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    Sleep heat
    JeannineTimp posted:
    I haven't seen the remedy I use to help me sleep at night and it works wonders! I don't have a bath tub in my house in order to use the hydrotherapy treatment and soaking in a hot shower is fine if you have the strength to stand that long. So, I put an electric blanket under my fitted sheet and when I am in pain at night I turn the heat on to whatever my pain level requires and it melts the pain away and I'm able to sleep just fine. When my pain gets to be too much during the day I will climb into bed and turn the heat on and sometimes even within 30 minutes I feel a lot better and can get up and continue with my day. I hope this helps and works for you too!
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    cali824 responded:
    wow thats an awesome idea
    thank you
    xoxo -Cali
    dollbug responded:
    Hello MiMi in it safe to lie on an electric blanket....I know many, many years ago.....I use to have one....and back then you could not lie on the wires.....they were made to be on top of a person.....where it was not restricted....

    Just wondering....they do make heated mattress pads....

    IN GOD WE TRUST....MAY GOD BLESS AND GUIDE AMERICA.... My personal exchanges are Vitamin D and Pain and Wrath of the Dragon....if you care to visit..
    birdmom4 responded:
    Hi all! I, too, have used an electric blanket under my fitted sheet - it really did help with the pain - and I think keeping my muscles warm(er) at night reduced a.m. stiffness. Unfortunately, I hit menopause and am so warm all the time and can't use the electric blanket any more. Re: safety of sleeping on top of electric blankets: I did this for more than 1 year and didn't have any trouble, and I've got to think the manufacturers are using better/safer materials and manufacturing techniques than were used in years past.
    barbequeit responded:
    Oh yes, heat is wonderful. I turn my electric blanket on before bed so it's nice and warm for my arrival. I also just bought a car with heated seats - it's a miracle remedy for the pain . I often have on the AC and the heated seats. !
    barbequeit replied to dollbug's response:
    I think it is safe to lie on the electric blanket, as the heated mattress pads are basically the same technology, just made to fit a mattress.
    dezyninglady responded:
    great idea...thanks for sharing it! I'm off to the store to buy an electric blanket!
    misschameleon replied to birdmom4's response:
    I agree with birdmom4 hot flashes and electric blankets dont work.I have only just been diagnosed with this and its the pits. I find myself just loosing muscle tone and almost dropping things like dishes. It's kind of scarey. Only acupuncture helps with range of motion and pain occasionally. If it wasn't for acupuncture I would have gone mad.Dont like the idea of vicodone being a daily routine.
    fibroinsd responded:
    I think electric blankets -used the "normal" way...on top of me can be very helpful...but this is hard to use in the summertime, when it is so hot ...but I do love to use my electric heating pad...cece
    Let's put the fun back in dysfunctional !- Mary Englebright
    NHredhead responded:
    I too have been using an electric hydrocular type heating pad for years. Being unable to move in the am, the application of heat is also great for loosening up my back for getting up in the morning as well as controlling bouts of severe pain at any time of day. The pad I have is the type that if one does not hold the switch, it shuts off thereby eliminating accidental burns by falling asleep with the pad on high. Hope this also helps.
    msme4 responded:
    I took this the next step- I put a timer (the type you use for christmas lights etc) with a heating pad under my most-sore points (for me, feet) so it comes on a half hour before I wake up. This has worked WONDERS for the tough morning pain and stiffness, and I hope it helps someone out there too!
    Pammy5253 replied to dollbug's response:
    Yes, there are electric mattress pads, and I LOVE MINE!! It helps SO MUCH with fibro pain and arthritis pain. I use mine every night; when I am really hurting, I crank it up for a while.

    Probably the most comfortable ones are the ones that have mattress pad padding on them. JC Penney has the best deal on them right now; that's where I ordered mine, to replace one that did not have much padding. You just put it on your mattress or any mattress topper, then put your fitted sheet over it. You willl wonder how you got along without it.

    Oh, do not sleep on top of an electric blanket; that is an electrical hazard and a fire waiting to happen.

    justaskjulie responded:
    I've been finding that as summer is hitting I'm ending up in my hammock outside more and more just to warm up. The warmth definitely helps ease my muscle aches. I also have full size heat/massage mat and I'll lay it out on the bed and turn it on sometimes with a blanket over me to warm me up and ease the aches.

    I can and do do the hot bath with epsom salt thing, but sometimes it's just too much trouble.
    pbennett7250 responded:
    Hi I also have a heating pad that I use, mostlly in the winter is when I am most achy and stiff. I have 3 different meds I take for Fibro myself, plus 5 other meds for other health issues. But yes the heat realy helps, I also have a tens machine, the little machine that omits electronic pulses like they use in a phy therapist office.That helps especially after I have worked outside or inside and over did it. It is nice to know so many people with this condition but then again it is a growing problem it hits really hard at about 55. I am now on disability because the meds I take put me to sleep so I cannot drive or work, and I am always off balance, I fall alot
    Thanks for your input and it was nice chatting to you
    Paula Bennett
    grannymrh responded:
    Jeannie, heat works wonders for me. I do have a whilrlpool tub, & a spa outside bedroom enclosed in glass so I can use it in the winter. I also us the heating pad. There are no pain meds that help me at all.

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