Pain relief and tube socks

@gantwick (849)
United States
March 21, 2008 8:23am CST
My wife suffers from migraines. Often, she uses hot packs to relieve her pain. There are times, though, when a hot pack gets misplaced. One time when this happened, I had a "MacGyver moment" and made a hot pack by pouring uncooked rice into one of my cotton tube socks, tying a knot into the end, and putting it in the microwave for a couple of minutes. Worked like a charm. Do you have any creative solutions to minor problems?
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@polachicago (19073)
• United States
21 Mar 08
Whatever works. Why is she using hot pockets? I suffer from migraines too. I run hot water over my hands for 5 minutes. It helps. I admire you for inspiration and quick solutions. Uncooked rice? sounds like great idea....
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@gantwick (849)
• United States
21 Mar 08
The hot packs feel good on her head, plus they block out light when she's in the light-sensitive stage of her migraine. The beauty of the rice bags is that they can be reused over and over, as long as the rice doesn't get wet, lol! She's gone a step farther and has sewn up little bags with rice and some dried peppermint, which also helps with headaches.
@polachicago (19073)
• United States
21 Mar 08
Thank you, this sounds great. Hope I will not have to use it. Thank you, it is great idea....
@Ldyjarhead (10157)
• United States
21 Mar 08
I used to do that all the time! It's a great use for the sock without a mate. Hmmm ... creative solutions. I'm getting ready to start some seeds indoors for my container garden. I'm going to put one of those little peat seed starter discs in each cup of an old muffin tin, then I can cover it with plastic wrap to keep warm. I could have bought the whole starter kit with clear plastic lid for about $6-7 at WalMart, but instead I paid a buck something for the peat discs. Works for me ...
@julievy (595)
• United States
21 Mar 08
I use the rice in sock method too. You can also add a few drops of lavender oil to the rice before microwaving (of course, you can't use the rice for food after that) The scent of the lavender is very soothing. I also tie knots in old holey tube socks and give them to the dogs for playing tug-O-war.