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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

teaforthree Tue 08-Jul-14 20:55:15

Q1 Breastfeeding a six month old and suffer with back pain since being pregnant. Both children were back to back so no idea if that had anything to do with it! The pain's been getting worse recently, but I've also taken up exercise. It just bloody hurts all the time!

Q2 I wouldn't say it was that easy, I couldn't get it on my back without it folding in on itself. I looked a bit like a T-Rex doing a mating dance. They don't stay on particularly well either. If I sat down, they'd move about, or if I was doing a lot of moving around I could feel it unsticking. Maybe it would be better if the outside had more of a plaster material rather than relying on the gel to stick to one's back

Q3 YES! They were really good at relieving the pain I get. At first I thought it wasn't working because the cold sensation goes quickly to begin with and then comes back more gradually, but after an hour I realised my back wasn't aching. Then again, I did the same the other day and when my back started to ache, felt for the gel pad and it had folded up and was tucked into my waistband.

Q4 I'll definitely continue to use these and if the pain was quite bad then I'd consider it but the price and usability puts me off.

Q5 Yes!

Q5 No I don't, not when paracetamol is around 16p and ibuprofen 26p (roughly). A hot water bottle doesn't cost much and can be reused, could fill one up with cold water and have a similar effect. They'd be better value if they could be used more than once and stuck better. It says they can have an effect for up to three hours, but I haven't yet got one to stick for that long. I think I would pay if my back got really painful but it'd be more like a once in a while thing and I'd eke out using them (rationing, dammit!) whereas I'd chuck a pack of painkillers in with the shop every week or I'd have a bath if I didn't want to take painkillers.

All in all, they are good and effective, just not sticky enough.

snowymum12 Wed 09-Jul-14 02:04:56

Q1: breast feeding a 3 week old so am suffering with all of the post pregnancy aches and pains but am wary about taking painkillers. My joints in particular have been very sore this pregnancy and continue to be. The dull pain really does make me miserable as it affects the limited sleep I'm having at the moment.
Q2 I've tended to use the patches on my knees, ankles and lower back so far. It's pretty simple to apply, although my husband had to help with the back patch.i've found they get caught on clothing and roll up a little (leaving a sticky patch on tops and trousers). I've left them on for the full 3 hours.
Q3 yes the patches definitely helped to relieve pain in all of the affected areas. The cool sensation takes a little while to come through but as soon as it does it really makes a difference.
Q4 I'd definitely buy them again as I feel that they have worked well for me. I do worry about taking pain relief when breast feeding so they are a really good solution.
Q5 I would certainly recommend them to others.
Q6 I don't think the patches are cheap but in terms of giving relief for those who can't/ are wary of taking pain killers then they are a good solution.

soundsystem Wed 09-Jul-14 11:17:24

Q1 Currently 23 weeks pregnant and suffering from mild back pain. Had been using a hot water bottle but far too hot in this weather so keen to try the patches as an alternative. Muscular aches and pains are usually at the end of the day and have been affecting my sleep.

Q2 I got my husband to apply as it was a bit tricky to reach however they stuck on easily. I found it lasted for a few hours.

Q3 Yes, it definitely helped and once it was on I didn't notice the patch as such just the cool feeling which was very soothing.

Q4 I'd definitely use them again and would buy them in future.

Q5 I'd recommedn to others as a good alternative to pain killers.

Q5 I don't think it's good value for money. It's ok for something you'd use occasionally, e.g for an injury, but for pregnancy you might use it every day for months so the costs would soon mount up. You can buy reusable cool gel packs that g in the freezer for around £15 so would be more cost effective to buy a couple of those. That said, the patches are good value for when out and about (without access to a freezer!) so would definitely still have some handy.

mumsbe Wed 09-Jul-14 11:43:06

Hi thank you for choosing me for this trial I have been suffering for nearly 2 years with pain so was pleased to trial a different form of pain relief

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 wanted to try these patches as I breastfeed my 16 month old baby and the doctors are reluctant to give me certain treatment or pain relief as I am breastfeeding and I would need to stop breastfeeding to have the medication that will help with my pain. I suffered from spd during pregnancy and now suffer sever hip neck pelvis knee and back pain.
The pain I have effects my everyday life and can be restricting as to what I am able to do in my everyday life.

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

The application of the patch is very simple and lasted for around two hours going up and down in temperature. The temperature seemed to go colder when I was sitting down. I found the patch peeled off a few times but I think it was because I had just been in the bath and moisturised

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?

Yes it did not completely but it felt great on my hip and i suffer from swelling and tenderness in that area so this really felt lovely

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 buy them again when my hip has a flare up as the patch felt lovely just like putting ice on but you can feel the cold go through to the swollen area and it feels very relaxing

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

Yes I would recomend the patch as it is a fast way of relieving pain and a safe way

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?

I think £1.65 is a little exspensive for one patch I would pay £2.00 for a pack of 4. You need to take into consideration that pregnant women and breastfeeding women are probably on maternity leave and are not making as much money as well as having a little one to look after.
Its a great product but needs to be a more reasonable price.

Thanks again for choosing me for this trial

icklekid Wed 09-Jul-14 16:51:44

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.
Pregnant and suffering from spd which caused lots of lower back pain requiring physio and daily stretches.

Q2 Please describe the application of the patch- how was it to apply? How long did it last?
Easy to apply lasted about an hour, did roll up as others have said

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?
Yes- as effective as microwavable heat pad in wrap but more convenient

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 especially if I was still at work!

Q5 Would you recommend them to friends or relations who are also pregnant or breastfeeding or unable to take oral painkillers?
Yes if suffering similar symptoms, leaving some to help with breastfeeding

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?
Expensive as don't last full 3h. Would only use when pain really bad!

sharond101 Wed 09-Jul-14 22:45:17

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 having backache due to hormone treatment Iam receiving and cannot currently use oral pain relief. I have a toddler who is currently testing the boundaries and I need to lift him frequently to avoid disasters. This is meaning by the end of the day my back is aching.

Q2 Please describe the application of the patch- how was it to apply? How long did it last? I found it hard to put in place by myself, moreso getting the location just right and first time round it stuck to itself and then was uncomfortable when I got it in place. My DH has put it on for me with much better results.

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains? Yes very much so and I was surprised it felt better than heat.

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 might do if the back pain persists.

Q5 Would you recommend them to friends or relations who are also pregnant or breastfeeding or unable to take oral painkillers? Yes and already have,

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? I think that is expensive given the effects only last a few hours. I'd expect to pay £1.99 for 2.

SweetPeaPods Thu 10-Jul-14 07:59:10

Q1. Currently pg with dc2. Experiencing lower back ache that was triggered in labour with dc1. I wanted to try the patches as not keen to take pain killers daily. I have used heat patches when not pg for period pain etc and found them helpful.
Q2. Some patches have stuck better than others. A couple I just couldn't get to stick or stay in place. It's also not very easy to apply to lower back myself but thats not really the products fault.
Q3. Yes they did.
Q4. Would possibly buy again.
Q5. Yes I would mention they are available and I had tried them.
Q6. Would probably wait for them to go on special offer then stock up. Expensive compared to price of paracetamol but happy to pay for a product that works.

Q1 I'm breastfeeding a 2yo, had back problems since mid pregnancy. Bach ache is worse first think in the morning.

Q2 I tried the cool patches straight after a hot shower, my physio said this would have the best affect. Found it easy to put on as it's my lower back.

Q3 I found it helped a lot, the patch lasted a couple of hours, but I don't think it's meant to last all day! The relief lasted most of the day.

Q4 Yes and yes! They work very well, more so if applied straight after a hot bath or shower.

Q5 Yes I certainly would, my mum actually tried a couple from the pack too and found they helped her.

Q5 To be honest it's too expensive, the high price is my only negative about these patches.

rachaelsit Thu 10-Jul-14 11:31:48

Hi all,
I breastfeed and get pain in the top of my back and neck. I wanted to try the patches to see if they would ease discomfort whilst feeding. I've tried changing the position of feeding but this pain endures. I also get occasional lower back pain.

Q2 Please describe the application of the patch- how was it to apply? How long did it last?
The patch is easy to apply and lasted for around 30 minutes. I found it peeled off my neck, maybe due to hair in the way but more probably because it was vertical and over creases.

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?
Yes, it was very effective for relief.

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.

Q5 Would you recommend them to friends or relations who are also pregnant or breastfeeding or unable to take oral painkillers?
Yes, far better than sprays and gels. No mess, no profuse smell.

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?
I think the 4 pack would be better value at just under £5. But yes that's good value.

Thanks, I like them a lot.

ChaffinchOfDoom Thu 10-Jul-14 14:14:45

not received mine yet :-) so happy to be chosen though

ilikecooking Thu 10-Jul-14 14:30:06

Looking forward to receiving mine too!

frankiebuns Thu 10-Jul-14 14:54:12

q1, i have spd and paracetamols arent cutting it didnt want to go down stronger medication so thhought id try these 33 weeks pregnant
q2, put over right hip lasted ages and wonderful relief
q3, oh yes seventh heaven
q4, yes definitly use them again my hubby used deep heat whilst playing rugby but i thnik this is better
q5 yes recomended to my dad hes gone out go tget sum
q6, good value but prob buy the multi pack rather than just the one i look forawrd to using these after i give birth too

ILoveMyCaravan Thu 10-Jul-14 16:30:38

Q1 I am not pregnant, but have chronic back pain and spd since giving birth thirteen years ago. I have tried just about everything. I cannot take strong painkillers as I have severe reactions to them. I am willing to try anything at the moment. So far only acupuncture has made any real difference.

Q2 I found the application of the patch very straightforward. The only problem I had was that I accidentally cut a bit of the patch when opening the packet. The patch stuck on my lower back very easily. It has been easy to wear underneath clothes and is not at all bulky or uncomfortable.

Q3 The patch has definitely helped my pain. I have used ice packs before however, I have to lie down with them on my back, whereas with the patches I can be up and about.

Q4 I would definitely use the patches again, they are somewhat of a revelation to me! It's like having a constant soothing hand on my back.

Q5 I would definitely recommend them to someone who couldn't take oral painkillers. They work really fast and so far the effects have lasted a long time.

Q5 I would say that they do seem quite expensive, although I would prefer to buy them in larger packs and hopefully they would be cheaper this way.

Thanks for choosing me to try them, I am really pleased with the results so far.

ALILU123 Thu 10-Jul-14 17:15:39

Q1 I currently have an 8.5 month old son, and have suffered from lower back pain since mid to late pregnancy. I think it stemmed from doing too much at work ie lifting boxes, bending down etc as I work in a school with 3-4 year olds. And also, have an epidural has affected my back. I still get numb sensations and pain where the needle was inserted. It mostly hurts if I bend over and staying in a standing position for a long period. So changing nappies, carrying my son, and even doing the washing up I find difficult at times.

Q2 I found the patch very easy to apply. It is a good size, so it can cover a bigger area.
It is very deceiving at the beginning, after application, because after you put it on, it seems to lose it's cold sensation. Don't be out off by this, as it gradually gets colder and colder, the longer you have it on.
After application, I found the patch lasted for about 1-2 hours. It did start peeling off, especially if I was sat down.

Q3 Yes it did. It did not relieve it completely, but it definitely soothed the area, and helped me forget about the pain, whilst the patch was on.

Q4 Yes, definitely! They will be very useful when I return to work!

Q5 Yes I would. I gave my currently pregnant friend a couple and she will be trying them out soon.

Q5 They do seem a little expensive. I wouldn't buy a single pack, as this is far too expensive for a single patch. I think it would be better if they were just under £5. Also, for a problem that cannot be helped, we shouldn't have to pay so much for it.

Lotty8 Thu 10-Jul-14 18:31:13

1. I am breastfeeding a 4 month old and developed awful pelvic and back pain when pregnant. I find I get back ache when feeding/carrying baby especially with a toddler to run around after too!

2. Hubby applied the patch to my lower back but I applied to my shoulder/top of back (not all at once). Was easy enough and lasted quite well- I think the patch lasted longer than any benefit it was giving.

3. The initial relief was great and it did ease the ache significantly.

4. I would recommend it because it's drug free and I'm not convinced paracetamol has much effect on me anyway however...
5. Given the price I would recommend the deep freeze gel which I used when I was pregnant as its a lot cheaper long term and the negative side of it getting on your clothes doesn't really outweigh that.

Sorry, I've only just found the thread - been watching for it in the wrong place blush

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 22 weeks pregnant, I've been getting lower back twinges and some pains in my shoulder. Shoulder pain is intermittent but the back pain is most days.*

Q2 Please describe the application of the patch- how was it to apply? How long did it last?
*It was a bit awkward to apply at first as I was reaching behind me and it's quite sticky and floppy so it kept folding and sticking to itself! I've used 3 so far though and the second and third were much easier. I found the best way to do it was to place the patch flat in the palm of my hand then twist my arm under and back IYSWIM, so I could stick it flat onto my back. It didn't feel particulary cold at first, but it developed over 30 minutes or so into a "fire and ice" type feeling which lasted several hours, and up to an hour after I'd removed the patch. Even though the patch wasn't "freezing" cold at first it still soothed pain within a couple of minutes.*

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?
*Yes, it was very good.*

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.

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?
*£5.49 is quite expensive for just 4 patches, especially if you use them daily. I haven't used freeze gel before but I would imagine it would be cheaper than these per use (based on the price of ibuprofen gel which I have used in the past).*

Annbag Thu 10-Jul-14 20:14:11

Q1 I'm currently 27 weeks pregnant and wanted to try the patches because I've had upper back pain, especially after sitting for long periods at my desk at work.

Q2 I found applying the patch a bit tricky at first - but that's more due to where it needs to go on my back rather than the products fault. Some patches did peel off a bit at the edges though, but others stuck fine. The cold sensatition lasted a few hours, approx 3 or sometimes more.

Q3 The patch didn't really relieve the pains for me. It was a nice sensation when it was on, but a while after taking it off the pain would start again.

Q4 I'll continue to use the ones I've got but I don't think I'd buy them regularly due to the cost.

Q5 I'd recommend that people try them, especially if they can't take pain killers. They didn't work that well for me, but are worth a try in case they work for others.

Q5 I think the price is expensive. Someone like me that's pregnant could need to use a patch or two a day for several months, which works out very expensive. Especially as I'm trying to budget for not earning much when on maternity leave.

MaryannM Thu 10-Jul-14 20:25:04

Thank you for choosing me for this trial.

Q1. I am currently breast feeding and have had shoulder joint & muscular pain since I was pregnant. This pain really affects my sleep and I was very keen to try something other than oral painkillers which I can't take due to breast feeding.

Q2. These patches were really easy to apply, no issues there. I found that they did last about 3 hours but the relief lasted longer. For example, if I put one on before bed time, I don't wake up in pain at 5.30/6am which is what usually happens to me every night. So that is a great positive. Only issue I had is that a few times the patchs rolled up at the edges and stuck to my clothes.

Q3. YES! these patches really relieved my pain and I was surprised just how effective they are.

Q4. Yes, I will be buying and using these patches again.

Q5. Yes, in fact I have already recommended these patches to friends and family.

Q6. I do think that these patches are expensive, but will still be purchasing more because they have done wonders for my shoulder pain.

Thank you again for giving me an opportunity to take part in this trial :-)

Mummytobeforthefirsttime Thu 10-Jul-14 22:53:03

Thank you for selecting me for this trial.

Q1. I am currently 37 weeks and 3 days pregnant and still working as a Deputy Headteacher. I have terrible Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in both my wrists and some back pain when at work.

Q2. I've been using the pads mainly on my wrists and have found them easy to apply, there is some rolling but I just stuck a bit of tape to ensure the pads stayed in place. I've left the pads on for 3 hours plus and find the to be effective for that length of time. I do it the, on at night too to ease the swelling on the wrists. They have stayed on throughout the night.

Q3. I have been impressed with the pain relieving qualities of the pads. My wrists have been excruciating painful and the cold does relieve the symptoms tremendously.

Q4' I will buy the pads again, although the price is quite high.

Q5. I would highly recommend the pads to others and have done so already. Just having them on for a few hours provides such a relief from the pain.

Q6. I think the price for long term use is quite expensive. I could easily use 4 in one day everyday at the moment. I have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome since Week 30' so I would be spending £40 per week on pain relief. If I was just using the pads for a one of injury I would be happy to pay the price of a packet of 4' but for a prolonged period of time. If trying to market this product for pregnancy related aches and pains especially in the third trimester, the price would have to be lowered significantly to make it viable for pregnant ladies to purchase. It would be useful if the product was available on the NHS to be prescribed.

xxmissbrightsidexx Thu 10-Jul-14 23:23:19

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. im 30 weeks pregnant, and wanted to try the patches as I often get bad back pain, which affects me a lot during the day/night to the point where I can't walk

Q2 Please describe the application of the patch- how was it to apply? How long did it last? i got my partner to apply the patch, it took around 5mins to kick in, and lasted around 2hours

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains? yes more or less instantly

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 want to buy some to pack into my hospital bag, as the back pains I get in labour are awful

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

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? yes I do, as they're very effective and was glad I was chosen to trial them

asuwere Fri 11-Jul-14 09:54:41

Q1 I am currently pregnant 8 months pregnant with DC5. I have just started to notice backache in the last few weeks; either after being at work and sitting for most of the day or after being at home chasing after the other DC.

Q2 The patch was much thinner than I expected and was quite floppy so I found it quite difficult to apply to my back without it folding in on itself. It would be much easier to apply anywhere else I'm sure but not great for the back (which I would assume would be the most common use). I also found it didn't stick very well when I moved, it did roll and fold up or caught on my clothes. Would be better if there was something else to hold it on rather than just the gel itself. Took about 5 mins to get really cold and it was noticeable for about 2-3hrs.

Q3 Yes, it did help.

Q4 I will continue to use the patches that I have in the box but I'm not sure I would buy them again as they are quite expensive for what they are.

Q5 I might but not sure, the price is quite high and if it was solely for back pain, I wouldn't say it's the best thing to use due to Q2 above, bit of a faff to apply and don't stay in place.

Q5 No, I think they are really quite expensive for what they are. I did like them and it is amazing how cold they can get (like magic!) but an ice-pack or hot water bottle is practically free and would give the same effect.

Thanks for picking me and I'm really glad that I tried these but ultimately don't think they are an ideal investment specifically for pregnancy. Maybe great for an injury for short term use though.

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 11-Jul-14 13:40:39

Thanks for all the feedback so far: please don't forget to also add your details on the survey feedback form I sent you the link to. thanks

noeyedeer Fri 11-Jul-14 16:31:50

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.

Currently 35 weeks pregnant with DC2. I wanted to try the patches as I’m a teacher, on my feet a lot and have lower back pain. I also teach swimming by an outdoor pool, so a patch that sticks and cools in this heat provided welcome relief. I’m finding it increasingly difficult to get comfy in any position and can’t stay in any position (sitting, standing or lying down) for any great length of time before having to shift. The pain is starting to affect my ability to do my job well.

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

Bit tricky to apply at first but I’m getting better at it. They do tend to crumple a bit and need adjusting. Once on the patches seem to stay put quite well, as long as I’ve not fiddled about too much putting them on. They tend to last 2-3 hours.

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?

Yes! Absolutely brilliant! They have allowed me to be up, moving and getting on with my job. I didn’t realise just how bad I was feeling until the pain had gone.

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. The benefit of the pain relief and being able to carry on definitely outweigh the monetary cost. Normal cold compresses only work if you can sit or lie down with them in place.

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

Yes.

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?

They do seem quite expensive, but I would buy a five pack (under £5 would be more appealing) rather than a single. I would also ration their use a bit more, to only the times when I really needed to be able to move around, rather than in the evenings when I could use a normal cold compress to help, or when the pain was really bad.

noeyedeer Fri 11-Jul-14 16:36:11

AnnMumsnet - I haven't received the survey link from you.

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.

luciferswench Sat 12-Jul-14 14:33:22

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 currently breastfeeding my 10 month old and have just found i am 10 weeks pregnant too. I wanted to try the patches as due to breastfeeding i cant really take painkillers and I suffer a lot from lower back pain sometimes i struggle to get up and down due to the pain in my back especially when out and about at baby groups where all the play is floor based with my baby. Im the mum that take 10 minutes trying to straighten up when she stands.

Q2 Please describe the application of the patch- how was it to apply? How long did it last?
It was a bit tricky to apply by myself to my lower back there is most definitely a knack to it you have to be quick before it folds in on its self or before it tries to make a jump for the floor. The cooling sensation lasted a good couple of hours and it stayed stuck.

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?
Yes it did it was an odd sensation at first when it began working but after a while when the pain had ease i forgot all about it.

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 definitely use them again when i couldnt use painkillers or for when i need to be up and about looking after then children.

Q5 Would you recommend them to friends or relations who are also pregnant or breastfeeding or unable to take oral painkillers?
I would recommend them as theres nothing worse than being in pain and unable to do anything about it this is easy and simple.

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?
I do think for a single patch it is more expensive than the usual painkillers that i can take when not pregnant however the 4 pack seems to offer much more value for money

loubieloo76 Sat 12-Jul-14 15:25:10

I'm 27 weeks and originally wanted to try these as I was suffering 24/7 back and neck pain treated with Physio. As it happened, by the time it came to the trial the Physio had do a it's job! However, I've since developed what's considered the normal lower back pain associated with pregnancy and a widening pelvis. Lying down is uncomfortable, walking and getting up!

Q2 The application of the patch was pretty easy....as long as you don't let it stick together once you've peeled off the backing! Once on, it stayed in place perfectly and I forgot about it really!

Q3 At first I felt only the cold and no pain relief....but after about an hour I suddenly realised the pain had gone!! Brilliant!

Q4 I'd definitely use these again and keep then in the medical cupboard.

Q5 I'd also recommend to others suffering with back pain and who are pregnant, breastfeeding or unable to take oral painkillers. I gave one to my old dad too to ease his back pain!

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? I guess it is but I couldn't afford to use them throughout the pregnancy.

Kar0123 Sat 12-Jul-14 15:27:30

I am breast feeding my DD and she is 10 months. Due to posture of feeding and handling baby daily, has caused back pain to get worse day by day, i went to physio but back massage from OH has become like our daily routine before bed! So i was waiting for this cold patches to come as had used heat bags and patches before.

For me application was bit tricky for first one, then got hang of it. And stayed for long and worked more than 3 hrs

Yes, it did help me expected as i have a sharp pain in a point , it targeted exactly there, m very impressed

I would definitely use it again. Better than cribbing OH to massage daily ;)

Yes, i gave one to my neighbour too who has a 6 month baby, thou she doesn't breastfeed, carrying baby strains back too.

It is , when you are out and about, and to use rarely, but doesn't work out for me who wants it daily !!

quietbatperson Sat 12-Jul-14 15:55:36

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 breastfeeding. DS3 is getting heavier and heavier and it hurts to carry him around, and it's also affecting my sleep. I also wanted to try the patches as gels for this type of thing always leave unpleasant aromas on your fingers.

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

Pretty easy to apply to my lower back and lasted several hours. Anything higher though and I would have needed DH to do it as it sort of flopped over and got stuck to itself.

The top rolled down a bit as it rubbed on my clothes as I bent over and stood up again which was annoying. They would be better if they were just slightly more adhesive.

It also left a metholated aroma on my fingers and hands which was quite unpleasant - somewhat negating one of my reasons for wanting to try the patches instead of the gel as I didn't want stinky fingers. However at least there wasn't gel all over my clothes.

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?

Yes! Very well, the middle of my lower back is feeling rather good right now, but all the areas around it are now obviously hurting and I wish I'd stuck patches all over.

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 would be looking for them in a bigger size to cover more of my back.

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

Yes.

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?

Yes I do, but I would want to buy them in different sizes.

katiewalters Sat 12-Jul-14 16:51:18

I am currently breast feeding, but wanted to try them on my back as since being pregnant I have got back pain every now and then. They were easy to apply, good sticky side to keep patches in place. I didn't really like the mint aroma, and if you got it on your hand it lingered for ages. It did work, not as fast as I though it would, but it helped. I would leave the patches on no longer than 3 hours. I would recommend them, I gave one to my mom who gets pain in her knee and she said it helps as well. I think they are too expensive I wouldn't buy them at that price.

PervyMuskrat Sat 12-Jul-14 17:02:06

Q1 - I'm 36w pregnant and have had a bad back for years. Visiting a chiropractor usually helps but it's expensive and not always possible to get an appointment so wanted to try some drug free pain relief.

Q2 - Easy to apply provided it didn't fold over onto itself. Lasted 3 or so hours if it hadn't folded over but lasted less time than that if I had to remove and reapply. Also took me a while to realise I could peel off the mesh to make it stick by itself blush. I liked how unobtrusive it is compared to strapping an ice pack to your back - also meant you could wander around easily, as mentioned by pp

Q3 - Yes, nice and cool feeling and helped with the aches and pains

Q4 - Yes, would definitely use again

Q5 - Yes, would definitely recommend

Q6 - Pricing seems relatively expensive - if you use 2/3 patches a day, the cost soon mounts up, especially if used for the relief of long term chronic pain.

Overall a very good product!

WonderlandBride Sat 12-Jul-14 17:07:56

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 my 5 month old son. Wanted to try them as felt I was always in pain, which I think is from feeding lay down through the night. Occasionally take paracetamol but prefer not to while nursing.

Q2 Please describe the application of the patch- how was it to apply? How long did it last?
Very difficult to apply by myself, needed my husband to help. Found the pain eased for around 2-3 hours.

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?
Yes!

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 felt they worked well.

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

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?
Yes as they work, however if I hadn't tried them I would think this was expensive.

Ecarter1975 Sat 12-Jul-14 18:26:08

1.Six months pregnant and suffer from long term sciatica, when pregnant it's worse and obv can't take painkillers!
Have an office job with occasional driving so sitting down a lot which causes leg and back to go numb and ache.

2. Once you've got them on and flat they're fine but a bit difficult to twist and turn and get them in the right place with a bump in the way! OH has come in handy and helped.

3. Yes, considering it's just a patch very surprised at how effective they were.

4. Yes

5. Yes.

6. They are a little bit pricey so not the best VFM however very effective (and drug free) so they are worth it.

dobedobedo Sat 12-Jul-14 18:50:30

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 breastfeeding my 8 week old baby. I have had lower back pain since the start of my pregnancy and still have it now. I haven't taken any medication for it, I've just "coped" with it as I don't want any medications to pass through to my baby in my milk.
The pain is worse when standing up or sitting down. I can be walking quite stooped over for a few steps at various times throughout the day. Getting down on the floor to bathe or play with my child is very difficult. Carrying my baby or rocking him to sleep is hard too and I cannot do it for long.

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

I've had to get my partner to apply it to my lower back for me as I found it hard to reach and the patch is very soft and floppy so difficult to handle behind your own back.
If I wasn't very active, they last longer. But if I have to run errands or move about, especially when it's hot outside, they peel off or get caught in the waist band of my giant, up to ear lobes maternity knickers!

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains? 

Yes! Not 100% all the time, especially if I had to move about a lot while wearing one, but firstly the cooling menthol type sensation is a distraction from the pain. And after about twenty minutes I can even stand up without stooping over when trying to walk! It definitely makes getting things done and rocking my baby to sleep or carrying him etc way easier.

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. The price is quite off putting though. Especially when I'm on maternity pay and so have a much reduced income and am trying to budget. These would be the type of things I might buy but then tell my partner they cost less than they actually did grin
If they stuck to your back better or were ever so slightly more rigid, like a sticking plaster, I'd be more inclined to buy them for maybe exercising or for when times when a cold pack or heat pack just isn't practical.

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

Yes. I've even told my mum about them already as she cannot take pain killers due to a medical condition and has back pain (she's getting old!) I don't think she could afford them though.

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 really. If I bought some, I would really ration them and only use them when the pain was really bad. But when the pain gets really bad, I could justify taking pain killers then. And they're less than a quid a pop. It's a shame because I do like them.

Rigbyroo Sat 12-Jul-14 19:15:28

1. Breastfeeding 6 week old ds and have a 2 year old dd. I always feel hunched over and due to lifting them both and settling ds and carrying him in the sling I have awful lower back, shoulder and neck pain which has got worse since pregnancy.

Q2 The patch was fairly easy to apply but rolled up a little which I then struggled to unstick. It lasted around 2 hours.

Q3 The patch did help to relieve the pain.

Q4 I would buy again but I prefer the sensation of heat patches, however, in this weather the are ideal.

Q5 Would you recommend them-yes, already have done.

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?-it's quite expensive, I would only really use them as a 'treat' though and for times when I'm not able to use a hot water bottle or wheat bag.

newtothenet Sat 12-Jul-14 20:00:46

Thank you for choosing me to review this product!

1. I am 16 weeks pregnant and already suffering with backache from sitting at a desk all day. I don't think I have very good posture anyway which doesn't help! My lower back has a constant dull ache which doesn't seem to go away a part from when I go to my weekly yoga class.

2.I found the patch very easy to apply, I just peeled the backing off and stuck it on. I didn't find that it stuck for very long at all though. Even sitting still with the patch tucked into my pants, it still came unstuck within minutes. I would have expected this if Ihad been moving about but thought it was poor that it did this while I sat down relatively still.

3. I'm not sure that the patches did anything to relieve my pain. I found them quite strange in that they felt hot rather than cold to me!

4. I don't think I would buy them again as I'd stick to a hot water bottle. However if I had a different type of pain eg a sprain, and could strap the patch on, I might try them.

5.I may mention them as a suggestion by don't think I would recommend them.

6.I think the price is about right compared to similar items.

VixStarr Sat 12-Jul-14 20:11:53

Thank you for choosing me for this trial.

Q1. I am pregnant with SPD so mainly used this for my lower back.

Q2. These patches were really easy to apply. But i definitely don't recommend putting them on after you have applied bio oil everywhere. I didn't like how they rolled/stuck to my clothes but I have used frozen peas wrapped in a tea towel in the past/ got soaking wet so really this is a minor complaint.

Q3. They did but i am unsure as to how how much they would work for me personally when i progress further into my pregnancy.

Q4. Yes, but only for really when i am for out and about. I feel that I can do something at home for less money.

Q5. -I did mention them as an alternative but its not something that i would rave about unless I knew that person was inclined to look at alternative pain relief- mainly because of cost. Cheap pain relief you can get for 40p for god knows how many tablets when you stick to own brand.

Q6. Not really - but then i feel that you can charge more as people who can't use ordinary medicine don't have any other really cheap alternatives. That annoys me a bit to be honest.

Thank you again for giving me an opportunity to take part in this trial though:-)

NoodieRoodie Sat 12-Jul-14 20:21:08

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 currently breastfeeding an 8 month old and have a lively 2.8 month old. By the end of the day I ache, particularly in my back due to the fact that until bedtime it's rare that I sit down on a chair all day.

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

As others have said I didn't find it easy to apply as it was too sticky and folded in on itself too easily. I found that it lasted a couple of hours.

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?

The sensation was very strange to start with but I did find it soothing.

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 probably wouldn't as I find a hot water bottle gives far better results.

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

Doubtful, I'd be more likely to recommend a warm bath and a hot water bottle.

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?

I think this is fairly expensive when you consider that you could be easily going through a pack a day in pregnancy.

rainbow9713 Sat 12-Jul-14 20:47:32

Q1: I have recently stopped breastfeeding my 1 year old and I am 19 weeks pregnant. I get achy shoulders because of the weight of my breasts as I am still producing milk.
Q2: I had to ask my partner to apply the patch to the top of my back, I found it didn't last very long though. It folds on itself very quickly and moves about and gets stuck to clothes.
Q3:after the initial shock of the cold I would say it did help to relieve aches it just doesn't last very long with the patch coming off easily.
Q4: I don't actually think I would go out and purchase the patches to be honest. You can buy a hot water bottle for around the same price and reuse, you can also buy ice packs to put in the freezer that can be reused.
Q5: if I was asked about the patches I would give my honest opinion and say that yes they help relieve pain, however the do unstick very easily. But if I have a friend or family member who works and needs discreet pain relief I would recommend.
Q6: I think they are expensive as I have said earlier there are other reusable things which would do the same thing. However, if you are at work etc the patches can be used discreetly which other things can't be. So if I was to buy them I would limit them to inly these times where I need discreet pain relief.

lolapops1 Sat 12-Jul-14 20:53:41

First of all thanks for choosing me as a tester,really pleased.
Q1 I am in the last stages of pregnancy and suffer backache most days,it can often leave me in tears.

Q2 The patch was really easy to apply,I could of done with it being slightly larger to cover a bigger area. It did last for round about 3 hours but I felt that I had to keep a constant pressure on it to get much use out of it. When nothing was pressing against it I could not feel the benefit.

Q3 Yes the patch did relieve my aches and pains I found it really helpful and it took my mind off the pain.

Q4 I think I might possibly buy the patches again and I would use them for similar pain.

Q5 Yes I would recommend them to friends and relations I found them useful.

Q5 I consider this to be average value,not something you could buy a lot of but I would still recommend them.

Q1 I'm breastfeeding a toddler and also pregnant. I have intermittent lower back pain anyway which seems to get worse in pregnancy (lifting 2 toddlers and relaxin hormone probably) - I was keen to try something other than painkillers as I usually just put up with it or limit activity where possible which isn't fair on my DC

Q2 the first time the patch folded over itself and got stuck, the second really hurt when I took it off.. by the 3rd application I'd got the hang of the angles...this was fine but if I had paid for the patches I'd be quite narked. They lasted a good couple of hours

Q3 yes. I don't think I realised how bad the pain was until it went!

Q4 yes I'd buy them, they were a great alternative or addition to painkillers

Q5 yes I would. In fact DH used one when he put his shoulder out as he is limited on what pain relief he can take. He was pleasantly surprised with how well it worked

Q5 no I think they are quite expensive given the price of paracetamol. I would probably be happy to pay £4 for a pack of 3 or 4 but at that price I would only purchase if the pain was excessive or as a short term measure. perhaps pregnant/postnatal women could get a discount with their maternity exemption card?

carli83 Sat 12-Jul-14 21:08:41

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 a 9 month old. I get backache on a regular basis from carrying the baby and sitting on the floor playing with him.

