I use to use a tens unit on my back, I found that it felt good but it really did not relieve my pain, if anything it just added a layer of added sensation. I was taking vicodin and vicoprofen, and it did not lower the amount. I also found that I had a hard time keeping the electrode pad on, my skin would sweat under the pads and they would slip off! They tried using tape but I have an allergic reaction to allot of the adhesives, they even tried the hypoallergenic paper tape, and that was the worst it made my skin blister. Anyway I finally gave up on using it, it was more trouble than it was worth, ( side note mine has the capability of using 4 pads and just a host of different patterns and strengths.) Anyway I have a herniated and torn disk at T-12 and they would not do surgery on it, so they give me pain meds and put me on disability. It has been over Ten years. The Doc finally said that I was having to take to many Vicoprofen to control the pain, and I hated it as it made me loopy, so he put me on Oxycontin, that has really been a Godsend for me, I was taking it every 12 hours, first 10mg but it wasn't enough, so they upped it to 20mg q12 hours and I was on that for quite a few years, then up to 40mg every 12 hours just a year or 2 ago they changed it to 40mg every 8 hours, I have a degenerating condition, so the pain is acually getting worse. For me the great thing about this medication, is all it does is relieve the pain, no feeling of euphoria or any thing like that, and it does not impair my cognitive abilities. But like allot of medications, BP meds, heart med, even my baclofen for the muscle spasms, your body does become physicaly dependent on it. So you just can not stop taking it it without suffering the repercussions!
Anyway I am only explaining my experiences with using the TENS. If it help you and can lower you requirements for pain meds that is fantastic! and I really hope that it does that for you! After the name of the game is to tame and control this beast called Chronic Pain!
I wish you the best! and Good Luck to YOU!
I would like to add to, I am or was an RN and when working around telemetry when ever an alarm went off it would send an extra jolt into the TENS pads on my back and it was enough to make me jump. Also the old bag phones, if I received a telephone call and the phone was next to me, the tens would shock the day lights out of me, talk about an unexpected surprise! Especially when driving, the small cell phones do not do this.!! This was back in 1999.
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After spending nearly 22 1/2 years in the USAF, I retired in Sept, 1991. I then went back to school and became a licensed RN in 1994, and I worked on Oncology and then a Med Surg Unit, I became disabled in late 1999 and was approved SSD in early 2002!-- DDD, With herniated Disk at T-12 and L4-5. C5-C6 ACDF in Sep 2009, C6-C7 ACDF in Mar 1985, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!) Medications:Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV I am White Beard with a White Beard!
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