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TENS MACHINE/Unite

Jan 18, 2015 11:26 AM

Hi I'm wondering if anyone uses a TENS machine if so has it helped at all? What does it feel like? I have RSD and it's getting to the point I think it's time I tried one but wanted to know other people's experiences with them first. :) thanks

Jan 18, 2015 11:34 AM

Me too! Looking for anything to help! Charlotte- they used one on me in physical therapy years ago a couple of times. I found that it was a bit helpful for like the first hour after. But because fibromyalgia (what I have) tends to migrate and feel different all the time it is hard to pinpoint the pain. Maybe different with RDS? Worth a try!

Jan 18, 2015 11:37 AM

I have one and have used it for back pain... I think that for me it distracts me from the pain. I like to use it when driving, it doesn't cure but it helps ease the pain at times. I have to be careful as to where I place them due to nausea issues.

Jan 18, 2015 1:39 PM

I have had one for a couple of years and I do believe it helps some. I believe it stops the pain signals to the brain. It's worth a try. There are certain way to set them up and if you aren't sure how to set the dials, your physical therapist ( if you have one) can help you with the settings. But I'm sure it's possible to do it on your own if anything but trial and error. I also have used kinesiology tape over the last few years on and off. I think it lowers the pain depending where and how you apply it. Worth a try. There are videos on YouTube or the particular brand name's website on how to apply the tape depending on the site and the purpose (inflammation, pain etc). Wishing you good luck!

Jan 18, 2015 2:07 PM

I have one that I used mostly for my back. But occasionally I use it for my wrists or legs (knees, feet).

Jan 18, 2015 3:30 PM

I had my dorsal stimulator put in in 1993, only have needed one new battery installed in 2000. It has helped me immensely over the years. .i usually use at night for that hard stabbing pain that nothing else would help. I have just learned that Medtronic has a new system that enables you to have MRIs. And has other benefits that my model does not have. I am doing some research on it as recently they told me I have tumors pressing on a few nerves, Aracknoiditis has moved up the spine to my thoracic area, and the few vertebra that we're not affected by any disease are now totally involved. The battle to continue to walk is almost at its end, the pain has increased over the last two years and I am having a hard time getting a handle on it. Back to the question ,,,it is a good thing but mine is a implanted system. When I had the external it was not effective.

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