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

The patch was difficult to put on my lower back. I found that it did not stay in place very well and moved when I did and stuck to my clothing making it fold and come off.

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?

When the patch was in place I found it did ease muscle ache.

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 do not think I would buy them again due to them not staying in place. However if there was a patch that stayed in place better I would.

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

I would recommend if it stayed in place better.

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?

I think that £1.65 is a lot for a single patch

W33K1w1 Sat 12-Jul-14 22:03:01

Q1 I am breastfeeding a nearly 4 mth old and wanted to try the patches as I suffer from a number of back pain issues, including Sciatica and general lower back pain. My pains vary in intensity from niggling aches to sharp jabs and constant severe pain and can at times restrict or even prevent me from carrying out general required tasks such as lifting my toddler, getting in and out of the car and simply bending to pick items up.

Q2 I found the patch easy to apply, as you can attach it directly to your skin (rather than it having to be attached to clothes like some other patches) I found I could put it exactly where it needed to go, however, my pain is mainly lower back and I know it could be awkward to place it higher up for other types of back pain. I found it would sometimes start rolling and sticking to my clothes after a good few hours but by then the effects were wearing off anyway as I found the effects lasted for about 2-3 hours

Q3 The patch did help ease the pain a little, but I don't feel it went cold enough for my liking, I usually use a flexible freezer pack and belt for my back and that gets really cold and has a massive effect, but the patches work well enough for when out and about and I don't have access to my freezer packs.

Q4 I would buy them again as they definitely had some effect and would be very handy for keeping in my handbag/changing bag for when I need the pain relief when out and about or away on holiday etc but I wouldn't buy them for general daily use as they would work out too expensive and my freezer packs are free and have more effect

Q5 I would recommend them to friends in a similar situation as they will offer more pain relief than paracetamol alone can provide and they are drug free to boot smile

Q5 The cost of the patches is about right I'd say, taking into account the cost of materials/making them etc. Obviously I'd like them a little cheaper as they would work out far more expensive than a packet of ibuprofen in the long term when able to take them, but for those who are pregnant or breastfeeding then they would be a Godsend. For me personally, I would only buy them for emergencies etc

nickyjlees Sat 12-Jul-14 22:36:45

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.
5 m

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?

nickyjlees Sat 12-Jul-14 22:48:13

Q1
5 months pregnant and wanted to try as have always suffered from mild to medium level pain from back ache which has become worse in pregnancy. Pain mainly when sat at desk all day at work and when trying to sleep. Makes it very difficult to relax and get any decent sleep leading to an even more grumpy pregnant lady!

Q2
Easy to apply, lasted at least a good 3 hours

Q3
Whilst wearing the patch and for a number of hours following the pain was either relieved or dulled depending on how strong it was in the first place, definitely made a difference.

Q4
Yes

Q5
Yes I've already recommended to another pregnant lady

Q5 For me they work and therefore this is a good price to pay for pain relief from something that can be so distracting it makes it difficult to sleep or concentrate at work.

FatalCabbage Sat 12-Jul-14 22:54:20

1 - bf. Have been pg, bf or both for nearly seven years now, and had come to think pain was something I just had to put up with. I have four old rib breaks that ache in cold weather and/or if I've been carrying the younger DC too much.

2 - because the pain is on my back I couldn't really reach toto do it myself, but DH did it.It was slower to start working than I though but has now been working for half an hour or so and It is just bliss.

3 - yes oh yes. This is muscular and oh it's beautiful.

4 - I had thought I'd share this box but they're mine all mine. I'd say better than drug relief but I don't remember that well.

5 - yes, will absolutely recommend.

"5" - I'm a bit startled by the price, as I can see that for chronic conditions it would be nice to use one a day. I think I'd look out for offers (eg BOGOF) and only use them when I was really uncomfortable. I wouldn't feel happy just chucking them in the supermarket trolley, for example.

Thank you so much for including me. This is heavenly.

Gingerandlemon Sun 13-Jul-14 07:10:42

Q1. I am still breastfeeding my ten month old and due to having a very hungry and heavy little one plus complications following an emergency C-section (and probably bad posture!) I have been left with a couple of very sore areas on my back. I haven't found paracetamol very effective and am unable to take ibuprofen for other medical reasons. I was keen to try the patches as an alternative, with the added bonus of the cooling effect during this warm weather.

Q2 I found the patch reasonably easy to apply to my lower back but trickier on my upper back as it was quite floppy and tended to get folded up. It lasted well while I say still but when I moved around more started to peel away.

Q3 yes, this certainly did offer relief and the effect lasted for a couple of hours - much better than paracetamol!

Q4 yes definitely. I found that they really helped.

Q5 Yes - as long as they had someone to help out them on!

Q5 I find this quite pricey, which would put me off, but I'm not surprised as I think it's a really good product.

Catpawprint Sun 13-Jul-14 07:59:37

Q1 breast feeding 10 week dc2. Am hyper mobile and my shoulders and hips slip out of joint. I damaged my neck during pregnancy and get constant ache in it, made worse when I bf in a poor position whilst out and about.
The pains are daily and I dont like bombarding my milk with painkillers so only take them when I am in so much pain I can't move or sleep. These patches sounded like a great alternative.

Q2. Patch was lovely and soft and the menthol smell wasn't too strong. I have a fluffy neck and was terrified about 'waxing' it when using them. The patches like to curl and stick to themselves but are easy to straighten out as they aren't too sticky so aren't painful or exfoliating to remove! Instant oooh lovely ice feeling then intermittent hit and cool menthol sensations for about 2 hours. But relief for about 2.5 hours.

Q.3 The patch was especially great for a tension headache when I put it on my forehead. It's not a silver bullet but does help with my joint and muscle aches.

Q4. Yes I would definitely use them again, but not daily due to expense.

Q5. I would definitely recommend to friends and my elderly mum. I understand why they cost so much for a single patch (technology for gel, get back research costs etc) however, as others have said we are on maternity pay so it's far too much. I would be naughty and cut the patches in half to make them go further.

Thank you very much for letting me try them.

Uzma01 Sun 13-Jul-14 09:31:26

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 have had back pain for years, which has gotten worse since severe back spasms in 2009; since then it comes on fairly regularly and I did have it in both pregnancies. At times it's hard to move around when it's really bad, otherwise I use heat patches to make it through the day. Also get neck/shoulder pain, especially when suffering from migraines - the heat patches applied to the shoulders helps to alleviate the migraine pain.

Q2 Please describe the application of the patch - how was it to apply? How long did it last?
I used it twice on lower back pain; was easy to apply but it did seem as though it kept coming away from my back. Had to smooth it next to the skin often. Lasted around 4 hours.

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?
Yes, but had to keep flattening out to feel the effects.

Q4 Do you think you'd buy the patches again or continue to use them if you had a similar muscular ache or pain?
Maybe if they were reasonably priced. There were lots to sample, so I'd carry on using them in the summer as the heat patches can get uncomfortable when it's hot.

Q5 Would you recommend them to friends or relations who are also pregnant or breastfeeding or unable to take oral painkillers?
Yes if they were more reasonably priced and they didn't want to take 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?
Not at either price; the disposable heat patches I get cost a lot less than this. Plus they last between 8-12 hours depending on the brand, thus 2-3 times longer than these. Also the electric one I have, which I mainly use at night, automatically shuts off at 3 hours and has 5 intensities of heat. It's cheap to run and given I bought it with vouchers I won on MN - it was free!

madeleinefaye Sun 13-Jul-14 10:58:58

Q1: I am breastfeeding an 8 week old and have had back pain since pregnancy, usually after sleeping badly, and also lately have suffered from joint pain especially around my knees and hips.

Q2: The patches are very easy to apply - they did wrinkle up but it didn't affect use really. They were more difficult to apply to your back on your own but I just got someone to help me. I did find that they tended to come off if you place them on a smooth area where you're likely to sweat more, so my lower back wasn't an ideal place. However they stuck well other places, even around a joint with lots of movement, and stayed for a few hours as advertised.

We were actually surprised as to how cold they did feel and how long it lasted, since it seems to be menthol which does the cooling.

Q3: It was soothing for back pain but I found it especially good for joint pain. After having to step tenderly on one of my knees that felt like it had sprained, I applied a patch for a few hours and it felt much better. My partner also tried them for pain in his feet/ankles from standing up all day at work and said they did help with that.

Q4: Probably not for muscular pain like back pain - I feel like I prefer to have heat to relieve that sort of deep tissue ache. But for sprains it's a really convenient way to relieve pain without having to carry around a bag of ice or something, so you can still do everything you need to do on your feet.

Q5: For the reasons above then yes, if somebody needed something to keep them on their feet while relieving pain.

Q5: I really don't think I could justify spending that much! I have reheatable heat packs and could always either get an ice pack or use paracetamol.

odi1 Sun 13-Jul-14 12:13:20

Q1 I am breast feeding my 3 month old I am getting shoulder and neck pain mostly in the morning.

Q2 it was tricky but I think that was where it was going g rather than the product. It peeled at the edges as others have said. It lasted about 2 hours

Q3 yes it provided a nice sensation while in place

Q4 probably not once the ones I have are gone. Just too expensive compared to paracetamol or ibuprofen.

Q5 maybe as a one off but I wouldn't consider them a long term option

Q6 very expensive compared to paracetamol or ibuprofen. If they were reusable maybe but it would be very expensive if somebody had a long term pain issue.

Wickedgirl Sun 13-Jul-14 12:14:34

Q1 I am Breastfeeding my baby who is almost 9 months old. I had awful SDP when my pregnancy with her and although most of the pain has gone, I still suffer from some SPD pain and back ache.

Q2 The patch is very easy east to apply on the lower back but if I needed it higher, I would have needed help. It is very sticky and tried sticking to itself the first time I tried using it.

Q3 Yes, I found it worked well

Q4 Yes, I would use them again

Q5 I have already!

Q5 I do think they are very expensive but they do work and they are safe to use. However, I do think that for most mums to be and new mums, the cost may be too much

singlespeedlass Sun 13-Jul-14 14:03:07

Am Breastfeeding and have had middle and lower backache since birth, 4 weeks ago.

Patches easy to apply but didn't remain sticky enough. Worked well for about 40 mins then pain came back. Patches became less effective with regular use unfortunately.

Will continue to use ones I have but am not sure I would buy them, especially as they seem quite expensive for non reusable patches. Would recommend to others to try as they may work for them and I like the idea of drug free pain relief when pregnant or breast feeding.

Thanks for the opportunity to try the patches.

annieno1 Sun 13-Jul-14 15:09:49

Hi am a mum of three kids and tried these patches i suffer from quite a bit of lower back pain since the birth of my last baby who is now 7 months. I applied this patch to my lower back and was really impressed great results and quick pain relieve i was actually able to do alot of housework with this on and it didn't take me as long as the patch helped.. i will def be buying these.. my husband also used them he would suffer from sports aches he was really impressed

ChaffinchOfDoom Sun 13-Jul-14 15:33:22

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 a 3 month old. I wanted to try the patches as I am bothered by my back a great deal, if I strain it slightly it hurts a lot; and is made worse by having to constantly lift the baby, bend over in and out of the cot, bend to change nappies, bend to pick up clothes/toys etc. After having to medicate through pregnancy for hyperemesis I am trying to be as drug free as possible whilst feeding, I am avoiding hayfever meds too, and grazing on paracetamols annoys me.

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

Honestly, I loathed the sensation, the cold jelly-ness. Vile. Made me shiver and was a faff to get onto my lower back as had to stretch round, made back feel weird again; while it was on It felt more of a hot sensation than a cold sensation; not much different from deep heat, just menthol power. Also has to thoroughly wash hands before touching the baby as didn't want any of it near him

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?
the patch did give me relief from my back but I'm unsure if I even prefer the burny feeling, very odd, like a worse pain to distract you from normal back pain... a trick for your nervous system

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 probably only use these in high summer/warm weather as the initial icy jelly-ness on my back would have felt hideous on a cold day... I think I'd prefer this for knee pain, for example, or ankle pain on a sprain recovering.

Q5 Would you recommend them to friends or relations who are also pregnant or breastfeeding or unable to take oral painkillers?
Yes, it is good to have an alternative. Living with pain is the worst, this gives people options, options give you a feeling of choice > power> relief

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

to my mind a single should be @ 85p, a pack of 4 £2 ish. They are priced as high-end luxury to my mind. This price does not help a chronic condition, just a very short term pain situation, like a sprain. I think that more than 4 are needed per pack, 10 would be better for £5 maybe.
thank you for letting me trial them, they are an interesting product

FranksBobot Sun 13-Jul-14 19:33:02

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 currently 16 weeks pregnant and suffering from a lot of lower back ache. I have an 8 year old so can't sit with my feet up and rest when i'm sore. The school run has also been quite a challenge.
I wanted to try the patches as after suffering a miscarriage previously I am reluctant to take any medication during pregnancy. I also do not wish to become reliant on pain killers.

Q2 Please describe the application of the patch- how was it to apply? How long did it last?
Once I peeled the clear backing off the patch I managed to get it stuck to itself! Thankfully it peeled apart quite easily without causing any damage. After my mishap I found it easy enough to apply although it may have been more difficult if my pain was higher up due to the patches flexibility.
The patch lasted just over 2 hours.

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?
After around 20 minutes I noticed a massive improvement and was able to carry out many tasks pain free that had previously been painful. (bending to load the washing machine etc)

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 definitely use and purchase the patches again.

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

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?
I don't consider it to be great value for money but in comparison to similar products I would say it was reasonable. I think even £4.99 for a pack of 4 would be more appealing.

Thank you for choosing me to take part. The patches could not have arrived at a better time! I am looking forward to more pain free days.

j311yt0t Sun 13-Jul-14 20:11:36

Q1. Currently 38 weeks pregnant with severe backache due to needing a new bed and mattress for about 2 years. Also have very sore and swollen ankles/feet from the current very nice but poorly timed heatwave. Also mum of an almost 3 year old, who needs constant running about after. So glad to be chosen for the deep freeze trial thank you!

Q2. Patches were difficult to apply depending on where you wanted to apply them. Had to get DH to help me apply to lower back. Very sticky and folded up on itself a few times before got to the right position. Stayed in place for roughly an hour and then I had to hang the washing out which caused it to start curling up at the edges and start sliding across my back.

Q3. Yes, the patches did help relieve muscular aches. Only a short term fix, but nicer than taking a painkiller and then feeling guilty about it afterwards. Nice and refreshing that it was a cooling effect rather than warming, especially in this heat. Although not sure i'd fancy that in winter months. Not too much of an odour, which was nice, unlike the other muscle rubs which are overwhelming.

Q4. I would buy the patches again, in summer and if they were cheaper. Probably not at their current price, and probably not in cooler months. Although like the idea of drug free pain relief.

Q5. I would recommend them, or at least to try them. I like that its an option for pregnant/breastfeeding mums, as so many usual options become unavailable when you need them most.

Q6. Not brilliant value for money. Id maybe buy a single patch to keep in the cupboard for emergencies, but probably wouldn't buy a full pack at that price. I love the idea, it just needs fine tuning a little more and price reducing.

Nmcnau13 Sun 13-Jul-14 21:05:02

Q1. 25 weeks pregnant, suffer lower back pain every day no matter what position I sit/stand/lie in

Q2. Difficult to apply on my own, found the patches kept bending back on themselves and getting stuck to themselves; really needs another person to put them on

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains? Yes, instant cooling relief but didn't last very long which was a shame...find a way to make it last longer and you have the perfect product

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

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

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? Slightly expensive. Doesn't make sense to me to buy them as a single, would also welcome a bigger multipack being made available. Think under £5 would feel a better price for the multipack

nousernamesleft Sun 13-Jul-14 21:05:14

Q1. I'm breastfeeding, and suffering from sciatica and the lingering after effects of spd, both brought on during pregnancy. I don't like taking anything I don't have to whilst breastfeeding. The sciatica causes me constant pain and makes it difficult to walk and move, while the spd comes and goes, some days leaving me unable to climb the stairs, other days hardly affecting me.

Q2. The patch was awkward to apply to my back, I found it difficult to get it in the right place and stuck smoothly. Dh popped it in in seconds for me though. I found that it would catch on my waistband and start to peel off if I moved much while wearing it.

Q3. The patch was really good at easing my sciatica, I found it made a big difference. I twisted my knee and popped a patch on it and hardly had any pain at all from it. However the patch only worked while I was wearing it, the effects wore off once it was removed.

Q4. I'd buy them to keep for accidents - ie a twisted knee or ankle etc, but not for sciatica or back pain as I found they just didn't stick well enough.

Q5. Yes, I would.

Q6. I find them to be fairly expensive especially for regular use. They'd be more occasional use at that price.

honeyharris Sun 13-Jul-14 21:10:35

Q1) I'm breastfeeding and wanted to try the patches as I have some lower back aches left from when I was pregnant and now from lugging my huge 10 week old boy around and from picking things up the 'wrong way' i.e. not from the knees while my stitches were healing as I couldn't bend over. I also have chronic neck pain from an old injury that has been aggravated by poor posture while breastfeeding and carrying said huge baby around against my shoulder.

Q2) I applied it on my lower back and the top of my back / base of my neck. When I say I applied it, I mean my husband had to apply it for me as it was floppy and kept sticking to itself, I don't think I would have managed to apply it myself to these parts of my body.

Q3) It did help to relieve muscular aches and pains at the time and for a while after, particularly with my neck as I found I was getting headaches from the neck pain.

Q4) I will continue to use the ones that I have left in the packet as I thought they worked really well, and it was much more convenient than using cold compresses or ice packs as with a new baby there is little time to sit or lie with one on. They are good to use on the move. However, the cost is too high for me to use them regularly compared to painkillers which cost mere pence. I would probably continue to struggle along with the aches that I have.

Q5) I would recommend them for how well they work, but would mention the high cost.

Q6) I think they are far too expensive for a product that can only be used once, particularly for people who are breastfeeding as many of us in that position are on reduced income or statutory maternity pay and it would be too much to pay. If you had a couple of painful areas, you could easily finish a 4 pack in 2 days. I would consider them better value if they were cheaper or could be used more than once.

FavaBeanPyramidScheme Sun 13-Jul-14 21:14:03

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 7mo DS. I wanted to try these as I suffer from back pain and prefer not to use pain medication. My back is very stiff later in the day and I struggle to stand up straight from sitting or lying.

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

The patch was a little fiddly to apply. I put it on vertically initially but it felt as though it would be better placed horizontally so I repositioned it. It did fold over and stick to itself a bit.

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?

No. The patch had a nice smell to it and felt cool going on but the cooling effect soon passed and I just had an awareness that something was stuck to my back. It felt cool on my back if I pressed it but I didn't notice any change in my discomfort overall.

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. I will probably try the remaining patches on different types of muscular pain but would not use them again for back pain.

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

No. I might mention them as a product of which I am aware but I would say that I tried them and didn't find them effective.

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. They would need to be a lot more effective for me to consider them good value at that price point.

ATPmama Sun 13-Jul-14 21:19:02

Q1 I have a 7-month old bay and since February have been in agony with 2 slipped discs in my lower back causing excruciating sciatica down my left leg as well as lower back pain.

Q2 Due to the fact that i'm unable to bend/twist very well I did find it a bit tricky to get in the middle of my lower back a couple of times but mostly was fine once you got the hang of it. It last about 2-3 hours.

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains? Yes, it created a very soothing effect.

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've been told not to use heat, so am always looking for cold therapy/relief and these were better than using a spray and lasted much longer than a gel.

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

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? It sounds a bit expensive to me, especially as I'd need to use so many! But depending on the pain i think i would buy it occasionally.

Raffles123 Sun 13-Jul-14 21:24:36

Q1 Hi, currently breastfeeding a 10 wk old though suffered with back ache since my first pregnancy. Currently I exp back pain and weakness daily.

Q2 I managed to apply it, though it was easier when I had help. I found that sections kept coming loose, possibly due to getting up and down so much due to Feeding/nappy changing etc. It left a red patch on my skin, though I can be senstive to various products.

Q3 It certainly acted as a distraction for about an hour, though I'm not sure that it took away all of the achesand pains.

Q4 I might buy them again for specific pain caused by an injury, but probably not for chronic pain such as back ache.

Q5 Yes

Q5 Not really, back ache related to pregnancy/feeding can last months, it would cost a fortune to use the patches everyday. ice packs or hot water bottles can be just as effective for instant relief.

Wincher Sun 13-Jul-14 22:17:19

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'm breastfeeding but in general would prefer to avoid painkillers. My back gets achy from lugging a 10kg baby around.

Q2 Please describe the application of the patch- how was it to apply? How long did it last?
It was simple to apply. I didn't really like the cold sensation though - it felt like something wet trickling down my back.

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?
Yes

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

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

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 really

Helenetta Sun 13-Jul-14 22:35:40

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 my son who is nearly three. As he is now weaning, for the first time in my breastfeeding experience, I am beginning to suffer from aches and soreness in the area below my armpit! It isn't too troublesome, more tiresome and comes and goes. The Dr thinks it's mild mastitis. Due to this and ongoing lower back pain (muscular) for the last four months (that is much more troublesome as it affects my movement), I was very interested in trying the patches.

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

I liked the fact it wasn't overtly sticky, but I did find it very floppy and difficult to apply on my back in particular. I didn't find it adhered well to my underarm area or lower back frankly. I think it would be better suited to a flatter area, such as upper thigh. It lasted about two hours in both locations.

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?
It stopped the pain in my back for about two hours. The pain was also less when it did come back. I didn't like the sensation it gave on my underarm, so I took it off after 20 minutes.

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 will try them again on my back, but I didn't like them for my underarm area. They have a strong herbal smell and have that 'burning' sensation which you get with Deep Heat.

Q5 Would you recommend them to friends or relations who are also pregnant or breastfeeding or unable to take oral painkillers?
I wouldn't recommend for the upper body if breastfeeding. I think the smell is too strong and could put off newborns in particular from feeding in fact. If used on lower body, it would probably be OK.

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?
I woud say it's fair for the convenience when out and about. I wouldn't pay that for home use however. Besides, I find a bath or hot water bottle more soothing.

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 or breast feeding but wanted to try the patches out because I regularly suffer with muscle pain around my neck and shoulder. They affect me a lot, on a bad day I can't drive or even turn my neck and am in lots of pain.

Q2 Please describe the application of the patch- how was it to apply? How long did it last?
Really easy to apply but the back could be a bit more sticky, I found it moved about a bit.

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?
I was really, really surprised with the patch, the pain I had when I tried one at least halved within 15 minutes of wearing it. Brilliant.

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 will absolutely buy them again, I think they are so good especially for the type of pain I get from an old injury.

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

Yes most definitely.

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?

I think it's quite good value for money yes. I don't think you can put a price on being pain free, especially when you suffer a lot, so the price certainly wouldn't put me off buying them.

Squtternutbaush Mon 14-Jul-14 01:05:11

1. Currently breastfeeding my 16 month old. Ive had lower back pain quite regularly since early pregnancy and don't feel comfortable taking strong meds.

2. I found the pads very sticky when trying to apply so I did catch my clothing or fold the pad in on itself a few times but it gets easier with practice. I also found it a bit fiddly to get it in the right spot at first. Once in place they held well for 2-3 hours on average.

3. Yes, the patches were very cool without the icy-burn feeling which I found helped relax my muscles. I also liked that the stickiness of the pad gave a slight pressure point when placed correctly which also helped.

4. Yes, I liked that I was able move around and get on with jobs without worrying about warming, holding it in place or damp patches as you do with normal cold compresses.

5. Yes.

6. Yes but I would probably switch between standard cold compresses and the patches due to cost. I like that I can chuck one of these in my bag or put one on and head out but at home I'd rather go old fashioned compress to spread the cost.

I wouldn't buy a single patch at £1.65, I'd rather buy a multipack for a few pounds more.
I would be happy to pay maybe £1-1.25 per patch individually and maybe 80p-£1 in a multi pack.

WetDogLovesHubert Mon 14-Jul-14 07:28:00

Q1 I am breastfeeding my 11mo and have found the aches and pains from carrying her around, as well as from my period, hard work. Not having much time to sit back with my feet up, pain relief is important.

Q2 For areas like my back it is quite hard to apply by myself, but easy enough for my dh. Otherwise the instructions are clear and easy to follow.

Q3 Definitely. Aches disappeared almost immediately (obliterated by the cold sensation!) I definitely appreciated the speed.

Q4 I would. They are fast acting and effective.

Q5 I would recommend them to friends or relations as a drug free alternative.

Q5 I consider the price tag a wee bit too expensive, but in a pinch would probably still buy a packet.

Byrdie Mon 14-Jul-14 10:06:52

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 breastfeeding and my back has really been bad from all the lifting (big baby plus two other kids). Even just sitting and breastfeeding can be painful and although I guess you can take some painkillers I find that they don’t hit the spot so I’m just having to deal with it.

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

I found them really easy to apply - so easy in fact that I got my 3 year old to do it for me! I couldn’t quite reach the spot I wanted to get them on (not the patches fault but something to think about I guess as many people won’t find it easy to reach some spots. Having said that, once I’d peeled them I thought they would scrumple up and stick to itself and that I wouldn’t be able to use it but it generally stayed flat and if it did stick to itself I could peel it apart and apply it. I also thought that the texture was really nice and soft - I wasn’t expecting it to be this comfortable and flexible. I imagined more of a plastic hard gel filled patch.

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?

It definitely had some effect. Because I could target where to put it it gave instant relief. However, I’m not sure it got deep down to the source of the pain. But it was very nice on a hot day as it really does cool. Once I took it off I noticed that the feeling of having it on remained for another 30 mins to an hour - which was quite nice. Sort of like a menthol fresh feeling? Maybe that’s just me! (I’m filling this in before I look at any of the other comments.)

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 did like them and I think I might use them again as I like the idea of a drug free solution. If I really had a bad sharp pain, no I would go to a physic, but for general aches, yes I would try them before drugs. I actually popped a couple on the back of my legs which had been aching from wearing heels one day and it really helped that!

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

Yes I would. I was quite impressed with the amount of cool that came from the patch and the length of time the effect lasted.

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?

Now here I’m not so sure. On one side it’s probably not that hard to make a cool ice pack to apply if you’re in pain and that works for you, however you can go to work wearing this… and walk around and you don’t notice it under clothes. Plus there aren’t many things that you can take when you’re pregnant or breastfeeding so I think people are willing to pay more. However, I think it might be a little steep considering the cost of a drug like paracetamol

Missteacake Mon 14-Jul-14 10:30:39

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 22 weeks pregnant and have had lower back pain since 6 weeks. It's not all the time just after standing for a long time or being on my feet for awhile.

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

It wasn't the easiest thing to apply it kept folding back on itself and took a couple of goes. It didn't last as long as it said on the packet it only lasted about an hour. I kept having to put pressure on the pad to feel its cooling benefit.

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?

I didn't think it was working at the start but after ten minutes it was cooling and felt pleasant if not completely taking away all pain.

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 will be using the ones I have left and as my pregnancy progresses and the strain on my back becomes worst they will definitely be worth a try.

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

At the moment no but I suspect as my pregnancy continues I will find them more useful if that is the case I would recommend them.

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?

They are a little expensive but as I stated above I feel these May help me later on in my pregnancy and if that is the case my view on their worth will change. I think they would be better priced at £4.99 as under a fiver sound much better. I wouldn't be able to afford to use these everyday at that price though.

whataloadofoldshite Mon 14-Jul-14 10:34:08

Q1. I am 14 weeks pregnant with my second child and have suffered with shoulder and lower back pain for years which worsens during pregnancy and breastfeeding. I mostly try to avoid pain killers anyway but more so in pregnancy and breastfeeding. I have used similar products before including 4head for headaches so was keen to try these patches as an alternative. My daughter has toilet trained but is too young to take herself upstairs. Carrying her up and down stairs all day is causing problems and come the evening I'm in all sorts of bother.

Q2. I have used the patches on my shoulders and my lower back. The patch does tend to fold over on itself a bit but is easy unstuck. Application is fairly easy in the locations I've used them but could imagine you'd need help in other areas. I am yet to have one on for 3 hours as they roll up in the waist bands and the ones on my shoulder stuck to my furniture. Quite disappointing.

Q3. Despite the patch not staying put, when it was on it worked. It soothed the pain enough to forget about it and carry on with chores etc.

Q4. I think if the patches were on promotion I would buy them to have just in case but I don't think they could keep up with my needs all throughout pregnancy and breastfeeding. The rolling up and becoming unstuck would be too irritating for frequent use.

Q5. Despite the negatives, I would recommend to any friends, family and others. My recommendation would be to use for injuries and occasional pain.

Q5. I think that as a one off to keep in the cupboard the price is fine. But as previously stated, I personally would wait until they were on offer or I had a voucher. I think if you wanted regular cold therapy you'd probably look for a cheaper alternative.

Darksideofthemoon88 Mon 14-Jul-14 11:01:47

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 gave birth to my DD five weeks ago and I am breastfeeding her. I had quite nasty back and pelvic pain during pregnancy, but this went away as soon as I gave birth. The upper back pain has returned in recent weeks - I think it's the strain of lifting/bending/carrying so much! I'm generally quite grumpy from it come evening.

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

Because my pain is right between the shoulder blades, I can't apply it myself. Mind, I wouldn't be able to rub a gel there either. It's easy enough for DP to apply for me, and it lasts at least a couple of hours.

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?

Yes, enormously. To be honest, I was very surprised about this as I HATE Deep Freeze gel and I'd expected to hate the patches too, but I find them much more effective and without the nasty 'burning' sensation I got from the gel.

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'll use up the free ones! grin - but they're too expensive for me to make a habit of using them. I'd have to be desperate, frankly.

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

Yes. They work well, but I imagine the cost would put a lot of people off.

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, not at all. I'm not made of money! Paracetamol is safe for pregnancy and breastfeeding, exercise helps and is something I'd do anyway, and a hot/cold water bottle is pretty much free provided you've already got the bottle.

rabbitintheheadlights Mon 14-Jul-14 11:28:48

Q1 I'm 36 weeks pregnant with my second baby and have been suffering from back ache on a daily basis for weeks. I've got a big baby in there. Apart from lying in a bath, nothing seems to help, and it's too hot for hot water bottles right now.

Q2 It lasted about 2 hours, was hard to apply as I wanted to get it on the right area of my pelvis so I needed help from my husband. No good at night as it just rolled up and off my back - not sticky enough.

Q3 Yes - and it cooled me down in this horrible heat (it's 25 degrees plus here and has been for weeks).

Q4 Yes - I actually like them more than Deep Heat for muscular pain - I've used that in the past.

Q5 Yes

Q5 The single patch is not a good price at all. The four-pack I think is OK but a little bit pricey. I do think it offers something significantly different - it's an on the spot muscular cooling relief patch - from simple pain killers like paracetamol and think it should be priced at more than that.

1. I am breastfeeding my 8 month old. I had pelvic girdle pain during pregnancy which continued for 7 months and still occasionally flares up now after. A hard day. I also have neck/shoulder pain from a car accident many years ago that is aggravated by carrying a baby and general mummy tasks! My physio suggested heat for my hips/back and cool for my coccyx but I think these. Would work on my back pain too.

2. The pack was easy to open without scissors. I was pleased that the patch worked immediately, no need to break up crystals inside by banging/shaking like some portable ice packs I've used before and no need to wait for it to cool down. The patches stuck to themselves a bit but were easy to unfold. I could also remove and reapply to get the positioning right without losing stickiness. I was pleased that the patches were very thin and would be discreet under clothes.

3. Yes it did. On the day I tested these I had a sore neck on one side. The instant cooling was nice, especially in summer, then I could feel pain relief very quickly, from about 5 minutes.

I also had mosquito bites when I tested these patches and used them overnight to help reduce swelling and stop me itching the bites. They worked very well at this - perhaps another market you could look in to? Perhaps smaller ones though, I used 4 at once! One fell off in bed but the others stayed on and worked for about 3 hours.

4. Yes I would use them again.

5. Yes I would recommend to pregnant/breastfeeding friends who don't want to take painkillers or also my DH for sports injuries.

6. I think they are too expensive. I was in pain every day from 11 weeks pregnant to 7 months post partum. I could not afford these. For short term us, perhaps just at the very end of pregnancy at its worst, I would expect to pay around £3 for a box. I would. Be delighted if they were available free on prescription in large boxes or given away by physio/midwives.

carlywestmacott Mon 14-Jul-14 12:05:00

Q1 I am breast feeding. I wanted to try out the patches because as a working mum of two my lower back is very painful I work on my feet 6 days a week, doing alot of heavy lifting. I end up in pain every evening and wanted something drug free to help with that.

Q2 I had no trouble with putting the patch on to my lower back, although when I tried to put one on my shoulder the patch rolled up on it's self and it was quite awkward to apply. After I removed the patch off my back, the cold feeling remained for another 30 mins.

Q3 At first the patch made the pain more intense, but yes the pain did reduce after the first 30 minutes and went completely after an hour.

Q4 For the price of them, no. I will however keep using the ones I have.

Q5 Yes I would. I would also warn them that although the pack says suitable for pregnancy it also says to consult your doctor before using them.

Q5 That for me is too expensive. I would pay no more then £1 for one and no more then £3 for 4.

Pinter Mon 14-Jul-14 13:41:23

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.

BF a 13 months old. I have got joint problems which lead to muscular pain. Usually take painkillers a few times a week and I wanted to try an alternative

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

Easy to apply. I kept it on all day. The nice tingle faded after a couple of hours but still think I felt the benefits

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?

Yes

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, depending on where it is on the body

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

Already have!

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?

