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Old 03-25-2010, 04:30   #1
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I used a heating pad last night. I have a pad that has a control so that it stays on all night. Most pads shut off after 2 hours. Anyway, I layed on the pad all night on my right side. I got 3 blisters and some of my skin is thermal burnt. I have been in pain all day from it. I was reading that people with diabetes should not use heating pads. What is the reason why diabetics should not use a heating pad?

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Poor circulation, not enough blood flow to remove the heat from that area. so it Burns.

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Holy pepperoni . . . I didn't realize that either. Hope it heals quickly, Breeze.

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Poor circulation, not enough blood flow to remove the heat from that area. so it Burns.

I dont know if that is what happend in your case. No one is suppose to sleep with a heating pad for that reason.

I do when my back hurts.

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I would also think because some neuropathy might impede you from feeling pain at the site when you are getting burned. Sorry you got burned Hope it heals quickly *hug*

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I dont know if that is what happend in your case. No one is suppose to sleep with a heating pad for that reason.

I do when my back hurts.
I am adicted to sleeping most nights with the heating pad on. I am so crazy, I can not sleep unless I have a fan on. I have been using a fan at night to sleep for 15 years...I know it sound nuts...but what can I say?

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If that's crazy, then we're BOTH crazy. I guess I don't use a fan in the winter, because our bedrooms aren't heated and it stays cold. But neither are they air-conditioned, and as soon as spring arrives & the nights are warmer, I can't sleep without air moving. A window fan is running in my bedroom window at least six months out of the year.

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When I was first diagnosed with diabetes, I was told by my doctor never to use a heating pad. He said that we do not always feel how hot it is or how cold it is. I was even told to use a thermometer to see how hot or cold the bath or shower water is.

The doctor told me that we cannot always sense how hot or cold it is because of our poor circulation!! One of the side effects of having diabetes.

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I am adicted to sleeping most nights with the heating pad on. I am so crazy, I can not sleep unless I have a fan on. I have been using a fan at night to sleep for 15 years...I know it sound nuts...but what can I say?

I too need air flow to sleep my wife on the other hand cant sleep with it So I made a fan out of an old computer cpu cooling fan that blows on me

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How about a hot water bottle at night insted of a heating pad.

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