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11-05-2011, 08:02 AM   #1
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heating pad- what are your thoughts ?

Hi there. The heating pad has become my new best friend. Plugged in beside my bed. Seems to relieve a lot of the pain and help with gas issues as well. I'm just wondering if that makes sense with inflammation?
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11-05-2011, 08:40 AM   #2
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Well I am there with you, I use mine alot. Having said that it is better than meds, and it helps the circulation. Works for me.

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11-05-2011, 08:59 AM   #3
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Need to get myself one of these. Pain in the butt using my hot water bottle, not only is it a bit heavy to have sitting on my belly but i hate having to get up to change the water when it gets cold lol
11-05-2011, 09:08 AM   #4
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I love my heating pad! I wouldn't be without it. My best friend is a diagnosed Crohnie, and she tried out my heating pad and loved it. So she asked her fiance to get her one too. Well, he is a bit clueless, and he ended up getting her an electric blanket instead! I'll be getting her a real proper heating pad for xmas. Nobody with tummy troubles should be without one - as Pen said, it can be more effective than meds at times!
11-05-2011, 10:34 AM   #5
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I keep one at my desk at work and another at home by my chair. I use them ALL the time.
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11-05-2011, 09:37 PM   #6
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11-05-2011, 10:19 PM   #7
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Love mine. I use it more for joint pain though.
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11-06-2011, 12:58 AM   #8
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I burn out an average of 3 heat pads a year.

Another little trick I learned is to buy Therma Care self heating pads.
They are supposed to be used for the back, but I have learned to put them over my tummy & they help take the edge off.

Beats the heck out of a zillion mile extension cord trailing around behind me.
11-06-2011, 09:41 AM   #9
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Use mine all the time..Love it
11-06-2011, 10:07 AM   #10
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I burn out an average of 3 heat pads a year.

Another little trick I learned is to buy Therma Care self heating pads.
They are supposed to be used for the back, but I have learned to put them over my tummy & they help take the edge off.

Beats the heck out of a zillion mile extension cord trailing around behind me.
What a great idea...thanks!!!
11-06-2011, 11:25 AM   #11
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Oh yes!!! My heating pad is now my best friend.
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11-06-2011, 04:21 PM   #12
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I never used or needed one until a few months ago. I finally put it away now, but I was really surprised how effective it was.

It was as good as a pain killer.

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11-06-2011, 05:18 PM   #13
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I am totally in love with mine as well. I also use the thermacare pads for when I go to work - does beat the trailing cords.

I went to a pain seminar and now know why the heat works - ruined it for awhile for me - but I got over it.
11-06-2011, 05:23 PM   #14
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Ok kllyeve, now you have to tell......Why does the heat work so well.
11-06-2011, 05:27 PM   #15
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The heat circulates the blood flow and makes the pain go away, not intirely but it works for me...I have 3 of them because I just do lol. Make sure you get AUTO shut off, because you can burn your belly. I fall asleep with it on and goes off by itself. Also great for some people who want a warm bed in the winter! Helps arthritis spots too. Best investment I ever bought! Heehee.
11-06-2011, 11:11 PM   #16
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Heating pad is goood!!!!
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11-07-2011, 02:50 PM   #17
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The heat works because the nerves in your skin send "I sense heat" messages to your brain faster than they send pain messages. So your brain "feels" the warmth sooner than the pain and therefore ignores the pain.

The increased circulation is not doing anything to combat the inflammation or the pain - the heat is just fooling the brain into not noticing the pain.

In fact heat is the opposite to what you should do to combat inflammation - RICE rest, ice, compression, elevation - are the steps to reduce inflammation - think sprained ankle.

However, I am not likely to be effective with those things when the inflammation is so internal.

So for awhile, my heating pad didn't work as well for me as I "know" the explanation behind it. I got over it and no longer care that my brain is being fooled and no real "help" to my condition is occuring. I am just glad to get a respite from the pain.
11-07-2011, 03:03 PM   #18
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Please be careful with your heating pads! My mom uses one for back aches, and fell asleep with it on and ended up with a third degree burn which then ended up getting infected. She was in the specialty burn unit in critical condition from this.

I advise using a sock full of rice (you can sew the ends closed) and then microwave it. Or buy a gel filled heating pad that microwaves. That way you won't be at risk of a burn.
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11-07-2011, 03:35 PM   #19
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I have a heating pad with auto shut off - it goes for about 2 hours and then shuts off. I am also careful to not sleep on it. I sleep on my back and lay the heating pad across my stomach.

If I am using the heating pad for my back, I only do that while I am awake so that laying on it will not be an issue.

I can't use a rice sock on my stomach, as the weight of the sock would be painful, the heating pad is very light and casuses no such issues.
11-07-2011, 04:10 PM   #20
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I have mine plugged in on my bedside and use it every single night. It seems to help me quiteeeeee a bit. I don't know what I would do without it.
11-07-2011, 04:55 PM   #21
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Bought one today
11-07-2011, 07:44 PM   #22
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I have noticed the electric heating pad gets way hotter than the rice bag I was using. Mine has the auto switch but I've made a point of watching how hot I set it
11-07-2011, 10:18 PM   #23
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I also have a heating pad that I keep at bedside that has the auto switch off. I have also the heat patches when you can't be tied up the electic heating pad but be careful because the heat patches work for 8 hours and can cause some skin irritation. I try and save the heat patches for when I am having menstrual cramps and the mini flare as I call it right before my period starts
11-08-2011, 03:59 PM   #24
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When I am using the heating pad, I lay it across my nightgown and do not usually put it right against my skin at all.
11-08-2011, 04:23 PM   #25
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I have been sleeping with a heating pad for so long. I first was using it for arthritis pain in lower back and hips, and now for everything else! I lay a towel between the pad and myself and have never had any problems with burning. My pad has the 3 heat settings as well, so as a rule, Iturn it to the lowest when I am in bed. It travels with me around the house!! I also enjoy laying on the couch with it, I have evene been known to bring it to the dinner table!!

My boyfriend thinks I spend more time with it than him lol..

But it truly truly helps. I stick with things that work to help with pain. If I don't, I am freakin miserable.

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10-07-2012, 12:50 AM   #26
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I have heating pads all over the house and at my desk at work. I love them and wouldn't be able to survive without them.
10-07-2012, 02:45 AM   #27
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I also have mine plugged in by my bed. I use it constantly.
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10-07-2012, 05:33 AM   #28
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What brand of heating pads do you all use
10-07-2012, 10:36 AM   #29
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I bought one from walgreens, I love it!! It is extra long so it fits all areas of my abdomin. I think it was a "sunbeam". It cost between 20-30 bucks. It is well worth it though. It has an automatic shutoff so if you happen to fall asleep, it shuts off after a certain time. It also has heat control settings too, which is nice you can control how warm you want it. Definitely worth it. Shoot, my heating pad is my best friend!!!
10-07-2012, 10:41 PM   #30
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I only have a hot water bottle but I love it....I think it really only works by giving your body a different sensation to focus on ie: it's feeling the heat rather than the pain but hey I dont really care how it works, it definitly makes me feel better!
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