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Tens unit?

Sep 12, 2016 11:52 PM

I have heard so many of you talk about this tens unit! Can you explain to me what it is ? What does it do for everyone here? I don't have a lot of money as I haven't worked in 2 years so my husband supports me and our son but would it be worth spending money on this help my pain for Fibromyalgia? Thanks for all your opinions mean so much to me!

Sep 13, 2016 1:22 AM

Anna1978, a TENS Unit is a device that sends electrical impulses to your nerves and instead of the brain perceiving pain, it feels either tingling or pulsing or whatever setting and strength you put it on. They have electrodes that you put on your skin and there is a handheld device that allows you to make adjustments to the current and the type of sensation you get. It does take some practice in lead placement and also adjustment. It does help many folks a great deal to get the pain levels down and therefore giving you a reprieve and the ability to rest a while. There are MANY different makes and styles and your insurance may even cover certain ones provided that your insurance has a DME rider (Durable Medical Equipment). They range from $40 to over a thousand. They also carry them in Walmart and Target. You can also go to the pharmacy and get one made by Icy Hot and some other brands that are very easy to use and may provide you with what you need. I wish you the best of luck and if there are any more questions I can answer, please don't hesitate to hit me up!! {{{Hugs}}}πŸ˜ŠπŸ€—πŸ‘ŒπŸΌπŸ™ŒπŸΌ

Sep 13, 2016 9:54 AM

Thanks Alwayzinpain!! I definitely want to look into it I appreciate all the information you have given me!

Sep 13, 2016 4:16 PM

Anna1978, I'm glad that I could be helpful to you.. Good luck finding the right one for you!! πŸ’•πŸ˜Š

Sep 14, 2016 4:12 AM

Ask a chiropractor for one. Look online. Call EMPI.

Sep 15, 2016 4:59 AM

I love my TENS. It helps me sooooo much, especially when i have to be out all day. I will wear it all day and keep it going all day. I highly recommend it

Sep 15, 2016 6:37 AM

Hi Anna1978, my pain doctor gave me my tens unit it it does help me sometimes and other times it doesn't touch it, but it is worth the investment I use it a lot when I get home from my son's football games because sitting on a hard bleacher for 5-6 hours tends to be painful on my back and sends my Sjogrens syndrome into more of a flair.

Sep 15, 2016 7:26 AM

Thanks for all your advice everyone! I went out to see if I could get one here (Canada) but the only one is Dr.hos and I have heard terrible things about it! So I ordered one on Amazon it will be here next week! I am looking forward to trying it! πŸ€—

Sep 15, 2016 7:29 AM

Awesome Anna!πŸ˜ƒ When you try it out let's us know what you think! So happy for you!πŸ˜„

Sep 15, 2016 7:33 AM

Thanks Sjogrens77! I will definitely let you know!! Any kind of pain decrease even for a short period of time is so exciting to me!!! HahahaπŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ™ƒπŸ˜¬

Sep 15, 2016 7:54 AM

I know what you mean! I wake every morning feeling like I'm 90 year's old!

Sep 15, 2016 1:16 PM

Anna1978 what did you hear about Dr. Ho's??? I actually have seen it on infomercials in the middle of the night when I can't sleep and it looks great!! I was actually thinking of ordering it. See, the premise of it is that it continuously changes what kind of stimulation you're getting, therefore not letting your muscles get used to the same sensation and losing its effectiveness. I'd love to hear what you have heard that's negative about it. Thanks!! πŸ’•

