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Mar 02, 2016 8:55 AM

So I was researching the Tens unit and I do want one because I think it will help my pain out tremendously. But what unit do I buy because Amazon had me all over the place with the different models. I need advice because I'm forever in pain cause I can't go to the pain clinic till my insurance starts from disability.

Mar 02, 2016 9:06 AM

Hi I just bought one from my local llyods chemist £20 with 4 pads, 6 preset programs, spare pads available to buy too. Excellent. In one day my pain is reduced 50% I haven't taken a pain killer today at all. They do wireless ones too

Mar 02, 2016 9:14 AM

I saw one on TV that I'm going to order. You can pay it off with no interest in 5 payments and it cycles through several different massage modes that way your body doesn't get used to the one or two sensations you usually get. I've researched it and I think it will be helpful to me. I will post the website when I find where I wrote it down.. I forgot where I put it.. LOL!! 💕🙏🏻🌻😍

Mar 02, 2016 9:21 AM

Great idea good luck. I only tried this one to see if it worked first. Didn't want to waste money

Mar 02, 2016 9:40 AM

Painedlady, If you have insurance I do not know if you do...your insurance should cover it if your doctor writes a prescription. That is how I got mine and then the replacement pads would be covered as well. I haven't used mine as much since my pain is in multiple places on my body. I no longer know where to place the pads. Hope that helps.

Mar 02, 2016 9:43 AM

No insurance just yet, I just had my disability hearing yesterday so hopefully insurance is on the way soon.

Mar 02, 2016 9:45 AM

Alwayz thank you for the help cause I was getting stressed just looking at all the different models and the extras you need to get too.

Mar 02, 2016 9:48 AM

Praying your approval for disability will come quickly!

Mar 02, 2016 10:51 AM

I'd see if you could borrow or rent one first. I rented one when I was in a long labour with my daughter and I hated it. X

Mar 02, 2016 11:30 AM

The ones on amazon that have different MODES like burst, pulse, continuous, with adjustable mhz and us, NOT the ones marked "back", "leg", "arm", etc, those are not adjustablw for your comfort. Ones with both a timer and continuous mode as well. There are several on Amazon like that for under $50 that are very good.

Don't get the ones that say one of the modes is "scraping" or "scrapping", those are Chinese made massage units, and won't be as adjustable or as strong. The IcyHot ones are also crap, no removable battery!
I got one 20 years ago from the VA, and it's still working great. It's about $100 through Amazon Business, of all places!
The one listed as "#1 bestseller" is a really good machine. Read the reviews about it, even the negative ones. I can usually tell if it's operator error in most negative reviews, or if the item really is junk!
I hope you can get one soon, mine is a blessing!

Mar 02, 2016 1:50 PM

Oh, hey! Check out tenspros.com, they have excellent prices!

Mar 02, 2016 2:45 PM

Pained, I actually just purchased one out of my own pocket. It was close to $100.00 but it's worth it's weight in gold. It's a Drive agf-6x. Definitely worth it. And the best part for me is that I can connect the pads independently and if I'm having a bad pain day, I can just leave the pads in place without fear of the adhesive bothering my skin in the least bit.

Mar 02, 2016 4:55 PM

I just got a pure pulse for about $30 on amazon and it's awesome. It's powerful and has several settings, but also has massage, beat, or knead settings the highest level I can use is 6... It's that strong. My mom used it and now she's getting one and it stopped an ongoing muscle spasm that my bf had for months. It comes with four pads but I bought an extra pack of pads for the pulse as well. All told I spent less than fifty bucks. It runs on 4 AAA batteries (included) and so far, still going strong on just that first set. Good luck and I hope you find one that's right for you! 😊

Mar 02, 2016 10:18 PM

I got mine new on ebay it is a tens 7000 . I also buy my new pads on ebay.

Mar 03, 2016 1:27 AM

I'm considering getting a low cost healthmateforever.com one, they are reported to be good quality for the price and they have a wide range from 40$ up. Seems like good starter price to me. I am also considering a prescription only model from avazzia. I would prefer one that is both tens and muscle stim as the effects are longer lasting. I'm going to consult with my rheumatologist about it tomorrow and see what she says.

Mar 03, 2016 2:20 AM

the best TENS unit to reduce any pain stressed any kind of pain is the Globus TENS 4-channel model GENESY I have one and ultrasound GENESY 3000 and have helped me to supplement my medical treatment for pain

Mar 03, 2016 2:22 AM

probably if you live in USA you can find a good price around thousand dollars

Mar 03, 2016 4:20 AM

This is why I love y'all in this group. You will point somebody in the right direction and give extra info that is needed. Like I didn't know I could get a prescription for it and insurance pay for it. Right now still waiting on disability so I think I will wait till for the insurance to cover it. But if I find one that's not covered by insurance I think the money is a good investment. Cause last night my pain in my back was hurting so bad it brought me down to my knees.

Mar 03, 2016 5:02 AM

I got mine from the physical therapy department. They showed me how to use it. I agree with PrincessChaos. Make sure you have extra pads they do not work as well if they are not sticking.

Mar 03, 2016 6:13 AM

I got mine from Walmart online, they don't sell it in store. I gave around $30.00 for it plus $15 for an extra set of pads. I got it for my other half for Christmas, but I-ve used it a lot more than he has. :-)

Mar 03, 2016 6:19 AM

Painedlady, PrincessChaos has great information. If you are in the US, I worked with this in physical therapy department. 1. If you get a script try to use insurance, many times they charge an outrageous price for the unit and you end up with a copay that's more than buying it yourself. So you can check on that but don't commit yourself until you know how much your copay is going to be. 2. While a $3,000 unit might be great, the $50 - $100 units work great too. 3. The tens is the unit that you want to reduce pain. The other units are meant for stimulation that causes some pain which is intended to stimulate muscle and bone growth that is not what you want for pain. 4. The leads or wire that run from the unit to the pads can also wear out over time or break be careful to look at them and I highly recommend you get a unit with the ones that are shaped just like the end of your earbuds for your music player the prong type. There are other shapes that make it hard to find replacement wires or leads as they are called.

Mar 03, 2016 11:39 AM

I bought my tens ems combo until from costco online. 4 channels, several modes. Can pick frequencies and ramp times so it needs to be set up (i had my physio do it) but once that is done its super easy to use.

Mar 03, 2016 8:16 PM

I just bought one on Monday. They won't sell them here unless you have a prescription. I got the prescription from my Physiotherapist, who also gave me the following guidelines: ability to adjust pulse width from 60 - 200, and adjust frequency from 10Hz - 150Hz. I got an Intelect (s)77600. It was $117Cdn, so what, around $75US. It's great!

Mar 04, 2016 12:29 AM

Have you checked everything medical on Charleston if they sell them? I have one and it dose help with muscle spasms and sometimes with pain. You have to really know how they work and how to hook it up or you can do damage to your body. You never want the electric current to go thru your spine or have it directly on it either. You also should change the battery weekly and not wait for it to die. Good luck

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