Have an aching joint or severe muscle spasms?
One thing I NEVER leave the house without...those silly sticky heating pads you can find at all the drug stores! If I have a night out planned, grocery shopping, etc., I have these babies plastered all over me. I normally have a few more in my purse, and I always keep a few in the glove compartment of my car! This means the movies, a music show, or hanging with the girls for a cup of coffee. They are a must.
Heat doesn't really help me a whole lot as far as actually alleviating pain, but it certainly does help me not think about the pain as much. I will take it! I am allergic to latex, but most of them are latex free. I am also allergic to most adhesives, so it was trial and error finding brands that didn't affect me as much. I can deal with a little itching and redness, but not the hives that some adhesives give me. And, some brands stick better than others; some brands stick so badly that I rip my skin off with the pad when removing them. My friend with EDS has to find the stickiest kinds because nothing sticks to her skin. I think everyone is different. All in all, in my opinion, they are a worthwhile investment! (These are not the mentholated hot patches, these are the kind that actually warm up, temperature wise.)
The downfall that I see - they aren't very environmentally friendly. Unfortunately, this is one thing I use anyway. I am usually pretty good about finding alternative things, but these buggers seem to do the trick. I can't even concentrate with the severe pain otherwise. I bend for them.
If you are heading out, perhaps you should try a few of these, too! Hope they help!