heating pad modification

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    cttt300zx New Member

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    Ok this may be kind of a random question. But I have scoured the internet trying to find an answer and I just cant. My girlfriend has a stomach problem and she uses a heating pad to help ease the pain and spasms at night. However, she often wakes up in the middle of the night because the heating pad reached a certain temperature and shut itself off(at least thats what I believe happens, or is it just on a timer?). Basically I am trying to stop this from happening. I was debating on getting a different thermostat, or something along those lines. Before I go tearing it apart I just wanted to see if anybody had done this, or had any knowledge on where to look for the info. Or whatever. Please help. Thanks.
     
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    MrEous OT Supporter

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    Was a doctor no help to her?...sucks.

    I would look for a heating pad that doesn't shut off automatically. Are you sure she isn't shutting it off herself?
     
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    cttt300zx New Member

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    The doctor has been no help yet and its been almost a year, but luckily they think they are getting close(excuse me while i control my excitement). But no she is not shutting it off by herself, the one I purchased for her at my house does the same thing. Its supposed to be a fire safety. And I cant seem to find any that dont shut off. Its really a pain in the ass. But I guess I am just going to have to tear one apart and see what happens haha.
     
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    MrEous OT Supporter

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    How about this...

    Buy a plug-in timer, have it set to turn on every 30 minutes. At least she'll be able to get relief during those times and maybe enough to keep her asleep? It's a cheap solution.
     
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    I know this isn't what you want to hear but my mother fell asleep on a heating pad (doesn't have any type of shut-off feature) and got a serious burn on her back. I'm not sure if what you want to do is very safe.

    With that said, check with a physical therapist office. They have some that are more "industrial" than the typical walmart/cvs ones that you might have. :dunno:
     
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    Definitely get a medical-grade pad that will have a heat switch rather than a timer. Burns and fires are NOT worth the money saved by DIYing it.
     

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