I went to the doctor today and he mentioned I have something called golfer's elbow. This irritates me to no end. The closest I've come to anything golf related was moving some of mum's golfing gear when I was home last summer. When I googled what else might cause it (thank goodness for Google!) I found using the computer may be one of the causes. "The activity generally needs to be done for more than an hour a day on many days to cause a problem." GREAT-caps are for sarcasm. It is the fault of the mouse.
So, what is one of the better ways to help alleviate the pain? Ice. Not an old fashioned warm heating pad, but ice. Yes, I grew up in Alaska. Yes, I like cold. No, I do NOT like to wrap myself in cloth that holds ice and sit for ages.
Ice belongs in beverages, freezers, on lakes for skating (I used to love that as a kid), in icicles hanging off the roof, and pretty much anywhere outside. I do not want to put it on my skin! Eons ago ice was for headaches (in cartoons you might see someone with a bag of ice on their head). Heating pads were for other injuries.
Maybe we were always supposed to use ice. I know I grew up with heating pads. Maybe cuz I was in Alaska people thought soothing and relaxing was generated from heat, not cold. I don't know, but it seems silly to do that calming thing with ice. Unless it involves some sort of alcohol.
I remember, when the boys were small, I made ice packs. They were created with plastic zip seal baggies, a folded over paper towel, and water. Easy and disposable and took up almost no room in the freezer where they rested til needed. Heating pads would have been much harder to make and store.
I think ice is supposed to shrink sore things. Which is odd cuz ice makes bottles and containers expand. It makes little sense. I'll try some more of the Tiger Balm first and then, if necessary, maybe I'll attempt ice. Besides in my Diet Pepsi!