Yes.

linzi54 Mon 14-Jul-14 18:53:54

Q1

I am currently breastfeeding a 6 week old and have suffered with back pain throughout the pregnancy. I wanted to try deep freeze as I am always willing to try new things to ease the pain!

Q2
I found the patch quite difficult to apply as it kept folding over itself. Once I had it on it kept slipping out of place. I think this maybe because it was positioned on my lower back which I was leaning against whilst breastfeeding.

Q3
Not really as I found the cold sensation horrible and uncomfortable. Sorry!

Q4
No as it didn't work for me.

Q5
I would recommend that they try as just because it didn't work for me doesn't mean it won't work for someone else.

Q6
Not really value for money as oral painkillers are much cheaper.

PastaBow Mon 14-Jul-14 19:28:09

I have been trying these for three nights now:

Q1/ I am breastfeeding alongside looking after a 2 year old. It isn't unheard of that I'll be carrying the heavy car seat with baby DS in it along with DD in the other arm and a bag. Along with residual aches from pregnancy and sitting on the floor bent over feeding DS at baby groups etc I often have a sore and stiff back by the evening. The pain runs along my bra strap.

Q2/ I found it quite easy to apply and it was stickier and easier to keep in place than I had anticipated. That said I did use it in the evening whilst watching TV. I don't know if it would stick as well if I had been more active. They lasted for the three hour slots I sat and used them for.

Q3/ I didn't find them as immediately as effective as a hot water bottle but they did relieve pain in time and the effects lasted longer than a hot water bottle.

Q4/ I think I would use them again.

Q5/ I would recommend them

Q6/ I think they are expensive when you consider you'd go through two boxes a week if using one a night. I would pay the quoted price but would expect a few more in the box.

Thank you for selecting me for this trial.

TheOnlySeven Mon 14-Jul-14 19:55:50

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. Currently 7 months pregnant with DC4 and been suffering from back pain for the last few weeks and sciatica for a few months.

Q2 Please describe the application of the patch- how was it to apply? How long did it last? Very easy to apply but I found that it kept peeling off which was very irritating.

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains? Yes it worked well.

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'd be inclined to use them again but I'd only put one on if I was able to relax, otherwise I'd say it's a waste as if you're on the go they peel off.

Q5 Would you recommend them to friends or relations who are also pregnant or breastfeeding or unable to take oral painkillers? I'd recommend but again only if you're able to relax with one on as they don't stick well enough to cope with being on the go.

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? I'd say it was too expensive and I'd only use them if I was really desperate.

botheybaby Mon 14-Jul-14 19:56:00

Q1 I am 38 weeks pregnant and have been using the patches for 1 week. I have joint hypermobility which has been exacerbated by the pregnancy hormones and as a consequence have developed PGP At about 8-12 weeks and more recently at about 34 weeks, severe upper right back pain. The level of pain is pretty debilitating and overwhelming, and affecting my ability to rest and sleep. It also limits the physical activities I am able to undertake and am having to use crutches. the upper back pain is at its worst when sitting.

Q2 because of the position of my pain I have been unable to apply the patches myself and so my partner has had to do it for me. I found that it's effect lasted for about 3 hours.

Q3 my pain is more ligamentous than muscular but I did find that the patch provided some relief

Q4 I would be willing to buy the patches if required on an occasional basis but if they were required on a long term basis I would probably look for cheaper alternatives as to use on a daily or more frequent basis would become quite expensive.

Q5 I would definitely recommend them

Q6 the cost doesn't seem significant for occasional use or use for a few days, but I think for daily use over a prolonged period anything from a couple of weeks or longer, the cost is a little high.

Nottheshrinkingcapgrandpa Mon 14-Jul-14 21:52:55

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.

I am breastfeeding and still have backpain/ spd from the pregnancy. I am in pain most days, some are worse than others.

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

It was ok, but as it's so big it got rumpled up a fair bit and creased.

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?

It took the edge of the back pain.

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

Not sure, might need to try it on another area first.

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

Yes, as it's worth having a range of different things you can try if needed.

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?

I think they're a bit expensive at that price, and it would put me off buying them.

stephgr Mon 14-Jul-14 22:16:51

I love the patches!

Q1 I am pregnant and have been suffering severe lower back pain every day. The aches and pains have made me grumpy and short-tempered which I have tried really hard not to show but it's so difficult. Most movements seem to hurt whether it's bending down to pick up the food my youngest enjoys throwing or to pick up discarded toys or just standing at a supermarket checkout. I had similar pains in my previous pregnancies but got really frustrated buying products which didn't match their claims.

Q2 I found the patches very easy to apply and they lasted for about 3 hours. I began to feel better within 10 minutes

Q3 The patches have really helped relieve muscular aches and pains - better than other products I've used before

Q4 I will definitely buy and would strongly recommend them.

Q5 I would definitely recommend them to anyone unable or unwilling to take painkillers. I have already recommended them to friends and family.

Q5 The patches are quite expensive but because they are so effective I think they're good value for money. As they work so well and I get so many aches and pains, I'll be buying the bigger packs

smellyfishead Mon 14-Jul-14 22:31:06

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.

31 weeks pregnant, experiencing lower back pain+sciatica, some pgp and swollen painful ankles+feet. The pgp seems to mostly effect me at night, makes it difficult to turn over, get up, the rest affects me during the daytime.

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

It was fairly easy to apply to hips/ feet+ankles but I had to get help to apply it on to my back, I found on my back in started to work straight away but on my ankles it took about half an hour to feel the effects, the patches roughly lasted about 2-3hrs before becoming ineffective.

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?

yes, definitely, especially on my feet, which are so swollen they crease and then the creases hurt like my skin is cutting into my skin, if that makes any sense whatsoever! the only relief I have had for my feet so far.

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 will use them again, this is a surrogate pregnancy so anything to make me a little more comfortable is welcome, they are less messy than using pain gels/creams.

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

I would, but I would tell them the cost as they are quite expensive and not in everyones budget, especially if your using them daily/more than one a day.

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 really, they would be better priced at about half that, I was shocked tbh when I went into a chemist and enquired about the cost, again, I will use as babys mum and dad will pay for them out of expenses but I will be trying to save them for days when the pain is unbearable.

Thunderpantsarego Tue 15-Jul-14 09:25:25

Q1 I am breastfeeding my 3 month old daughter and have suffered from neck and shoulder aches throughout pregnancy to now. I was also suffering from tension headaches and know that the shoulder/neck pain were linked with these. (These have recently been treated by an osteopath so I am now headache free!)

Q2 There was no way I could have applied the patch on my own as it was on my upper back, but my partner had no problem applying it onto me. It felt very cold to start with and then just wet and slimey sensation! It stayed in place ok, altho if I leaned against anything to feed it pulled a bit and dislodged. Otherwise it lasted for the full 3 hours but I didn't feel the effects for all that time.

Q3 Yes, I felt more comfortable with the patch on for the first 1-2 hours

Q4 I wouldn't buy the patches again for these aches as apart from the cost, I feel I should be continuing to address the cause of the problem instead of treating the symptoms. I will continue to use them now I have the pack though! And I would consider them if I get a new ache or pain.

Q5 yes I would say they are worth a try, definitely

Q6 it doesn't sound particularly expensive but when you consider they give just a short amount of comfort and a lot of mums are strapped for cash, then it is actually a lot. So no- not great value for money.

Thank you for this opportunity
(Are the two Q5's in the main post some sort of initiation test?! Hope I passed after being very confused for a while!)

Gen35 Tue 15-Jul-14 12:13:50

Q1 - 29 wks pregnant, dc2, back and hip pain the last two weeks and expect to carry on while bf.
Q2 - yes easy to apply and stay in place, lasted around 3 hrs.
Q3 - yes they did work for me and much prefer to taking painkillers
Q4 - yes
Q5 - the patches aren't very good value especially as they are quite small, I'd need two at a time to feel most benefit.

Bails2014 Tue 15-Jul-14 12:16:58

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.
Nearly 6 months pregnant with first child, I have had back pain issues for the past 16 years (since I was about 14), I have neck pain issues from a car accident 7 years ago and being a keen life long horse rider I'm prone to aches and pains.

Q2 Please describe the application of the patch- how was it to apply? How long did it last?
To apply at my desk without flashing my colleagues wasn't easy, but a quick trip to the loo in front of the mirror it was pretty easy to apply and the shape meant I could be pretty accurate as to which parts it covered

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?
Unlike deep heat which works instantly this took a few minutes to get going but actually once it kicked in it was much more effective that I though it would be, I'm a huge fan of 4head for headaches and this seems to work on a similar basis.

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 think I will, they're pretty easy to apply, they don't stink to high heaven and they don't get grease all over your clothes. My other half is a heating engineer so sometimes gets tweaks from heavy lifting so I'll be using them on him next time he whinges.

Q5 Would you recommend them to friends or relations who are also pregnant or breastfeeding or unable to take oral painkillers?
Yes, most definitly.

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?
Yes, this seems like a good price. I'll be stocking up on packs of four for home and office!

wrapsuperstar Tue 15-Jul-14 13:07:13

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.

Pregnant when I applied, now exclusively breastfeeding 4-week old DD2 and occasionally nursing 2.5yr old DD1. I have suffered from back pain much of my adult life -- big boobs on a small frame (and yes, I have been bra interventioned!) and poor posture probably being the cause. On a good day the aches and pains are a minor niggle, on a bad day it will drive me to distraction. As a busy (and breastfeeding) mother of two small children I don't feel confident taking heavy duty painkillers either.

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

I got my partner to apply the patch as I couldn't easily reach the point where my back was sore. He found it easy enough to do though and it stuck well. After an initial cold sensation, I couldn't feel it for about 15 minutes. The cold, tingly feeling then spread out across my back and lasted for around two hours.

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?
Somewhat. It's hard to know whether I was just a little distracted from the nagging pain by having a new cold sensation to focus on. I think if I had caught the pain earlier -- I applied this patch at the end of a particularly bad day -- it might have been more 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 will certainly keep using the patches I have. I would consider buying them again.

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

Would need to be a bit more convinced by them before I gave them a wholehearted recommendation, but I would certainly make friends who are unable to take oral medication aware of these as an option.

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?

I think being able to buy single patches is a great idea, as you could always have one on standby. I would probably find it harder to part with over a fiver for a 4 pack as they are single use and this is a much higher price point than a few packs of ibuprofen or similar.

HQ: Would it be helpful to return with any more feedback as it comes to me? Don't want to clog up the thread.

Whenwillwe3meetagain Tue 15-Jul-14 13:33:14

Q1 I'm 22 weeks pregnant with dc 1 and have suffered from sciatica from 7 weeks which is getting better now but I still have to sit down every 10 mins or so to relieve the pain down my left leg

Q2 It was ok to apply (may be harder as I get bigger) It lasted a couple of hours or so

Q3 Yes it did ease the pain and helped me walk for longer which was great.

Q4 Yes I think I will and I'll put some in my hospital bag too after reading feedback on here

Q5 Yes I would - may even give them one of mine to try out if I'm feeling generous!

Q5 OK value I think if I was in loads of pain I wouldnt care about the cost but would be great if under a fiver for 4 or were resuable.

Has been great to be part of the tria - thanks!

Fourarmsv2 Tue 15-Jul-14 13:43:37

£2.99 for 4 from this website

Anyone tried it before?

NowThenMardyBum Tue 15-Jul-14 13:58:03

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.
Pregnant with DC2 and currently under the care of an osteopath for pelvic and back problems unresolved from last pregnancy with SPD.

Q2 Please describe the application of the patch- how was it to apply? How long did it last?
I found the patch easy to apply although I made DH try one too as he has a terrible back- he couldn't apply his own so I did it for him.
Mine lasted around 3hrs, maybe a little longer. DH pulled his off after an hour- he didn't like the sensation!

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?
Yes. TBH I didn't expect to like them as I tend to be a warm patch kinda gal, the cold worked really well and has definitely helped with the weather!

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, definitely. I think they may prove a necessity throughout this pregnancy if the last one is anything to go by.

Q5 Would you recommend them to friends or relations who are also pregnant or breastfeeding or unable to take oral painkillers?
I would certainly mention it to them as an option.

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?
I do think they are a bit pricey considering they only last 3hrs or so. However, they are handy to chuck in the bottom of your handbag to have just in case (you can tell I was in brownies can't you?! - Always be prepared!!)

Thank you for choosing me for the trial- much appreciated.

TooTiredToBeCreative Tue 15-Jul-14 14:20:48

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 and very averse to taking medication even when I am not. I have suffered with back ache for as long as I can remember. It is always worse while I am cosleeping and carrying around a baby/toddler for hours every day.

Q2 Please describe the application of the patch- how was it to apply? How long did it last?
Tricky to get it placed on my lower back- needed help. It started peeling after and hour or so. I think it may have held longer if it was placed slightly lower with my waistband across the middle of it.

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?
Yes, it did feel like the aching was reduced. Very odd sensation.

Q4 Do you think you'd buy the patches again or continue to use them if you had a similar muscular ache or pain?
The thing that would put me off using them long term is the price. Love the idea but would imagine needing a couple of patches a day, every day and the cost would soon mount up. I haven't experienced a really bad day pain wise since having the patches but am not convinced they would be enough to cope with the pain but would happily give them a try and use them on the occasions where the pain is increased.

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

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- As a one off I wouldn't mind paying those prices but as a regular alternative to medication, they are far too expensive. I would look to spend £4 for a 4 pack.

MurtleTheTurtle Tue 15-Jul-14 15:11:37

Q1 I am pregnant currently, only 14 weeks but this is my 3rd pregnancy in quick succession (and 5th overall) so I'm really feeling the effects on my (nearly 40 year old) body. I am suffering particularly from lower back pain which is worse when sitting or lying for any length of time.

Q2 I did not find it very pleasant to apply - it was very 'floppy' and hard to position as it kept sticking to itself. The initial 'cold' feeling lasted for about half an hour but I did continue to feel the benefit for a further couple of hours.

Q3 Yes, it did - I found it very soothing and more beneficial than paracetamol (as well as quicker acting). I'm not sure if you are supposed to but I also used one on my head (avoiding eye area) for a headache and it worked really well.

Q4 Yes, I would definitely buy them again for muscular aches and pains.

Q5 Yes, I would recommend them.

Q5 I think £1.65 for a single patch is a bit steep and I probably wouldn't use them regularly at that price but for one off aches and pains I might buy a pack of 4.

mummy81 Tue 15-Jul-14 16:43:06

Q1: I'm currently breastfeeding. Although my little one is just over one, I still suffer from backache when bending down or changing his nappy on the floor.
Q2 I had to get my husband to stick the patch on my back. It stuck quite well and I used for three hours.
Q3 The patch definitely helped.
Q4 Yes definitely. I don't like taking any drugs at the moment so these are great. My husband also suffers from back pain for other reasons and he found they helped too.
Q5 definitely.
Q6 i don't think they are cheap but I would buy when it was really painful.

ladydolly Tue 15-Jul-14 17:16:03

Q1 I'm 24 weeks pregnant and I've had back pain since around week 15, the only thing that helps is swimming and some active days by the evening my back pain returns and I find it hard to walk/sleep/ get comfy. I wanted to try the patches because the referral for physio is taking so long. it also means I can manage the pain 'as and when' so on good days i don't need to bother and bad days it's instant relief.

Q2 Although my pain is lower back I've had no problems applying the patch even without a mirror. Being careful it hasn't rolled up and it's only come unstuck once and went straight back on.

Q3
Yes, instant relief from the cooling and it seemed to ease it over time. I've been putting on about 30 minutes before bed so I can sleep.

Q4
Yes, I particularly like being able to keep one or 2 in my bag or desk for if/when I need it.

Q5
Yes, although it's never been the main reason for me, I like that I can feel something happening rather than waiting for drugs to work.

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?
It's expensive and at first I thought 'yowsers!' but, I'm pregnant, I'll do what I can to make life easier. I spent £10 on nausea relief acupuncture bands without blinking because when you want the discomfort to stop and you'll do/pay anything. For me, I'm not wearing them every day so it's not a huge cost.

startwig1982 Tue 15-Jul-14 19:49:37

Q1. I'm 36 pg and struggling with back pain from 3pm ish until bedtime.

Q2. It was ok to apply but took a couple of attempts to get the right place.

Q3. Yes. Especially in the hot weather, it was nice to have something cool on my back. It was a bit of a weird sensation to start with but I liked it.

Q4. Yes

Q5. It's quite pricey but I guess it's worth it if if helps. I think it could be cheaper though as an ice pack would be effective but possibly not as portable.

StillNoFuckingEyeDeer Tue 15-Jul-14 20:00:27

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 breastfeeding. I wanted to try the patches because I try really hard to avoid taking any medications and I often get lower back pain. I'm hoping to get pregnant again, so was interested to try it out for when I will only be able to take paracetamol as I found my back pain much worse during pregnancy. It was better if I didn't move around too much. I was constantly aware of trying not to dislodge the patch.

Q2 Please describe the application of the patch- how was it to apply? How long did it last?
I thought it was going to be much trickier than it actually was to get the patch onto my back. It was easier to get someone else to stick it on, but I managed fine by myself too. It lasted a couple of hours.

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?
Yes. I definitely noticed an improvement.

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 definitely continue to use them. I'm not sure if is buy them though. I don't think I could justify the cost.

Q5 Would you recommend them to friends or relations who are also pregnant or breastfeeding or unable to take oral painkillers?
Well, they definitely work and it's easier than holding a hot/cold water bottle onto your body.

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 really, no.

Sparkles23 Tue 15-Jul-14 21:38:07

Q1. I am breastfeeding 10 week old, wanted to try these as I won't take any drugs while breastfeeding. I wake up with achy back in the mornings since giving birth (had this with my first child too for few months), it goes within 30 min of waking up but is quite uncomfortable while it lasts.

Q2. Easy to apply, didn't adhere brilliantly though, started coming up at sides, lasted around an hour.

Q3. It did a little but honestly speaking an ice pack would have been better.

Q4. I would use if I was out and about and didn't have access to ones in my freezer, handy for that but if at home I'd use freezer ones I have (which also can be heated).

Q5. I would suggest as a back up for if out and about for occasional use but generally would recommend ice/ heat pack that can be reused.

Q6. I think this is a little expensive tbh but would buy for occasional use

Crazybit Tue 15-Jul-14 22:59:07

Q1. Pregnant with a toddler. Have an ongoing bad shoulder with general back ache in areas depending in how much I've done that day.

Q2. Easy enoigh to do but didn't feel very secure until I leaned against the sofa to keep it in place.

Q3. Yes it felt good and helped ease it.

Q4. Unlikely as too expensive for me but yes if I felt desperate.

Q5. Yes I would if they where suffering.

Q6. I think they cost too much. £1 per patch is the maximum I would expect to pay.

terianne Tue 15-Jul-14 23:51:37

Q1 Im Breastfeeding my 8 month old baby and i get very bad back and wrist pain.

Q2.Yes they were easy to apply with a bit of help from my husband but as soon as i moved around it started to fall off.

Q3.Yes it did before it fell off.

Q4.Possible.

Q5.Yes i will recommed them to friends and family.

Q6.The cost is a bit high.

Thank you.

HungryHorace Wed 16-Jul-14 06:36:06

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 36 weeks' pregnant and get (sometimes severe) lower back ache on a daily basis, mostly when I stand for more than a few minutes at a time.

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

Applying the patch wasn't too bad. It's a bit flappy, so was a touch difficult to control, but I managed to get it on in the right place.

Forgot I was wearing them and I accidentally peeled them off when undressing about 4 hours later.

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?

The patch didn't seem to do much while I was still standing up, but once I sat down the pain seemed to go more quickly than it does when I'm not wearing a patch. Felt soothing.

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'd potentially buy them, but I would save them for when the pain was exceptionally bad.

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

I would recommend them.

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 think that's quite expensive and prohibitive if you're on a limited budget, especially. I would have to be in exceptionally severe pain to warrant spending that much.

GingerRodgers Wed 16-Jul-14 08:05:48

Am currently 32 weeks with dc2. Have a dd 2.2 and chasing her around all day is playing havoc with my back. Don't have good posture anyway and have suffered back ache since falling pregnant with her. Also potty training so lots of time spent bent over.

Patch was ok to apply. Bit hit and miss as very floppy and hard to check you'd got it in the right place but not complicated. Didn't stay on long at all. Peeled and moved as I did. Don't have much time just to lie or sit down plus I can't lay on my front now sad so meant I was always leaning on the patch which didn't help.

I think the patch eased my back a bit but not as much as I'd hoped. I found the aches were back shortly after removing the patch.

I will use the rest of the box and may pass a few on to family to try but I wouldn't buy again. Was disappointed as had high hopes for them.

Wouldn't recommend to anyone. Just don't think they're effective enough and they're more of a pain to wear. They also smell ridiculously strong which doesn't help with pregnancy nausea. They made my clothes feel wet and made everything I wore smell.

I wouldn't consider them a good price at all. I'd consider them a waste of money I'm afraid.

CheeseEMouse Wed 16-Jul-14 11:05:26

I wanted to try the patches as I am bfing and have a sore shoulder from carrying my little one .

The patch was on to apply though I think I would use deep freeze cream rather than a patch in future as the cream is easier to use

The patch helped soothe my shoulder and reduced the ache

I might recommend the patches but only for very localised pain relief. However I consider them expensive, and as I am bfing I think I would probably choose to take some paracetamol rather than buy expensive patches.

AndHarry Wed 16-Jul-14 13:17:02

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 breastfeeding my DD, who's my second child. I developed lower back pain during my pregnancy with her and it becomes quite bad when I'm sitting or standing for long periods. I wanted to try these patches to see if I could keep a stash at work for when it gets really bad.

Q2 Please describe the application of the patch- how was it to apply? How long did it last?
They were a bit tricky to apply as they kept folding up on themselves and obviously I was reaching behind myself to get them on my back. It would be easier if they had a stiff removable plastic or paper backing on the non-sticky side tha could be peeled off after the patch has been attached.

The cooling effect took about 5-10 minutes to really kick in and lasted for a good hour.

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?
Yes it did.

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'd keep a box of these patches at work.

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

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?
The price is too much for them to be used as a regular treatment but I'd pay it to have a box handy for bad days.

Putting my professional hat on, I'm guessing that these large boxes are intended to be used to sell individual units but I was surprised not to see a CE mark and detailed manufacturer information on the box. It's something to think about, especially if you're going to be running more of these CATs in the future.

Emzig123 Wed 16-Jul-14 14:48:53

Q1 I'm 37 weeks pregnant and have suffered from back pain most days in the last few weeks. I usually find it eases with rest or a change in position but this is not always possible, hence wanting to try the patches.

Q2 Difficult to apply, kept folding back on itself. I found it uncomfortable to wear as I couldn't get it on straight so not sure how long it lasted as I took it off. It was hard to put on so I couldn't get it comfortable.

Q3 Yes it did provide some relief and comfort - I will be trying them again when I can get someone to put it on for me!

Q4 Yes if they were a bit smaller and easier to apply.

Q5 Yes - they were effective and a good alternative to paracetamol

Q6 I would not pay that for them, it seems quite expensive - maybe £5 for a 5 pack? I would be looking to pay under a pound per patch I think.

onehackedoffmuma Wed 16-Jul-14 14:50:17

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 32 weeks pregnant with twin boys and suffering with chronic lower back pain. I'm also experiencing twinges in my hips and sciatica, all of which have been intensified since falling pregnant.

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

The patch was really simple to apply and the instructions were easy to use. I found the patch worked for longer than 3 hours, I'd forgotten that I'd applied it!

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?
It alleviated some of the pain which was helpful, and what with being a sticky patch, it meant I didn't have to sit in one spot as I could wear it on the move. I tried another one on my thigh as I was experiencing cramp and the pain/discomfort was remedied almost immediately.

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 certainly consider using them again and plan to stow the additional ones away for future use.

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

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?
I think £1.65 is a little too costly for a single patch, as is £5.49 for the four pack. If the price of the four pack was lowered, I would certainly consider buying the patches again.

DifferentNow Wed 16-Jul-14 20:00:53

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 breastfeeding and with 5 DC and huge comedy boobs, back pain is a now an everyday part of my life. If I have a lot of housework or ironing to do, I'll take pain relief in advance because I know that I'll be crippled by bedtime. I hate taking medication but find it a necessary evil most days.

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

I couldn't have applied the patches myself (how would one do that?) but DH helped out with that. They were very easy for him to apply and also to reposition. I was worried it might hurt coming off like a gigantic sticking plaster but the surface of it isn't really like that and there was no discomfort. I would agree that the effects last up to around 3 hours although I felt it less intense after maybe the first 30 mins.

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?

The patches were delivered to me during a particularly terrible spell of muscle ache across my shoulder blades which had lasted a few days and I really didn't hold out much hope that a flimsy patch could have any impact on pain like that but I was delighted with the results! The patch goes on initially a bit cold. That pretty quickly goes and then the cold/burny sensation slowly builds. It does have quite a strong menthol-ly smell though.

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.

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

Definitely, especially to pregnant women when back pain is so much worse and pain relief options more limited.

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?

I do now I've had a free sample, however normally I spend about 25p on a packet of paracetamol or ibuprofen so I would have considered this too expensive before the trial.

TopsysMum Wed 16-Jul-14 20:14:58

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.

I'm a Breastfeeding mum. I've suffered with upper back pain due to a whiplash injury ten years ago. Pregnancy/ Breastfeeding has somewhat aggravated the issue!

Q2 Please describe the application of the patch- how was it to apply? How long did it last?
I found it quite tricky to apply the patch as it would crease and curl but I got there in the end! That said it was much easier than trying to direct a spray and you didn't end up either excess product all over your hands. The effects lasted for the length of the patch use plus around 20 minutes. This is fantastic for me as muscular issue I have (myofascia pain) means I need to use the muscle as much as possible to stop the muscles from re knotting.

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?
Undoubtedly. There was a faint aroma but not like when you use deep heat and clear a room with the smell! I found it more effective than other similar products.

Q4 Do you think you'd buy the patches again or continue to use them if you had a similar muscular ache or pain?
Depending on price I would definitely consider it. If they cost more than £1-£1.50 each though it would become too expensive as a long term solution.

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

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?
Ah, read this after question 4. I think they're a touch expensive for regular use. Using just two a day would set you back around £20 a week so to use long term this would be expensive and I think there are much cheaper comparable remedies out there. Even if they do smell or are a bit more faffy.

cljmsh Wed 16-Jul-14 20:18:59

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 breastfeeding my 9 month old ds, I am also 14 weeks pregnant with dc7

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

Not very easy, My pain is lower back. Every time I undid the plastic the pad folded over

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?

Yes for around an hour or so.

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, but only when the pain was very bad.

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

Yes, but only for short term pain relief

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 would if the price for 4 was £4.00 - £4.50

nevergoogle Wed 16-Jul-14 20:19:56

I have a 3 month old baby and am currently exclusively breastfeeding a very hungry baby.

I am also trying to regain my fitness by exercising most days. Unfortunately because of the hormone levels I am more prone to injury and keep straining ligaments. My ankle was sore after just one outing on my road bike after unclipping from the pedals. Yesterday having forgotten my goggles for swimming I adopted a side stroke and woke this morning with neck ache. It seems most days, something is hurting. I also have intermittent pain in my upper trapezius muscles from sitting for long periods to feed the baby and lifting the car seat in and out of the car all day long.

After lots of painkillers after a planned c-section also, I'd like to explore the alternatives to medication for pain relief so am glad to have the opportunity to review the deep freeze patches.

I'm off to give it a go now on my aching neck muscles, back in a bit.

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 breastfeeding and wanted to try the patches as lugging my daughter around and chasing after a 4 year old means my back hurts and I also get a tense neck and shoulders, especially if I'm having a bad day and stressing.

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

It was difficult to apply to the back of my neck/shoulder and curled up and got stuck. I had to get my husband to help me.

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?

It's very good actually. My neck was very tensed up after a difficult time getting my daughter to settle at bed which involved several feeds/jiggling and picking her up and putting her back down again hmm the muscles don't feel as tense and the pain is gone that I had just twenty mins ago. Just wish I had one for. My whole back!

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 think I would as it's worked better than I expected.

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

Yes I would.

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?

I think that's quite expensive, especially if you got aches/pains a lot.

nevergoogle Wed 16-Jul-14 20:38:59

ok, it's on.

the packet shows a pair of scissors to open but it actually tore open easily, a plus if you want to use the patch when you're out and about. no scissors required.

the patch has a soft fabric backing on one side and a plastic adhesive film on the other. you just peel off the plastic, and slap the sticky side of the fabric patch on to the painful area. I've gone for the muscles on the right side over my shoulder blade and it was really easy to apply myself. i peeled it off and reapplied to get it over the right spot.

not much happened for the first minute but it's now feeling really cool. there's a menthol smell. the sensation is quite pleasant so far.

first impressions are that it is easier to use than the biofreeze gel as i get that all over my hands. biofreeze gel is a bit messy and would be on the sheets by now and also these patches would slip into my baby change bag easier than the bottle of biofreeze I have.

i'm going to log off and get some rest. I'll feedback on the results next time.

mooglet Wed 16-Jul-14 22:34:22

Q1 I'm breastfeeding and wanted to try the patches as I still get days with lots of lower back pain, which is a hangover from my last pregnancy. I also tried them on my knees as I am trying to start running again to get fit and shift my baby weight.

Q2 I found them really faffy to apply, and never seemed to get the whole things to stick.

Q3 Hmm, not sure. I liked the feeling and loved the smell, but not sure that they did that much for the actual ain.

Q4 No, I'll use up the rest of the box, but wouldn't buy anymore

Q5 No

Q5 I think it is expensive for what they are

vickipickernicker Wed 16-Jul-14 23:04:15

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. Suffer from some back ache especially after picking up or carrying my older son.

Q2 Please describe the application of the patch- how was it to apply? How long did it last?
Easy to apply however can be awkward to get in right place on back by self.

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?
Yes - nice cooling sensation

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

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

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?
Expensive - would buy if on offer though.

Kitkate78 Wed 16-Jul-14 23:54:29

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 currently Breastfeeding my 24 wk old and was suffering from acute lower back pain with significant inflammation related to pregnancy pgp. My osteopath recommended the application of cold rather than heat to reduce the inflammation. I was in significant pain... Couldn't pick up baby or even roll over in bed. Was overlapping ibuprofen with paracetamol as pain meds.

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

Easy to apply, lasted about an hour.

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?

To some degree yes, but not as effective as an ice pack, but easy to maintain on area of pain. Probably could have done with a bigger patch, and something better to adhere it to the skin... Maybe a whole back wrap (similar to how the heat packs are applied).

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

Probably

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

Yes... Anything's worth a try with back pain.

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?

A little on the expensive side... Would prefer them to be nearer to £1 a patch.

crimsonwitch Thu 17-Jul-14 09:43:25

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 still breastfeeding my 13 month old ds, during pregnancy I had terrible SPD and spent the latter half of my pregnancy on crutches. The bones in my pelvis are misaligned now which causes me a great deal of pain in my back on a daily basis. I wanted to try the patches because I would love to have something that helps the pain but doesn’t put my ds at any risk.

Q2 Please describe the application of the patch- how was it to apply? How long did it last?
It was very easy to apply by myself. However, it did keep peeling away from my skin, and sticking to my clothes. My pain is worse at night but the patch came off every time I turned over in bed.

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?
At first I thought I wasn’t going to work. The cooling affect was very mild and it went completely after about five minutes. I was just about to remove the patch when it started to get really cold, the feeling was very intense, like someone had rubbed my back with an extra strong mint. It worked really well, giving me a lot of relief from the pain and helping me to be more mobile. It worked very well for the first hour then gradually became less effective until the pain came back at about the three hour mark.

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, the pain relief was as good as, if not better than some of the painkilling medication I am prescribed.

Q5 Would you recommend them to friends or relations who are also pregnant or breastfeeding or unable to take oral painkillers?
Definitely, They have the benefit of medication without the associated risk.

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 think the price is a bit steep, especially as they don’t stay in place well if you are moving around. However, I do think the product itself is very good so I will probably buy them while I am still breastfeeding, but switch back to medication when I stop.

Thank you mumsnet and deepfreeze for the opportunity to try out the patches thanks

Giraffeski Thu 17-Jul-14 12:21:50

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.

Pregnant.
I also have 32HH boobs so get both upper and lower back pain at the end of the day.

Q2 Please describe the application of the patch- how was it to apply? How long did it last?
It was fairly easy to apply but kept coming off.

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?
Not really, although fairly cooling in this hot weather I suppose!

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, probably not.

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

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 because they did very little for me!

mowmylawn Thu 17-Jul-14 12:29:32

Q1 I'm 35w pregnant and have had severe SPD/PGP since 18 weeks. I also had it during my first pregnancy so knew ahead of time how awful the pain would be. I've been on a low dose of codeine as needed but you're not meant to take the codeine near the end of the pregnancy so I've been looking for an alternative method of pain relief.

Q2 I found the patch easy to apply (and re-apply to get into the right position, as not much co-ordination with a massive bump, round ligament pain, SPD etc). It didn't last 3 hours unfortunately. Was quite strong for the first hour, the second hour the cooling was less noticeable and by three hours I found the patch to be a bit warm - this could be because I'm always hot, the weather has been warm and I'm often sat in bed so not much circulation around the patch.

Q3 Yes it did the job quite well, SPD/PGP is incredibly painful and sometimes it was just a matter of distraction instead of actual pain relief, but I didn't mind because at least the pain was reduced! Found it worked well when applied straight onto the symphysis pubis area as well as my lower back. When I used the patch I made sure to not also use oral pain relief so I was able to compare, and I was really disappointed when I knew I'd run out of the patches because they were very helpful.

Q4 Absolutely, depending on the price.

Q5 Yes I would, I'm already telling people about how much it helped.

