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Potsie
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   Posted 2/17/2010 10:41 AM (GMT -7)   
Does anybody here use them for your aches and pains? I'm thinking about getting one for my son. He also says he's not depressed, but I can tell that he is. I've had periods of severe depression in the past, so I know what it looks like.

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   Posted 2/17/2010 11:06 AM (GMT -7)   
I don't use a heating pad, but do use a microwavable corn bag. You can find them in some drug stores or online. Mine have dried indian corn inside. You put it in the micro for 2-3 minutes to get it to the heat you like (I like mine HOT) and wah-la. It work so well for bad tummy's. I started making them as I like them so hot that I burn them out quickly. Hope that helps.
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Potsie
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   Posted 2/17/2010 11:16 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Nanners. I'll check them out.

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   Posted 2/17/2010 11:22 AM (GMT -7)   
I use a heated blanket every night for my pain, when it is really bad I use hot microwaved damp towels or the corn bags.
To be comfortable I need it to be between 80-90 degrees.


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tsitodawg
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   Posted 2/17/2010 4:30 PM (GMT -7)   
This may sound like a dumb question but in all seriousness, do you worry about the corn popping when you put it in the microwave? I have seen bags filled with rice and beans but never one with corn. When it is dried does it prevent it from becoming popped corn? I have used the other ones with rice and beans with a ton of success. If the corn thing works better I would love to know how to make one correctly.

dinkydee
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   Posted 2/17/2010 4:36 PM (GMT -7)   
I've only heard of the rice ones too.
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Irishmom4
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   Posted 2/17/2010 5:16 PM (GMT -7)   
I use a heating pad for about half an hour every night before falling asleep. It is very comforting .
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sickandlucky
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   Posted 2/17/2010 7:34 PM (GMT -7)   
I looove my heating pad it has gotten me through many a rough night. I use it everyday and it's a great investment as a pain reliever... instead of popping tylenol now I just lie down with my heating pad and a cup of tea.
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jesse's_girl
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   Posted 2/17/2010 7:56 PM (GMT -7)   
I have made my own using old wool socks and dried beans. I filled the first sock full enough that I have enough room to tie the top of the sock off and then put the second sock over top of the second one (so that you hide the "open end" of the first sock) and then you can tie off the second lay sock with something nice. I have used mine many times, with out having to refill it.

Nanners, do you have any suggestions? as I have only made one.
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CrohnieToo
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   Posted 2/18/2010 3:31 AM (GMT -7)   
I grew up w/electric blankets and I LOVE them. However, hubby grew up in the back woods of Maine and a simple wood stove for heat and for cooking so he is used to the weight of many covers and does NOT like an electric blanket - not even one w/dual controls. *sigh* It was SOOOOO nice to climb into a "pre-warmed" bed and to so snuggly warm all night long. I still miss "my blanky". *sigh*
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crohnielass
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   Posted 2/18/2010 7:10 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, I too grew up with electric blankets, and love them! it helps me when i suffer with backache my hubby doesn't like them, so i splashed out on a nice fleecy single one just for me. Bev x
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   Posted 2/18/2010 7:17 AM (GMT -7)   
C2, I grew up with no electric blanket too ,but the heavy quilts are very rough on my diabetic toes. Yes Potsie I have one, as well as a very small heating pad and one that is about 3 ft by 4 ft and they are very good on aching joints. Warmth is such a good thing for aches and pains.
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Squattie
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   Posted 2/18/2010 7:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Millet works well for the socks as well. It actually delivers moist heat.

I love heating blankets but they do make me anxious if I use them for more than 20 minutes.
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Nanners
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   Posted 2/18/2010 7:21 AM (GMT -7)   
The corn in the bags I use is called dried indian corn or its also known as feed corn. I buy a 40lb. bag at Walmart. Only certain Walmarts sell it. This is NOT popcorn. This corn doesn't pop. Some folks use rice, but I personally don't like it as it doesn't hold the heat as long. I have a rice filled bag at work for those bad times, and it only stays warm about 30 min at most. My corn bags stay hot for a few hours.

I buy about 1 yard of a dark cotton fabric (this makes about 10 bags), fill the bag (approx 8 1/2" x 11") about 3/4 full and then sew it up. It is a square shape with a bottom seam and two side seams and then after filling sew up the top. This size is perfect for me because it lays across my stomach or side which ever is bothering me the most. You can find the patterns online. And you can make them any size you want. Some folks make skinny tubes shaped ones to wrap around your neck if your neck is sore etc. They also make great gifts. I have given them to co workers and they love them. Hope that helps.

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Potsie
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   Posted 2/18/2010 7:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for all the ideas. I love my blanket so much that when summer comes, I hate to put it up. I think it would help my son, but I know he'll give me a hard time about using it. I've tried to get him to use a heating pad, but he won't do it. He won't even ask for pain medication. I admire him for that. He doesn't do drugs or smoke. No drinking either. He's a good son and I hate what he's going through.

Nanners
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   Posted 2/18/2010 7:44 AM (GMT -7)   
I think he would be surprised how on good a heating pad feels on an upset stomach. I couldn't live without mine, and I am in remission!
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Crohn's Disease for over 34 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium, Vit D, and Xanax prn. Resections in 2002 & 2005. Also diagnosed w/ Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, & Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*

Potsie
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   Posted 2/18/2010 8:14 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm going try again today to see if he'll use it. Wish me luck!

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   Posted 2/18/2010 9:56 AM (GMT -7)   
I have seen them made from wheat and old BDUs (fire resistant).
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ZenaWP
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   Posted 2/18/2010 10:07 AM (GMT -7)   
I couldn't live without my heating pad either, and I'm in remission as well.  Some nights, I sleep with it on, even though you aren't supposed to.  I have to hold it against my stomach though to make it work the best...get more direct heat.  We also have an electric blanket on the bed, but it doesn't seem to help because it's not direct enough on my stomach or my joints.  And, if we turn it up more to see if that will help, it gets way too hot under there.  I used to use the microwaveable pack with flaxseed in it, but it wouldn't stay the right temperature long enough. 
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xraygrrl
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   Posted 2/18/2010 12:09 PM (GMT -7)   
I have a dual-controlled heated mattress pad. I love it! It helps a lot with my aches & pains.

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   Posted 2/18/2010 12:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi potsie...I am another big fan of the heated mattress pad over the heated blanket.  I think it is the best gift my husband ever gave...even better than the day he gave me my engagement ring!

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   Posted 2/18/2010 12:50 PM (GMT -7)   
I have one and love it.
It is quick to heat up and you dont have to do anything except plug it in (I dont have to get out of bed to do it)
The only down side is that you are not suppose to sleep with it turned on.
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Brian84
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   Posted 2/18/2010 6:43 PM (GMT -7)   
I have one and love it. They actually make them with auto shut offs. I usually sleep with mine and it turns off after about an hour.

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   Posted 2/18/2010 7:31 PM (GMT -7)   
I generally don't have IBD pains, but I have a heated matress pad cover on my bed for fall and winter cuz I don't like being cold.

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Grandpato2
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   Posted 2/18/2010 10:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Brian84's right. Just buy a heating pad that automatically shuts off every hour. I have 2 for front and back at the same time. Need it, love it!


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