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Deep Freeze Pain Relief Cold Patches Feedback Thread NOW CLOSED

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AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 08-Jul-14 13:25:55

Deep Freeze Pain Relief Cold Patches provide drug free soothing pain relief from pregnancy related muscular back pain. Like an ice pack, but more convenient and easy to use, Deep Freeze Pain Relief Cold Patches work by cooling the skin and underlying tissue helping to reduce both pain and swelling.

Here's what Deep Freeze say: "Back pain affects three out of four pregnant women yet many areunaware of the risks of taking certain medication during pregnancy according to new research. But there is no need to grin and bear the muscular aches and pains of pregnancy as just over half (55%) of women currently do."

They go on to say: "The cryotherapy (cold cooling pain relief therapy) provided by Deep Freeze Pain Relief Cold Patch provides fast acting, self-adhesive, cooling pain relief to the affected area for up to 3 hours."

So testers, please share on this thread your opinion on the following: all comments welcome!

Q1 Please say whether you are pregnant, breastfeeding etc and why you wanted to try the patches. Please describe how the muscular aches and pain affect you on a day to day basis.

Q2 Please describe the application of the patch- how was it to apply? How long did it last?

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?

Q4 Do you think you'd buy the patches again or continue to use them if you had a similar muscular ache or pain?

Q5 Would you recommend them to friends or relations who are also pregnant or breastfeeding or unable to take oral painkillers?

Q5 Deep Freeze Pain Relief Cold Patches cost £1.65 for a single patch and £5.49 for a 4 pack: do you consider this to be good value for money?

Everyone who tests the product and adds feedback as required will be entered into a prize draw where one tester will win £250 worth of John Lewis vouchers.

Please note your feedback and comments may be used by the team at Deep Freeze on social media and elsewhere. New pregnancy symptoms, including backache, should always be discussed with your doctor or midwife.

Thanks and good luck,

MNHQ

T&Cs for prize draw here NB closing date now Monday 11 August 9am

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 11-Jul-14 17:32:00

It was on the same email as this link. Let me know if you want me to PM it
thanks

SaltySeaBird Fri 11-Jul-14 19:46:36

Hi not received the patches yet. I was pregnant when I applied but have just had a miscarriage sad.

I still suffer with backache though thanks to an old injury so while I can take oral painkillers again I'm still looking forward to trying these again (and will be trying to conceive again as soon as we can).

yellowsnownoteatwillyou Fri 11-Jul-14 19:55:52

Q1. Not pregnant but have been suffering with chronic pain since pregnancy

Q2. Easy to apply, but found the first time I got my dh to apply them on my shoulders they stayed on for 3 hrs. When I applied them myself on my shoulders and on my back one of the shoulder ones got stuck to my top and came off and the back one rolled off with in 30mins.

Q3. The patch did seem to help but I had to take painkillers as well to function as I was in a lot of pain so may have defeated the purpose

Q4. I might use them if I didn't want to take painkillers if I was pregnant as I think they do help

Q5.they do seem quite expensive but as they work I may feel differently if I was pregnant as wouldn't be able or want to take pain killers.

SweetPeaPods Fri 11-Jul-14 20:06:05

Ann can you please pm me the survey. Thanks.

Mummytobeforthefirsttime Fri 11-Jul-14 21:24:44

AnnMumsnet I also didn't get he link. I saw it here so posted my comments. Can you send me the form please? thanks

noeyedeer Fri 11-Jul-14 22:01:36

AnnMumsnet please PM the link. I saw the thread, didn't get an email.

ILoveMyCaravan Fri 11-Jul-14 22:15:37

AnnMumsnet I've not received an email or link either. Please could you PM me the survey. Many thanks.

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Sat 12-Jul-14 08:34:56

OK I will email out the link and the survey form to folks....think we had some kind of evil email gremlin on the loose somewhere....confused

sjs1528 Sat 12-Jul-14 10:51:00

Q1

I am 30 weeks pregnant at the moment and due to sleeping awkwardly I have developed neck and shoulder ache. This twinges constantly and makes me miserable.

Q2

That patch was easy to apply but due to the position of the ache I needed my husband to help me a bit. The coolness lasted about 4 hours but the patch curled up or moved or fell off quite a lot.

Q3

I found the patch very soothing and whilst it did not fully get rid of the pain it soothed a lot and was nice in the hot weather!

Q4

Yes I would continue using them to sooth pain.

Q5

Yes I would recommend them, both to people who could take painkillers and ones that can as they provide an immediate relief.