Q5 Don't want to look a gift horse in the mouth but I would probably not use at this price, even knowing how incredibly helpful the product is. Using during pregnancy isn't the same as if you have a backache from helping a mate move house where you might only need to use it for a day or two - in my case I will have had SPD/PGP for over 5 months and would want to use the patches several times a day, so at that price it would be completely unaffordable. It would be good to have around for times when you need something portable (although when the pain is really bad you're not going out very much anyway!). I understand the manufacturer's need to make a profit on this but if they are looking to market it at pregnant/breastfeeding women, we are often the ones who need it a) longer-term and b) don't have a lot of money due to having to buy things for baby and are on mat leave etc.

milliejfrancis Thu 17-Jul-14 13:53:49

Q1 I am currently 32 weeks pregnant with my first child and chose to test the patches as I did not realise the backache would be such an issue! As I am still at work sat at a desk all day, my back is constantly aching, let alone carrying this watermelon!

Q2 It was difficult to put on my back myself as it kept folding over and getting stuck. Also, it would get lifted from clothing ie trousers when I walked. It probably could do with being stickier. It lasted a couple of hours but would fall off a lot.

Q3 It did relieve the pain and I liked that the relief would come and go. It would be normal then find it went really cold which I loved.

Q4 I would buy these patches as they do relieve the aches and pains and now I know what they do, and how well, my first thought would be to get the patch rather than pop a paracetamol, especially whilst breast feeding.

Q5 I would recommend them to a friend, pregnant or not.

Q5 I think you would generally buy a pack of 4 as 1 wouldn't do the trick but over £5 for 4 is quite a bit of money. When painkillers are so readily available for £1 or less this seems a bit much. I would happily pay around £4 for a pack of 4 or £1.50 for one.

didiimaginethis Thu 17-Jul-14 20:41:10

Q1 I am 29 weeks pregnant with my second child, having sciatica pains running down my lower back into bum and through to leg. Running around after a toddler and standing up at work don't help either, I wanted to try the patches to see if they would help without having to pay for an osteopath.

Q2 I found applying the patch quite tricky due to the location of pain in my lower back and bum, it got stuck/caught on clothing and would come off after a couple of hours.

Q3 It worked in a similar way to using an ice-pack wrapped in tea towel but the cold effect lasted longer than an ice-pack and I wasn't worried about ice burns

Q4 I would use them again, I would buy them dependant on price

Q5 I would recommend them to friends and family, not solely pregnant women

Q6 I don't consider that price good value for money and am afraid I would go back to the tried and tested ice-pack in tea towel rather than paying that.

DefiniteMaybe Thu 17-Jul-14 21:09:48

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 23 weeks pregnant with my third child and get all the general aches and pains that go with that. By the end of a normal day my lower back really hurts.

Q2 Please describe the application of the patch- how was it to apply? How long did it last?
I found it really tricky to apply the patch to the bottom of my back by myself, I got my partner to apply them for me after the first one which was ok but not great if I was in pain whilst he was at work.
I found they stuck for about 30 minutes to an hour, they were still cool after this time but had just gotten all creased up and stuck to my clothes rather than me.

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?
I found they sometimes helped and sometimes didn't. There didn't seem to be a pattern to why they did/didn't work.

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've still got a few of my samples left which I will use as I feel the need to, but no I would not buy them as I didn't feel they worked consistently or for long enough.

Q5 Would you recommend them to friends or relations who are also pregnant or breastfeeding or unable to take oral painkillers?
No probably not.

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 think this is very expensive especially at a time where money is likely to much tighter for most people.

Mummycherry2 Thu 17-Jul-14 22:50:31

Q1: breastfeeding a 10 week old. Had a lot of pain in lower back during pregnancy and even before an still suffer with it now. Have always used heat to soothe so was very interested in trying this product.

Q2: I found the patches easy to apply, the tricky part was hitting the right spot!

Q3: I was skeptical before the trial about if these would work for me but surprisingly they did! My criticism would be that the pain relief did not last longer than an hour for me and go me that's not enough based on how much they cost.

Q4: possibly, it would depend on price and I think would be superb in the summer when heat is not the preferred option.

Q5: yes, a great alternative to pill popping

Q6: possibly, quite expensive for what they are. Would only use sparingly and in hot conditions.

Cherryjellybean Fri 18-Jul-14 06:55:48

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 currently breastfeeding. When I applied I had just given birth and still had back ache from pregnancy, and giving birth. That pain has now gone and now I have back ache from breast feeding and on my left side from winding my baby. Every time I do it, it hurts.

Q2 Please describe the application of the patch- how was it to apply? How long did it last?
I think it was hard to apply because it was on my bra strap line, so it was a hard place to put it on myself and it folded up a little. If it was anywhere else on my body I was say it was easy. I forgot to take it off before bed and it stayed on for 9 hours oops!

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?
Yes it did, it kicked in after 20 mins and was a real help.

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 will definitely use up the packet, as they are really good.

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

Yes, and have already suggested them to dh.

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?

This is the only reason I wouldn't buy them. I would probably buy a pain relieving Jell first, as it would probably be similar in price, and it would last a lot longer. If money was not a problem though I would buy them I think.

billybear Fri 18-Jul-14 11:30:44

1.left with a bad back after being pregnant recently.painfull when picking up dc and household chores, pain 50% of time. 2. patch quite easy to apply,lasted few hours.3,helped relive the pain .4 would use patches again,safer than pills if pregnant. 5, would recommend to friends. 6 are quite expensive so would have to use sparingly

workingmumto1 Fri 18-Jul-14 11:38:12

Q1 I am 39 weeks pregnant and have been suffering from SPD, Sciatica and have a connective tissue disorder that has made all my ligaments stretch too much.

Q2 I got my DH to apply the patch to the middle of my lower back as I couldn't reach. He didn't have any troubles applying it. It lasted for about 3-4 hours.

Q3 Yes, although I had to keep reminding myself what the cool water sensation was on my back! It was at least as effective as the heat patches I usually use but much more useful in this current heat!

Q4 Quite possibly

Q5 Maybe, it would depend where there pain was and how long it lasts for as the patches don't last as long as heat patches do and I think they would be best for acute pain rather than chronic pain.

Q5 It's more expensive than the heat pads I get, but reasonable for the price of the other products on the market. As they don't last as long, I wouldn't want to be spending that much on a regular basis.

Ikabod Fri 18-Jul-14 12:16:37

Q1: I started using the patches at about 23 weeks pregnant for back pain, a really achy left leg and hot swollen ankles.
Q2: I found the patch really difficult to apply to my back. It keeps folding in and sticking to itself when you peel off the plastic. It also wrinkles up once applied and came off a couple of times. Other, more accessible areas are easier to apply.
Q3: The patch has helped every time I've used one. The coldness of the patch when you first apply can be quite uncomfortable. Once that subsides you get the feeling of a cold damp patch where it's applied.
Q4: Once my trial box has finished, I'm not sure I'll be buying any more. I'd have to think hard about whether to use a patch because they're expensive. I'd rather use a gel as I think it'd be more cost effective and easier to use.
Q5: No.
Q6: I think they're very expensive: the difficulties using them outweigh the benefits, especially if there is a cheaper and easier-to-use alternative.

MinnieMooo Fri 18-Jul-14 13:01:29

1. Currently breastfeeding and have back pain which was made worse by falling down the stairs this week so the patches arrived at a good time!
2. I had help putting it on as it wasn't easy to get to my back due to the pain I was in.
3. Thought they were great - really helped to ease the pain.
4. I would buy them again whilst breastfeeding but not sure if I would once I can use strong painkillers again.
5. Would definitely recommend to anyone pregnant, bf or unable to take painkillers.
6. They are expensive. I would buy them if I was unable to take medication but otherwise I would think twice.

cmace2 Fri 18-Jul-14 14:43:40

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 36 weeks pregnant, I had been having really bad back pain when sitting down but that seems to have subsided before I received the packs. Now it's just the day to day achey joy of being heavily pregnant.

Q2 Please describe the application of the patch- how was it to apply? How long did it last?
It could be awkward to apply when reaching round to your back as they are so floppy. They stuck well on my mid back but lower down they tended to crease up and then curl a bit as there was more movement affecting it. They lasted a couple of hours.

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?
Yes, I believe so

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.

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?
As they don't provide long lasting relief I would say that's a bit expensive and I wouldn't pay that much for something I would need to use daily for pregnancy

Familyguyfan Fri 18-Jul-14 15:01:30

Okay, I'll try to remember all the questions.

1. I'm breastfeeding my 11 month old so nothing stronger than paracetamol for me

2. I put the patch on my lower back. Well, I tried and then husband took over as it wasn't all that easy.

3. Patch felt really nice but I haven't felt any longer term pain relief. Maybe I just need to use them a bit more.

4. I would probably recommend them to friends and family and the price seems fine.

Rooflesstoofless Fri 18-Jul-14 16:41:59

Q1 the patches arrived when I was 39 weeks pregnant. I has wanted to use them to avoid ingesting painkillers, which could have an unknown impact on my unborn baby. I have used them since my baby was born to relieve backache caused by the labour itself and also poor positioning while breast feeding.

Q2 I found the patch simple to apply, going straight on and staying put.

Q3 Reading through the other responses I realise I must be hypersensitive - but I found they caused me pain. The tingling was extremely unpleasant and felt like some sort of viral attack - similar to when I get a coldsore. I tried them four separate occasions, and they were much less sore after I had baby, but still quite unpleasant. The only positive was that they did distract from the backache! (I feel the need to point out that I did not have any lasting reaction from the patches and my skin was fine as soon as I took them off).

Q4 I would actively avoid these patches, and go for the deep heat instead.

Q5 I may recommend them to others given I am clearly an anomaly in not finding them helpful for pain.

Q6 The cost is far too high. A bag of ice or peas costs a quid! If they worked for me, I would pay perhaps around £1 per patch, but would hope they were slightly bigger as I would probably need two to cover the area of my back that is sore.

I didn't receive the link to a survey either

nevergoogle Fri 18-Jul-14 23:01:20

I've used two patches now. One for the shoulder/neck pain, and then today on my upper back. I have no idea what's triggered the back pain today, maybe lifting the car seat.

I think they feel very pleasant and so would use them again. I think they would be particularly handy to keep in the baby change bag when your out and about, or in my gym bag or in the car for the kids when they twist an ankle.

I'd be interested to know whether there is a genuine cooling effect on the muscles or whether it just feels cooling on the skin. I expect that an actual reduction in temperature would be more beneficial and I'm just not sure I believe a gel is capable of that. But like I said, it feels nice and sometimes not much does when you're uncomfortable and trying to stay away from paracetamol. It's not like you can slap an ice pack from the freezer on your neck while you do the school run, so i think the patches have their place.

Would I buy them again? yes i might do. i will certainly continue to use the samples sent to me. and i would recommend them to friends although i don't know anybody else pregnant or breastfeeding at the moment.

I think the price is over what I'd want to pay. Up to £1 per patch would be more reasonable, especially as i have a new flipping injury almost daily. I'd probably buy them on offer though.

Q1 I'm 26 weeks pregnant and avoid taking over the counter painkillers, so thought these sounded ideal for relieving aches and pains! I have a long term knee injury as well as the usual back and leg aches in pregnancy and have used these patches for all of them.

Q2 They are very easy to apply. I felt the relief was very long lasting - longer than what I get with applying Deep Heat type stuff.

Q3 Yes, they work great - my knee felt a lot better after using it and very relaxing for back ache too!

Q4 Yes, I'd happily use them again. I've often disliked the messy/smelling fingers after using Deep Heat cream, so a non-messy patch like this is great!

Q5 Defo would recommend them!

Q5 Only drawback is the price. I'm actually rather surprised they cost so much! The £5.49 price would be great if it was for a pack of 12 - but not 4! :-O

SaltySeaBird Sat 19-Jul-14 03:34:42

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.
At the time of applying for the product was pregnant, although sadly miscarried. I regularly suffer from lower back pain due to an old injury and this was badly aggravated in my last pregnancy and while breastfeeding (which I did for a year). It can be very debilitating and makes you very conscious of how you move and sit. It makes me reluctant to play with my daughter when I'm having a flare up. My back hasn't been helped by lugging round a heavy toddler. I normally take ibuprofen when not pregnant or breastfeeding which I find very effective, occasionally adding in prescribed pain relief when it flares up very badly. Although I'm able to use oral pain relief again, I still gave the product a fair test to see how it compared.

Q2 Please describe the application of the patch- how was it to apply? How long did it last?
It was fairly easy to apply although I did take my top off to apply it to stop it getting in the way so couldn't pop it on while out and about. I had one occasion where it seemed to fold on itself which was very annoying and one day when my back was particularly bad (day at zoo with no pushchair, daughter decided she didn't want to walk which resulted in a huge evening flare up) I found it awkward and painful to twist and get it into the right position. My husband helped me apply it on this occasion. When in a lot of pain I think you need another person (assuming lower backache). Once in position it seemed to last well but I tended to use them in the evening so was sitting quietly, I think they might slip/roll if I was very active while using them but haven't tested this. To be honest if I was able to be very active I probably wouldn't need them!

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?
Yes, I was really surprised by how effective it was. I really liked the sensation and I think this may have helped take my mind off the pain as much as reducing it initially They lasted a good couple of hours and reduced all symptoms of my pain by the time I took them off. On my worst flare up ibuprofen alone wouldn't have worked but I was really surprised to find the patch alone was sufficient in reducing the pain and discomfort to a minimal and tolerable level, despite finding it hard to apply without help on this particular occasion (see above).

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 was really impressed by the product and would definitely use them when oral pain relief wasn't an option. The price would be a barrier if I wasn't pregnant / breastfeeding though.

Q5 Would you recommend them to friends or relations who are also pregnant or breastfeeding or unable to take oral painkillers?
Yes definitely. I've also recommended them to my mother who really doesn't like swallowing tablets and has an unusual allergy to something sometimes used in covering pills which makes her a bit wary of taking any.

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?
They are obviously a lot more expensive than oral pain relief; ibuprofen is very cheap and I get free prescriptions too (I'm diabetic). Like others I feel a more appealing price point would be £4.99 for a pack of five. However, I really liked the product and found it very effective so would still have no hesitation in buying it during pregnancy / breastfeeding although only for significant pain - they are too expensive for just a bit of discomfort. I'm very conscious about not using any oral medication in pregnancy, even paracetamol (probably overly so). We'll be trying to conceive again in a few months so fingers crossed I'll be needing these again soon!

Thank you for including me in this test. It's great when you discover a product that you think you will purchase and continue using!

SaltySeaBird Sat 19-Jul-14 03:36:03

Is it possible to get a link to the survey via PM? I can't find the email.

dimdommilpot Sat 19-Jul-14 09:27:28

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 breast feeding my 13 week old baby. Since having my DD1 bearly 4 years ago i have suffered terribly from back ache both upper and lower. I struggle to sit in anything other than a high backed solid chair, so sofa's are a no go for me, especially when feeding, as the support is just not there. I also find lying on the floor is much more comfortable than my bed.

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

- very easy to apply with clear instructions. I did need DP to help when applying lower than the shoulder blade but that was due to the position of the pain and not the patch itself. Patch lasted around 2hours.

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?

- the patch did help with pain and allowed me to sit comfortably on the sofa.

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 be tempted to use them again yes.

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

Yes, i have mentioned them to my friend who is currently 19weeks pregnant with twins and struggeling with back pain.

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?

- they are expensive, though i think due to the fast action of the patch working it makes this worth while. I would only use them when the pain is terribly bad though as personally i would be unable to afford them long term and often.

Thank you for choosing me to test this product smile

OsMalleytheCat Sat 19-Jul-14 10:42:03

Q1, I am currently breastfeeding my ten month old son, I suffered a bad car accident during the early stages of pregnancy and have suffered with severe back pain since then. I can't take oral painkillers due to the pregnancy/breastfeeding. The pain I suffer from affects everything I do, from lifting my son to driving. It makes life increasingly difficult, as there is nothing visibly wrong with me and the accident was so long ago people are generally unsympathetic which leaves me feeling miserable.

Q2, The patch was easy enough to apply, although it is obviously harder to reach some places (for example on your back) than others, or depending on your problems movement, bending and twisting to get the patch on unaided might be difficult. It lasted about 2 hours, which was great during the day less so at night.

Q3, Overall yes.

Q4, I think so, they're certainly one of the best over the counter and safe for pregnancy/breastfeeding remedies I've tried, and I've tried a lot!

Q5, Definitely, no one should have to suffer in pain, especially when they are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Q6, I personally think it's quite expensive, but money is quite tight for us so we try to cut back wherever we can.

MagpieMama Sat 19-Jul-14 11:03:26

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 breastfeeding and regularly get back and neck pain.

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

It was easy to apply and I had it on for about 3 hours. I woke up in pain and it eased the pain enough for me to go back to sleep but had worn off by the time I woke up.

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?

Yes for a short time.

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

The pain relief was not long lasting enough, I find the heat patches last longer.

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

Yes, I'd say it was worth trying.

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?

It's quite expensive but if paracetamol isn't working then it's worth it for some relief.

HarrisonsMammy Sat 19-Jul-14 14:11:28

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......after having my little boy 4 months ago I suffered a lot with back pain and restless legs I couldn't hardly sleep and when I did it took forever tiger to sleep!

Q2 Please describe the application of the patch- how was it to apply? How long did it last? It was simple to apply just peel and stick but after about half hour they began to roll of!

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains? Yes they worked writhing minutes to bad they came of so quick!

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 if they weren't so dear!

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

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? I consider this to be a bit much for the patches considering you can get pain relief quite cheap!

waitingforwombat Sat 19-Jul-14 15:04:32

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.
Fractured coccyx during delivery, ongoing low back/coccyx pain- particularly when sitting. Breastfeeding my 1 year old. Ice therapy recommended by physio

Q2 Please describe the application of the patch- how was it to apply? How long did it last?
Easy to apply - althougsh I did trim mine down to size first. Did get some sticky residue on my clothes. Cool for around 2 hours.

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?
Yes. Not as cold/effective as a bag of peas but lasted longer and clearly much more convenient to use when out and about/at work!

Q4 Do you think you'd buy the patches again or continue to use them if you had a similar muscular ache or pain?
Probably. I didn't find them as cold and effective as some other patches (eg migraleve patches for headaches), but they were bigger and covered a better area/stuck better. But more convenient than an icepack

QWould you recommend them to friends or relations who are also pregnant or breastfeeding or unable to take oral painkillers?
Yes.

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?
Pretty expensive considering price of paracetamol/ibuprofen/bag of peas! would save for when at work/travelling and ice not an option.

duzzlightyearsmum Sat 19-Jul-14 18:48:06

Q1) pregnant with second child and have been really struggling with lower back pain since about 16 weeks. Really struggle to swallow tablets for pain relief.

Q2) Partner applied it to my lower back for me and it seemed pretty easy to apply and stuck well. Lasted for pretty much the 3 hours as suggests by the packet.

Q3) I found the patch over effective at easing the pain. More effective than heat patches and quicker than tablets.

Q4) I would definitely use and purchase these patches again.

Q5) have already sung their praises to family and friends with similar pains.

Q6) although a little expensive I would say it is in line with other similar heat patch products so I would pay it but think it would encourage people to try them if they were slightly cheaper.

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. - Am still breastfeeding 8 month old DD. I find I get aches at the bottom of my back and around my collar bone as she will no longer stay still when feeding so I am constantly moving, probably not into the best positions.

Q2 Please describe the application of the patch- how was it to apply? How long did it last? - Easy to apply, stuck very well and lasted the 3 hours.

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains? Yes, I felt that it helped, especially with my lower back. I also hurt my wrist during the trial and used one on that and that was brilliant.

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 most certainly, although am always a bit confused as to when to use the hot ones and when to use the cold ones!

Q5 Would you recommend them to friends or relations who are also pregnant or breastfeeding or unable to take oral painkillers? Yes, most certainly.

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? I thought they would be more expensive, so yes I think they are very good value for money.

Tidypidy Sat 19-Jul-14 21:23:57

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.

I am breastfeeding 17mo ds2, I've had lower back pain for years which was exacerbated by being very overweight and three pregnancies resulting in 3 big babies. Despite losing more than 3 stone my back is painful most days, especially when I've been on my feet all day or after sitting in bed breastfeeding. I wanted to try the patches as an alternative to regular painkillers as I'm asthmatic and therefore limited in what I can take.

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

The patch was fairly easy to apply though was easier when my husband helped! It lasted for a good 2 hours and my skin still felt cool for some time after it was removed.

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?

The patch certainly eased my back ache, though it was still slightly painful, I think this is due to my having walked for 3 hours earlier in the day rather than the efficacy of the patch.

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 will try them again yes.

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

I have already recommended them to my Dad as he has a condition which can be affected by traditional 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?

They are a bit on the expensive side but much less hassle then trying to use a cool hot water bottle and not as freezing cold so more comfortable than an ice pack.

Thank you for choosing me to participate in this trial.

cookielove Sat 19-Jul-14 22:05:39

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 30 weeks pregnant, and suffer from back pain on and off which I have had for several years previous to this pregnancy and during it

Q2 Please describe the application of the patch- how was it to apply? How long did it last? as it was on my lower back I asked my husband to apply the patch, he said it was difficult and ridiculously sticky, I had to remove the patch within 30 mins because although it was initially cold it started burning, after I removed it I was in pain for almost an hour

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains? no

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? I might recommend it assuming my friend's were really struggling with pain as a last resort I wouldn't want any to feel the pain I felt using it

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, as pain killers are much cheaper

boptanana Sat 19-Jul-14 22:28:03

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 and my daughter is 13 months. I have general lower back pain a couple of days every fortnight since my first pregnancy.

Q2 Please describe the application of the patch- how was it to apply? How long did it last?
Yes it was fairly easy I would say a couple of hours.

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?
Yes I did notice it eased the pAin

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 think they are quite expensive so probably would stick to paracetamol unless I was in severe pain.

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

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 this is quite expensive in My opinion

ilikecooking Sun 20-Jul-14 04:51:21

* 22 weeks preg. Suffering (10 years+) from inflammation of sacro-illiac joints, prolonged hormone induced migraine (lasting 6-17 weeks - blacking out unable to keep liquids down & being administered Gas & Air, oxygen, steroids & Morphine for pain relief, unable to sit up in bed in dark/work/drive for weeks at a time) as well as bone fusion in my coccyx meaning I can't put my own socks/shoes on/ bend down to pick items off floor, empty dishwasher etc)

* Having tried a rival brand, I was more impressed with the lasting effect of Deep Freeze for my eye & head pain. I liked that DH could cut the patch to fit whereas the rival company size wasn't large enough at all to even apply to painful area. Due to the nature of my pain, I was always horizontal which meant it stayed on me for hours. DH helped me apply the ones to my spine/lower back (Due to my restricted flexibility to reach) & I was impressed with how these stayed in place with the help of elasticated maternity waistbands. I removed after just over an hour.

* On my eye/head, yes - I even managed to fall asleep with it on whereas prior to this I would have been woken every 3 hours overnight from pain & having to take painkillers. I woke up 7 hours later very pleasantly surprised that I had slept through for the first time in 2 months & eye/head pain had calmed down a little.
B) On my spinal bone fusion - no, sadly not. The only time I noticed I was when the coolness reminded me as I moved around. I kept each patch on there for just over an hour each time but regrettably Deep Freeze for this particular area did nothing.

* I'd proceed with caution, to be honest. I would have them on standby as back-up for my migraine drugs as these patches weren't effective enough for me to stop taking them. I'd use them to AID & SUPPLEMENT the usual drugs. Sadly I wouldn't be able to rely on them them for coccyx pain relief.

* I would but I would also advise to bear in mind that these are more likely to be an add-on to drugs/alternative therapies rather than a replacement.

* I would pay for the convenience of having them in my car/handbag should another migraine attack come on unannounced however, I wouldn't go out of my way or add them to the shopping list specifically to keep in the house when I could use something from the freezer that costs pennies.

Chilimama Sun 20-Jul-14 11:24:55

Q1

35 weeks pregnant. Struggling with lower back pain at the moment, especially if I have been on my feet all day. This was making sleep very difficult as I just could not get comfortable.

The pain is still daily and can be very difficult at the end of the day when I am trying to relax/sleep.

Q2

Very easy to apply with assistance from DH or DD as it was difficult to place well myself given it was on my lower back. Cool for around 2-3 hours.

Q3

It did give me some relief which helped me to sleep more easily. I would use alongside prescribed pain medication and they definitely made a positive difference to my ability to fall and stay asleep without waking in pain.

Q4

Probably, my DS also used one after straining his back during football and found it really helpful. I think they would be useful to keep in the medicine cabinet for minor muscular pain.

Q5

Yes, they definitely made a difference for me and I preferred the sensation compared to using a heat pack. Especially during the hot weather.

Q6

I wouldn't buy a single patch but would be happy to pay £5.49 for 4. I would expect to pay around this price based on the price of heat patches and the migraine patches currently on the market.

enormouse Sun 20-Jul-14 14:46:07

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 currently breastfeeding a 5 month old and have a very heavy 2 and a half year old to wrangle as well. Whilst pregnant I suffered with sciatica but post birth this subsided but I was left with continuous lower back and shoulder pain. I struggle to lift my toddler and towards the end of the day I am aching and sore. I wanted to find a non drug based solution for backache as I don't want to use painkillers or NSAIDs indefinitely.

Q2 Please describe the application of the patch- how was it to apply? How long did it last?
My partner had to apply them for me as they were floppy and stuck to themselves. It lasted about 3-4 hours. Slightly longer on my lower back than on my shoulder.

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?
Yes. It had quite a long lasting effect and my back pain was relieved for about 2 days following application.

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 consider buying but the cost is slightly prohibitive (see 5)

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?
I think they're quite expensive and would probably use a cold pack for relief instead for my kind of continuous back pain. If the pain was intermittent or short term I would buy the patches.

enormouse Sun 20-Jul-14 14:49:38

Oh and I have recommended them to family. Dp used one for his shoulder pain and for an old knee injury and found them very helpful.

RachB78 Sun 20-Jul-14 17:24:32

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 in the late stages of pregnancy (currently a week overdue). I used these patches because I've been getting a lot of back pain, almost constantly in the last couple of weeks.

Q2 Please describe the application of the patch- how was it to apply? How long did it last?
My husband helped the first time, then I used a mirror to help apply them. They could be adjusted if needed which was good as sometimes I didn't get them spread out properly to start with. They lasted at least the promised three hours and although they did wear off towards the end I tended to leave them on for longer than that and still felt some benefit.

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?
Yes, absolutely. I was surprised that they had such a strong effect. I found them really helpful and when I used a patch I could forget about back pain for a few hours.

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, definitely, especially if I was pregnant or breastfeeding and so trying to avoid using drugs.

Q5 Would you recommend them to friends or relations who are also pregnant or breastfeeding or unable to take oral painkillers?
Definitely. I've already recommended them to my sister who's also pregnant.

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?
They aren't cheap - £4.99 for the 4 pack would be a nicer price point - but I would buy them at this price now that I know they work for me. I would be more likely to buy a single patch as a trial if I hadn't already used them; it's good that they are available individually too.

thestylethatdecadesforgot Sun 20-Jul-14 21:46:48

Thank you for sending me the patches to try, I'm very grateful!

I haven't read the thread so as to give uninfluenced answers.

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 breastfeeding and have had to take quite a few paracetamol to manage pain from feeding and then pain in my neck and back and really wanted something I could apply/use for the pain that wasn't tablets. The pain in my neck has been so severe that I have been unable to drive for several days at a time until it eased. It has made it difficult to even pick up the baby, who is only around 11lbs. I couldn't pick up the older children at all. Lifting my arms above my head and turning my neck all around was almost impossible. The pain in my back made bending and twisting very difficult, driving hurt and putting kids in and out of car seats and fitting the baby car seat into the car extremely hard.

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

I found the patch did last for around three hours but there was less tingly menthol feeling towards the end, which was a shame. I found the patch quite difficult to apply on my neck/shoulder blade and unless I kept still, they moved around and peeled off in places. I think that's more to do with the location though than a fault with the patches, I actually think they are well designed for the job they have to do.

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?

Yes they did. I think I was expecting too much though because I thought they might have provided some relief that lasted once the patch was removed but this wasn't the case. I thought they might help to relax the muscles that were aching/pulled and that would help them recover.

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 think I would, they are great.

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

Yes, definitely.

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?

That's really expensive. I'm so glad there are 12 in the pack we got sent! I have a spray bottle of deep heat in the cupboard and I think that was less. I would perceive that to be better value for money because you can't see how much you use each time. With the patch, you know you are only getting 4 uses out of a pack. I used two at a time as I had pain on both sides of my neck, so I would be thinking I've only got one more go at getting pain relief out of this pack. Having said that, they were good, so if I had a one off thing again, I would spend the money on them. The problem I have at the moment seems to be ongoing and I suspect it will remain until I finish feeding as I don't have very good posture, so it would be an expensive habit to maintain.

Bluewhale83 Mon 21-Jul-14 08:06:18

Hiya

Q1
Pregnant with 5th child, and i suffer really bac spd, im 14 weeks and already i can feel very achy and find stairs and standing very painful.
General day to day tasks become a struggle

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

Very easy to apply. It did not seem to last three hours.

Q3
I did not really notice a change in my pain levels sadly.

Q4
Yes, i was recommand cold compress by my chiro, these are useful in times when i don't have much time, or i lack being organsied. But i would warn them it may not work.

Q5
Yes, already have to my husband who has bad lower back pain.

Q6
I think as others have said under £5, but it would be more for convience and travelling, as day to day it will work out to expensive.

Thank you once again for letting me be part of this trial.

Universal Mon 21-Jul-14 10:46:50

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.
B/feeding a heavy ten month old. I suffer from lower back pain on and off. When it's bad I can't carry the car seat. I've recently starting suffering from pain in my shoulder blades.

Q2 Please describe the application of the patch- how was it to apply? How long did it last?
Easy to apply on the lower back. I lay down and the pain relief was instant. My husband had to help me with the application on my shoulder. The pain didn't ease straight away but there was a marked improvement after a couple if hours.

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?
Yes

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 especially for my shoulder blade pain. I can really feel the difference when lifting or pushing the pram.

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

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?
I think it's on the expensive side. I would be more willing to pay £1 for each one.

redberry48 Mon 21-Jul-14 11:27:33

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 currently 29 weeks pregnant with my first and have had an inflamed sacroiliac joint since early on in my pregnancy. Whilst the pain calmed a little during my second trimester, it is now back with a vengeance and is turning into sciatica, which is super painful.

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

It was pretty simple to apply (I've used a similar patch for migraine relief). I felt a kind of numbing/burning pain immediately, and continued to notice the 'cool' effects for about 2 hours or so.

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?

I'm afraid not sad

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, since I didn't find that the pain was adequate enough.

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

Potentially - if their pain isn't in any way deep/serious. I can imagine that the patches would be better for a twisted ankle or something, rather than for deep muscular pain due to being pregnant.

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?

If it had worked, then yes, I would consider them to be good value for money, but since it didn't help, I wouldn't be spending £5.49 on a pack, no.

Emrob86 Mon 21-Jul-14 12:19:13

Q1 I am breastfeeding a 6-month-old and get pains in my lower back, my neck and my shoulders due to not always being able to sit in an ergonomically great position. I do not like taking medications while I'm breastfeeding, that's why I wanted to try these patches.

Q2 It's difficult to apply yourself (on your back) but easy if someone helps you. My husband helped me. It kicks in after a few minutes and lasts a good 2 to 3 hours.

Q3 Yes it did help! Amazing! I love that I can reduce the pain but still be flexible and move around. (I use the Deep Heat patches for period pain and love those for that reason too!)

Q4 Yes I will keep buying them and use them while I'm breastfeeding.

Q5 Definitely!

Q5 They are a bit pricey but worth it for those situations where you need relief but still need to be able to move around.

flutterbynight Mon 21-Jul-14 16:30:16

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 and wanted to try these patches as I get quite bad back and neck/shoulder pain, which is exacerbated by sitting in one position for lengthy periods to feed! The aches don't stop me doing anything but they can affect my mood and are always there, even if in the background.

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

The patch was quite easy to apply though it did stick to itself a bit - it's good that it's easy to mould to your shape (like shoulders) but it does mean it's a bit flimsy and liable to end up sticking to itself, in my experience!

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?

Yes, it definitely helped, both while it was on and for a while thereafter. Impressive!

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 think I would continue to use them and I may buy them again, depending on how severe the ache became.

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

I would recommend these but I would want to have an ingredients list or a clear statement (as you get on Corsodyl mouthwash, say) informing you that these are safe during pregnancy and breastfeeding. I don't like not having sufficient information on that score.

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?

I think that's really quite pricey. I need two patches for my shoulders so would probably not buy these for that ache, it would just feel like too much money for a disposable treatment.

lilone1234 Mon 21-Jul-14 17:17:07

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 32 weeks pregnant and have been experiencing lower back pain for most of my pregnancy - sometimes making mobility and especially sleeping very difficult.

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

The patch itself is simple to apply - peel and stick. Depending on where you want it on your back though you would probably need help to make sure it is stuck on properly otherwise it will fall off/move around/stick to itself.

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?

I can't say that it did - the initial cooling feeling was nice and provided some relief but it soon began to feel tingly which I didn't enjoy - it was just a different kind of discomfort!

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, unfortunately I would not.

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

I would say they are worth a try, as in theory they are a very useful pain relief option for pregnancy, just didn't work for me.

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?

I think this is a tad expensive, even when considering comparable products rather than just packs of non brand painkillers. £5.49 for 6 would probably be more reasonable.

Emrob86 Mon 21-Jul-14 17:40:39

AnnMumsnet I've not received a survey feedback link either.

Tantrictantrum Mon 21-Jul-14 18:31:17

Q1 28 weeks pregnant. To use as an alternative to painkillers

Q2 stayed on fine, difficult to apply to upper back

Q3 totally useless at relieving pain. I went out to a restaurant so used a patch - it made no difference at all.

