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tens unit

Jan 30, 2015 7:51 PM

I was wondering what kind of tens unit works the best. I am desperate to find something to help with my fibro pain. I see that Walmart sells one for $34 is this a " get what you pay for" type if thing? What brands work best for you? And on another note, I have not been posting at all due to this pain and hard hit depression. I have been keeping up with you all though. Depression has been really rough... All I want to do is cry.

Jan 30, 2015 8:24 PM

Hi Everyone, you could get it through your insurance like I did ask your pain doctor how you can get it.

Jan 30, 2015 9:20 PM

Hey Blessed, im so sorry your depressions worse. You can cry to us, we're here for you. I got my EMPI TENs unit from the PT place. I've had it 3 years and I've only had to order new wires once. My insurance covered every dime because my doctor prescribed it. Could you get yours that way? Get some rest, and know... We are here for you.

Jan 31, 2015 11:09 AM

FlappysLady, you are so sweet. Your kind words mean so much to me. Makes me feel not so alone. I don't have insurance which makes this illness so much more difficult. But, I will keep pushing on. And thanks again for being so kind...maybe I will try the Walmart one.

Jan 31, 2015 1:30 PM

Anything is better than nothing. Have you looked on Amazon? They have nearly anything you want. Good luck finding one that works that you can afford.

Jan 31, 2015 6:36 PM

Great idea, thanks so much!

Jan 31, 2015 7:36 PM

Blessed, I'm so sorry your depression is bad right now. I'm praying for you, asking for relief. I don't have the answer to your question but I don't want to ignore the other pain.

I have a question for you - have you tried getting insurance by calling the insurance hotline thingy? Having insurance will help you in getting things like a TENS unit.

Anyway, feel better. I hope & pray things get cheerier for you.

Feb 01, 2015 6:41 AM

You need insurance, even if it means co-pays its better than trying to pay out of pocket. check into government insurance asap.
I also received my tens unit by prescription. And you might check on Flector patches.

Feb 01, 2015 7:40 PM

Thanks deena and forsolong. I need to do something, but its hard as you know to think clearly when you have no sleep due to pain. Hopefully flare and depression lifts so I can deal with this. Thanks for the prayers. I know He hears all! Hope you all have a peaceful evening.

Feb 01, 2015 8:22 PM

Just saw a commercial on TV that you can now get TENS units in Wallmart with no prescription!! How awesome is that?!?!

Feb 01, 2015 8:38 PM

AlwayZ, I call that an answer to prayers!

Feb 01, 2015 8:39 PM

I'm glad... They have a variety of them.

Feb 02, 2015 6:11 AM

Awesome?!! Thanks

Feb 02, 2015 12:51 PM

I have 'BioMed XL' I bought in a medical supply store maybe 5 years ago. I use it on and off. Currently using almost dayliy. Works well, don't know why I stopped. Was expensive then but think the price has dropped tremendously. If you can't figure out what setting to put it on, a physical therapist or someone at a medical supply store that sells them can help you. Good luck! Definitely worth a try. I use way less pain med when using tens unit so that is great

Feb 02, 2015 12:59 PM

Just found this great site that tells you where to place leads for different body part pain:

Feb 02, 2015 6:28 PM

How do you guys use it if you have pain in different area? Is it still worth buying? Just curious bc I used a tens once and it didn't help too much but that was 11 tears ago!

Feb 02, 2015 6:48 PM

I place it on the body part that yells the loudest. Right now it's my neck, shoulder, upper arm area. I have one with 4 leads and I surround the area with the leads. I wonder if one could use two leads on one body part and the other two in a different area. Hmmm. Maybe. When I started using it, I don't think I understood it well enough and wasn't using it well. My physical therapist helped me. But now there are good sites on the Internet that can probably be as useful. I would say that when I use it, I have maybe 90% less pain to the area. I was able to reduce my pain med consumption in the last couple of weeks. For me, the thing that helps is if I apply the leads first thing in the morning when I get dressed even if I have no pain because then when and if it starts up ( usually starts when I start moving etc...), I just connect it to the unit. Because it's my neck and shoulder area, I try to weave the cords under my shirt, so it's less visible and doesn't get tangled with drawer handles n such. I had also ordered some solution a while ago that still works some that makes the skin stickier and the leads stick on better. That helps for the neck area as it curves some and it's hard to avoid all my hair.

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