I too just got my TENS Unit this week. I'm lovin' it. I am pretty much in pain at about a 6 24/7. Since starting the TENS, I would say I'm down to about a 4/5. YAY!!! I'll take whatever I can get. I had gone off of my patch and was just using Percocet 10/325 TID, but at this last visit, my doc decided to put me back on the 25 mcg patch just through the Holidays, and order me a TENS unit along with continuning the Percocet as directed previously. I had recently had a terrible spike in pain with the recurrence of those dreaded muscle spasms. Oh, and he also put me back on Zanaflex so I could perhaps get some much needed sleep. My pain had spiked to around a 7, and I had a new intermitent pain thing with my feet that feels as if I were walking across hot coals. BURNING bad and a pain I can't describe. Lyrica didn't work for me in the past due to negative side effects too numerous to mention.
OK...so back to the TENS Unit....
I got 4 recharable batteries to go with it. The unit itself is an RS Medical Unit.
It has 5 different settings. I have to change the batteries about every 12 hours or so, but I keep mine cranked up pretty high. I prefer the "tap tap tap" setting, and I guess what you would call the "constant/typical"... you know like the one you would get in Physical Therapy. My problem is at L4-S1 so that is where I wear the pads. They informed me the company would mail me new pads every month at no charge, and gave me all info, including a self addressed, stamped envelop for return of the unit in case of malfunction. There is also a 1-800 # on the unit for questions as well as a great manual.
The rechargable battery charger comes with the unit, and as I mentioned, 4 batteries come with it. I keep one or two in my purse charged and ready to go. I keep two in the charger. One note of caution, the book (my manual) says that the batteries are not to be charged for more than 14 hours (12 is typical) as it can shorten the life of the battery.
Right now I am using the TENS 24/7. I had to drive 3 hours yesterday (one way) for a two hour meeting,
eventhough, officially I am on break until Jan. 14th for the Holiday! LOL. I am SO
paying for it today. I have not been able to get up today really, except to go to the bathroom, and have been just sort of laying around!!! I've got the TENS unit almost all the way up, and am using Heat today. LOTS OF IT!!
So far, I'm very happy with the TENS, and with the exception of yesterdays car travels, I think it has helped to decrease my pain. I wish the doctor had prescribed this a while back. I've had scar tissue to develop around the root of the sciatic nerve. It's starting to pinch it, or "smother" it...so who knows what is down the road. Perhaps nerve ablation?? Dunno about that, but I'm just SO
I live in the DEEP SOUTH, and not doing so well with the recent cold spell. And yes, to us down here 32 degrees is COLD
! LOL. It's like I can feel my hardware. Is that weird??
I really hope you are able to start getting benefit from your unit soon!! I'll keep you up on my TENS....Like I said so far so good.
Sorry, I'm so verbose. Just not a woman of few words!
*blushes* Sorry about that! *blushes again*