Q4 no

Q5 if they worked I would still think it expensive compared to an ice pack but could be useful for out and about.

Sparkle9 Mon 21-Jul-14 21:15:28

Q1 Pregnant. 2nd trimester. Have have had severe back pai prior to pregnancy (episodic).

Q2 I really disliked applying the patch. It kept folding over. It was difficult to apply it flat.

Q3 Some relief. The sensation was pleasant.

Q4 I would use something similar if it was easier to apply. I would not buy these patches.

Q5 no. I would suggest a reusable ice pack instead.

Q5 Expensive

vj32 Mon 21-Jul-14 21:41:51

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 4 month old and also have a 3 year old so Ido a lot of feeding out and about and it is bad for my back!

Q2 Please describe the application of the patch- how was it to apply? How long did it last?
Awkward to apply it myself particularly as I have pain in my upper back from bending over. I found it lasted a couple of hours.

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains? Yes, but I'm not sure it worked as well as the similar heat patches.

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 will use up the trial ones! I would consider getting them in future.

Q5 Would you recommend them to friends or relations who are also pregnant or breastfeeding or unable to take oral painkillers? I would mention them as an option - there are so few safe pain relievers in pregnancy and while breastfeeding that anything new is good.

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, poor value for money. I would only consider them if they were on offer.

Sarahsmith1017 Mon 21-Jul-14 21:56:49

Q1 Pregnant . Suffering with back and shoulder ache and restless legs

Q2 the patch is easy to use although it stuck to itself when I took the backing off and ended up with a crease on it. Was easy to apply. Like a large plaster

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?
It helps with shoulder pain. Didn't help the restless legs and was a distraction from the back pain but it remained after use

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 think I would it they were on offer but may be more inclined to go for heat pad for the back . I put them on my feet when it got very hot and that was nice !

Q5 Would you recommend them to friends or relations who are also pregnant or breastfeeding or unable to take oral painkillers? Yes because different things work for different people

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? I think it's about a pound more than id like to pay

milkncookies Mon 21-Jul-14 23:06:34

Q1 Finishing b/f youngest (pre-schooler). Had spd, bad back and hip since they were born. Have mild to severe pain every fortnight at least. Very little seems to help - mild meds don't touch it and I can't take anything stronger.

Q2 OK to apply, did not last as long as I expected (peeling off). Effects were felt for about an hour.

Q3 It took some of the intensity away although sitting down with a patch on was uncomfortable - it felt too 'cold' when pressing up against the back of a chair.

Q4 I may buy the patches if a good price and certainly intend to use the rest of the pack (few left).

Q5 I would definitely recommend them - I find that women through pregnancy, childbirth and into new motherhood are made to feel like there is a 'right' and a 'wrong' way to do everything - but it is definitely the case that you have to find what works for you. Try lots of different (safe) things, including these patches, and try your own mix of what you find best suited to your needs. Everybody's body is different!

Q5 I would pay around £1 a patch - £5.49 for a 4 pack seems slightly too expensive given that you may need to use many of these if you find them effective.

As a side note, I found the huge bonus of these to be the portability - and so much easier than applying gel. I used one when I was out at the beach (walking on the sand had taken it's toll I think, hips/back ached) and having something to just give some sort of relief there and then, rather than waiting for the long journey home to an ice pack or bath soak was great.

I don't know how much deep tissue help they provide but the patches certainly gave a therapeutic, soothing effect - especially in this hot weather! Thanks for including me in the trial.

kittensmum82 Tue 22-Jul-14 10:09:58

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.

I'm 21 weeks pregnant, and have long suffered with pain in my lower back that requires regular visits to the chiro to manage. In pregnancy I'm going once every 4 weeks to try and keep things well managed. Being small framed though I am nervous that even this won't be enough as my bump gets bigger. I'm definitely getting more daily aches already.

This weekend I attended the Latitude music festival, a long standing commitment that I wanted to honour and that had cost a lot of money. Cue 4 nights camping on an airbed and lots of sitting on picnic blankets on the ground.

I took the patches with me and I'm so glad I did. A couple of times during the weekend when aches got too much and a few stretches didn't help, I put a patch on and it really did help. Given that it was a pretty warm weekend (NOT complaining about that!) the cooling sensation was also very welcome.

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

Given that my pain is largely in my lower back I asked a friend to help me apply it. I'd say it lasted a couple of hours but again this was when I was consistently out in very warm weather.

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?
Yes, definitely. Can't say it removed them completely but the patches definitely helped manage the discomfort and meant I could enjoy my weekend...and just as importantly that my discomfort didn't spoil anything for my friends either.

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

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

Yes

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?

It's OK, but might be good to have a bigger multipack size available as well with the unit cost of each patch being lower. With so much to buy for the baby now using them regularly at £1.65 will add up very quickly, and price will be even more pressing once my little Pip arrives and my salary disappears whilst I'm on maternity leave. From what my friends tell me, managing aches and pains non medically will be just as important then.

KnackeredMuchly Tue 22-Jul-14 12:01:07

Q1 I am pregnant in my 2nd trimester and have a 15 month old toddler. I am finding bending down with him, changing nappies very painful on my lower back. Carting him around a lot does not help either!

Q2 I found it a bit odd to apply, at first I didn't realise you pulled the sticker off blush Should I blame baby brain or should there be a Pull Here sign? I think this one is just me. It was a nice sensation, but not helpful at all to relieve soreness I was feeling.

Q3 Unfortunately, not. I think the pain I feel in my lower back is actually too deep and possibly bone/coccyx related? However, I have suffered a lot in my last pregnancy and early Motherhood with my piriformis muscle - I suspect it will be very helpful then.

Q4 Not for a similar pain, but for a new pain quite possibly. I have also leant a few patches to my parents, who suffer with Sciatica and Frozen Shoulder etc. They seemed excited by the patches, I know my Dad regularly uses frozen gel packs as he gets relief from hot/cold therapy. As he plays golf I expect having a cold pack he can play with will be good for him.

Q5 I wouldn't recommend them at the moment to other Mums, you can still take paracetamol when pregnant and ibuprophen when breastfeeding. Due to the scent (which was absolutely lovely by the way - very refreshing!) I wouldn't want to apply it to my breasts if I had a blockage, as I did use ice then to relieve. In my last pregnancy, and this one so far I haven't found a suitable use for cold therapy.

Q6. Ouch, that is expensive! If I use one and it works it would be good value - but very much a rare use.

DinoSnores Tue 22-Jul-14 12:02:49

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 pregnant with back pain. I'm managing to relieve a good bit of it with Pilates but I'm definitely uncomfortable, particularly if I sit or lie down for any length of time.

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

I found it really hard to apply properly to my back so had to get my DH to do it. Even then, it would come unstuck and roll up really easily.

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?

The cold sensation was nice enough but it didn't really improve my pain and even the coldness didn't last very long. I was really disappointed as I was really hoping they would work.

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, I definitely wouldn't buy them, and, to be honest, I am not sure I'll use the few that I have left. (I really have given them a good go hoping that perhaps the first few were just a dodgy batch.)

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

I might vaguely suggest them if they are desperate because others here have obviously liked them much more than I did but I couldn't recommend them.

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! That's really expensive for a disappointing product, but even if it had worked, that is still really expensive for something that only might work for 3 hours in a relatively small patch.

tazo5153 Tue 22-Jul-14 12:19:54

Q1 I started using the patches on my lower back when pregnant and due my baby, used them during early labour and have since have used them on my neck during breastfeeding as have terrible neck pain since my milk came in.

Q2 Originally just applied them to the central part of my lower back. They stuck on fine and could be hidden by clothes. I left them on for about 1-2 hours or until the patch started to feel a bit warm. I now wrap them around the back of my neck, they are brilliant as they can easily be repositioned over the problem areas without leaving any residue or loosing their stick.

Q3 yes definitely helped the immediate discomfort of the aches and pains 8 the muscles.

Q4 I think I probably would buy them again as they are a convenient and discreet for of pain relief.

Q5 I would recommend that others try them but I can see that they wouldn't be for everyone and their use is quite limited as non analgesic.

Q6. I think the price is quite expensive especially since paracetamol is perfectly safe to take when pregnant and breastfeeding and costs pennies and will offer a longer pain relief. If they were 5 patches for less than £5 it would be more reasonable.

GingerScouse Tue 22-Jul-14 12:29:32

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.

Currently 37 weeks pregnant with DC1, wanted to use the patches to ease back pain that has arisen in 3rd trimester. Get pain mostly towards the end of the day or after overdoing things a bit.

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

Got my DH to apply! Was easy to remove though, as I had to use 3 at once due to the location of the pain!

Effects lasted a good 2-3 hours.

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?

Without a doubt, yes. Very pleasant warm/cool feeling from the menthol.

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 continue to use them until this box runs out, but unsure if I would buy more when there are other, cheaper alternatives. They are handy to just be able to put on and forget about, though.

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

Yes, but not sure they are any more effective than a cold compress/ice packs.

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, especially as I had a lot of widespread aches and pains, so needed to use 3 at once to cover the affected area.

Glitterfairys Tue 22-Jul-14 12:58:57

Q1 I am breastfeeding my youngest ds and suffer from very bad backache which steadily gets worse throughout the day.
Q2 I found the patch easy to apply and it lasted a few hours.
Q3 The patches eased my back slightly but I have found the heat ones to have more effect .
Q4 I don't think I would buy the patches again as I didn't really enjoy the cold sensation , I prefer the heat patches instead and would probably stick to that .
Q5 I would probably recommend Deep Freeze as they are probably really good for legs or ankles but I just weren't keen on the cold on my back .
Q6 It is good value for money and I think it reasonably priced for the product .

jackiekatu Tue 22-Jul-14 13:00:22

I am a proud mummy of a 5 month old, and decided to try Deep Freeze as since the day LO was born I was having continuous backpain which intensifies when I breast feed.

2) The Application was quite easy, been a single mum I didnt have anybody else to apply it on the correct spot but thee peel off was quite smooth and easy.The cooling sensation lasted a good couple of hours.

3)At first I didnt feel anything for 10/15 mins and thats when the cooling really starts and you feel it penetrating your sore area.

4) I would definitely buy the pqck again and use it as ive tried so many but this really seemed to work for me.

5)I have already recommended it to a family friend who has a bad back as well as to some mums in the sure start centre.

6)i feel the price is a bit too steep, but that said I would gladly buy it again for this price as it worked for me better than the other products I have been using before.

mummy172011 Tue 22-Jul-14 15:07:45

Q1. I am currently 37 weeks pregnant and have been suffering with back ache since the start of my pregnancy. I have a 3 year old to keep up with and Some day even sitting on the floor is painful.

Q2.I had to get my husband to help me apply the patch as it was difficult to do it myself. It stayed on pretty well and lasted for a couple of hours.

Q3.The patches did offer relief from the pain but unfortunately they are not something you could keep putting on every couple of hours.

Q4.I wouldn't keep using them as while they work it only lasts a few hours and they are expensive.

Q5.I don't think I would purely because of the price.

Q6. I don't consider this good value as they only offer relief for a few hours and are not something I can put on myself.

MTBMummy Tue 22-Jul-14 17:35:53

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 currently breastfeeding my heavy (8.5kg) 3 month old and the continual feeding as well as lifting to and from his crib/bath are playing havoc with my lower back. The pain ranges from a dull ache to a sever unable to move stabbing pain.

Q2 Please describe the application of the patch- how was it to apply? How long did it last?
The application was quite easy, but I found it didn't stay put, it either pealed off on it's own or caught on clothing and ended up sticking to itself. In an attempt to prevent this I stuck it on with tape and it lasted reasonably well, but only when I pushed it against my back.

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?

It felt comfortable, but unless I was holding the patch against my back it did nothing. And I can do that with an ice pack.

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, while I'm loath to take pain killers these are just too fiddly and don't actually do anything.

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?

Definitely not! I've also tried this on a pulled muscle in my shoulder and my leg, and the same problem persists, I'd expect the strip to stay in place before is even consider it.

SpiffingGalore Tue 22-Jul-14 18:05:47

1. I'm breastfeeding my 5 month old DS. Have had chronic back pain since my mid-20s (about 10 years ago), had awful spd during both my pregnancies, and breastfeeding and cosleeping are currently taking their toll! My pain is mainly mid and upper back and neck. I switched to barefoot shoes at about the same time I signed up for this test, which has improved my back pain a great deal, however after a few nights on an uncomfortable bed at Centre Parcs I finally had cause to try out the patches.

2. It was a bit tricky to apply. Luckily I can reach the area where I have most pain so I could do it alone. Even so the patch had a habit of folding up and getting stuck to itself. It has so far stayed put for about three hours. Although due to the hot weather it is on exposed skin rather than rubbing about under clothes.

3. Yes! Very much so.

4. I would probably buy them for short-term use in certain circumstances. For instance if I were travelling and couldn't use my cold pack. If I am ever pregnant again (don't intend to be) I would probably use them as I can't take any painkillers at all during pregnancy. The price would put me off them for everyday use. I will stick with my cold pack and ibuprofen.

5. Yes. They are effective and I always recommend cold rather than heat as I find it much more soothing.

6. No. It is far too expensive compared with other pain relief options. When I'm at home I use a cold pack wrapped in a tea towel, and take ibuprofen when necessary, which is far more economical and just as effective. I would only consider buying them for exceptional circumstances, such as long journeys.

Caillou Tue 22-Jul-14 18:13:50

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 was pregnant when applying but sadly miscarried, so I have done the product test as I could

I broke my toe a week before starting the product test, so I have used it on my foot, which was really painful,

It was really good, because as I was fasting for ramadan, I couldn't take paracetamol or ibuprofen during the day.

I gave some to my sister who tried it on her back as she suffers back pains when on her period.

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

It was a bit tricky at first, I ruined one patch as it did stick together while trying to apply and there was no way to use it afterwards. but with practise, it is actually really easy.

the cooling effect was instant, which was wonderful but I felt that it didn't last the 3hrs as advertised (but maybe it is because my foot got used to the cold).

My sister found that they don't really stick well on your back unless you are not moving at all.

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?

it did help a bit, but I was expecting something a bit more intense and long lasting

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 think I would, as they did help me manage the pain while fasting

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

Yes I would but would also warn them that it doesn't replace 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?

I think this is way more than what I could afford, considering I buy my paracetamol and ibuprofen for less than 50p each box

Cazzyk14 Tue 22-Jul-14 18:33:10

Q1 Breastfeeding my 4month old and don't like taking painkillers, I have struggled with backache since my 3yr old was born but been worse since the birth of my daughter. By the end of each day I'm in agony.

Q2 The patch is not the easiest thing to get on yourself but once it's on it stays put and instantly works, it lasts for a good few hours.

Q3 the patch really helped relieve the ache in my back and the cool tingling sensation is really invigorating, especially when it is rather warm!

Q4 I will defiantly be buying more of these patches to use in future! They are better than pain killers! Instant relief where you need it.

Q5 I have already recommended and given a patch to a very heavily pregnant friend who is really struggling with back ache. I also have to hide from my hubby who thinks they are great.

Q5 these patches are quite expenses but well worth the money!

2Warriorsandawish Tue 22-Jul-14 19:36:32

Q1 Breastfeeding. I suffered from spd in pregnancy and the pain still bothers me now. I struggle daily with bending, lifting & walking.

Q2 Got my husband to apply it to my back, was a little more difficult to do myself.

Q3 The patch soothed my back but didn't take the pain away. It lasted for about 2 hours.

Q4 Would buy them for short term use for relief but not for an ongoing problem as it would be too expensive.

Q5 Yes I would recommend these to others.

ButterflyOfFreedom Tue 22-Jul-14 20:17:07

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.
Currently 30 weeks pregnant and suffering from slight back pain.

Q2 Please describe the application of the patch- how was it to apply? How long did it last?
Wasn't as easy as I thought it might be to apply so had to ask DH for help. It lasted about 2 hours.

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?
Yes, a little.

Q4 Do you think you'd buy the patches again or continue to use them if you had a similar muscular ache or pain?
Not sure - I'd probably give them another try.

Q5 Would you recommend them to friends or relations who are also pregnant or breastfeeding or unable to take oral painkillers?
Yes I think so.

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, this is expensive. They don't last long enough to warrant the cost so if I had ongoing back pain, using these would cost me a small fortune!

Geneticsbunny Tue 22-Jul-14 21:55:33

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 currently Breastfeeding and have lower back pain and a wobbly pelvis since my last pregnancy. Mostly low level pain with occasional problems when I carry my little boy for too long.

Q2 Please describe the application of the patch- how was it to apply? How long did it last?
Quite easy to apply. Wrinkled up a bit as I was putting it on but it didn't stick to itself so it was ok. Smell was ok but a bit like old people! Listed for at least 2 hours but I went to sleep so probably lasted longer.

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?
Comforting and distracted from the pain.

Q4 Do you think you'd buy the patches again or continue to use them if you had a similar muscular ache or pain? A useful thing to have in the medicine cupboard. Long shelf life, not messy like creams. I would buy them in future.

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

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? I think that is you injure yourself, you will need several applications over several days so would easily use a 4 pack or maybe even more. In this case it would be an expensive way to treat back pain.

cookiefiend Tue 22-Jul-14 22:30:26

Q1- I am still breastfeeding my ten month old and try to avoid painkillers if possible. I have lower back pain from time to time- a throwback I think from pregnancy which seems to flare if I sit and feed badly or if i carry DD for any length of time. I was interested to try these and see if they helped.

Q2- It was hard to apply the patch without it folding over and sticking to itself which was a bit annoying. It seemed to fall off quite easily when I moved around and at best lasted about an hour and a half. I think if it had sticky bits around the edge it would hold on better.

Q3- The patch was quite soothing especially when it was first put on and I certainly feel it helped. It was a nice tingly sensation when you first put it on.

Q4- given how quickly the patch fell off and the price I would not buy it again I think, which is a shame as I wanted it to work a bit better. I would think about buying them if they could get them to stick for longer.

Q5- I think I would only recommend them if someone was really desperate and I would tell them the flaws. Perhaps if they used surgical. Tape themselves it would stick better but for the price they should not have to.

Q6- I feel a bit guilty writing this since you kindly sent a me free sample but £1.65- are you kidding. If they were really good I might have considered 50p each as ok, although still would only have bought them if desperate or on offer. However given their flaws I think that is extremely overpriced.

Thanks for sending them to me. I hope you can make these stick better and then they would be great.

Geneticsbunny Tue 22-Jul-14 22:49:28

The patch fell off while I was sat Breastfeeding my baby. Not ideal!

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 currently 11 weeks pregnant. I wanted to try the patches as I've always used heat patches in the past (pre-pregnancy) and never thought I'd like the cold patches. I have degenerative discs in my lower back which often causes severe muscular spasms around the crumbling bones. Pre-pregnancy I would often be prescribed strong muscle relaxants and/or sedatives to ease the pain. At it's worst I cannot get out of bed without being in agony. However, now I am pregnant I won't take any medications other than those prescribed for pregnancy ie folic acid, heparin, pregnacare etc

Q2 Please describe the application of the patch- how was it to apply? How long did it last?
I found it a bit tricky to find the edge of the plastic covering to peel off initially. Once I'd eventually found the edge (after about 10-15 minutes of fiddling!) it was easy to apply. I found it easiest to remove about 1/4 of the covering, bend it back, slide the still covered side on to the area of my back that I needed the pain relief, then once I was happy with the positioning, I would stick the 1/4 of the patch that was uncovered and then slowly peel back the rest of the plastic cover to stick the patch to my back. Sadly I only felt relief for around an hour but that was enough on each occasion to relieve the pain enough for me to either take a nap (the joys of first trimester!) or to get comfortable in a chair or whilst driving etc. The major downside was that I needed relief on my lower back which happened to be right in the middle of my waistband. This meant that if I was moving about/mobile the patch would often roll up and sometimes if I was sitting down and moved a little then the patch would stick to clothing or furniture and I wouldn't always know it had moved until it stopped working/the pain relief wore off

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?
Yes, very much so for the first hour.

Q4 Do you think you'd buy the patches again or continue to use them if you had a similar muscular ache or pain?
If I could afford them or if they were on special offer etc then, yes, I'd definitely buy them again. Until I trialled these patches there was no way I'd have ever considered purchasing cold patches as I've always been someone who'd choose heat therapy over cold therapy any day. Thankfully they were not as intensely cold as I find ice packs and cold gel packs etc (even when wrapped in towels). Much, much better than I'd ever expected them to be! I would even use them in the winter on a cold frosty morning and I'd never have thought I would say that in a million years before taking part in this trial so thank you!

Q5 Would you recommend them to friends or relations who are also pregnant or breastfeeding or unable to take oral painkillers?
Most definitely. And even if they could take oral painkillers, I would still recommend them as it's a better alternative to taking oral medication!

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?
Sadly these prices would mean that I would be unable to afford these on a regular basis. I may buy the occasional multi-pack but would definitely be rationing their usage. I would not buy these regularly, or indeed as often as I would like to. I would feel much more comfortable with 2 for £1.99 or perhaps 5 for £4.49 or at least less than £5.00 for 5. £1.65 each is probably ok for a one off 'desperate' purchase but I would rarely buy a single patch for £1.65 and certainly wouldn't buy a 4 pack for £5.49. If it was 5 for £4.49 (or even £4.99) I would be much more likely to 'throw' them in with my grocery shopping on a more frequent basis. I would probably purchase a reusable gel ice pack for use at home and would purchase the patches for use when out and about (when a reusable cold pack wouldn't be practical). Exactly the same way as I used my plug in heat pad and stick on one-use heat patches before pregnancy.

ovenbun Wed 23-Jul-14 09:37:57

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.
I am breastfeeding my 18 week old daughter. During pregnancy I suffered with pelvic pain and my lower back is still affected. It makes things like changing my daughter or lifting her very uncomfortable.

Q2 Please describe the application of the patch- how was it to apply? How long did it last? It was easy for me, I use heat patches for period pain and it was very similar.It does wrinkle up sometimes as you move around but smoothing it back in place did work. I found it lasted around 2.5 hours.

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains? Yes, it gave real relief to my backache and meant I could carry out usually painful tasks more easily, it was also very comfortable in this hot weather.

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

Q5 Would you recommend them to friends or relations who are also pregnant or breastfeeding or unable to take oral painkillers? I will tell others about the patch method as I have had help from both hot and cold patches. I think it is a good alternative to medicines.

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? I think it is reasonable value, I would be much more likely to buy them if it was £1 a patch though.

Preezie Wed 23-Jul-14 14:53:53

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 33 weeks pregnant and was diagnosed with SPD at 27 weeks. I had severe pelvic and back pain/aches. I wanted to try the patches on my back in particular to see if they would provide any relief as I am not keen on taking any oral medication, even though the pain is severe at times.

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

I used the patches on my lower back and found them slightly tricky to apply by myself as they tended to stick to my fingers/themselves a bit and when applying it the first time, I ended up with wrinkles on it. I did manage to apply it without assistance by looking into the mirror while doing it, but it would have been easier for someone else to apply it, and it would have prevented the creases/wrinkles from forming. (My husband did apply the patches for me the second time round and it was much easier/no creases) I used the patches for over an hour at a time and they lasted throughout, so I believe they would last at least 2-3 hours. However, the longest I kept it on was just under 2 hours.

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?

In my case, I did not not get much relief from the patches. I did love the initial cooling effect I felt while applying the patch, but felt that after using it for over an hour, there still wasn't much relief/significant improvement.

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 doubt I would unfortunately, because as stated above, the patches didn't bring me any significant relief.

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

No. As they did not work for me, I wouldn't be able to recommend them to others. However, I would not discourage anyone from trying them, as I see that the patches have in fact worked for numerous others.

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?

If the patches had worked as I expected, I would be willing to pay the prices stated above. I do think they are slightly pricey, given that certain areas may require the use of more than one patch at a time. However, I would still pay £5.49 if the patches brought me a considerable amount of relief.

jp04 Wed 23-Jul-14 16:14:53

Q1 I have a 12 week old baby and a four year old and wanted to try the patches as I have recurrent lower back pain. The pain is niggling and persistent and very irritating when I'm trying to keep up with and look after two little people, a husband and a house!

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

Given the site of my pain, I found it quite tricky to apply the patch without it folding over and sticking to itself, as the patch is necessarily very sticky! Unfortunately, once on it did not stay attached brilliantly well as the edges would catch on my clothes and start to peel off. It stayed on most effectively if I could sit in one place. Great for office workers; not ideally for busy mums.

Q3 Once the patch was on, the initial blast of cold was (shocking!) very refreshing and I found I could only feel the cold, not the pain. The relief was instant and lovely! Throughout the next few hours, the initial effect wore off but the patch seemed to activate randomly when I was moving about, sometimes cool and sometimes warm. Both effects were soothing. When I needed a boost in the effect, gently pressing on the patch worked well.

Q4 If the price were good and I found a way to use them without them being pulled off by my clothes, I would definitely buy them.

Q5 Definitely. For those who don't want to use medication, these would be great.

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? I think this is very expensive for the product as it only provides temporary relief and still has a few issues with usage. The effect of each patch doesn't last long so, for a days' relief, you'd easily use the whole pack. Too much money for a pregnant mummy looking for an answer. Maybe would be more success with a different target group? For example, I gave one to my dad before he went on a long car journey as he has trouble with his back seizing up. He found the pad was very effective at preventing this and would buy this product as he wouldn't need a whole pack every day smile

HuggleBuggleBear Wed 23-Jul-14 21:55:36

Q1 I'm breastfeeding my 5 month old. I've always had back ache probably due to my job, driving, posture etc. It's bad at moment due to lifting toddler and baby. I don't like taking painkillers when breastfeeding unless pain really bad.

Q2 Fairly easy to apply on lower back but needed help on upper back. Instructions were straightforward. Lovely fresh cool feeling which lasted couple of hours. However after an hour patch came loose and felt like it was going to drop off.

Q3 I found it did soothe the pain and brought a relief from the dull aches. And unlike pain relief meds got pain relief immediately.

Q4 I was unsure about using the patches as I didn't not see how cold patches would work I've previously found heat bags useful. I was pleasantly surprised. I would possibly buy again if the back pain persists I can also see how they would be good for sprains etc however I am put off by the price.

Q5 I have recommended them to my mum who also suffers with pain. She does not like taking painkillers regularly.

Q5 I think £1.65 for one is too expensive. I would expect it to be half the price if I'm honest.

LittleMissRayofHope Thu 24-Jul-14 10:00:59

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 32 weeks pregnant with a 2 year old dd and I suffer from back pain regularly anyway. I also seem to have severe PGP this pregnancy. Some mornings I can't walk and I have crutches. But the muscles in my back ache something chronic so that's why I wanted the patches.

Q2 Please describe the application of the patch- how was it to apply? How long did it last?
I had to get my husband to apply the patch as I couldn't reach the spot properly and it was relatively easy to apply.
I had it on for just over 2 hours and it was still cool when I removed it for bed.

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?
I think they did but not much. I had it in 2 places and it definitely worked better on the tight muscle in my lower back as opposed to the muscles more in the middle of my back (still on one side, not on my spine!)

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'm not sure I would buy them. I have tried the gel and think that works better. Doesn't last as long but the patches peel and I felt like it was constantly falling off and sliding.

Q5 Would you recommend them to friends or relations who are also pregnant or breastfeeding or unable to take oral painkillers?
I would recommend them, but I would recommend the gel first.

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 think this is too expensive for a disposable product. During pregnancy and breastfeeding I could visit my gp and get perfectly safe painkilling products such as pills or creams etc for free on prescription. I would likely buy a single patch for about 75p and a pack of 4 for £2.
Otherwise, pregnancy and new baby is the most financially straining time of life and £5.49 is far too much.... More then nappies!!

starlight36 Thu 24-Jul-14 10:58:47

Q1. I'm still breastfeeding my 18month old twice a day and increasingly have a sore back from lifting him in and out of his buggy / high chair or carrying him when he tires if we are out and about. He is on the 90th centile so is quite a weight! The pain is a dull ache, usually worse at the end of a day.

Q2. The patch is easy to use. If my husband is around I ask him to put it on as it is quicker but I can apply it myself. The patches last the advertised three hours.

Q3. The patch helped ease my ache. The cooling effect was pretty quick after I'd put the patch on. I was surprised just how cold the patch got, the effect was initially like someone had placed a wet sponge on my back - very pleasant in this hot weather but not sure how welcome that may be in colder weather. Wearing the patch definitely helps to relieve the nagging pains I had.

Q4. I would buy the patches again.

Q5. I would definitely recommend the patches, especially for use out of the home.

Q6. The patches are not cheap, especially the single pack, but are effective and allow the user to continue with day to day activities, which isn't possible if you use a cooling wheat bag or similar product. I used the patches whilst on holiday and they were light to pack away.

perfectstorm Thu 24-Jul-14 12:52:34

Q1 I'm breastfeeding DD, 5 months, and she was tonguetied and still has a very high palate, so I have to feed her using specific holds to achieve a deep enough latch. That means my back is suffering horribly - the feeding specialist who saw us said that was her primary concern. It aches really badly and sometimes "locks" if I turn to reach for something. I'm fine if I am propped with pillows to feed, but obviously that's not always feasible. And nor are hot water bottles or ice packs when out at soft play or shopping or a cafe.

Q2 It was hard to position, but that's because the pain is between my shoulder blades - small of back, fine. It lasted a good couple of hours.

Q3 It did relieve the pain. In this weather it was lovely, too!

Q4 I will use these again when out and about. It relieves burning pain very well, and an ice pack isn't practical in those situations.

Q5 Yes, I would recommend them for pain relief out of the home.

Q5 It seems expensive, frankly. I won't use them all the time, but for days when it's bad, and I have to go out and do things, then worth every penny.

DrFunkesFamilyBandSolution Thu 24-Jul-14 12:56:34

Marking place. Have done a week wth these now

I was 38 weeks pregnant with lower back and groin pain. It meant I had to think about my posture and day to day lining much more.
Extremely easy to apply and worked for about 3 hours. Effective within 30 mins
Yes definitely helped
Possibly. Quite expensive tho
Yes
I think it's quite expensive for five patches when I can buy similar products and reuse them

Tyranasaurus Thu 24-Jul-14 13:13:23

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, though don't like to take much medication in general. i have a old sports injury which flairs up from time to time

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

easy to apply, lased about 2 hours

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?

i'd say it was great for swelling. didn't try on aches as much prefer a hot bath for muscle aches

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, expensive and single use feels wasteful

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

maybe

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?
expensive

clarella Thu 24-Jul-14 13:21:08

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 breastfeeding my very active 19 mo old son. As he's got bigger I've noticed an increased tension in my lower back and now neck and upper back. I'm hypermobile and so some muscles are over working and compensating others! I used to do a lot of martial arts etc but not now and so I think my body is suffering! I recently had a very bad phase of back pain following a very bad bout of sickness and a virus that my son had - so lots of holding and feeding!

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

I could apply easily to my back and upper shoulders; if not my husband would have helped. It took a while to feel anything but after about half an hour I noticed the cooling effect and pain was definitely relieved. I've been keeping them on for several hours and notice the effect lasts around 3 hours.

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?
Yes, I feel they helped recovery. I found them especially useful to wear to work. I work with SEN children which can also be hands 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?

Definitely.

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

Yes I would, though I would have to comment on the price.

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 - too expensive when on maternity leave. However I've often had sore wrists and will use them to support at work next time they flare up.

Thank you for allowing me to take part in this survey, it's been an eye opener into how cold therapy could help!

hightidebaby Thu 24-Jul-14 13:27:56

Q1 I started using them when pregnant with back pain - they were fantastic as I didn't want to be stuck on the sofa, I am now breastfeeding and I have started using them on pains due to holding my little one my upper back has started to hurt.
Q2 Very easy to apply, with no sticky residue left on the skin when removing. They last for about 3 hours

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?

Q4 Yes , I even brought myself another packet

Q5 They are a great alternative to painkillers!

Q5 I would get the bigger pack as its less, but I'd only use them more when I really need them

BoudiccaW Thu 24-Jul-14 13:33:40

Q1 Breastfeeding a one year old. I have aching muscles and joints through walking and pushing the buggy long distances and also after buggy fit classes!

Q2 In some places - hip and knees in particular the patch was easy to place and stayed stuck for almost the full 3 hours (perhaps because they were under clothes?). I did have trouble getting the patches to stick on my ankle and also my neck/shoulder area.

Q3 Yes, the patch really helped my hip in particular. It stayed on for a long time and really reduced the aching and pain.

Q4 I will certainly continue to use them and would use them in future.

Q5 Yes, I would recommend them to friends or relations.

Q5 When compared to heat packs it is quite good value for money - it's not something you'd use that often so it wouldn't be a huge expense.

Poetschild Thu 24-Jul-14 13:33:48

Q1 I am breastfeeding. The muscles in my upper back go into spasm every six months or so. When this happens my movements are limited and the spasms cause a lot of pain. It is painful to lift my
Q2 Due to the location of my pain, someone else had to apply the patch. It stayed in place until I removed it.

Q3 The patch was not cold enough to impact on my pain. Freezer packs are more effective. My brother-in-law used one on his sprained ankle and found that it provided him some relief.

Q4 No, they were not effective.

Q5 Perhaps for lower back strain.

Q5 I think this is a lot to pay for a disposable item.

WiggleGinger Thu 24-Jul-14 14:01:19

Hi
1. I'm pregnant. I wanted to try these patches to relieve pain in my lower back caused by sitting / lying for long periods of time. These pains usually occur in the evening and during the night.

2. Very easy to apply. Sticker easy to remove and pad easy to stick to skin.
It lasts all night (the patch not the relief)

3. It was lovely & cooking & yes did help to relieve the pains!

4. I would but them again YES! I will continue to use them.

5. Totally would recommend.

6. I think they should be cheaper per patch .

Many thanks! These have been awesome!