Q6

A bit expensive, especially for the single one. I would buy them though if on special offer to keep in cupboard.

sjs1528 Sat 12-Jul-14 10:52:39

I also didn't receive link or survey (just happened to see this in active threads)

PinaColadas Sat 12-Jul-14 10:59:23

Q1 37 weeks pregnant, suffer from lower back pain usually worse later on in the day

Q2 Easy to apply, stuck and lasted 2-3 hours

Q3 Yes very soothing, could do to be a bit bigger for back pain.

Q4 Would if the price was right

Q5 Would recommend

Q6 Would be better value if they were a bit bigger. Would prefer 5 for under £5

PostladyPat Sat 12-Jul-14 11:03:25

Q1 I am breast feeding and co-sleeping so get a lot of back ache

Q2 Easy to apply and really quick to take affect, about 5 mins

Q3 Yes, made it much easier to run after my 4 year old!

Q4 Yes as its worth it to be able to do what you want to do that day

Q5 Yes

Q5 Yes

Q1 Please say whether you are pregnant, breastfeeding etc and why you wanted to try the patches. Please describe how the muscular aches and pain affect you on a day to day basis.

I am not pregnant but I am breastfeeding. Most of my pain comes from an old shoulder injury which flares up all the time. I also get lower back pain, again from an old injury. I normally see a physio for both, but she is off on maternity leave at the minute so everything has got a bit sore recently.
Also my toddler is made of Dark Matter so lifting and carting him about does not help things.
I usually have at least one niggly pain in the shoulder or back.

Q2 Please describe the application of the patch- how was it to apply? How long did it last?

I struggled to apply it to the back of my shoulder myself as it is a bit floppy and sticky. Got DH to do it for me. Initially the patch was very cold which I found a bit unpleasant as I am a Big Jessie. It lasted a good couple of hours.
I was pleased that they could be applied directly to skin as the heat patches which have to go on clothes annoy me.

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?

Yes, definitely. It was very effective.

Q4 Do you think you'd buy the patches again or continue to use them if you had a similar muscular ache or pain?

I would. I find the cold patches are more effective for pain relief than similar heat patches.

Q5 Would you recommend them to friends or relations who are also pregnant or breastfeeding or unable to take oral painkillers?

Yes I would.

Q6 Deep Freeze Pain Relief Cold Patches cost £1.65 for a single patch and £5.49 for a 4 pack: do you consider this to be good value for money?

It's a bit expensive, but then I tend to only use the patches when things flare up badly so it's not like I would be using a few a day. It is no more expensive than the heat patch, but slightly more expensive than the deep freeze spray. I do think it has more staying power than the spray.

Overall I found the patches very useful, particularly for my dodgy shoulder (I dislocated it when it was run over by a horse). More portable than an icepack, better for the liver than paracetamol.

babymouse Sat 12-Jul-14 11:16:26

Q1
Pregnant - my daily aches and pains are residual pain from a sprained ankle

Q2
It does not want to stay stuck on a joint and I needed to provide additional support for it - usually using a sock or wrap. It isn't hard to apply, but it doesn't stay where it is applied.

Q3
Yes, it's nice for long time aches that don't need stronger treatment

Q4
Maybe, but more for an acute problem - the price is a bit too high

Q5
Yes, for when an ice pack isn't an option

Q5
No, it's just too much money for what it is. I may be tempted if it were part of an offer

WitchOfEndor Sat 12-Jul-14 11:26:19

Q1 Please say whether you are pregnant, breastfeeding etc and why you wanted to try the patches. Please describe how the muscular aches and pain affect you on a day to day basis

I am breastfeeding. I usually have a niggly sore back/shoulder partly due to a desk job and partly due to my heavy DS wanting to be carried. The pain isn't bad enough to send me to the doctors, it's just a background ache I put up with

Q2 Please describe the application of the patch- how was it to apply? How long did it last?

Easy to apply, I was pleased that it stuck better than I expected.

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?

Yes, although it didn't go as cold as I expected

Q4 Do you think you'd buy the patches again or continue to use them if you had a similar muscular ache or pain?

Yes but I might try sticking them in the freezer first to make them colder

Q5 Would you recommend them to friends or relations who are also pregnant or breastfeeding or unable to take oral painkillers?

Yes

Q6 Deep Freeze Pain Relief Cold Patches cost £1.65 for a single patch and £5.49 for a 4 pack: do you consider this to be good value for money?

I wouldn't call it good value for money, it's a bit on the pricey side really.

The survey question about the price said xxx for [size] so needs to be corrected.

