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Polar Care Cube for migraine safe?

Polar Care Cube for migraine safe?

Hello all, I'm new to the group and have a question pertaining to my wife who has been diagnosed with fibromialgia and also suffers from migraines. She inherited the migraines from her father and the fibro from her mother.

My wife suffers from migraines and headaches and finds that Botox, gel packs and BeKool pads help. We have a Breg Polar Care Cube from an injury she had a few years ago and I was wondering if the device would be safe to use for a migraine. It seems to me it's no different than using an ice pack or gel pack other than it lasts much longer if it's not removed. For those unfamiliar, it's simply a tank filled with water and ice circulated through a pad. The pad is attached with Velcro straps and there are different size pads available. We are concerned there may be a safety hazard using this device for migraines.

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Hi I’ve been havin Botox for a couple of years now and they really help me I have them every 3 months might get around 3-4 mirgrans now I use the migraine patches as well as they help

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I don't know anything about using cold devices for migraine and fibro ( both of which I have) but I have been told to limit my use of heat. Too much heat for too long was causing bruising and nerve damage. It probably depends on how cold it is, if it's not really really cold it would be safer?

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It's ice water continuously circulated through the pad so although it's no different from an ice pack but the amount of time it would be used needs to be monitored since it can last for hours. It's not something we feel should be used without some additional information. Sorry for your suffering.

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I would watch out for mottling on her skin which was what I got, it would be a sure sign her blood vessels are being affected. I ended up with bruising that lasted for about 6 months. It didn't hurt it just looked bad! It was with heat though I don't know if cold would behave very differently?

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My neurologist as i am not allowed painkillers tells me to use gel strips or ice packs as requires but of course these have a limited time frame of use so that would be my inly thing to be cautious about! But the ice oacks do provide some relief i am just careful not to use them all the time hope this helps

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