TENS Units vs, Fent patch

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   Posted 9/23/2008 8:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Has anyone had success with TENS units? I have heard that after awile that they stop working well. Is this true? I am the person who went on oxycontin for 10 years for a debilitating female condition and thought suboxone would help the pain. I was mad at my doctor for misleading me and didn't want to return his calls. Glad I listened to all you AWESOME people on here. He found me a CP doctor that will work with me. My doc told me to try the tens unit first so it looks good like I am trying a non medication route and if that doesn't work,which I hope it does b/c I HATE taking pills like everyone here does. He thinks I will eventually have to take the fentnyl patch. What dose whould I be on if I was taking 160 mgs of oxys a day for 10 years. Last thing I want is for it to not be enough and go into W/D. The suboxone raises your tolerance level really high. Would a 25mg patch help? Does the patch fall off If I go swimming, shower etc. I did try the patch 10 years ago and my skin became inflammed and you could see the outline of the patch after I took it off. At least I have hope now. Thank you for all your inspirational, kind words of the past. . Could a TENS unit touch the female genetalia? Any thoughts would help. Have a blessed night.

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   Posted 9/23/2008 9:28 PM (GMT -6)   

I have a tens unit altho it worked for me at first for my lower back it really doesnt offer much now.  But it still works for my neck!


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   Posted 9/23/2008 10:37 PM (GMT -6)   
I like my tens unit, but I don't use it everyday and I think that's why it helps.
I have lidocaine patches but since we're very hot in Texas, I don't use them.
Heat + patch = not a good thing (for me anyways)
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   Posted 9/23/2008 11:00 PM (GMT -6)   
I have a Tens Unit and it helps me too. But, I do not use it every day and I too believe this is why it helps. Your medication asnwers need to come from a dr.Everyone is different on how they reacts to meds. As far as the Ten touching the genetalia I sure would not ever consider it-I believe the pain would be out of this world and I don't think the units are designed for that part of the body. Susie

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   Posted 9/23/2008 11:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Would you mind deleting the long lines of "***" in your signature? I believe this creates problems and makes all the rest of the posts in the thread difficult to read, at least it does for my computer.


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   Posted 9/24/2008 11:29 AM (GMT -6)   
It is messing up my screen too.

I have tried the tens, and it was of no help to me. I am on fentanyl and have been for 2yrs. I was started at 25mcg. I am now at 50mcg. We tried a 75, but I could not tolerate it. It will not come off in the pool, or shower. You just put it on and put pressure on it for 30 sec. It is best ot put it on prior to a shower or bath. Trying to put one on when your skin is damp will not work. Lidocaine patches are great too. You can wear up to 3 at one time. If you need to cut them up you can too. They stay on for 12 hrs.
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   Posted 9/24/2008 4:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the replies everyone. At least I know that placing thr TENS near my "flower" so to speak would not benefit me. Knowing that in of itself was priceless info. Bless you all!

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