Swex Sat 12-Jul-14 11:33:57

Q1 Please say whether you are pregnant, breastfeeding etc and why you wanted to try the patches. Please describe how the muscular aches and pain affect you on a day to day basis.

Hi. Breast feeding a six month old. I'm sure my posture is awful - nasty pain behind right shoulder blade and lower back pain. I absolutely don't want to take medication, I'm sure lots are fine, just don't like taking pills etc.

Q2 Please describe the application of the patch- how was it to apply? How long did it last?

Surprisingly easy to apply and found it stuck really well for me. My only helpful advice would be that you need a tab on the patch to help pull off the backing. I found I struggled a little to separate the two sheets.

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?

Yes it did. It got cold very very quickly which then settled and then the menthol kicked in around ten minutes in. I actually found it unpleasant to start with and was going to say ramp back on the menthol but it last only five mins and then calmed down to a more helpful tolerable level. Sadly the patch effect did not last beyond a day, but I reckon I do need to work on posture too!

Q4 Do you think you'd buy the patches again or continue to use them if you had a similar muscular ache or pain?

Yes I would use them again. I also think they would en useful in acute sporting situations.

Q5 Would you recommend them to friends or relations who are also pregnant or breastfeeding or unable to take oral painkillers?

Yes, my mil is up with back pain and isn't getting full relief from pills so I will recommend these.

Q5 Deep Freeze Pain Relief Cold Patches cost £1.65 for a single patch and £5.49 for a 4 pack: do you consider this to be good value for money?

No. I second te comment above about mat leave pay, I am broke so this is too much. I think there are ten in the pack we were sent? Is say the £5.49 for ten.

Q1 Please say whether you are pregnant, breastfeeding etc and why you wanted to try the patches. Please describe how the muscular aches and pain affect you on a day to day basis.

I'm 8 months pregnant and have near constant back ache due to not being able to sit or lie down comfortably.

Q2 Please describe the application of the patch- how was it to apply? How long did it last?

It was relatively easy to apply in terms of getting it stuck on initially but the stickiness really didn't last long and it didn't stay down so it rucked up a lot, stuck to clothes etc.

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?

Honestly, it was hard to tell. The patches are very small given that they're meant to treat back ache and I was having to use 3 or 4 at a time to cover the areas that hurt. The coolness feels nice but it doesn't seem to last very long so I kept having to press them into my back to try and 'reactivate' them. There's no long-lasting relief from them but they do feel good while they're on and while they're still feeling cool.

Q4 Do you think you'd buy the patches again or continue to use them if you had a similar muscular ache or pain?

I don't know. I might if I had a very specifically placed ache but for more general back ache over a large area I think they're too small and not effective enough.

Q5 Would you recommend them to friends or relations who are also pregnant or breastfeeding or unable to take oral painkillers?

I'd recommend them alongside paracetamol as a nice way to help you relax.

Q5 Deep Freeze Pain Relief Cold Patches cost £1.65 for a single patch and £5.49 for a 4 pack: do you consider this to be good value for money?

Not at all. In fact I think that's shockingly expensive given that I was having to use 3 or 4 at a time to see any real effect. Paracetamol is 16p a box!

lucidlady Sat 12-Jul-14 11:45:00

I haven't received my test pack, how do i report this?

Sleepyk Sat 12-Jul-14 11:47:55

Q1 Please say whether you are pregnant, breastfeeding etc and why you wanted to try the patches. Please describe how the muscular aches and pain affect you on a day to day basis.

Wanted to try the patches as both I and my husband suffer from bad backs especially early am and, in my husbands case when he has been standing a while.

Q2 Please describe the application of the patch- how was it to apply? How long did it last?

The patch was fairly tricky to use in that the peel off section was quite hard to find the edge of and if not careful, when you do peel of the non sticky panel, the patch can fold up onto its self and stick.

In my husbands case it would not stick for long to his lower back due to the hair I suppose, but he isnt overly hairy, so thats not good.
Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?

No ....sorry! We couldnt feel any "cold" apart from when it first went on

Q4 Do you think you'd buy the patches again or continue to use them if you had a similar muscular ache or pain?

No

Q5 Would you recommend them to friends or relations who are also pregnant or breastfeeding or unable to take oral painkillers?

No

Q5 Deep Freeze Pain Relief Cold Patches cost £1.65 for a single patch and £5.49 for a 4 pack: do you consider this to be good value for money?

no

kayleigh39 Sat 12-Jul-14 12:56:59

Q1: Expecting. I wanted something to relieve my constant aching back pain. I had an accident at work some 8 years ago and it has left my back in pretty bad shape. I'm on all sorts of tablets for the pain, but I wanted something that would help me ease the pain, without the tablets.