WG

morethanacondiment Thu 24-Jul-14 14:15:45

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 breast feeding and have had my first sciatica attack. As well as the specific lower back pain, I've got additional pain in my hips, knees and upper back probably because I've been sleeping and moving so awkwardly. I'm taking ibuprofen but my GP won't prescribe anything stronger because I'm bf (and, of course!, I have a bottle refusing baby).

Q2 Please describe the application of the patch- how was it to apply? How long did it last? - the patch is easy to apply and reapply as long as you can see where you're putting it. I needed help to get it on my back. It's funny how i couldn't feel anything happening, but then suddenly realised that I wasn't in pain anymore. This lasted a good couple of hours.

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains? - yes! I've not had any agonising days since I tried them, but I feel confident that they make a difference with mild-moderate pain.

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

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

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? - I feel they're overpriced and would actively be looking for special offers.

Thanks for letting me try these, perfectly timed!

morethanacondiment Thu 24-Jul-14 14:17:20

Oh! Should have explained that these didn't make any real difference to the sciatica itself, but really improved the referred pain (from walking so oddly).

BerkshireLocalEditor Thu 24-Jul-14 14:47:36

Breastfeeding and developed postnatal hypothyroidism which causes joint and muscle pain

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

I used it on my shoulders and back. I left them on for up to 2 hours.

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?

Not always, but predominantly yes

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 didn't really like the cold burn feeling. I think I prefer warmth but yes I would use them again for certain muscular pains

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

Yes I would.

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?

For short term muscular pain yes but longer term pain then no.

kristyfield Thu 24-Jul-14 14:52:47

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.

Currently pregnant in the third trimester and have started to get continual lower back pain which I find hard to get rid of. Makes me grumpy each day.

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

Easy to apply, although I needed someone else to do it for me to get it in the right place. I kept each patch on for 4 hours but by 2 hrs they were starting to peel off at the edges a bit. Pain relief lasted for 4 hrs.

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?

Yes, it did help. It's didn't completely make me pain free but it did lessen the pain.

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 probably would buy again if the price was right.

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

Yes, it's another option, I might like to use them for back pain in early labour too... But pregnant women can take paracetamol which is a lot cheaper.

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?

It's bordering on the expensive side for me but if they were on offer I'd stock up.

Rramanaiken Thu 24-Jul-14 14:54:50

Q1. I'm 7 months pregnant and do 13 hour shifts as a nurse. My back is increasingly becoming more painful lower down making weight bearing very difficult after a few hours at work. Also at night getting comfortable due being on my feet makes sleeping broken after a shift.

Q2. They were relatively easy once I got the hang of them as they are very sticky and tend to stick to itself if not careful.

Q3. Yes! Very soothing and allowed me to walk around more comfortably!

Q4. I would definitely buy them again especially for pregnancy and will hopefully benefit me with aches from feeding!

Q5. Yes I would recommend them.

Q6. I think they are expensive but as they do benefit me and I'm so wary of taking pain killers the expense would outweigh having to take actual medication.

TheDudess Thu 24-Jul-14 15:42:28

Q1. Breastfeeding. I have Lower Back pain
Every now and again which I have been treating with paracetamol and a hot water bottle.

Q2. They were really easy to apply and started to work straight away. I even cut one in half to use on a smaller area and this worked well.

Q3. Yes. Worked really well! Was pleasantly surprised!

Q4. I would absolutely recommend these.

Q5. Very fair price, think as long as you keep them under £2 per patch then you're on the right lines.

ruskonmyleggings Thu 24-Jul-14 16:19:16

Q1
Breastfeeding a 10 month old. I wanted to try the patches as I have suffered with back pain since having a RTC a few years ago which was made worse by pregnancy.

Q2
I found the patch easy to apply, simply peel the backing off and stick it where needed. I think it could benefit from advising which is the sticky bit before you peel it off. It felt nice when when I applied it and smoothed it down as it has a fabric back and appeared to stick well. I was disappointed that after only one hour it started to peel off. I think this was due to it being a hot evening and I was a bit sweaty. I tried to restick it but it didn't stick back well.

Q3
When first applied the cooling effect was low but it increased the longer I wore it. It had a menthol smell and was refreshing but I didn't feel it was the same effect as an ice pack. I did not feel my muscular aches improved after using it. The minty feeling did continue after I removed the patch which was quite nice.

Q4
I do not think I would purchase this product because I could have a better effect from an actual ice pack or a deep heat spray

Q5
I would not recommend these to pregnant or breastfeeding women unless they had spare cash and wanted them for novelty value. The only advantage I can see is if you were somewhere that it was inconvenient to use an actual ice pack such as at the office or walking about town.

Q5
I consider this price rather expensive and not value for money considering it only lasted an hour on my back.

Cli0 Thu 24-Jul-14 17:16:29

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 a first time mum of a 9 week old baby girl. I wanted to test these patches as I have been suffering from back pain since giving birth and carrying her around after her latest growth spurt!

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

The patch was easy to open, but success in applying it varied. At first I found it tricky to get it in place where the pain was on my lower back, but practice made perfect! It also scrunched up a bit with movement, but this was easily fixed by peeling it back a bit and reapplying. It immediately got to work with the cold sensation kicking in after a few minutes, intensifying with movement (in a good way) and I found it lasted for a few hours.

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?

Yes and it gave a comforting tingly feeling to ease the pain.

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 buy these patches again, but I don't think I would use them on regular basis, just every now and then to help me carry on with jobs when I'm out and about.

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

I would recommend these to friends and family as an alternative remedy.

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?

As I wouldn't look to use them that often, I think the pricing isn't too bad, possibly a bit expensive for some. I would probably purchase the larger box and put it away in my medical box. I'd also be more tempted if the larger pack was under the £5.00 price mark.

Overall, I would definitely recommend this product to others. It helps relieve pain effectively and is a great alternative to drugs or painkillers.

PickleMobile Thu 24-Jul-14 18:46:33

I'm breastfeeding a nearly 16 month old and have suffered from a bad back since pregnancy. Being stuck in one position whilst breastfeeding made things worse. Paracetamol and ibuprofen don't touch the pain really and i don't like to take many drugs.

I found the patch quite difficult to apply to my lower back by myself as it kept flopping and sticking together. When DH did it for me though it was simple. I left it on for a couple of hours but thought the effects wore off before then.

I felt the patch more when sitting down but that doesn't happen often with an active toddler to entertain.

I don't think they helped a great deal with my pain and I wouldn't recommend them. I feel they are expensive for what they are.

Noappointmentnecessary Thu 24-Jul-14 18:47:05

Q1 - I am 14 weeks pregnant and on my feet a lot in my job. When I stand for long periods of time, I get lower back pain.

Q2 - first of all, I loved the smell. I got my husband to apply the patch as I wouldn't have been able to reach and put it on properly. My husband has no patience and because he did it really easily and quick, I would say this is good. Lasted 2-3 hours.

Q3 - they really settled the pain and I loved the soothing/fresh feeling.

Q4 - yes I would. They helped me to continue to perform my duties.

Q5 - yes, I loved the cooling sensation. Made the pain numb.

toughday Thu 24-Jul-14 18:54:12

Q1. Pregnant and breastfeeding a 16 month old. I have had lower back pain since my second pregnancy, especially if sitting for longer periods.

Q2. Had to get my husband to apply it as when I tried I couldn't get it to stick well enough. I felt it working pretty much straight away and lasted for a couple of hours.

Q3. Yes, it eased the pain when it was on.

Q4. Yes i would buy them if they were on special offer to have in the cupboard, but probably wouldn't use them all the time.

Q5. Yes I think I would mention it to them as something that I have tried.

Q5. they are a bit expensive but would be good if you were travelling and needed them in you luggage. Using them long term would work out quite expensive.

gizmosmama Thu 24-Jul-14 19:05:38

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, no back problems before or during pregnancy but since having my LO have had lower back pain. It's a muscular pain and it comes and goes, only lasting for a day or two then with rest it goes away again. Whilst it is sporadic, it's quite an intense pain. I think it's caused by poor posture when breastfeeding and holding a leaning position over the Moses basket. When the pain is there, I can't lean over at that angle without feeling as if my back will give way.

Q2 Please describe the application of the patch- how was it to apply? How long did it last?
I have now used 2 patches (only had the pain twice since receiving) and found them very easy to apply, just peel and stick. It stayed in place well although it did start to roll at the bottom edge, I think where the waistband on my jeans was rubbing it. It lasted a few hours, can't remember exactly as it doesn't really stop as much as gently fades and you sort of don't notice until you realise it's not cold at all anymore.

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?
Definitely, it decreased the recovery time of my ache considerably. Also felt quite nice whilst it was 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?
Yes definitely, they worked!

Q5 Would you recommend them to friends or relations who are also pregnant or breastfeeding or unable to take oral painkillers?
Yes, I think they're a great alternative. They worked for me where low dose oral painkillers (Paracetamol & Brufen) didn't.

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?
I imagine if your pain is more frequent this would not be a cost effective solution but for me, as my pain is on and off (and more off than on) it's a great price I'd be happy to pay.

Livvylongpants Thu 24-Jul-14 19:18:44

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 pregnant and suffer badly with lower back pain, especially now I'm back at work and sitting at a desk for long periods.

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

Very easy to apply and stick very well, however I found they peeled really quickly and I was constantly trying to stick it back down but after an hour I removed it as a the peeling and restocking meant it lost its stickiness

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?
When it was on it was very relieving and did soothe the aches

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 think so as they didn't last very long

Q5 Would you recommend them to friends or relations who are also pregnant or breastfeeding or unable to take oral painkillers?
Probably not

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? I think that would be reasonable if you can sort the peeling

Lent1l Thu 24-Jul-14 19:26:51

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 and even before having children suffered with back pain. Whilst pregnant and breastfeeding it is not easy to take painkillers and so finding something that means I can life my children without wincing in pain was a great idea.

Q2 Please describe the application of the patch- how was it to apply? How long did it last?
Not that easy to apply and not as sticky as expected. They do last for a few hours and certainly help to alleviate pain.

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?
Yes, my husband also commandeered one after a cricket match and was very impressed at how they helped with the ache in his shoulder.

Q4 Do you think you'd buy the patches again or continue to use them if you had a similar muscular ache or pain?
Depends on how much they are. Certainly useful to have in the house.

Q5 Would you recommend them to friends or relations who are also pregnant or breastfeeding or unable to take oral painkillers?
I would as a good alternative for instant relief.

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?
Bit expensive, would wait to see them on offer.

BB01 Thu 24-Jul-14 19:28:24

Q1 I'm breastfeeding a 13 month old. I get muscular shoulder pain regularly, period pain and the odd minor sporting injury or sports-related muscular pain.

2) Easy to apply to front but not so much the back. Used on my wrist and it was a bit big so kept peeling off. Lasted better in other places

3) the pain instantly felt better and it seemed to actively reduce the swelling causing the pain

4) I'd consider buying them again but the price may deter me

5) Yes, I'd recommend them but point out they were expensive

6) No I think they are too expensive should be held the price

Fasterkillpussycat Thu 24-Jul-14 20:37:52

Q1: I suffer from a bad back and wanted to try these because I am breast feeding my daughter.

Q2: the patches are not difficult to apply but can crumple, which reduces their effectiveness. The effect lasts for a couple of hours.

Q3: yes, they were great at easing my bad back.

Q4: yes, I would use them again.

Q5: yes.

Q6: they are quite expensive but provide a good solution when you do not want to take conventional pain killers.

Thank you for picking me for this trial.

pa2539 Thu 24-Jul-14 21:09:41

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.
Pregnant- 16 weeks, suffer from lower and upper back pain. Suffered badly in first pregnancy so will presumably get worse

Q2 Please describe the application of the patch- how was it to apply? How long did it last?
No- it kept sticking to my clothes and then folded up. After I had used, I tried to put on hubby, easier to put on someone else

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?
Not at first but after 15 mins I did notice the difference. When I stood up the cold came back but didnt notice when sat down

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 probably if I couldnt use normal pain relief

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

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?
Quite expensive but I'm sure if you shop around then you may get them cheaper. They do work!

DrFunkesFamilyBandSolution Thu 24-Jul-14 21:38:54

Q1 20 weeks pregnant, PGP (lower back, hip & groin pain),

Q2 Easy to apply but awful for crumpling when sitting down/getting back up!

Q3 About as much as taking one paracetamol, which is more than i was expecting

Q4 No. I think the patches would be more useful in a rippable packet. I would like to wear them out & about but would need to carry scissors with me (which I don't want to do with a toddler & baby)!

Q5 As a last resort!

Q5 I think they're overly expensive for a product that rides up/is unusable after an hour and you can't use on the go.

wiltshiregaschick Thu 24-Jul-14 21:58:40

1. 7 1/2 months pregnant. Sacroiliac joint pain - particularly on sitting in the car. Tend to seize up at times.

Q2 The adhesive on the patch meant that it was really easy to apply. They stayed stuck when not moving, but started to slip a little when moving when worn under clothing- probably given the heat that we are experiencing.

Q3 Feels very nice on. Nice cooling effect. Definitely takes the edge off the pain.

Q4 Yes. But we have some reusable cooling gel patches also for this purpose which we keep in the freezer.

Q5 Yes. 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?

Hmm… considering that they are single use, I don't think that this represents particularly good value for money when you consider that you can buy a reusable cooling gel pad for similar to the pack price.

GoodEggy Thu 24-Jul-14 22:22:40

Q1 I'm currently breastfeeding my almost 16 month old. I'm not in daily pain but do sometimes get lower back ache.

Q2 It was tricky to apply. It folded in itself and was difficult to peel apart again. The initial cool feel was there straight away but faded very quickly, within minutes. However, occasionally over the next few hours I was reminded of the patch's presence by a slightly colder feel around the edges of the patch.

Q3 I did find the pain had gone, I was surprised.

Q4 I would use the patches again, if they cheap enough or the pain was bad enough to warrant the cost.

Q5 I would.

Q5 No, that's terribly expensive.

Ticktick Thu 24-Jul-14 22:31:59

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 10 weeks pregnant and have historic back conditions. Wedge fracture L1 (2008) and a slipped disc last year. I get lots of muscular pains and want to avoid medication. I need good lumbar support when sitting or else I get pain.

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

Patch was easier to apply by a second person. I tried myself several times and it stuck to itself or I couldn't find right spot. Effect lasted 1.5-2 hours approx. it felt better to press the patch into skin so I sat with a cushion pressed into the area.
The stickiness of the pads wasn't great, the edges kept getting caught on my clothes, this was annoying.

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?

There was some improvement but it didn't last as long as I would have liked. Again the best effect was it patch pressed into skin, otherwise I didn't notice it as much.

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 might be tempted to use them again as an alternative to medication but I would like a longer effect and a better sticking patch.

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

I would recommend, they are worth trying.

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?

It ok value, I think I would want more for £5.49. Considering their short effect it could get very expensive to use them during 9 months of pregnancy!

bearfrills Thu 24-Jul-14 22:55:43

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 a 5mo. I wanted to try them as I get lots of aches and pains, especially in my back and my knees. I've got three children, eldest is 4yo, so I'm forever bending/stretching and lifting/carrying. I had a RTA a while ago and hurt my back, this flares up during pregnancy. I'm also hypermobile (9/9 on the Beighton Scale) so I get achy without cause too

Q2 Please describe the application of the patch- how was it to apply? How long did it last?
I found it a bit floppy and awkward to apply to my back, easier to apply to my knees. The sticky wasn't very good at the edges. The middle was fine but the sides kept curling up and the whole thing kept scrunching up as a result

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?
it did and it didn't. It worked well on my knees and relieved the ache there. On my back they were useless. I don't know if it's possible for one area of your body to be sensitive to a product and other areas be fine but whenever I tried a patch on my back I had to remove it within a few minutes as it burned painfully. The first one I tried on there actually left a rectangular welt where it had touched my skin. My knees were fine but after three attempts with my back I gave up

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 wouldn't buy them as I think they're expensive for what the are. A tube of cooling cream or a reusable cool pack would be much more cost effective.

Q5 Would you recommend them to friends or relations who are also pregnant or breastfeeding or unable to take oral painkillers?
I'd say they're worth a try BUT I'd also tell then the cons I've listed here (price, scrunching up, floppy, etc).

I also haven't received a link to any surveys.

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 have shoulder and neck pain permanently due to a car accident. I also have a shortened leg which causes ankle, hip and knee pain.

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

Easy to apply, lasted about 3 hours

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?

It numbed them slightly for a while, it definitely had an effect but it wasn't total.

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

Probably not, they were good, but not amazing. I prefer heat to cold I think

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

I would, based on the fact that different things work for different people

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 think that is far too expensive considering the price of similar products in tube form

ZaiZai Fri 25-Jul-14 00:16:52

Q1) I am currently breastfeeding (5.5mth old DD) I have been suffering with a lot of lower back aches I assume are a result of being on strict bedrest for 6 months during my pregnancy meaning I had to spend at least 20hrs each day laying flat on my back to avoid another preterm delivery and also due to poor posture whilst breastfeeding. On a day-to-day basis I suffer with lower back ache particulary when I have been in a sitting position for too long or walking quite a while.

Q2) I was surprised that although the adhesive looked fairly thin it did stick well to my lower back and I could feel it instantly. I did however find it a little frustrating that it would easily stick to my other fingers and fold over. After wrestling with the patch to stop it folding over of gathering in place as I stuck it to my lower back I did notice that the patches would last between 2.5-3hrs.

Q3) I honestly found the patches to work almost instantly. The cold sensation really does help to distract you from focusing on your aches and pains.

Q4) I would definitely buy the patches again as I found them to work almost instantly.

Q5) I would definitely recommend these patches to not only expectant or breastfeeding mums but also to family & friends, as well as colleagues. I let my fiancè use one of the patches for a sports related muscle ache and he highly recommends them also.

Q6) I believe the price is too high for the product, this is likely to turn off potential buyers.

JustGotMyBabyOnBoardBadge Fri 25-Jul-14 09:08:50

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.

Pregnant, have some lower back pain I wanted to try it on.

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

As I'm getting a bit bigger I had to get my other half to put it on but it was easy enough

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?

Yes, the sensation was nice and it lasted well

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

Maybe - The patch started to roll off after a bit so the stickiness of the glue wasn't great considering this isn't an active part of the body (like knee or hip joint) I would be wary about how the patch itself would preform

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

Probably

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?

It's a bit expensive to be honest but if it was just for a short period of time I would say yes.

malachite Fri 25-Jul-14 09:32:40

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 have a chronic pain condition and I don't like to take any more drugs than absolutely necessary as you can build up a tolerance. I get aches and pains in my neck, shoulders, back, knees and hands. When the pain is bad I can't get comfortable and can't sleep.

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

I tried the patch on my lower back and it was a little awkward to apply but once it was on it stayed in place fine. I left it on for almost three hours.

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?

Yes! I didn't think it was working at first but it gradually took effect and there was a good two hours of really effective pain relief. It was far better than 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! I was surprised by how effective it was and will definitely use them again. I think they will be very helpful at night when the pain is stopping me sleeping or for lower back pain when on long drives.

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

Definitely!

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?

This does seem quite expensive for anyone with a chronic condition. I can see someone paying this for a one off muscle strain type injury but it would be too much for me to pay regularly. I will probably save them for when my pain is really bad rather than use as an everyday type treatment.

HaveHadIt4 Fri 25-Jul-14 10:38:09

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 was 39 weeks pregnant when I received the patches and was suffering badly with SPD. I Could barely walk or move. Lying down was agony

Q2 Please describe the application of the patch- how was it to apply? How long did it last? It was easy to apply and felt really cold on application. It was a sort of sweet agony. It lasted for up to 2 hours on application.

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains? It really helped. I felt a lot better though the pain didn't go away entirely because it's a deep rooted one but it helped relieve the superficial 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? I would definitely buy them.

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

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? They're a little expensive but if you were in real pain cost would not matter to you. The targeted application of the patch gives it an advantage over oral painkillers

SimplySara Fri 25-Jul-14 11:17:56

Tried the deep freeze patch a couple of days ago after experiencing back pain which is something I regularly get and now even more so carrying my 3month year old in a baby carrier for hours on end. I'm breast feeding and weary of taking too much pain medication.
Overall I found the application of the patch okay. I did need to have my partner put it on though which is a drawback. Once on though, the patch was comfortable- didn't slip nor feel too stuck on.
The patch did offer effective pain relief and I really liked the tingling sensation. I would recommend it especially for pregnant friends or even for the growing pains of my 8year old daughter as it can be used by both.
As for value, it is okay. When you consider that a couple of generic paracetamol cost only about 20p it doesn't seem that good of a deal and only cost effective for those who really can't take paracetamol. I am very cost sensitive as most moms are and would be more likely to buy if it was priced under a £1.

bealos Fri 25-Jul-14 15:53:55

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.

I'm breastfeeding and get lower back pain (since having kids).

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

Easy to apply. It did cut it in two, despite the guidance saying not to, as I needed to cover two small areas at the bottom of my back where I get pain. Cutting the patches didn't make any difference to the way they worked.

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?
Yes, at first I thought the coolness was just distracting, but actually it did ease the pain after a while

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 might do, if I was pregnant

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

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?
Quite expensive, compared to oral painkillers

AThriftyMum Fri 25-Jul-14 17:26:02

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 currently breastfeeding my 8month old and get alot of back pain and pain in my neck and shoulders which can be made worse when at work*

Q2 Please describe the application of the patch- how was it to apply? How long did it last?*I had to get my husband to apply the patch but once it was in place it was quite effective*

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains? yes it was excellent especially when at work

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 found them very effective

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?*they are a bit expensive so would probably only buy if in desperate need*

usualnamechanger Fri 25-Jul-14 17:54:36

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 and I also have SPD and I am doing physio. I am in pain every day (pelvic area) and I do not want to take too many painkillers and get used to them especially now that I am breastfeeding. I have to stay in bed sometimes when the pain is too bad.

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

The patch was easy to apply, but it had a tendency to move. Perhaps some sort of tape around the patch would help with that? It might have been because it was rubbing my clothes. Some of them were better than others at staying in place.

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?

Yes, definitely.

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, because they were easy to apply and they work without painkillers

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

Yes, as a matter of fact, I have recommended the patches to a couple of friends who are suffering from the same problem (SPD) and are breastfeeding.

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?

It's expensive for a single patch and I would consider the 4 pack and use it when the pain gets really bad, but taking into account this is being promoted as a good alternative to women breastfeeding/pregnant, it might to be very successful because that's when we earn less money (maternity pay) and we have to buy everything for a baby.

Yvettepie Fri 25-Jul-14 20:07:03

Q1 I am breastfeeding a 5 month old baby, have had back pain for years but worse after 2 pregnancies and back to back deliveries. I have pain everyday, pretty constant, dull ache

Q2 Patch didn't stick very well, kept unrolling and was quite annoying and uncomfortable. Couldn't feel much, slight cooling effect

Q3 didn't help back pain at all, tried on a neck pain too and felt no relief

Q4 I will try again but won't be buying them

Q5 not worth the money as they don't work for me

preggos Fri 25-Jul-14 21:48:30

Q1 I am currently breast feeding my 3 week old baby boy. I wanted to try these patches as I have had back pain for many years which has only been made worse in my last 2 pregnancies. I cannot lift anything heavy, I can't stand or walk for too long, I also cannot bend over much or sit up straight for too long as all of this puts too much pressure on my lower back and pelvis.

Q2 the patch was a bit fiddly to put on as there is no real structure to it. I tried it on my lower back as well as my shoulder. Both patches did not last longer than an hr as they would begin to peel off and then not sit where I wanted them to.

Q3 there was some relief in my lower back, mainly as soon as I put the patch on as it was nice and cool. It made no difference to my shoulder though.

Q4 no, I would not buy the patches. They are supposed to be convenient in that you can apply one and then get on with your daily avtivities. As the patches kept moving out of the places I put them, they were not convenient.

Q5 yes I would recommend them but only as a very short term alternative.

Q6 No! I would not pay the best part of £6 for patches that I feel are not exactly what they claim to be. I would prefer to use my ice pack.

DoJo Fri 25-Jul-14 22:20:05

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.

Pregnant with lower backache from my first pregnancy which hasn't shifted. It isn't debilitating, but annoying as you cannot rest with a toddler in tow.

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

It was relatively easy, apart from the fact that it flipped over and stuck to itself when I removed the protective backing.

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?

It did whilst I was wearing it, but I don't think there were any long term benefits.

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 liked the fact that they were cooling, especially in this weather, so I would consider using them again.

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

I would if they didn't have any alternatives - the patches were soothing if not a cure-all.

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?

I probably wouldn't pay that much for a patch that only lasted this length of time. I have used heating pads which lasted 12 hours and cost less than £5, so I might be inclined to go with those if I was motivated purely by cost vs effectiveness. If the repetition of Q5 is an attempt to ascertain whether I am numerically observant, then consider the test passed! grin

lentilpot Sat 26-Jul-14 12:19:38

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.

Pregnant and have lower back pain whenever I walk too far (which isn't very far!)

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

Slightly annoying to apply, but that's mainly because lower back is hard to reach! I tended to take them off after about an hour.

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?

Yes! It was weird, at first it didn't ever feel like it was working but after about half an hour the pain was definitely improved.

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, if pregnant or breastfeeding.

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?

Not great value for money, if my pain was daily this would definitely be too much!

idleweiss Sat 26-Jul-14 16:45:34

Still no sign of my patches! sad

BreastmilkDoesAFabLatte Sat 26-Jul-14 20:15:14

Q1 I'm breastfeeding. I've been having the pains since surgery about 2 years ago... it's all 'just one of those things'. Ibuprofen and co-codamol do help a bit, but I'd rather not take much whilst breastfeeding. Frozen peas, once properly applied, work wonders too... but I also work part-time and honestly, who wants to show up to the office with a 900kg bag of Aldi peas strapped to their inside leg?

Q2 It was very easy to apply, and rather more unobtrusive than a pack of frozen peas. I think each patch lasted a couple of hours or so... the effect was so subtle that it was hard to tell.

(However, I also had a little experiment in applying them to an area of scarring on the skin above an ache: ouch! As the label says, not advisable...)

Q3 A little... paracetamol-level rather than morphine-level pain relief. Enough for the milder aches.

Q4 Maybe. It'd be useful to have a stash at work, or some other such place rendering the peas inappropriate.

Q5 As long as the pain wasn't too severe or prolonged, yes.

Q5 It's more than I could afford on a regular basis.

BonjourMinou Sat 26-Jul-14 20:45:23

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 currently breastfeeding a 9 month old so i try to avoid using painkillers where possible and stick to paracetamol if absolutely necessary. I don't suffer from backache on a regular basis, so i had to wait until I had a backache before giving my feedback, sorry!

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

Quite easy actually, it did fold to itself and stick a bit but I was able to unpeel it again easily enough and stick it straight to my back.

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?

Yes, it felt lovely, surprisingly cool on application - I wasn't sure how I'd feel about that as I'm used to the deep heat and I'm not a fan of the cold, but actually it was a really nice feeling. It didn't feel that cold for long and then the cooling came back gradually. It definitely worked.

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 might do - I think I would keep a couple in stock in case of severe backache but I'm not sure I would use them for light backache.

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

I would suggest it to them if they told me backache was a particular problem as something they could try out, yes.

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?

It's not bad, similar to the deep heat patches I think, offhand. Again I don't think I would use them that often, only for severe backache - for less severe I think I would just put up with it, it's cheaper!

oracle0711 Sat 26-Jul-14 21:51:55

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.

I'm 6 months pregnant and have lower back and hip pain especially come the evening.

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

The application is difficult by yourself, I ended up getting my husband to put it on. It last a few hours but lost it's stick long before it lost it's cooling effect

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?

Yes

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 use then again, and be willing to try them on my hips apart but I'd have to tape them on.

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

Yes

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 for £5.49 I'd expect a box of 12.

BadMissM Sun 27-Jul-14 00:44:04

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 applied because I was pregnant, but sadly lost the baby, so I feel a bit of a fraud. However, I do have chronic back pain, so tried them nonetheless because of that. It affects me daily, I have a one-year old, and I struggle with picking him up, bathing him, etc.

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

I cheated and got my DD to apply it...mine is upper back pain and I would have to be a contortionist to apply it between my own shoulder-blades. It lasted for about an hour.

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?

It did, quite well.

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 may well buy them again, and I would if pregnant again. I am on serious pain relief, and of course had to stop this whilst pregnant.

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

I think I would, they do offer some relief, probably enough to get to sleep!

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?

I think if they were slightly cheaper for bigger multi-packs people would be more likely to buy them...you could go through an awful lot during pregnancy and breast-feeding. It might be an idea if they were also available on prescription?

Nadsy70 Sun 27-Jul-14 06:03:42

Wuesti

Nadsy70 Sun 27-Jul-14 06:09:36

Q1
I am currently 18 weeks pregnant and have pregnancy sciatica.

Q2
Not too bad to apply my husband helped me sometimes. I felt like it lasted two hours.

Q3
It helped for about an hour but that was still some relief.

Q4
I probably wouldn't buy them specifically for sciatica but for a pulled muscle etc I would

Q5
I think the price is fine

Batmam Sun 27-Jul-14 12:35:20

Q1
I'm breastfeeding and suffer from a constantly achy and stiff back. Partly carried over since pregnancy and partly from poor posture while bf, hunching over especially when out and about without a supportive pillow to prop up DS.

Q2
I was pleasantly surprised that the patch wasn't too sticky and didn't leave any residue. Easy to apply after working it out the first time. But unfortunately as I needed it on my lower back under the trouser band it crumpled up every time I bent down - which is very often with 2 DC! It was annoying having to constantly reposition it. In this regards it could've done with being more sticky, or with a larger plaster to keep it in place. However it stayed in place fine when I used it on my shoulders.

Q3
Yes for an hour or two. The cooling effect seemed to come and go but it was still quite soothing. Quite subtle though, I would've preferred an ice pack or a bag of peas but the patches are portable so a good next best thing. As my problem area isn't isolated in one spot I don't think the patches are really what I need. They are probably more suited to people with actual back pain who are looking for an alternative to painkillers. My husband used one for a sore Achilles' tendon and loved it.

Q4
No I wouldn't buy them again for the reasons above. I like to try new things though so probably would've bought them once. I won't continue to use them for my type of backache but would if I had a more acute pain or injury.

Q5
No but I would probably mention that I have tried them. Not sure the pregnant/breastfeeding market is the best one for these patches.

Q6
No this isn't good value for money, the price would definitely put me off. They are expensive considering you would need a lot to get you through pregnancy and bf. Under £5 for a pack of 10-12 is more reasonable, especially as they don't even last a full day.

Enjoyed trialling them though, thanks.

mylittlel Sun 27-Jul-14 15:32:07

Q1 I'm breastfeeding.Wanted to try originally for when I was pregnant so that patches could ease my back pain, after giving birth I still have back pain when walking for long and after breastfeeding as sometimes can be in awkward position. When I use patches pain goes away very quickly which helps a lot.

Q2 Application is very easy, as I had to take the patch from its individual packaging and apply patch with its sticky side to achy area. It worked quickly in approx less than 5 mins

Q3 Yes it did

Q4 yes

Q5 Yes, but depending on a pain

Q5 I find it quite expensive, not sure that I would consider buying

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 31 weeks pregnant and suffer with back ache and really bad aching in the tops of my legs.

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

I found the patch very easy to apply to the top of my leg where I get the most pain. It was quite difficult to apply it myself to my back though. Once it was one I found it stayed on really well though. It lasted around 2 hours which was great for me.

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?

Yes, not 100% but it really really helped a lot.

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 100% buy these patches again. The relief they gave me was fantastic and well worth buying them.

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

Yes 100%

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?

Yes good value for the 4 pack, Prob wouldnt buy the single ones though

puggywug81 Sun 27-Jul-14 19:57:46

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 a 4 month old baby, he is a big baby, his birth weight was 10lb 14 so the weight of him gives me back ache and obviously due to breastfeeding I didn't want to take drugs.

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

I had to get my partner to apply them,they wrinkle up a bit but are generally ok. They seemed to last around 2 hours.

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?

Yes the patches did soothe the ache.

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 use them again for one off back problems.but they would be too expensive for every day use.

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

I would advise friends and family that they do work but are an expensive option for every day use.

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?

I felt they were a little too expensive.

creamoftomato Sun 27-Jul-14 21:33:18

Q1 Breastfeeding a 4 month old. An old back pain that I've had for years got a lot worse while I was pregnant and I now have new back and shoulder pains, I think from getting used to carrying a baby, pushing a pram and feeding. The pain is usually a niggly ache but it's crap to have it all the time.

Q2 I found it quite hard to apply, it kept flopping over and getting stuck on itself, but this might be because I was trying to apply it to my shoulders by myself. Definitely would have been much easier with another person to help. It still felt sticky when I removed it about 30 minutes later so I think it would have lasted much longer.

Q3 I didn't feel the pain while the patch was on, but I'm not sure if this is because it relieved the pain, or if I just didn't feel the pain because of the cold burny sensation from the patch...

Q4 Not sure :S

Q5 Honestly I think 4 hourly paracetamol would be better, so probably not.

Q5 If you felt they worked for you, I'd probably think this was reasonable. I'd be tempted to try to re-use them though!

attachmentmummy Sun 27-Jul-14 23:37:02

Q1 I'm breastfeeding so loathe to take painkillers, and I am also asthmatic so can't use Ibuprofen and things like that anyway. Even the gels are contra indicated. I have a residual shoulder injury that flares up regularly and causes deep muscular pain in the trapezium muscle and throughout my left shoulder.

Q2 The patch was really easy to apply, invisible under clothes, and lasted for several hours at a time.

Q3 The patch worked almost instantly and provided great relief from the muscular tension and pain. It also helped in that encouraged my muscles to relax thus causing longer term pain relief, even after the patch had been removed.

