your typical cold pack for migraines. Because it’s light-weight, it doesn’t contribute to my migraine, it shapes much better to my head than fuller, thicker cold packs, and because of its length, it covers more of my head and actually stays put. I find it so annoying when I have to keep re-adjusting my cold pack when I have a migraine! It seems to stay cold longer than any others that I’ve tried (and I’ve tried a LOT), so it’s win-win for me! They’re also great for any injuries, and my kids use them frequently for boo-boos and injuries.
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