Yes, I did get to see the machine. You have a leg brace looking thing, may be made out of neoprene. You have 2 good size pads that you rub this gel on, showed us how to & where the pads go. Then you snap the wire to the pads. The little unit itself is very small, about the size of a newer Tens Unit. Then you turn it on, he said when you feel tingling in either pad, you then back it off so you feel no tingling. Wear it for 8 hrs.
I asked what is the difference between this machine and a TENS Unit. He says its how the pulses themselves work. I will get 2 braces, one for each knee, but will only need one unit. The cost of the unit is about $5,500. They have the promotional deal going and I am renting it for $45 a month, will do this for 4 months. He says at the end of the 4 months we will know if its working or not.
I did not start the swelling until they increased my morphine dose. I am quite sure thats the culprit. This happens when I cannot tolerate a higher dose or a new medication. I have a three day window and it always starts on the 3rd day, that is also when I started swelling up. I did this when my pain patch was increased to 75mg, ended up in hospital with CHF. Yes, I do have potassium to take and do. My heart dr put me on 20mg of lasix a year ago, plus the potassium. Its difficult for the drs to treat me because of this problem. I have lost alot of the fluid with the 80mg and I feel better, plus breathing better.
Yes, I do have a terrible time sleeping again and I take Remeron at bedtime to help me sleep. I believe it too is a anti-depressant, its only 15mg.
Need to check on everyone then I am headed to bed. I am really tired tonite. Lots of love & hugs coming your way.....Susie