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Old 11-13-2007, 08:19 PM   #1
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Question Anyone use a home TENS unit?

I just got one today from my PM doctor. He had pro actively asked the insurance company for one and I can use it for both my lumbar and cervical pain. I had no idea this was an option and I'm eager to give it a try. I've used TENS at PT before but now have a unit I own (yep, not rent).

I was just wondering if anyone else uses a home unit and if you have any tips, advice, etc.

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Old 11-14-2007, 09:02 AM   #2
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Re: Anyone use a home TENS unit?

Hey Kross,
I tried a TENS unit for a while. It did nothing for my pain, but helped my mother in law a lot so I gave it to her. I hope it helps you.

 
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Old 11-14-2007, 11:51 AM   #3
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Re: Anyone use a home TENS unit?

My husband has one that workman's comp bought for him. He says it helps a lot for his foot pain. He had me try it...I could barely stand it on 3...he cranks it up to 15 for his pain!! It didn't really help me but he swears by it. Maybe it's different pain. Not sure.
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Old 11-14-2007, 01:30 PM   #4
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Re: Anyone use a home TENS unit?

I have one i use for upperback an shoulder spasmed muscles, it does help me.

Play around with the settings i found some worked btr than othrs for me

 
Old 11-14-2007, 01:55 PM   #5
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Re: Anyone use a home TENS unit?

I use a TENS unit at home; it helps immensley when I remember to use it

 
Old 11-15-2007, 10:38 PM   #6
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Re: Anyone use a home TENS unit?

I have one. I had it on the highest setting at one point. I would wear it from the time I got out of the shower until I went to bed. It takes the edge off. Once off though you feel the pain. I did anyway. I think it is good. I had stopped using for a while. Gets to be annoying sometimes. I only wear elastic pants and it is always falling off to the floor.

 
Old 11-16-2007, 02:02 PM   #7
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Re: Anyone use a home TENS unit?

TROWFTD:
What kind of foot pain does your foot pain have? I have a lot of pain in my feet mostly nerve pain and my doctor wants me to try a TENS unit.

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Old 11-24-2007, 06:27 PM   #8
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Re: Anyone use a home TENS unit?

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I have one i use for upperback an shoulder spasmed muscles, it does help me.

Play around with the settings i found some worked btr than othrs for me
Where do you place the pads for your upper back?

 
Old 11-24-2007, 06:56 PM   #9
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Re: Anyone use a home TENS unit?

Brian,
sorry I didn't see your post.
My hubby's foot pain seems to be mostly mechanical.
He doesn't seem to have much nerve pain.
But, I would give it a try. It may work for you.
Good luck. ~Mush
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Old 11-25-2007, 07:50 AM   #10
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Re: Anyone use a home TENS unit?

I was ordered one after my first fusion surgery. The woman from the company who makes them, had myself and another woman try it, and it dropped me right to the floor. That was the end of that!
I can not use it , so it sits in it's case on my bookshelf, where it's been now for two years.
My husband on the other hand loves it.
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Old 11-25-2007, 08:33 AM   #11
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Re: Anyone use a home TENS unit?

hey sandi,the setting was obviously way too high for you to handle,espescially if it has never been tried before.any ramping up of the setting HAS to start at the very lowest(and also done by the person wearing it) and slowly ramped up til you hit that 'right" level.personally sandi,i wouldn't totally discount using it based on that stupid womans mistake.it could really help you if done properly.just a thought.i LOVE my TENS.it is the only thing that can bring down my burning hell in my RSD knee.but you DO seriously need to see a good PT person who is familiar with how it works to get the best possible benefits from it.using it up in the c spine area,you have to be very careful about placement of the trodes.i know it talked about this in the little booklet thing i got with mine.it just cannot be within a certain area from the brain in some way.sorry i cannot remember the specifics.but if you are going to be using this around that c spine area you really need to obtain all the important info on trode placement first.

electrode placement is really the key to the best possible benefits from these types of units.i need to always criss cross the wires over my knee so i have the current going 'thru' my knee?while i can get really great benefits on the knee thing,i have not been able to get the same type of relief yet in my left arm where i have central pain syndrome.we are still working on trode placement there.hopefuly i will be able to find that right spot.this is really one of those things you have to try yourself with your type of pain in order to really see if this would work for you or not.i realistically,just becasue the burning hell i have in that knee is sooo nasty at times,never thought it would actually help me.but it did and now is the only thing i use to knock down those huge flares.it really has helped me tons with at least one area of my pain processes.i do hope you can get some good benfits from it too.just keep trying different placement of the trodes til you can find the right spots for your pain.getting that current to actually somehow run thru the pain area seems to be what helps the most,at least for my knee crap anyways.good luck,Marcia
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Old 11-25-2007, 10:45 AM   #12
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Re: Anyone use a home TENS unit?

I have used it on my elbows, knee, neck and back. Tried it for TMJ but could not do for that because it caused the nerves to twitch. It is good for immediate pain control. Once you take it off though the pain comes back. So some relief is better then none.

 
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Re: Anyone use a home TENS unit?

I had one given to my by my PT after my third back surgery. But for some reason I do not get relief from my chronic back and leg nerve pain. Go figure though, I am going to have an implantable one put in me. Wonder if the spinal cord stimulator will work if the TENS didnt. Any ideas?

 
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Re: Anyone use a home TENS unit?

hey cos,did they actually go over the TENS with you as far as good trode placement?if not,i wouldn't totally discount it out as a possible good option.a PT person who is familiar with all of the ins and outs of a TENS really should be the one to show you how to use it to its best ability for your pain.if you are considering the implantable stim,you really do need to work with the TENS first just to see how well your pain process actually reponds to electrical stimulation.its just if you do not actually get ANY benefit from the TENS in even a small way,the chances of good stim response are much lower.the thing about the TENS is that electrode placement being just right.just working with someone who knows the best posssible configurations for a particular body area really would give you the most benefit.i didn't have a freaking clue about how to place those trodes til the PT person went over them in reference to my pain processes i was trying to manage with it.i really do rely on only this unit to manage a very horrid RSD burning that goes very very deep into the bones in that knee.it works really well for me.i can function with it wonderfully now.just see someone who knows how to really use the unit.this is the only way to really get the most out of the TENS.good luck(hi to my fellow MN nieghboor too,are ya ready for the 'frozen tundra"?)marcia
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Old 05-06-2008, 09:52 AM   #15
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Re: Anyone use a home TENS unit?

I also have one and it does help take the edge off my pain. My problem is I live alone and can't put it on the back of my neck where it needs to go. I also have had trouble with the electrodes coming loose and giving me some healthy shocks I almost feel like I have to sit real still while its on.

 
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