Q4 I would definitely buy them again, and will make sure I always have some in our first aid basket.

Q5 I would definitely recommend them to others. We favour a natural approach to medicine so would advise someone to use these before resorting to conventional medicines.

Q5 They are excellent value for money.

Littleturkish Mon 28-Jul-14 09:01:09

Q1 Pregnant and had awful back nd hip pain with my first pregnancy. So far, I haven't suffered too much so haven't used many.

Q2 Sticky and peeled off very quickly

Q3 Didn't really make much difference

Q4 No, I don't think they were suitable for the sort of pain I had.

Q5 I'd always say try them, it's good to have a safe form of pain relief for pregnant women/breastfeeding women.

Q5 Not great as they peeled off so quickly- didn't last three hours.

ckkj Mon 28-Jul-14 09:35:43

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 an 18 month old and find that I get a lot of pain in my lower back and top shoulder / back area and wanted to see if the patches would help ease the pain when it is really bad.

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

I applied the patch on my shoulder / back area. It was difficult for me to apply on my own so had to get my husband to help me. I kept it on for 3 hours as this is what is recommended. I found that the initial “cold” freeze lasted about 1 hour and thought that was it but was pleased that I did feel the benefit of it for about 2 hours with slow release.

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?

The pain had definitely eased after applying the patch.

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

Definitely, especially as it is so limited on what you can use whilst pregnant and/or breastfeeding.

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

I have already recommended them to a friend who is pregnant and she said it really helped ease her pain.

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?

They are more expensive than a “tube” but if the pain is bad enough then you’d be willing to buy it. I guess for what it does, and the limited products that are available to pregnant / breastfeeding mums it is a good product but could do with being more affordable.

rollstapollsta Mon 28-Jul-14 11:42:09

Thanks for picking me!

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.

Pregnant - in 3rd trimester. Sometimes get achey back sitting at desk all day, probably from slouching, but do sometimes struggle when it gets to 3/4pm so was hoping these patches would give me a boost to make it through to 5.30!

Q2 Please describe the application of the patch- how was it to apply? How long did it last? Easy-ish to apply, corners sometimes flipped back when you peeled off the plastic so that the sticky side stuck to itself, but easy to avoid once you get the hang of it. Seemed to last an hour or so.

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains? Kind of - wasn't blown away by the effectiveness to be honest but they definitely helped a bit.

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

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

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? Seems quite expensive for what they are.

KatieWh Mon 28-Jul-14 12:00:36

Q1 I am breastfeeding my 3 month old daughter and have suffered with lower back pain since having her. The pain is often exacerbated by breastfeeding.

Q2 I initially had to get someone to apply the patch as it wasn't easy to apply myself. It came off and got stuck to a cushion at one point, but it was a very hot day! Can apply myself with patience but easier with help.

Q3 The menthol/cooling effect created an odd, almost burning sensation but definitely helped with the muscular pain for an hour or so.

Q4 I will continue to use the patches, especially while breast feeding (being unable to take stronger painkillers) although I would mostly use at home due to the strong menthol smell.

Q5 I would recommend the patches to help with muscular back pain as I found them quite effective.

Q5 I would say the patches are pretty expensive, especially when you are watching the pennies with a new arrival to care for. They do help though so it probably is worth it if you can't take painkillers.

Donniee Mon 28-Jul-14 12:23:32

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.
a) Yes I am pregnant, I have shoulder pain on a day to day basis

Q2 Please describe the application of the patch- how was it to apply? How long did it last?
a) the application of the patch was easy to do, it lasted a few hours

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?
a) on this occasion the patch didnt help my ache

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

Q5 Would you recommend them to friends or relations who are also pregnant or breastfeeding or unable to take oral painkillers?
a) i would recommend the patch as my ache might of been something the patch couldnt fix

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?
a) quite expensive for a single patch when it doesnt last overly long

MillieNZ77 Mon 28-Jul-14 17:03:08

Q1. 21 weeks pregnant, looking for relief for mild back/lower backache - Muscular aches and pains. I’ve tried using a hot water bottle – however with body temp & the current weather its not comfortable.

Q2. For backache, its definitely handy to have a spare pair of hands to help as its pretty tricky to get the patch to stick in the right place. But once in place lasted for a good couple of hours & I could get on & do things rather than lying down.

Q3. I think the patch helped & as they were attached I didn’t have to worry about it moving about. Its not a long-term fix but it does takes the edge off.

Q4. I'd definitely use them again and would try them for breast-feeding rated pain relief as well.

Q5. My husband is already keen to try them for sport injury/aches, also would recommend to people looking for a drug free pain relief option.

Q6. They are pretty expensive, when I’m not working on maternity leave they might be a bit of a luxury.

sianishere Mon 28-Jul-14 17:20:16

Thank you for the opportunity to take part in this product trial!

Q1 I am 30 weeks pregnant and until a month ago I was also breastfeeding, so my pain relief options are very limited! I have been suffering with back and hip pains throughout this pregnancy so wanted to try the patches to see if they would help with this.

Q2 It was relatively easy to apply the patch but it was very difficult to keep it in place. It kept sliding down, folding over and rolling into itself. It fell off after less than an hour!

Q3 The patch did help to relieve aches and pains for the duration that I managed to keep it on. It also left a cool feeling on the skin after the patch came off which felt nice.

Q4 I wouldn't buy the patches again as they fall off too easily. They are only good if you are sitting or laying still, which with a toddler is something I most definitely am not doing! If they could change the adhesive to make them more sticky then I would consider buying them but not as they are now.

Q5 I would mention them as something worth trying as there are not many alternatives for pregnant or breastfeeding women, but I would warn people that they are likely to fall off easily.

Q5 Considering the cost of paracetamol, the patches are not very good value for money. I expected them to be around £2-3 for a 4 pack. Usually money is tight for pregnant or breastfeeding women as they are likely to be )or soon to be) on maternity leave.

Fancypants2014 Mon 28-Jul-14 19:19:15

Q1 I am currently 5 months pregnant and have been suffering mainly from lower back pain which appears to be increasing as I get bigger! I wanted to test this product as I try to avoid pain relief medication anyway (particularly when pregnant) and was keen to share my views.

Q2 The patches are fiddly to apply (especially to my upper back) and I had to ask for help with this. On other, more accessible joints the application process would be very straight forward - it looks like a large white Elastoplast (with holes to allow your skin to breathe whilst its on!). I normally put these on in the evening and wear them overnight but I reckon the pain relief lasts for about 3-4 hours. The initial effect is to experience a very cold sensation however this does not last long. They are comfortable and haven't fallen off after applied.

Q3 The patch did as it said it would on the box - it relieved my back pain effectively. My partner also tried them for his muscular back pain (this is a long term and recurring problem for him). He also found them to help with pain control and therefore assist sleep. My partner is also very seriously allergic to all drugs from the Ibuprofen family and so can's use most pain relief patches. It was refreshing to find one that he can use safely!

Q4 I would buy the patches again. The box advises that you should check with your GP before using them while pregnant - I didn't do this as my appointments are so spread out. I definitely would before using them again.

Q5 Yes - I would recommend these to a friend but advise they speak to their GP first before using them

Q5 £1.65 for a single patch and £5.49 for a 4 pack: This is fairly expensive compared to other pain relief patches (and as previous reviewers have said a lot more expensive that your average supermarket 16p paracetamol). However I suppose the patches are not in direct competition with paracetamol and have different benefits and so this is an unfair comparison.

Overall - a positive experience smile

kellestar Mon 28-Jul-14 21:09:03

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 currently breastfeeding a 16 month old and suffer with migraines and occasional back, shoulder & neck pain. I use ice packs quite a bit, a handy relief for bruises.

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

Really easy to apply, very thin and flexible so easy to apply to awkward parts. The problem I have with current ice packs is their inflexibility and ease of application.

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?

not really, it didn't give me the relief I was hoping for. I regularly use an ice pack for pain relief and hoped to have a similar kind of relief from these patches. They left it cool and tingly and not enough to be of actual relief.

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 wouldn't go out and buy them.

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

I wouldn't recommend them, I would be recommending actual cold patches

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? As I didn't find the product that effective I'm not sure this is good value for money.

Abc135 Tue 29-Jul-14 11:36:45

Q1 Iam breastfeeding and suffer from sciatica, I hoped the patches would be able to help with some of the discomfort and allow me to sit in a position long enough to feed my baby, without having to take any drugs which I am not prepared to do whilst breast feeding

Q2 I found them tricky to get on myself on my back and it was easier when someone else could help. They faded off for me after 2 hours. In the heat though when I was sweating they tend to loose the stickiness which keeps them in place, however it has been unusually hot the past couple of weeks so it shouldn't imagine this would be a problem throughout the year.

Q3 yes I found the patch did offer me relief from the pain/discomfort for a period of time

Q4 yes I would use them again, I could imagine that if I became pregnant again I would also use them at that time.

Q5 yes I would

Q6 I do think they are priced too high, it would be the price which would put me off buying them

SherbertDip Tue 29-Jul-14 15:14:45

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 currently breastfeeding and suffer with lower back pain.

Q2 Please describe the application of the patch- how was it to apply? How long did it last?
The patch itself was easy to apply, I felt it working (cooling) but only for around an hour and I also noted they worked better if the patch was covered - I tried them on my back and also ankle area as I have some ligament injury at the moment.

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains? the cooling of the patch felt nice when I could feel it but as I said it didn't last too long.

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 think I would consider them again if a reasonable price

Q5 Would you recommend them to friends or relations who are also pregnant or breastfeeding or unable to take oral painkillers?
I would recommend them and it would be intersting to see how others find them.

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?
For me I feel that I would not get value for money

jessikins24 Tue 29-Jul-14 17:45:19

1. I'm 21 weeks pregnant and have back pain every day. I also have a lot of abdominal pain caused by huge fibroid.
2. The patch was easy to apply and lasted about 2 hours. Sometimes the stickiness was a bit inconsistent, rolling up at the edges.
3 . Yes - fantastic!
4. Yes. So easy to use, no fuss or mess or vile smell!
5. I think these are expensive. I might consider if they were on offer, but would be more likely to go for a tube of gel as I think it would be a lot cheaper, especially if I was using for a prolonged period. I think £1 each or £2.50 for 4 would be reasonable, and would be good to see a multipack value pack too.
Thanks for the trial!

jessikins24 Tue 29-Jul-14 17:46:30

Sorry, I missed question 5!
I would recommend them to friends

AlwaysRightNeverWrong Tue 29-Jul-14 20:05:50

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 currently breastfeeding. I have been suffering from thorasic back pain for over 20 months, for which I have had physiotherapy and medications prescribed. My back pain affects me everyday, although no always to the same extent.

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

The patches were fiddly to apply, I had to asks husband to apply them due to the fact they would fold in on themselves and would be difficult to seperate. I found the material was too flimsy. The cooling sensation lasted over 3 hours, however on more than one occasion my patch fell off.

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?

Yes, I was really surprised by this. I had never considered cold would ease my symptoms. I found this had better results than heat patches I had been using.

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

Possibly, however I would prefer them to be easier to apply, or I would only use them whilst at home, with limited activity.

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

Yes.

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?

Yes, given the relief I got from the patches
I would be willing to pay for them, but I would only use them when the pain was at its highest levels.

melodycat Wed 30-Jul-14 08:05:34

Q1 I am currently breastfeeding a 13 month old and suffer with intermittent upper and lower back pain.

Q2 fairly easy to apply although tricky on upper back, it folded over itself. I only kept the patch on for 30 mins as I found the sensation really unpleasant (burning/tingly sensation). It started working after about 5 mins.

Q3 yes did offer some relief (probably by distraction!)

Q4 no I would not buy them again as I found them very uncomfortable/unpleasant to wear.

Q5 I would mention them to friends who might find them useful but wpuldnt personally recommend them

Q6 I think they are quite expensive for regular use, but as an occasional use the value would be fair

Thanks

WhenDoISleep Wed 30-Jul-14 10:41:13

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 breastfeeding my toddler; with lifting/carrying him and general activity, i usually wake up with pain in my lower back, that tends to radiate all over by back.

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

I didn't find the application too bad - I bent over to apply the patch to my lower back and found it worked fine. It didn't quite last the time it should, I guess due to clothes rubbing on it as I went about my daily routine.

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?

It helped in a very localised fashion, but the back pain I have tends to radiate, so it didn't completely eliminate the problem.

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 think for a vey localised issue e.g. distinct muscle sprain/pull, they would be very effective and I would maybe use in the future. For a larger area I would probably use a gel or rub, if I didn't want to use oral painkillers.

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

I might mention them as an option, but not recommend them in a 'wow, these are a great solution' way.

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?

I think they are expensive for what they are; I have used the Deep Freeze gel before and would continue to use that before the patches.

Beagadorsrock Wed 30-Jul-14 11:51:01

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 a (now)7 month old. Have back pain - he's quite chunky! - and also joint pain, first in thumbs and wrists from how I was holding him, now more in the knees. All of them make me feel like a creaking old hag and certainly affect my enjoyment of my baby.

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

Fiddly, especially on the back. Even in easily reachable areas such as the deltoid or the small of the back it felt like it would not stay put for long and so I was already tense rather than relaxed! The place where I was least distracted by application issues to actually notice the cooling effect was the knee, and even then it felt like it was bunching long before it actually did. I did crave plaster-type "wings" to make sure it stayed on.

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?
I could definitely feel the patch rather than the pain. Two caveats: on the back my pain is so diffuse that a single patch just made me feel the 'uncovered 'bits more. And on the knee, the pain came back as soon as the patch came off (a few hours) so it did relieve the pain, but only temporarily.

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

If I were desperate for something to relieve the pain and I couldn't take NSAIDs yes, though my preference would always be for a mythical paracetamol gel (there isn't one is there?)

Q5 Would you recommend them to friends or relations who are also pregnant or breastfeeding or unable to take oral painkillers?
Yes, if only for temporary respite and/or to distract one long enough to 'forget' that there is pain

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?
I would never buy the single at that price, and the 4-pack also seems a bit steep considering the lack of sticking plaster.

JustCallMeBaldrick Wed 30-Jul-14 12:27:22

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 a 5-month old, and I suffer frequently from lower back pain.

Q2 Please describe the application of the patch- how was it to apply? How long did it last?
I found it easy to apply, and could feel the effects for a couple of hours.

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?
It did, although not as effectively as a hot-water bottle...

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 will continue to use the patches I have, but I don't think I'd buy them again.

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

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?
It seems very expensive for something that is for one use.

idleweiss Wed 30-Jul-14 21:18:09

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 breast feeding my 9 week old son and also have two DDs aged 2&4yrs. I have been suffering from terrible back pain which gets really bad if I sit feeding for too long, bend down, or pick up my youngest girl or their toys,etc, and sometimes the pain stops me in my tracks. It always seems to be there niggling away!

Q2 Please describe the application of the patch- how was it to apply? How long did it last?
The patch is very easy to apply, just take off the backing and stick it on. It is easy to adjust as well. I found the cooling effect carried on after I took off the patch, so the relief lasted a good few hours.

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?
It did, the cooling effect was quite pleasant and eased the pain so tasks were more manageable.

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 think I would.

Q5 Would you recommend them to friends or relations who are also pregnant or breastfeeding or unable to take oral painkillers?
Yes, I have already recommended them to a pregnant friend and to my mum.

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?
I consider them to be a little pricey, but then so are a lot of branded painkillers. I would like it if they were a little cheaper or in bigger value packs.

vincenta Thu 31-Jul-14 07:59:55

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.

I am 31+5 weeks pregnant and like most of mums to be experience not very pleasant pain in my lower back, especially after I walk a lot.My back pain was awful before I tried couple of exercises on gym boll which physiotherapist recommended it helped a lot.However time from time even after gym ball exercises my back still hurts and than I use Deep freeze pain relief patches.I wanted to try them because like most of mums I try to avoid to take any medicine while I am pregnant.

Q2 Please describe the application of the patch- how was it to apply? How long did it last?
It was easy to apply,hassle free and very fast. Patch lasted more than 2 hours which was great, especially in warm weather, so soothing,refreshing and pain removing!

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?
Yes, definitely it worked wonders when my gym ball was unefective. It is great to enjoy your life, pregnancy and don't feel pain and at the same time it is lovely to feel myself guilt free as I am not taking paracetamol.

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, definitely.I think Deep Freeze pain relief cold patches are fantastic products, which works and makes life pain free and much more easier.

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

Definitely I will recommend them to a friends and relatives as this is safe to get rid of pain.

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?

To be honest I don't mind to pay this price as I didn't use patches everyday and even they are pricey at the same time they are still affordable.
For those who are in more pain that price would be too high and that would be great that there would be bulk pack options, more you buy-cheaper you get them.

LostInTheTriangle Thu 31-Jul-14 10:57:41

1) I am breast feeding a 7 month old baby. I wanted to try the patches because I am keen to try alternatives to taking painkillers for muscular aches and pains. I often co sleep and wake up finding I have slept awkwardly so get aches and pains in my back and shoulders. When this happens I struggle to complete daily tasks such as dog walking and chores.
2) Because of the location of my pain (left shoulder blade/upper back) I asked my husband to apply the patch. I can see the patches would be easy to apply to more conveniently located areas that are often painful in pregnancy such as hips and lower back.
3) Yes one morning having slept awkwardly, I applied a patch and felt good relief in the painful area of my shoulder. I preferred the patch to an ice pack or heat pack.
4) Yes I would continue to use the patches and purchase them, but not for every day use if I had a consistently painful muscular pain (see below).
5) Yes I would purchase the patches because they are effective, mine is not a constant pain, they are practical for travelling and convenient to pack in a suitcase. I wouldn't use them on a daily basis as the cost would mount up - in this scenario an ice pack is more practical and cost effective.

BelleOfTheBoys Thu 31-Jul-14 12:39:44

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 breastfeeding DS2 who is now 11months old (and blooming heavy!). I have always had muscular pain and mechanical back issues but these were made worse in pregnancy and now I am breastfeeding and lifting a heavy baby and 3yo DS1 all day I am suffering more, especially in the evenings when I imagine my muscles are just giving up. More than once DH has had to push me or partially carry me up the stairs.

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

Not easy to apply at all. Very super sticky and very difficult to twist round to apply to my own back. Especially as 9fairly obviously) I have a bad back so twisting to that weird angle, while trying to flip this sticky patch over and not fold it in on itself...sigh. Tricky stuff.

I think I could feel the effects clearly for a couple of hours. After about an hour, I needed to rub the patch to feel any noticeable cold.

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?

I wouldn't say it relieved the pain as such, although the cold sensation was soothing and pleasant. I liked them better when I used them around my ribcage area (as I also ache there) and I felt they had a nice soothing feeling, if not actual pain relief. I also liked to use the patch at night - when I could lie on my back the soothing was lovely.

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, I don't think I would. They were so sticky and fiddly that I don't think the relief was worth the hassle.

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

Maybe a pregnant friend might like them more than I did. But I have no idea how I would have twisted round to get them on when I was heavily pregnant. One for asking someone else to apply, I think.

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?

It's not too bad, but if you like them or they were your only pain relief option they are very expensive compared to, say, a cold pack you could reuse. They are a LOT more expensive than a pack of paracetamol.

vj32 Thu 31-Jul-14 21:42:34

Not sure if I have done this already... so sorry if it is a repeat!
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 a 4 month old and have a 3 year old, so do lots of lifting!

Q2 Please describe the application of the patch- how was it to apply? How long did it last?
Quite difficult to apply to my upper back, which is where I get pain from breastfeeding. It might help if the patch was a bit thicker.

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?
Yes, it eased pain for a while.

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 will use all the free ones but I think heat patches or a hot water bottle works better on muscle pain.

Q5 Would you recommend them to friends or relations who are also pregnant or breastfeeding or unable to take oral painkillers? I may do, I think its a good option to have.

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, however I might do the same as I did when I used heat patches - buy them up when they are on offer!

Suzanne73 Fri 01-Aug-14 05:59:39

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 and have been suffering with back pain during pregnancy as well. I also feel that after 2 failed attempts at a spinal which was needed due to emergency c-section also aggravated the problem. I can never get comfortable at night and sitting and feeding the baby is painful and obviously the bending and lifting

Q2 Please describe the application of the patch- how was it to apply? How long did it last?
* after the first few applications I found it easier to apply it although depending on what I was wearing sometimes it would peel off but only at the edges. I felt it lasted a good few hours and after I had taken it off was when I really noticed the cold effect*

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?
yes most definitely as after wearing daily for a week I only use the sporadically and there has been a huge difference for me in the back pain. I also used one on my knee as I walk a lot and my knee was a bit stiff and that really helped too. I also liked the smell

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?
i would highly recommend them to friends and family and have done so
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?
as I have trialled them I know they work or they did for me so I would be comfortable paying that price for them. Perhaps a money back offer might be an incentive to try

Suzanne73 Fri 01-Aug-14 06:01:48

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 use them again. I am moving house today so I have a couple that I have saved just in case

EhricLovesTheBhrothers Fri 01-Aug-14 07:04:45

Why is this in baby names?

EhricLovesTheBhrothers Fri 01-Aug-14 07:05:37

Hmm right well when I opened this thread it was in baby names, honest. Now I'm in product tests. Something weird going on.

KMartin01 Fri 01-Aug-14 13:06:16

Q1 I'm 22 weeks pregnant and wanted to try the patches as I have suffered with back pain previously and thought pregnancy will exacerbate this.

Q2 It wasn't possible for me to put on myself, so boyfriend put them on. Just under my shoulder blades, one on each side. I couldn't feel anything at first but then the coolness and tingling started which was nice. I left them on for about an hour.

Q3 I wasn't in massive pain to begin with, just a niggling ache and I think the patched did ease this.

Q4 I might buy them again, although they did come unstuck to me and stuck to the back of my t-shirt so much so that I thought boyfriend had put them on the wrong way - but he hadn't!

Q5 I'd probably recommend them as an option.

Q5 I think they're definitely overpriced.

Midwifeonrun Fri 01-Aug-14 13:33:02

Q1. Pregnant. I suffer from pelvic girdle pain which gives me back and pubic pain particularly when laying down and turning over.
Q2. The patch is easy to use but can be difficult to apply to back without it folding on itself.
Q3. Yes it did help with pain to some degree.
Q4. I will continue to use the patches while I still have sme left. I would suggest as an option to friends who didn't want to take paracetamol.
Q5. I think they are costly given that similar effect could be achieved more cheaply.

BlueC2 Fri 01-Aug-14 13:49:45

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.
Was pregnant, now breastfeeding. During pregnancy I was getting lower back pain due to stress put on my body by baby bump. This has eased since giving birth but I do still get some back pain from being in awkward positions to feed my baby.

Q2 Please describe the application of the patch- how was it to apply? How long did it last?
The patch was a bit fiddly to apply as difficult to get on my back but ok once in position.

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?
I wasn't in extreme pain to start with but the patch did ease the pain and coolness was nice

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

Q5 Would you recommend them to friends or relations who are also pregnant or breastfeeding or unable to take oral painkillers?
I have given one of the patches to my step dad to try as he suffers with sciatica and doesn't like to always resort to painkillers. I would recommend to other mums.

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?
If you needed to use them regularly then this would work out quite expensive.

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.
When I applied for the product test, I was pregnant with my fourth child. I was suffering from very painful sacroiliac joint disfunction. I had had some Physio which wasn't proving very effective. Working as a primary school teacher means that I was bending, crouching and lifting all day which all aggravated my condition and by the end of the day, I was close to tears some days.

Q2 Please describe the application of the patch- how was it to apply? How long did it last?
I found it quite difficult to apply because they were floppy! They lasted about half an hour if I remember correctly?

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains? Not especially, I found the cold almost burning which gave me a different sensation to think about!

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?
Yes I would, because anything is worth a go when you are in pain with your 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?
Personally, no. But that is only because I didn't find much relief in them. But I would still suggest other people might want to try them as I can see their potential. If effective, I would definitely pay that amount.

TestingTestingWonTooFree Fri 01-Aug-14 13:56:11

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 now 35 weeks pregnant and have long standing low back problems that have been aggravated by pregnancy. I avoid painkillers generally and especially now I'm pregnant. I'm a big believer in the power of a cold compress as my physiotherapist often recommends it for various problems.

Q2 Please describe the application of the patch- how was it to apply? How long did it last?
It was easy to apply, even to the small of my back where I couldn't see what I was doing. It adhered for plenty of time without any problems and was easy to remove.

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?
Not much. I was really disappointed. I felt the cold wasn't cold enough.

Q4 Do you think you'd buy the patches again or continue to use them if you had a similar muscular ache or pain? Unlikely, I'd stick to a cold compress wherever possible, would only use these if desperate because although convenient I didn't find the effects warranted the use.

Q5 Would you recommend them to friends or relations who are also pregnant or breastfeeding or unable to take oral painkillers? With hesitation. It's better than nothing, but not brilliant.

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? Compared to a facecloth and cold water, it's pretty pricey. I think it's affordable for occasional use but would be tough for chronic conditions.
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Gangamai Fri 01-Aug-14 13:57:34

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 23weeks pregnant and suffer from both lumbar & thoracic back pain resulting from a car accident which is aggrivated by the pregnancy. It's a dull ache most days, and much worse after sitting or standing for periods of time.

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

The application was easy, though I found in the warm weather (and thus sweaty) the patches didn't stick very well & fell off quite quickly. By bump band helped keep it in place on my lower back but wasn't a great solution.

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?

Yes, it was a strange sensation, especially in the summer! But did work.

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

If they were cheaper, or for very short term use.

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

Yes,but would warn about the cost.

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. Paracetamol is cheaper and longer lasting.

MrsErrington Fri 01-Aug-14 13:58:36

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 currently 25 weeks pregnant and suffering from back pain for the first time. This reduces the time I can to sit at my desk at work or drive. When it gets bad I have to lie down to lessen the pain (Physio starts next week thank goodness!)

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

I can't apply it myself as my pain is on my back but my husband finds them easy to apply.

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?

Yes - huge difference!

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?

Yes - I've handed them round and my pregnancy yoga class and recommended them to a friend who has pulled his back out... who isn't pregnant or breast feeding but does reach a point in the day when he shouldn't take more pain killers but is still suffering from back pain.

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'd hope for less than £5 for a pack of 4 - for this price I'd switch to a hot water bottle or an alternative relief cream.

Arianrhod Fri 01-Aug-14 14:10:45

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 22 weeks pregnant with twins and what feels like an enormous bump already. I actually asked to trial these patches as I did get quite a bit of back pain when pregnant 8 years ago with my daughter, and anticipated that I would have more being pregnant with twins. This hasn't proven to be the case yet, but I do get sporadic pains in my mid-back so have been able to try the patches out on this.

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

I've found the patches really quite difficult to apply by myself, so have had to enlist the aid of OH. Were I still a single parent as I was with DD, I simply wouldn't have been able to use them. My bump band keeps them in place so have had no problems with them falling off.

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?

Yes, although I didn't think cold would!

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

Hmm Difficult question. Yes and no - yes, because it's great to be able to use something to help with pain during pregnancy, especially since paracetamol does absolutely nothing for me. No because they're (to my mind) horribly expensive!

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

Yes and no - as per answer to Q4.

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 actually I don't. They do work well, that's undeniable - but a pregnant lady suffering from regular back pain would have to be constantly buying them, and at £5.49 for just 4 patches, I feel that is WAY too expensive. In fact it feels a bit to me that the manufacturers are just making money out of others' misery - knowing that pregnant ladies can't take any painkillers other than paracetamol, if they find these patches work for them, no doubt a lot of ladies will buy them, regardless of the expense. They should be priced a lot more reasonably, IMHO, and certainly have more patches in a pack.

Greenrabbit Fri 01-Aug-14 14:11:59

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 breastfeeding a 12month old. I suffer from lower back pain since having a C section. It mainly effects me when I have been on my feet for long periods (at work) or pushing the buggy for longer than usual.

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

Quite easy to apply, it did roll at the sides slightly and stuck to clothes. It feels nice and cooling when applied and seems to get to work quickly. It has a pleasant smell. It seemed to last for around 2 hours

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?
yes it did, as much as a painkiller or muscle rub does.

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 they are a convenient to keep in a bag without worrying about the pack leaking or children getting hold of them.

Q5 Would you recommend them to friends or relations who are also pregnant or breastfeeding or unable to take oral painkillers?
Yes, they worked quickly and were easy to use.

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, they are expensive compared to painkiller tablets and gels. They are good for travel and emergencies. I couldn't afford to use them as often as i suffer from back pain.

Tinysarah1985 Fri 01-Aug-14 14:30:09

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.

37 weeks pregnant. Wanted to see if it could help with the back pains I've been getting.

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

It was near on impossible to apply to your back if you were on your own, it kept curling up and sticking to itself, then it kept falling off, moving around, had to end up using micropore tape to hold it down.

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?

Not at all

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?

probably, but only as a last resort

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

KiwiMum5 Fri 01-Aug-14 14:56:01

Q1 I'm 34 weeks pregnant and suffer from sporadic back pain as a result of an old slipped disc injury. I was particularly worried about how this would flare up in the later stages of pregnancy. I don't feel pain every day, but when I do it's pretty bad.

Q2 The patch was relatively easy to apply - if you're not careful I can see how it could stick to itself but I didn't have that problem. Lasted about 3-4 hours

Q3 I felt relief while I was sitting or lying down, but once moving I didn't find it helped all that much. It's definitely a very pleasant form of pain relief though, I found it quite soothing.

Q4 I would possibly use them again if I couldn't use any other form of pain relief, especially if at work. Might be useful in labour so will pack a couple.

Q5 Yes I would recommend them but would say they aren't a complete solution.

Q5 Not particularly good value for money in my opinion, but well worth a try.

Thank you for selecting me to try out this product.

flowersinthegarden Fri 01-Aug-14 15:11:44

1)I am 25 weeks pregnant, and have a history of back pain, spasms in my neck and sciatica. These can be extremely painful and debilitating, making walking and driving very uncomfortable.

2)The patches are fairly easy to apply, if they don’t manage to stick to themselves which is frustrating. I felt the benefit for approx. 2 hours. You need help to apply effectively to the back.

3)The patch did help the aches and pains, but in more of a soothing way rather than painkilling.

4)I found the best use was on an ankle sprain I had, really easy to stick to an awkward shaped body part! It was soothing on my back pain too. I would use these again.

5)Yes, I would recommend them.

6)I think this is expensive. I think 50p/patch would be far more affordable and reflect better what they are.

Prophetsong Fri 01-Aug-14 15:22:50

Q1 breastfeeding a 21 week old. I have suffered from recurrent lower back pain since being pregnant and baby likes to be carried a lot which tends to exacerbate it.

Q2 Bit tricky to apply as they're quite flimsy and tend to stick together when you're trying to reach your back. I used one on my elbow joint after hurting my arm and it was much easier to apply there. Lasted about 3 hours.

Q3 Yes they were fab at easing aches and pains and made it much easier to get on with my day.

Q4 Yes - they were really effective which would definitely encourage me to buy in the future.

Q5 Yes!

Q6 I think under £5 would feel like better value for money and at that price I'd probably buy and use them sparingly rather than on a regular basis.

littlemonkeymum Fri 01-Aug-14 17:22:45

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 31 weeks pregnant and have been struggling with intermittent back pains which have been difficult to manage during the working day, especially with a long commute in the heat

Q2 Please describe the application of the patch- how was it to apply? How long did it last?
It was a bit tricky on occasion but fine with someone helping me. They lasted a couple of hours at a time

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?
Yes. They were great to use in the hot weather as an alternative to heat patches and I experienced quick relief

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, especially in summer

Q5 Would you recommend them to friends or relations who are also pregnant or breastfeeding or unable to take oral painkillers?
Yes, they are fast acting & a good alternative to 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?
They are a bit expensive - I would get them if they were on special offer

Thank you for the opportunity to try these.

arianah2014 Fri 01-Aug-14 17:39:36

Mummy to my daughter aged 7months fully breastfeeding only, It can be tiring with aches nd pain.Night feeds are hard especially if your little angel is teething!deepfreeze reallly works wonders WOW!easy to apply on lower back makes you tingle first time you use it.it eases the pain.Id recommend itto mummys 2 B/Pregnant sistaz, cause its safer to use but the price is a bit out of the league should have a trial price so its affordable to all.

Flickbev Fri 01-Aug-14 20:54:05

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 was pregnant when I received them, and then breastfeeding. I had lower back pain when pregnant, and then a very sore shoulder/ upper back from breastfeeding on the right hand side. This was so bad I struggled to pick up baby or lean over to change her nappy.

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

I had to ask my boyfriend to stick it on as it was on my back. It was easy to apply. It lasted 12 hours sometimes.

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?

Yes significantly. I really didn't think it would work, but it helped with the pain a lot. I was very impressed.

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

Definitely.

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

Yes.

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?

I was in so much pain I would have paid anything to relieve it. So yes, that seems reasonable.

TobyLerone Fri 01-Aug-14 21:08:38

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 an almost 7 month old. Since pregnancy I have suffered with terrible back pain. I needed something to help as I can't take decent painkillers or any anti-inflammatories.

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

I found the patches quite tricky to apply. They're quite floppy and fold in on/stick to themselves. Once I'd got them on I found that they weren't sticky enough (even if I'd managed to get them on without messing about). The edges rolled and they slipped down sometimes. The longest I managed to keep one on was about 1.5 hours.

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?

Yes. I was quite surprised at their effectiveness. And also how pleasant the sensation was -- I never find cold/ice soothing usually.

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

Maybe, although I still prefer heat to soothe muscular pain.

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

Yes, I'd suggest they give them a try.

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. That seems very expensive, considering that for back pain you might use 2 at a time.

JulesJames1976 Sat 02-Aug-14 08:53:31

I am 32 weeks pregnant with my second child after 18 years (gulp!). After all this time I have to admit my body isn't in the same shape it once was and I now have rheumatoid arthritis. My particular bug bear at this time is the ligaments in my hips the arthritis affects. they have been so painful especially at night.

