Diabetes and heating pads

By sexyswamprat Latest Reply 2012-01-29 16:36:08 -0600
Started 2008-11-24 11:57:10 -0600

I have been having the worst cramps in the world. I took out my heating pad the other day and started to use it. Out of bordem I started to read the box. It said that if you are diabetic not to use. Does anyone know why? I'm feeling like I need it more and more these days to do the pain for the pcos. If I can't use a heating pad does anyone have other options as to what would work good?

11 replies

GabbyPA 2008-11-24 21:11:41 -0600 Report

As all have said, it is due to lack of sensitivity. I agree with Vicki, a warm towel can be a great help. I also have a neck bag of rice and herbs that I heat in the microwave and it cools instead of building the heat.

Like everything we do, just use caution while using it until you see how you react with it.

Even as a healthy person, I would not fall asleep with a heating pad on. A little to dangerous for me either way.

sparkysmom 2008-11-24 20:16:27 -0600 Report

Skip is right. My Dr told me not to use and electric blanket or heating pad because I might not feel it burn me if I am asleep. I use a heating pad during the day when I can watch it. Sometimes at night I use an old fashion hot water bottle wrapped in 2 towels.

SkipT 2008-11-24 19:50:40 -0600 Report

Also one of the problems being diabetic is that our skin is much more sensitive to heat. I don't even take a real hot shower anymore.

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wolf - 26197 2008-11-24 13:46:20 -0600 Report

does the same apply to the electric blanket you put on your bed? If so then I'm guilty as all get out because i use mine periodically.

caspersmama 2008-11-24 13:27:35 -0600 Report

I do have neuropathy but in my feet. I use a heating pad everyday of my life on my back. If I am home and sitting up I am using the heating pad. I sleep with it and everything. So if you need it use it I say.

valleybep 2012-01-19 12:18:55 -0600 Report

Me too. I sleep with it on the calves of my legs to avoid tortuous leg cramps every night. Just put it on "low" and sleep with thick sweatpants on. Drinking diet tonic water (which has quinine in it) every day and doing lunge stretches also helps to keep down the leg and foot cramps. Also, a deep muscle electric sports massager helps to stop a muscle cramp in progress, and three visits to the chiropractor each week have helped me immensely.

vgarrison 2008-11-24 11:59:24 -0600 Report


I think the reason it says not to use the heating pad if your diabetic is because of nuropathy…if you can't feel parts of your body due to nerve damage, than you can't tell if it's too hot and might burn yourself…

I still use my heating pad for cramps, but I also don't have nuropathy either…I don't see why you shouldnt use it if you can feel it…But then again I am not a doctor…hehe

My only other suggestion is to take a towel and get it as hot as you need, then put it in a ziplock bag, put another towel around it and use that…it will get cooler not hotter…