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Old 11-25-2008, 06:59 PM   #1
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RLS and TENS unit

After reading so many posts on here tonight, I think that I may have found a miracle! I was reading about neuromuscular stimulation and remembered that
I have a TENS unit from when I herniated disks in my back (didn't help me then). I dug it out and gave it a try. After days of nonstop wanting to take a wire brush to my sacruum to stop the pain, itch and tingling, I am sitting here completely comfortable! Thanks so much for that post! I may actually sleep tonight yeah!!!!

Old 11-30-2008, 12:19 AM   #2
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Re: RLS and TENS unit

I have a tens unit for my upper back. I am wondering where you put the pads on your legs? I have RLS also.

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Old 12-01-2008, 05:55 PM   #3
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Re: RLS and TENS unit

My main problem was my sacrum. There was a deep icth like the whole muscle was a mosquito bite, but when I touched it, it hurt like hell. I also had pain and the crawlies down both legs. I put the pads on my sacruum and it all goes away. I fell asleep with it on the other night and had it on all night - I did not have a recurrence of the rls for almost 2 days. My skin starts to breakdown under the pads so I have to be careful. They say not to overuse. I have also put it on my calf and it decreases the muscle aches that I tend to get. I think if you put the pads in an area near the problem but above it, it blocks the signals to the brain. I am so thankful that it works for me. Good Luck.

Old 12-25-2008, 01:01 AM   #4
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Re: RLS and TENS unit

I have been suffering, yes....suffering with RLS for many years. My husband thinks it is in my head. I talked with my DR. about this and he prescribed Mirapex. I started with the lower dose and then after a week went to the higher dose and if I take it faithfully, it does help. I'd like to hear more about the side effects and also what you all are talking about with this ten unit. What is it?? I am way too young to have to be suffering if there is something out more than then Mirapex, I'd love to know, thank you!!

Old 12-28-2008, 06:32 AM   #5
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Re: RLS and TENS unit

The tens unit is an electron stim unit that confuses signals sent back from the body to the brain. I got it prescribed to me when I hurt my back. It makes a little buzzing and a little shocking feeling on my back where I put the two electrode packs. It never did much for my back pain, but really helps the rls. I am also taking Magnesium supps (low dose 1 tab every other day, as you have to be careful with mag. It helps alot. No flares in a few weeks. Good Luck.

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