I was very grateful to be picked to try this product and I used them the very night I got them. Very easy to apply, just pull of the back and slap it on. Relief comes very quickly and I could feel the patch working on my ligaments fast.

The patches definitely helped to ease the burning pain and as I'm not able to take strong pain killers they have been a god send! My daughter even used a couple for her severe period pain...

I would definitely buy again and would recommend as I already have done to family and friends. The price seems reasonable to me and that is from someone constantly trying to find a way out of day to day pain.

Once again thank you Deep Freeze for the opportunity to test your product.

tackytiger Sat 02-Aug-14 12:20:35

Q1 I am breastfeeding a (heavy!) 10 month old, and also have an energetic four year old. After my first pregnancy, I started suffering from a very achey lower back, which is extremely uncomfortable. I also sling my baby regularly, so I was hoping to find something to soothe the aches after a long day.

Q2 I found the patch really fiddly to apply, partly due to the position of the aches in my lower back.
The patch often folded in on itself and got stuck. It also stuck to my fingers.
I really struggled to keep the patch on. I found that the edges often peeled away from my skin and got stuck to my clothes. Also, after an hour or two of wearing, the patches became wrinkled and loose on my skin. Very annoying.

Q3 I did find the patch soothing, though the cooling sensation was a bit weird!

Q4 I think if I was pregnant again I would use the patches, but for now I find them a bit too irritating. If the adhesion problems were fixed I would definitely buy them.

Q5 Yes, but with the disclaimer that they are difficult to apply and keep on.

Q6 I think these are quite expensive for what they are. I would pay it, but only if I was in quite a lot of pain and had exhausted other options.

Foodylicious Sat 02-Aug-14 17:48:18

1- I have a 6 werk old now, history of back problems which pregnancy and now holding for breastfeeding have exacerbated.

2-i applied to my back and was hopefull of some relief. Unfortunately I found the patch really uncomfortable. Was yoo cold feeling if I was was sat up, and felt like it was burning if I rested back agsinst the sofa. I did persevere for a few hours but it just got worse. It also felt really sticky. There was no localised irritation.

3- no relief from pain.

4- no

5- might still recommend others try them

6- expensive if you needed them daily, but for brief flair ups would be worth it if they worked.

KateOxford Sat 02-Aug-14 21:16:46

Q1 I have recently finished breast feeding my 16 month old daughter and so haven't used oral painkillers for a considerable time and would rather not do so. I often have back ache and shoulder age from sitting at work at a desk with the phone on my shoulder hunched over typing at the same time.

Q2 the patch is very easy to use. The adhesive patch sticks on very well and it is thin to mould around for example a knee. It lasted well, I would say for 2 hours.

Q3 Yes it did.

Q4 Yes I would although the gel/cream probably represents better value for money.

Q5 yes I would definitely.

Q5 I think that's pretty expensive in comparison to the cost of the cream/ gel you can buy and also taking into account if it's an injury that's likely to hurt for longer than a day you will need several boxes which would get expensive.

mrsp1 Sat 02-Aug-14 21:32:34

1. I am pregnant and suffer with pelvic girdle pain.
2. I found it a bit tricky to apply to my back by myself as it wrinkled and stuck to itself. The 'cold' feeling lasted about an hour or so.
3. The patch give initial relief but not long lasting. I still had to take painkillers.
4. I wouldn't buy the patches as it didn't feel cold enough to give the relief that an ice pack would give.
5. No I wouldn't recommend them.
6. I think they are expensive.

sparklyeditor Sat 02-Aug-14 22:07:26

I'm exclusively breastfeeding and have aches and pains all over due to hypermobility, which are worse as a result of having been pregnant and now carrying the growing baby. Normally I have a painful coccyx and sacrum area, now I also have general back aches. Nothing much helps the coccyx pain so I'm used to pain and used to not being able to take oral painkillers as I don't find I get much relief from them. Only a TENS machine works.

The patch was easy to apply, though I couldn't get it in quite the accurate position I wanted as it is sticky and floppy. That didn't matter too much as it covers a large surface area, and with practice I'll get more accurate I think. The effects lasted just over three hours.

I was surprised to find the patch actually worked. It actually relieved the pain and took my mind off it in the same way a TENS machine does. I've genuinely not come across anything that works in over a decade of pain, apart from TENS. I was worried I'd find the menthol irritated my skin as I can't bear menthol/peppermint footrub or the like, but it was fine.

I might buy them again but am hesitant because of the price - TENS is free since initial investment of £30 plus batteries, and I've had the machine several years. As an alternative they do seem very good though and I'd definitely recommend them to anyone pregnant or breastfeeding as an alternative to 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?
Not really I'm afraid. This seems quite expensive to me!

One final point: nowhere on the packaging does it mention if it's safe to use when breastfeeding. It says ok during pregnancy and Mumsnet mentioned the point of the trial is pregnant or bf women can use them so I assumed they're safe, but it is an omission on the packaging.

Shroomboom Sun 03-Aug-14 06:49:03

Q1 I'm breast feeding my six month old daughter and have had back pain since being pregnant with her. It's there every day, and is made worse by lifting my seven year old son, which I try not to do but sometimes can't avoid! The middle of back is very sore, and also across the bottom of it and into my hips. It's worse in the mornings, but hurts during the night as well.

Q2 I found the patch a little tricky to apply smoothly at first, although it got easier with practice! It's very comfortable once on though.

Q3 The patches really help my pain. Normally I have to get dh to give me a massage in the painful area, but the patches give a lot of relief.

Q4 I would definitely buy the patches again (although see the answer to Q6), as I am sure either I will use them, or dh will due to never ending sports injuries!

Q5 I would certainly recommend them to friends. I think they're pretty good, although I don't think they last for three hours. Mine lasted on average about an hour and a half to two hours, but they still really helped with the pain so I wasn't that bothered.

Q6 I think they're a little expensive. The price would definitely put me off as I'm trying to be careful with money due to being on maternity leave... If they were less expensive then I would be a lot happier about buying them.

Bomother Sun 03-Aug-14 07:28:17

Q1 Breastfeeding a 20 month old so reluctant to take medication. I get backache regularly as I also have a nearly 4year old. However, I found these patches brilliant for my knee (metatarsal injury) as well as my back.
Q2 I found it easy to apply to my knee and my lower back. It lasted quite a while and reduced the swelling a lot.
Q3 It did a lot to help relieve the pains.
Q4 I'd definitely consider using the patches again.
Q5 I'd recommend them to friends who are also pregnant or breastfeeding.
Q5 I do not consider these good value for money, a bag of frozen peas (while not convenient like the patches) would have the same effect.

lollypopsicle Sun 03-Aug-14 08:07:01

1. Breastfeeding. Have had muscular aches and pains especially relating to PGP in lower back since early pregnancy. It comes after spending a lot of time on my feet.
2. Patch could be fiddly to apply depending on where I put it. Needed help to put it on my shoulder blade once as it folds on itself easily. It was easy tobapply to my lower back. It lasted a couple of hours.
3. The patch made the area tingle in a menthol sort of way. It did offer a distraction from the pain as it was an alternative sensation but I wouldn't say it stopped the pain.
4. I would use them again to avoid painkillers.
5. I would recommend them but state their limitations.
6. The price is what I'd expect. I would consider buying them if they were on offer.

LabMonkey Sun 03-Aug-14 08:44:41

I'm just 12 weeks pregnant but have had ongoing lower back pain since I was pregnant with my now 3 year old DD. My back pain come and goes and was really bad when I applied for the patches but has improved a bit since they arrived so it's taken a while to test them.

As the pain is in my lower back they were easy enough to apply - I've used hot ones in the past but these seemed to work better. I'd recommend them to a friend particularly in the summer when a hot pack just sounds uncomfortable.

They do seem a bit pricey but when painkillers aren't an option they'd be worth it.

Flaflaflaflaflaflafla Sun 03-Aug-14 11:39:58

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.

I am breastfeeding and sometimes suffer back pain after a vertebral compression fracture 4 years ago. The day after my 30th birthday I slipped getting out the shower (yes, 30th birthday, not 80th) and pulled muscles in my back trying to catch myself.

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

It was very easy to apply the patch(es) even though my back was aching and I didn't have anyone to help me! i stuck three patches on to cover the sorest part of my back. One of them slipped and ended up stuck on a bit wrinkled and squished but it still worked brilliantly. I had to drive just after i had slipped in the shower, so the patches were pressed into my back more by sitting in the car - which was lovely and soothing.

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?

yes! i woke up the next day with only a slight ache, i was very pleasantly surprised, i was expecting PAIN.

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 yes yep defo grin

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

yes, i already have! and to my father who has used Deep Heat cream and spray for years (he also has a dodgy 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?

For drug-free pain relief it's excellent. There's no extra worry about painkillers getting to the baby and lovely soothing pain relief for mummy.

rosiejaune Sun 03-Aug-14 21:31:54

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 a 3.5 year old. Shoulder and neck movement is limited. Unable to babywear without suffering in the following days. Sleep is sometimes difficult.

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

Applying the patch was straightforward, although due to the location, it could be positioned better by someone else. I would say the cold/tingling feeling lasted for a good couple of hours.

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?

There was perhaps some slight pain relief while wearing the patch. However, I don't think it had any effect after that.

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 try them again, perhaps if I needed pain relief on a different set of muscles. I think the problem in my shoulder area is too deep/chronic.

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

I would mention them as an option, but I don't think I would particularly recommend them, other than for mild aches.

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?

That might be reasonable if you have a temporary issue, but I wouldn't pay that if I needed regular relief.

liberuna Mon 04-Aug-14 10:23:58

Q1- I'm currently breastfeeding my first baby who's now 20 weeks. I wanted to try the patches as I experienced back pain while pregnant. I hoped this would pass once my little one was born but while I was learning how to breastfeeding my posture was really bad and so I needed pain relief until I could improve this new skill.

Q2- I found the patch really easy-to-use. Like a plaster it can be a little fiddly the first time but once you get the trick it's simple. I especially love that I can apply it to my back by myself if needed. I never used it for more than an hour at a time and it kept on working all that time.

Q3- I would normally use a hot water bottle for my continued back pain so was a little sceptical at first but the cool feeling was lovely and soothing. I was able to carry on walking around doing things which I wouldn't be able to with a hot water bottle.

Q4- I'd definitely buy them in case of future muscular pain or for back pain relief. I managed to pull a muscle whilst working out and tried the patch. It worked wonders and helped relieve the soreness a lot quicker than normal.

Q5- I would definitely recommend this to pregnant or breastfeeding ladies and anyone who couldn't take painkillers.

Q6- the price of £5.49 for 4 seems ok. As I would have them in the house as back ups. I would definitely by the one unit if I was out and about and suddenly needed relief: for me or anyone else.

bobbles2 Mon 04-Aug-14 13:08:35

Q1. I really wanted to try these patches as i wanted a form of pain relief which doesn't include tablets. iam a long term sciatica sufferer
Q2.I found them very easy to put on and apply felt cold instantly
Q3 OH YES they did it made my day so much more comfortable and not 1 paracetamol taken
Q4. yes i would as again love the fact i can have pain relief without tablets
Q5.for a single perhaps but then i would benefit from buying a 5 pack or more. certainly something i will be buying once all my trial ones have gone

Lorajay Mon 04-Aug-14 15:48:42

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.
Currently breastfeeding 13 week old baby number 3. Also have a 2 year old and a 4 year old. I am a full time mum who works out a lot, mostly with weights. My husband and I also own a couple of pharmacies so it's always nice to try new products to recommend to customers from personal experience. I'm usually fit and healthy but during pregnancy I suffer from spd. After this birth I have experienced lower back pain and the usual upper back pain from bad posture breastfeeding, unavoidable really. I have also been waking in the morning with a stiff neck. Lately, I've been over doing it in the gym, not stretching enough in a rush to collect and feed the kids so I've had a bit of muscle pain!

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

I found the patch easy to apply. I've used them on my lower back, neck, hamstring and knee. Each time the patch lasted until it started to peel off, usually after about 4 hours. I was surprised how well it adhered to my knee and did not fall off throughout the day.

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?

Brilliant! Really eased the pain and helped mobility in my neck and knee. It really soothed tight hamstrings 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?

Definitely. I now keep them in my gym bag, stiffness and muscle pain are inevitable for me! It's great to be able to continue with your day and still ice the area. I know rest is essential for an injury but as a full time mum with 3 under 5 years old, it's not a luxury I have.

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

I already have! My 9 weeks pregnant friend tried one and found it affective. I have also been recommending them to customers in the pharmacy and friends at the gym.........I should be getting Commision!

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?

Yes for the 4 pack, if possible it would be more attractive if it was under £5 ( from customer feedback). I wouldn't be tempted to buy a single patch. For longer term pain, like those experienced during pregnancy, a larger value pack would be better, perhaps a 12 pack.

Thank you for choosing me to test the patches.

angeltreats Mon 04-Aug-14 20:37:56

1. I'm currently pregnant but have suffered with sacroiliac joint dysfunction for a few years, so my back pain is not a result of pregnancy. I usually manage it with ibuprofen and TENS machine, both of which I cannot use while pregnant.

2. Very easy to apply. I left it on until I needed to replace it or remembered it was there, generally I would forget about it as they were very comfortable.

3. Yes. It didn't get rid of the pain entirely, but nothing ever does during a bad flare up. However it made it a lot more bearable and improved my mobility.

4. Yes, I plan to keep them on standby. I find that an ice pack has a similar effect but is not always practical and can be messy, so definitely plan to have them available when I'm out and about.

5. I already have done! I have several friends who are also pregnant and have recommended the patches to them.

6. Honestly I think they are too expensive for what they are and as a breastfeeding mum on maternity pay I would struggle to fit them into a tight budget. I will buy them but they won't be an everyday item, more for emergencies only.

noideawhat Mon 04-Aug-14 20:54:47

Q1- I'm currently 30 weeks pregnant & also breastfeeding my 12 month old. I wanted to try the patches as I prefer using more natural remedies if possible & don't like the idea of taking drugs for pain if there's a risk they'd get passed through the placenta or into my milk. I started having back pain around the time I applied to test this product. It's made everyday tasks so much more difficult - carrying my daughter, changing nappies, pushing the pushchair etc. I also have a 3 year old son & was really struggling getting down on the floor to play with him.

Q2- The patch was incredibly sticky. It was also quite difficult to apply so it stayed flat. Depending on how hot I got,it did stay on very well! (Think I may have sweated it off a couple of times though)

Q3- The patch definitely helped to a degree. Initially I'd feel as though nothing was happening & then all of a sudden I'd realise there was no pain! I also went through a couple of weeks of having really bad water retention in my hand...a patch on there really soothed it. (I subsequently was diagnosed with PGP & my symptoms were much worse than the backache I had initially. At this point there was little relief from the patches so I've been using a support belt & osteopathy instead).

Q4- I'd probably use them again in the future but see also my answer below about value for money.

Q5- Yes, I'd recommend them.

Q6- No. I'd probably buy them if they were on special offer but I'd want a much bigger box. Our test box contained 12 patches & this made me much more likely to whip one out when I was hurting. If I only had 1 or 4 in a pack I'd end up rationing them & not using them. Although having said that it's the kind of product that I'd have bought when pregnant the first time round...think I'd be more likely to just get on with it to avoid spending cash this time!

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 currently 31 weeks pregnant and running round after a three year old, during this pregnancy I've had lower back pain/discomfort, especially when trying to lie down and go to sleep or when getting up from a sitting/lying position.

Q2 Please describe the application of the patch- how was it to apply? How long did it last?
I found it very easy to apply after the first few tries and the effects lasted upto about 4 hours

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?
Yes, I loved putting them 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?
Yes definitely

Q5 Would you recommend them to friends or relations who are also pregnant or breastfeeding or unable to take oral painkillers?
Yes, already recommended them to my mum (who isn't pregnant if Breastfeeding but doesn't like taking drugs unless absolutely necessary)

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, this is too expensive to consider using regularly throughout pregnancy/Breastfeeding

ChangeIsNear Mon 04-Aug-14 23:28:22

Has anyone used these patches on engorged breasts when attempting to dry up milk supply?

xclaireyx Tue 05-Aug-14 10:31:22

Q1 My son is now 4 weeks old and I am breastfeeding. I wanted to try these patches as I thought they might help during the early stages of labour.

Q2 The patches were fairly easy to apply, I used them on my lower back so I did need to get my partner to help but this was fine. I was disappointed with how well they lasted, I found that the edges stuck to my top which meant that they then started to roll up and come unstuck very quickly. I tried a couple of patches to check if it was just applied wrong but it did this repeatedly.

Q3 I wasn't able to keep them on long enough to really say.

Q4 I don't think I would if it was for my back which is what I tend to use this kind of product for, however, I might consider using them for other areas as they were fairly easy to apply in the first instance and clean.

Q5 Possibly but as above it would depend on what they were being used for.

Q5 I think this price is expensive and would put me off from buying them.

Bubbles85 Wed 06-Aug-14 13:06:59

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 a 7 month old. I wanted to try the patches as I suffer with post pregnancy back pain, especially in the mornings and I can't take painkillers. My back really hurts and it's something I just have to grin & bear. My back is steadily getting better but my daughter is steadily getting heavier for me to pick up. It's a loosing battle!

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

I asked my husband to apply it as it seemed a bit tricky to do on my own. It lasted over an hour.

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?

Yes my back ache was definitely dulled while wearing the patch so it worked well for me to apply when I woke up in the morning.

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 but not daily - purely as I can't afford to do that!

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

Yes I have quite a few friends like that with bad backs who are looking for relief.

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?

It's quite a lot for something that is not reusable. But I would get again if I was desperate!

Zarya Wed 06-Aug-14 14:07:30

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 a new mum, currently breastfeeding a 3 week old and am experiencing pain in my lower back and shoulder blade. This makes it difficult to find a comfortable position when breastfeeding, and has been keeping me awake at night. Since my DS is doing a good job of that as well, I need something to let me sleep!
Because of taking paracetamol prescribed by the hospital so much after a difficult birth, I wanted to try something non-drug based and thought this patch might be a good idea.

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

The patches are easy to apply, as long as you can reach the affected area. I found it difficult to use in some locations, and had to ask for help. The patches lose there stickiness if they are moved two or three times.

I also found that they didn't stay well on areas that move around. So when I used it on my lower back during the night, I woke up with it stuck to the bedclothes.

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?

Using the patches did help to relieve the pain, and even when it was removed I found that there was still a cool sensation where the patch had been. The feeling helped to relax the muscle, but does take a few minutes to activate.
Another advantage is that you can also take painkillers while using them. So when I had particularly bad back pain, and the pain killers were not working well I used one of these patches 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?

I do like these patches, but it does depend on where the pain is. They do not penetrate deeply, so do not work on some muscle groups. For instance, these don't work on period cramp pains.

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

Yes, these do help bring relief, and are a nice alternative to not having to take pain medication when it is not possible. They are also less messy than other alternatives to drug based pain relief.

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?

I am unlikely to purchase these at that price, and would likely wait until they were on offer. The cost means I would use them sparingly, when the other options are not viable.
There are other alternative topical pain relief/medications which are cheaper to purchase, and as effective. And as another reviewer pointed out paracetamol is also much cheaper.

nomoretether Wed 06-Aug-14 16:45:32

Q1 - Currently pregnant. I wanted to try the patches as I'm a big fan of the heat patches when I have a period and have struggled with various aches and pains with pregnancy. It feels safer than taking pills.

Q2 - application was fine but they didn't seem to stick very well, certainly not as well as the heat patches.

Q3 - yes they did and they were also good as an alternative to ice on my swollen ankles!

Q4 - yes I would buy them again if the adhesive was improved

Q5 - I have already recommended them to friends

Q6 - they are expensive but priced about right for similar products on the market

GingerLemonTea Wed 06-Aug-14 16:55:22

Thanks for choosing me.
Q1. I am currently breastfeeding a 7 week old. He is a big baby & I am experiencing an ache across my shoulders & upper back. It's daily, but feel it's unavoidable at the moment. I wanted to try the patches to see if they would relieve the pain quickly & without taking pills.

Q2. It was tricky to put on, much easier if someone available to help. The pain relief lasted about 2 hours.

Q3. Yes the patch provided pain relief & was lovely & cooling in this heat.

Q4. Yes, I would definitely use the patches again for similar aches & pains.

Q5.Yes I would definitely recommend them to friends or relatives.

Q6. I think they are good value for short term problems requiring instant relief. They could become quite costly though in the long term.

HeartStarCircleSquare Wed 06-Aug-14 16:55:58

Sorry I am so late replying!

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 breast feeding and wanted to try them due to back ache that started in pregnancy (and has yet to go away). I also have a lot of hip pain and wanted to try them on this.

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

It's a bit of a fiddle to apply and get straight, luckily I'm only breast feeding I'd have had a difficult time while very pregnant to apply to my back without help. I think they lasted about 3 hours

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?

the patches are fabulous and really work as they are supposed to, I've used them on back and hip pain and works equally well for both

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'd like to but I find the cost prohibitive

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

I absolutely would

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?

*It isn't that it isn't good value..because they do work..but for something that only lasts a few hours, it is hard to justify if you are on a budget.

Kelsnack Wed 06-Aug-14 16:59:09

Q1 - currently 37+4 pregnant with second LG. was experiencing lower back pain from quiet early on and was looking for something to help with this. Usually I react to most creams and wanted to avoid ising medicine unnecessarily.

Q2 - found it easy enough to apply the second time around. First attempt, got a bit tangled and sticky! But after that it was a piece of cake. It lasted about 3 hours.

Q3 - yes it did. Helped a great deal

Q4 - yes definitely use them again. Great alternative to medicine and other forms of painkillers. Will likely be using them while breast-feeding too.

Q5 - yes I do consider it value for money. More likely to buy a pack rather than a single patch just to ensure I have them to hand when needed.

Samichuboo Wed 06-Aug-14 17:15:36

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 breast feeding, 2month old. Suffered with severe pelvic pain in previous pregnancy and found that alternating between cold and hot worked for me but using ice all the time was not practical. Fortunately not had problem this time but still get some lower back pain especially if sat/stood for prolonged periods which often happens when feeding.

Q2 Please describe the application of the patch- how was it to apply? How long did it last?
Needed help to apply to back, sometimes caught on cloths and moved if I shifted when sat. Could keep on for nearly 3 hours.

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?
Did help and more practical than ice.

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

Q5 Would you recommend them to friends or relations who are also pregnant or breastfeeding or unable to take oral painkillers?
Would recommend to use if going out as more des creepy and comfortable

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?
Quiet pricey as something to use on a daily basis but definately when going out

TremoloGreen Wed 06-Aug-14 17:27:25

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 and also have daily muscular upper back/shoulder pain caused by strain and postural problems. I want to avoid taking painkillers every day.

Q2 Please describe the application of the patch- how was it to apply? How long did it last?
It is easy enough to apply to my shoulders but I had to have help putting it in the middle of my back. The cold sensation lasted 40-60 minutes but the pain relief for 2-3 hours.

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?
Yes, it totally killed the pain, it was as effective as paracetamol or ibuprofen.

Q4 Do you think you'd buy the patches again or continue to use them if you had a similar muscular ache or pain?
Maybe, I'm not sure about the cost though. I'd like to see deep heat patches as I usually prefer that sensation.

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

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, not when compared to the price of gels and painkillers. I wouldn't pay this for a product I had to use long-term, for short-term relief and to avoid using painkillers, I might.

Karennza Wed 06-Aug-14 17:27:44

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 an eight month old, and furthermore thought it was worthwhile to investigate a holistic range of pain-killing options, rather than just running for paracetamol and/or ibroprofen all the time.

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

It was relatively straightforward to apply it. I found it easy on my shoulders, down each side of my back, and on my neck. However, a lot of my back pain is located in my lower, central back, and I had to have help when using the patches in this area.

The effect of the patch was pretty quick; however, in most locations it quickly rode up over itself. Trying to fix it ultimately proved fruitless. It didn't last long, therefore - I'd say on average only 15 - 20 minutes.

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?

It's difficult to give a complete answer to this, as it was rendered ineffective. On the whole, though, I'd say yes: it did help. At the very least, the cooling sensation served as a distraction from the pain.

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 - at least, if the 'riding up' element were fixed. As noted above, I found them effective whilst they lasted, and would thus be happy to use them again. At this stage, though, I'd only bother if I had shoulder pain, as my bra strap secured the pad in place. I would use the product elsewhere - and therefore buy more of it - but only if the security issues were sufficiently rectified.

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

I would, but again - for the aforementioned reasons - only for people with something like shoulder pain.

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?

I think this is pretty steep even for a product that works well, to be honest, and at present the riding issue of these patches makes the price seem way too high. I'd probably end up paying it if I were pushed, but only for pain as described above and only if it were pretty severe. Indeed, once I have stopped breastfeeding, at said price I may be inclined to resume the use of painkillers for such problems.

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Overall I thought it was a good product, but it definitely needs tweaked and it would be wise to reconsider the cost.

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 breastfeeding and, although I was suffering from coccyx pain at the time of applying, that subsided by the time the patches arrived. I do, however, have some ongoing hip pain that I have used the patches for.

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

It was easy to apply but apart from the initial cold feel I didn't notice it much.

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?

I think so, a little.

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'd be tempted but the cost would put me off. I guess if I was really suffering I'd use them as it would be far easier than reapplying gel/ice packs.

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

Yes as one option, though I can't imagine they'd deal with very bad pain.

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, this seems like an awful lot of money.

titchypumpkin Wed 06-Aug-14 17:33:15

Q.1. I'm breastfeeding a 14 month old. Between carrying her around and her 3 year old bigger sister I get lower back ache. It's more of a niggly pain than a really debilitating pain but annoying enough!

Q.2. Yes I found the patches easy to use, they are floppier than expected but once I got the hang of it I could put them on myself. I think if it was higher up my back I'd need help putting it on though. It lasted between and hour and two hours.

Q.3. Yes it was nice and cooling and soothing.

Q.4. If my back gets worse I would consider getting them again, but for now just trying to go easy on my back and having hot baths etc is probably just as effective.

Q.5. I would probably mention that they're worth having a go, but wouldn't really rave about them because of the cost and the fact they don't last that long.

Q.6. I think they are quite expensive. I'd probably buy them again if I got a more serious pain but not as a matter of routine as the cost would really add up.

JBoston Wed 06-Aug-14 17:34:34

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.

R: I am a breastfeeding mum, I am currently breastfeeding my 1 year old little girl. I suffer with back ache, lower back ache. As it is a constant ache it can make it difficult to carry my little girl and makes general day to day tasks quite difficult.

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

R: I found it quite easy to apply the patch and found that the cooling sensation lasted longer than the 3 hours stated. However they can roll up very easily and can be difficult to keep them in place once they have been applied. However very impressed by how long the cooling lasted.

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?

R: YES! They were very effective and fast acting. I have used on my lower back and also on my upper back and also on my thigh. I found them very 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?

R: Yes, most definitely.

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

R: Yes I would.

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?

R: Considering how long they last for yes I do think they are, however larger economy packs may be better if needed for an ongoing problem. As if needed every day it could become rather expensive. It is however worth it. :-)

Have been using these to relieve painful boobs whilst waiting for milk to dry up. Bloody brill, better than smelly cabbage.

Maybe they good for when milk comes in too??

Pinkcatgirl Wed 06-Aug-14 18:10:46

Q1: 21/40 pregnant so unable to take much other than paracetamol and can't even have a hot bath! I've had lower back pain since about 8 weeks pregnant and especially with having to lift and carry a 2 yr old about its quite painful most days of the week.

Q2: they stuck to me fine but did tend to fold over onto themselves as applied. Def easier when another person is around the help get in the right place. Didn't move around once on.

Q3: yes I did find the cooling sensation distracted me from the pain if nothing else! After about 30 mins I'd realise the pain was much better.

Q4: I will def keep on using the ones I have... The pain comes and goes so this week have used most days... Whether I carried in using them would be cost dependent.

Q5: I think over £1. 35 a patch (£5.49 for 4) would make me think twice before buying especially as pregnancy lasts months and could well be needing most days... I've handed in my notice so will be living on 20% of my prev income! Last time I breastfed for 12 months plus and experienced a lot of joint pains daily. Effective treatment would need to be realistically priced for long term use.

Dizzylizzie29 Wed 06-Aug-14 18:15:02

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 24 weeks pregnant and I have been suffering lower back pain. Some of this is down to sitting in an office most of the day and it has been a full ache

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

It was easy to apply but apart from the initial cold feel I didn't notice it much. It lasted around 3 hours. The effect was immediate

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?

Yes it did and I felt like a kid at Christmas when I was able to put a new one 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?

I would like to but it would depend where I am financially

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

Yes I would I think they are a great drug free alternative

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, this seems like an awful lot of money. However I may have to pay it for the relief when they are applied.

sammymonster Wed 06-Aug-14 18:36:31

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 currently breastfeeding my 6 month old. She is going through a clingy phase so I spend a lot of time carrying or wearing her in the sling, and what seems like hours rocking her to sleep at night. By the end of the day, my back is in agony and I'm desperate for some kind of relief but am reluctant to take pills lest they affect her through my milk.

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

The patch was fairly easy to apply, and the cold sensation was pleasantly ticklish to start. However I felt like the patch was peeling off so I was constantly smoothing it down. It would be great if there was a way to stick the patch down other than the gel itself.

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?

Yes, the patch was very effective at helping with the back pain. I also have De Quervain's Tendonitis and would like to use it on my wrist/thumb but am not sure if it can be cut to fit without affecting the efficacy.

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

If I was still breastfeeding or became pregnant again I would definitely use the patches if I was out and about. At home I'd probably use an ice pack.

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

Yes I would if they would be willing to spend that kind of money.

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 particularly. They are very expensive per patch so I would use them only if I didn't have access to a bag of frozen peas! For someone who is able to take painkillers, a packet of 16 paracetamol is infinitely cheaper than the patches.

allisgood1 Wed 06-Aug-14 19:54:58

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.

I'm in my third trimester with child 3. General back pain of being in 3rd trimester.

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

Patch easy to apply but wouldn't stick! It relieved my back pain but I had to tape it on with tape. Lasted a good few hours.

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?
Yes.

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

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

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?
Yes.

MrsH2010 Wed 06-Aug-14 19:57:22

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. Have 3 under 3.5 and have breastfed all of them with a preexisting back problem so have taken a battering in the past few years with kids.

Q2 Please describe the application of the patch- how was it to apply? How long did it last?
It was quite difficult to peel the patch from the pad without it wrinkling up, and then it was quite slimed so seemed to slip about quite a bit. It lasted anything from 15 minutes to 2 hours

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?
It felt and smelt refreshing, and seemed the cooling effect helped ease the top back pain but not bottom

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'm not sure I would purchase these personally

Q5 Would you recommend them to friends or relations who are also pregnant or breastfeeding or unable to take oral painkillers?
Yes as they are worth a try

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?
I think this seems quite steep

RidgyTipper Wed 06-Aug-14 20:14:22

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 my almost three year old and have occasional headaches with unilateral neck and shoulder pain. I can go weeks without one then have several in a fortnight. No rhyme or reason to them, but when they strike they are nasty and give me nausea, vision disturbance, photophobia. I'm not able to take care of DS when I have one.

Q2 Please describe the application of the patch- how was it to apply? How long did it last?
I had to ask my mum to help me site it on my shoulder as it was too tricky to do it myself, especially as I was nauseous and in pain. I went to sleep with it and it had come off when I got up the next morning so this is hard to say.

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?
I don't think so.

Q4 Do you think you'd buy the patches again or continue to use them if you had a similar muscular ache or pain?
Probably not. I tend to believe that most muscular pain responds better to heat than cold.

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

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?
It's a cost which would make me think twice, but if the product stopped my headaches then for sure!

TheCharWoman Wed 06-Aug-14 20:39:51

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.

Breast feeding a giant month old baby. Very bad back ache caused from feeding awkwardly in bed etc. makes me stroppy on a daily basis!

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

Bit tricky to apply to my back - DH had to help. I found they crumpled a bit too easily (perhaps because it's so hot?) so didn't last as long as I might have expected.

Q3 Did the patch help relieve muscular aches and pains?

Yes I think so.

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 think so for occasional use. Felt like a bit of a treat sitting down with one or two in the evening (how sad is that!) and feeling a bit more relaxed and less tense.

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

Yes.

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?

It is a bit pricey considering they don't last very long, but if they do the job than that's worth it if you can afford it I guess!

bdgh Wed 06-Aug-14 21:04:10

Q1 Breastfeeding a 16 month old. Put my back out getting him out of the car and struggled with pain relief after.

Q2 very difficult to apply as it folded over on itself and stuck together but once on stayed in place but only for about an hour. It felt like your back was in water whilst it was on which was strange. They are better than the heat patches as you can stick it straight to your skin rather than on your clothes.

Q3 my back wasnt as bad during testing but it did seem to ease it when it felt sore.

Q4 if I had bad back pain I would defintely use them again

Q5 I would definitely recommend these to others limited on the type of pain killers they can take.

Q6 if my back went again I would consider buying some but would probably try and look for a cheaper version.

Jenstarplus1 Wed 06-Aug-14 21:28:09

Q1 I'm breast feeding my 9 mth old and have had shoulder/neck pain since he was born. It is better as I am not doing it so much now.

Q2 Patch was easy to apply to neck, not so easy to apply to shoulder blades.

Q3 It helped to relieve the ache in my neck for a short period of time, or at least the coolness felt good!

Q4 yes I would buy them again, I would like to try them on my forehead when I have a headache.

Q5 I would recommend them to friends or relations who are also pregnant or breastfeeding, but they are quite expensive so I would tell them the cost.

Q5 I think something is good value for money if it works really well. Short term, for the kind of ache I had, I would buy them. But I don't think they would be a long term solution.