Q2 Very easy to apply, but often fell off. Should be stickier in my opinion. Lasted about 5-6 hours with me.

Q3 Yes, it felt like an icy cold feeling against your skin and had a tingly sensation. This eased my pain and made me forget about it.

Q4 I think these are great and will certainly buy some more.

Q5 Yes, my mother used one for her leg pain.

Q5 Extremely good value, as I was buying 2 heat patched at £8 a pack!

iffeeee Sat 12-Jul-14 13:06:51

Q1 I am 32 weeks pregnant and have lower back and right lower leg pain - which I think is a pulled muscle - but is causing me to limp when walking.

Q2 I haven't tried the patch on my back - couldn't work out how to get it on in the right place and that tends to settle when I sit/lie down. I have been using it on my leg as that seems to be a constant pain even at night. I found the patches worked during the day but overnight - perhaps from my movements I would find the patch rolled up in the bed.

Q3 Yes it definitely does.

Q4 I would use them again - useful during the day for my leg especially when I am at work and not necessarily able to rest. But probably not if I was at home.

Q5 Yes

Q5 I think it is a bit pricey as it only lasts few hours and as I would need 2-3 to get me through a working day I would end up spending a small fortune by the end of the week.

FatalCabbage Sat 12-Jul-14 13:11:02

Marking place. They've arrived but I'm not sore atm!

augenblick Sat 12-Jul-14 13:24:58

Q1 Please say whether you are pregnant, breastfeeding etc and why you wanted to try the patches. Please describe how the muscular aches and pain affect you on a day to day basis.
Breastfeeding - yes very bad fibromyalgia pain

Q2 Please describe the application of the patch- how was it to apply? How long did it last?
Terrible - it didn't stay on, I tried a few, and it lasted about 10 minutes before it fell off.

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?
It was nice while it lasted.

Q4 Do you think you'd buy the patches again or continue to use them if you had a similar muscular ache or pain?
No - because I would just use an icepack.

Q5 Would you recommend them to friends or relations who are also pregnant or breastfeeding or unable to take oral painkillers?
No - too tricky to apply and get to stay on my back.

Q5 Deep Freeze Pain Relief Cold Patches cost £1.65 for a single patch and £5.49 for a 4 pack: do you consider this to be good value for money?
Not until they stay on!

LittleMsM Sat 12-Jul-14 13:35:25

Q1
I am breastfeeding a 13 month old, I wanted to try the patches because I have been getting lower back pain since the spinal and also I get cramps in my shoulder when feeding my baby. I also have a particularly sensitive stomach which can no longer tolerate ibuprofen or any NSAIDS. When my lower back or shoulders cramp it is incredible painful and affects what I can do – for example when my shoulder cramps I struggle driving as turning my head is painful, and I have had to take time off work as I was struggling to walk when my lower back last went into spasm – the new guidelines state that applying cold immediately for the first 24 hrs is best practise for a fast recovery.

Q2
I think the patch was a bit tricky to apply the first time I used it, maybe something like you have on a plaster would be a good idea. Second time applying I had figured a better way. It lasted at least the 3 hours stated and was fantastic, in fact I had to but a cardigan on over my shoulders when using one on the side of my neck as it made me feel that cold. It wasn’t unpleasant, but very effective especially compared to applying frozen peas in a tea towel.

Q3
Yes, it worked wonderfully with a near immediate effect at eliminating all discomfort with no other medication used, is it possible to get hooked on these patches?

Q4
I would definitely use them again!

Q5
I will be recommending them to friends and family.

Q6
I really think this is good value for money as soon as you’ve used one you realise why, long lasting, safe and effective.

Pickofthepops Sat 12-Jul-14 14:24:42

I am 6 1/2 months pregnant with achy back due to scoliosis (curved spine). Wanted to try these as already taking a few too many tablets than would like due to hyperemesis, plus the clexane for previous dvt, drug free is good. Oh and had a fall and grazed knee and ended up v swollen so the patches proved a godsend in terms of timing.

Q2 applied in evenings when sat down on knee and lowe back / right side. For at least an hour each.

Q3 Yes definitely also helped with fluid on knee after bruise was fading.

Q4 Yes definitely. Stay cold longer than cold flannels and ice packs I'd used before.

Q5 yes already have, and to non pregnant friends.

Q6 a bit of a luxury compared to price of alternatives but in a good cause and
happy to spend out on these given the results and convenience.

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