Sep 15, 2016 3:37 PM

I have a Dr. Ho's, I also bought a tens/ems combo from costco online that I like much better.
Dr Ho's Cons (in my opinion)
Not a true tens machine, does some weird combo of tens and muscle stim.
The pads dont last long, that being said you can get no name ones that are compatible and they are not super pricy. The ones for my other unit last longer but are expensive.
Easy to accidentally change the intensity. It's a wheel by the top corner of the unit that likes to hit things and make it so i can't move until it 'rests'.
No battery indication, when you are cranking it way past the level you normally use either you are having a really bad day or your battery needs replacing.
Sometimes it just hurts. Probably not limited to the Dr. Ho one but one of the frequencies it rotates through just kills me. The other one i have i can set the frequency and then choose if i want continuous or a changing intensity.
The fact that is constantly changing frequencies and intensity can make you think you've gotten used to it and need to turn it up when you get several low ones in a row, and of course the one after you turn it up is super intense and you can't move or breathe until it's done.
If you get the normal one you can only use one set of electrodes.
If you get the dual one you have 2 sets of electrodes you can use but they are not independent, there is only one intensity wheel.
After it runs for the amount of time selected it stops but the unit stays on so if you forget your battery will die faster as it lights up all lights on the unit.

Pros
Nice small unit, great for travel since it's super light and little
Uses 2 aaa batteries (at least my 'dual muscle massager' does)
Can get cheap off brand replacement pads
Replacement pads fairly common at drug stores or at as seen in tv stores
Super easy to use. Place pads, pick program (a - surface or more tens, b - deep muscle feels like someone hitting you if it's too high, c - recommended for the face but i never ever use it), pick time, turn up. My other one has all sorts of settings and that can be highly overwhelming.

I don't know of any problems with the actual Dr Ho's units. They are a good little unit and i leave it at work for when i need it. I have my other one at home to use.

Pad placement is where most people go wrong. It should come with a how to dvd (my dr ho did but my other one didn't) watch it or look it up online.
If it burns or feels like it's pinching move the pads elsewhere. Some days is just keep burning or pinching, don't use it on those days.

I don't know about using it with crps. Maybe contact the manufacturer and make sure it isn't going to make it worse. There are a lot of warnings in the manual for the book but i dint remember what they are, i have had mine for a very long time

Sep 15, 2016 4:41 PM

Gotobef, thank you so much for all of that information!! I don't know either if it would make my RSD/CRPS worse or not. That's definitely not something that I need to happen. I have a tens unit that does so many things and if you read the book it's like Chinese!!! I worked in electronics for 15 years but this thing was over $1000.00 (which my insurance covered) and I get lifetime replacement pads and batteries and all the other stuff.
I think I'll pass on the Dr. Ho's unit and find another one that has the setting for the deep pounding I need to get the knots in my muscles. I hope that you have a really awesome night and a lite pain load tomorrow. {{{Hugs}}}πŸ’•

Sep 15, 2016 7:13 PM

Hey Alwayzinpain! Hope you are having a good day?! So I have read so many reviews on the Dr.Ho while doing my research to buy one..Most people have similar complaints as gotobef( thanks for your detailed information so appreciated!)the dial is too easily switched and not consistent and people say that if you like to walk around with it because it is small and convenient so you can just do whatever you need to do but then the dial always gets switched and you have to wait until it runs through its cycle! Also it's not a smooth motion it's either too soft and if your turn it up it's too intense and painful and there is no in between.. again this is not my personal experience just what I have read from other people!!! I am excited to get my tens unit next week! I am like a kid with a new toy lol I will let you know if I like it or not! Take care!πŸ™ƒ

Sep 15, 2016 7:58 PM

Anna, mine is from EMPI, with four lead wires; 2 per side. There's an intensity control for both sides, and multiple types of pulses (continuous, intermittent, ebb & flow, etc). It use to feel wonderful, until I developed sjogrens in 2014. It tends to aggravate my flares. Good luck and best wishes in getting one to help. Hugs love & prayers πŸ™‚πŸ’•πŸ™πŸŒΈ

Sep 15, 2016 8:10 PM

I got mine from AliExpress. It's from China it cost me $10 that included a extra wire and I purchased more stickers. The downside is you have to find English on it and it takes a month or longer to get it. But it was in my budget so I went for it.

Sep 15, 2016 10:48 PM

Alwayz it sounds like your going to want a muscle stim machine. Ems, not a combo like the dr hos. The one i got from costco online you can pick tens or ems. But you gotta set ramp time, up time, down time, frequently and something else. I don't remember. It also has 4 seperate channels that can have different intensities.
I had to go online to get one because the local places refused to sell me one without a prescription

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