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I have stenosis, herniated discs in back and neck and back and radicular an peripheral neuropathy legs and feet.. have been like this for many years.. so far all surgeons have said they are afraid to open me up.. I have one Dr. who is thinking about it..

have had lots of epidurals, drugs(mostly off those now due to becoming allergic)

I have had 2 most heart theratherm heating pads and tho it says not to sit or sleep onthem I inadvertenly wind up doing that and it killed them and they are $$$. I sleep with both ice and heat to endure the pain.

Can anyone recommend a better heating pad that you can put even part of your weight on while sleeping if only for 20 mns till it shuts off?

Thank you,

Julia Richardson


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  • Summi1408SSummi1408 Posts: 176
    edited 11/18/2013 - 6:43 PM
    You shouldn't sleep with a heating pad on you can get burned. I fell asleep with a heating pad laid on my back and woke up with a nice burn. If you need heat I recommend getting one of the clay hot packs that you microwave or something similar.
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  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,865
    Yes, falling asleep while using a heating pad is not good!
    I know
    When I was in one of the major flareups of my thoracic discs, I would use a heating pad very often. I used one of those bead types, that you put into the microwave. One night, I had these heating pad, I had an undershirt plus a sweatshirt. I went to sleep on my back, with the heating pad under me.

    Next morning, I woke up and my wife notice a burn on my back! It eventually turned out to be almost a 4th degree burn.
    I was treated for about 10 days with ointment and changing dressings 2x day. Finally, I went to a doctor and he dug out a hug eschar. Then, as a plastic surgeon, he had to cut a flap and stitch it over the big hole. I know have another scar, very interesting design though, to add to my surgical 'tatoos'

    I would have never thought a heating pad without any electric connection could cause this. You would think that the pad I was using, would eventually cool off. Problem was that while I laid on it, there was no where for any heat to escape. I really didnt notice the burning, but that I know was due to the high dosages of Oxycontin I was taking at the time.

    So, bottom line,be very CAREFUL with any heating pad.
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
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