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bookworm21
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   Posted 10/26/2008 9:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Can a person overuse a heating pad? I've been using one almost every night before bed for the past few months for either cramping or back pain.
 
I read somewhere that using it a lot can cause nerve damage, but I wasn't sure if it was just for that particular brand or all heating pads.
 
Thanks!


Female, Age 20
9 Asacol, Rowasa, 1000 mg Canasa, Proctofoam, Rifaximin 2/day
Digestive Advantage (Crohn's & Colitis), 1 Florastor, 50 mg 6MP,1 Primadophilus reuteri, Remicade (4 infusions), 2.4 g Lialda, 1 Forvia, 6 Colazal/day, 1 Anucort
 


NMcP
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   Posted 10/26/2008 12:19 PM (GMT -6)   
I asked my original GI about the heating pad because I use it all the time. He said if it makes me feel better, use it.
Age: 48
location: Seattle, Wa
Diagnosed with UC in June 2006
Medications: Asacol 3 pills 3 x/day, Canansa am & pm, Atenelol 1 x/day, Ativan as needed
No. of colonoscopies: 1
Originally diagnosed with moderate UC, pancolitis


quincy
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   Posted 10/26/2008 12:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Don't know for sure, but if you're pregnant or planning to be pregnant..don't use one continually.

I used to use them a lot....did start using the microwave grain bag and feel better about falling asleep with it than with a heating pad.

Mind you..there are ones with an timer on them....remember, you can burn yourself with them...been there done that.

q
*Heather* Status..Asacol 6 (3 twice daily); enemas every 4th night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~vitamins/minerals/supplements 
~Probiotic 4(Natural Factors Protec) bedtime + Primadophilus Reuteri Pearls occasionally
~multi-digestive enzymes as needed
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux);  Effexor XR 75mg(depression);  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!
 


NMcP
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   Posted 10/26/2008 12:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Mine has a timer on it. It's also a king size one. It is Kaz one. They have a GREAT warranty. I have had it replaced twice for free : )
Age: 48
location: Seattle, Wa
Diagnosed with UC in June 2006
Medications: Asacol 3 pills 3 x/day, Canansa am & pm, Atenelol 1 x/day, Ativan as needed
No. of colonoscopies: 1
Originally diagnosed with moderate UC, pancolitis


UC since'76
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   Posted 10/26/2008 12:53 PM (GMT -6)   
I used to use them all the time. Sometime I put one between my thighs to warm up quickly on a cold day. I was started on blood thinners 2 years ago for a blood clot. Over time, I began to notifce a huge, very visible brown, heavily mottled area covering my whole inner thighs. It is very evident when I am out in shorts. People stare and some have even said "Ew, what's that?" The Anti-coagulation Clinic said to go to a dermatologist. He immediately recognized it as a response to a heating pad while being on blood thinners. He said he could show me picture after picture in his medical books. It is permanent. The Anti-coagulation Clinic had the attitude that because they had never heard of it it does not matter. But, it does to me. I cannot ever wear shorts or a bathing suit again and I live in the South near a river and we have a boat.

So, since I am permanently disfigured, my only solace is to warn others. That is what I do eveytime I catch someone staring. Maybe I can help someone else.
Ulcerative Colitis since about 1976
Pan colitis since at least 1994
 
30 years with UC and never had a flare until MD gave massive dose of Magnesiun while hospitalized for bronchitis. I had no family doctor so they had just assigned me to the house doctor. Then was hospitalized a few days for moderate flare. No flares since. But now I have a family doctor.
 
No meds. 
 
 


Gigi1227
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Date Joined Aug 2008
Total Posts : 469
   Posted 10/27/2008 1:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Interesting UC since '76 - I am not on blood thinners nor my husband, but that is interesting information.

We become "addicted" to our heating pads in the winter to get warm faster! Will probably be worse this winter as we are cutting back like crazy due to this recession. My thermastat will stay at 68 degrees!

Gigi1227
Diagnosised 8/25/08 GRRR
Started flare mid-May/feeling better but still flaring
 
Canasa
Asacol
Multi Enzyme
Mega Probiotic
Psyllium
Fiber Wafer
Nictotine Patch
Fish Oil Pill
Multi Vitamin
 
 


IndianaUC
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Total Posts : 212
   Posted 10/27/2008 8:47 AM (GMT -6)   
I use a heating pad on my back every single night as it helps with the back pain from my colitis. Sometimes I fall asleep with it on and since it's an old one I have burn scars all over my back. I don't see them and I never wear anything that shows my back so I don't care, but it worries my husband. I plan to look for one with a timer, but I can't help but wonder if those scars are permanent. They're mottled and brown like UC since'76 explains.
- DXed with "left sided" UC in 1998. DXed with "proctitis" Oct. 2007
- Sulfasalazine 3 500mg tabs twice daily
- 500mg Vitamin C, 1 Multivitamin, L-Glutamine
- Max Acidophillis EC Capsules 350Mg(7 types of bacteria with over 42 billion viable cells) with 50 Mg colostrum & 50 Mg FOS(fructo-oligosaccharides)
- Experimenting with this or that on occasion. Always open to new ideas.
- Colonoscopies - 2 (Due for my next one ASAP)
- Canasa 1000mg @night. Started Oct. 23, 2008


bookworm21
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Date Joined Mar 2008
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   Posted 10/27/2008 9:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Oh wow, those burns sound horrible! I think mine has a timer on it; and even if I fall asleep with it on, it ends up on the floor since I toss and turn a lot. I'm trying to wean off of it but most nights I need it to fall asleep!
Female, Age 20
9 Asacol, Rowasa, 1000 mg Canasa, Proctofoam, Rifaximin 2/day
Digestive Advantage (Crohn's & Colitis), 1 Florastor, 50 mg 6MP,1 Primadophilus reuteri, Remicade (4 infusions), 2.4 g Lialda, 1 Forvia, 6 Colazal/day, 1 Anucort
 


Peety
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   Posted 10/27/2008 4:09 PM (GMT -6)   
quincy said...
Don't know for sure, but if you're pregnant or planning to be pregnant..don't use one continually.

I used to use them a lot....did start using the microwave grain bag and feel better about falling asleep with it than with a heating pad.

Mind you..there are ones with an timer on them....remember, you can burn yourself with them...been there done that.

q

I agree, the microwaveable ones with grains are nice and you don't have to worry.
Plus they smell good (I have a lavender one).
49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering.
Asacol/5ASA 6x400 mg maintenance for 20+ years; use prednisone & Rowasa for flares. 
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Food sensitivity test showed gluten, other intolerances; started diet without gluten, soy, dairy, tomato etc. Replete probiotic first, then Forte pills. 
Achieved remission for the first time in many, many years!? Seemed so, but colonoscopy Oct. 6 proved not so, heavy inflammation in ascending colon & will be using Rowasa again. But I AM better.
 
 

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