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    I was just reading a post and one of the treatments that they mentioned that helped them was ice. I have a cryotherapy unit. It is prescribed for severely painful joints and muscles. It is like a heating pad but it continuously circulates ice water via a pad that is connected to an ice chest with a hose. My insurance covered it because I had a prescription for it. Many orthopeadic surgeons prescribe one when you have surgery. They are expensive but you can buy it on e-bay or from someone that has had knee surgery. If you are interested in one PM me. Mine is not for sale but I do have some information you need to know before you buy one.
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    Thank you for allowing me to share my experiences and offer support. Your physician is the only one to give you medical advice. I hope sharing the information from this site will help you and your physician develop successful management of your IC.
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    My sister got one of those (if I remember correctly, it's called a "Cryo Cuff") when she had surgery on her frozen shoulder. When I came down with the condition, I borrowed it from her, and it really felt soothing. The only problem would be how to configure the cuff. For those of you who have never heard of this device, it delivers ice water through channels in a soft vinyl cuff that you attach to your shoulder or knee or whatever with velcro strips. The tough part would be finding a "cuff" that can be attached in a way that the channels can be in contact with the painful area.

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    • #3
      There are several manufacturers of cryotherapy units. The cryo-cuff comes attached with only one pad. The Breg and Iceman both have connections where the pad can be detached and another pad used. Both have 4-5 different pads depending on where you need to use the pad.

      When I asked people to PM me I wanted to warn you if you bought one. Breg and Iceman both have different pads that can be attached to the hose. If you buy a new one, the Breg is a little more expensive than the Iceman. They are not the only 2 but they are the only ones I have had experience with.

      Breg has a warranty (1 year I think) and they back their product 100%. The unit is made so that you can replace each part if something happens to it.

      The Iceman has a 30 day warranty. Because of the way their unit is made you have to replace the entire unit and if anything happens to any of the parts.
      Last edited by ICNDonna; 05-06-2007, 03:58 AM.
      TREATMENT: PRN lidocaine/heparin Home Instillations since 2004
      My Helpful Hints for Home Instillation: http://www.ic-network.com/forum/show...985#post309985

      Institute of Female Pelvic Medicine (J. Dell, My MD) http://www.mypelvicmedicine.com/index.asp
      Thank you for allowing me to share my experiences and offer support. Your physician is the only one to give you medical advice. I hope sharing the information from this site will help you and your physician develop successful management of your IC.
      I post to encourage and offer total support for rescue instillations.
      Find me on facebook: L. Clark Thomas
      Louann

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      • #4
        I LOVE my ice machine... but for the life of me don't remember which one I have. I know I can get different pads for it...

        I used it for a bad knee a couple months ago, and had it at the office for about a week. Everyone there called it my "Mother Ship" because of the hoses that were hanging out of my pants leg, connecting me to my little "lifesaver", LOL!

        Lucky me... we had an ice machine at work, the big industrial kind, so I never had to drag bagged ice to work with me.

        I use mine for everything, and have been known to loan it out more than once.

        Missy

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