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   Posted 11/9/2008 11:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Has anyone used a TENS unit? Ifso, was it helpful? I am always lookng for new ways to control my pain without pain meds, so I would loe everyone's input on this. Thanks and hope everyone had a nice weekend. Gentle Hugs to all,
Sheri turn

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   Posted 11/10/2008 8:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Yep I have one AND a muscle stimulator..and of course insurance paid like 10 cents on them...a question of medical necessity you know. When I am hurting really bad...which makes me homicidal at best..cross my path and I will kill...I can put on the stimulator and it really does reduce the pain. The TENS will help with mild to moderate pain..I am on 20 minute sessions whenever I hurt with the TENS and 10 minute sessions (it is a much deeper workout) with the muscle stimulator up to 4 times a day. I find if I have a bad bad flare I may have to use it 2 days running..but you can sleep in the TENS (if you can get it all adjusted comfortably). My one issue is the electrode connector pads...I am allergic to tape so they give me a hickey, which I then have problems healing with the lovely and wonderful diabetes issue. If you can pull it off financially, I would recommend trying it.
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   Posted 11/10/2008 10:53 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm a TENS unit user. It's the only thing I have when the pain gets really bad. I wouldn't part with mine. I got mine online for around $50.00. I ordered ten packs of extra pads so the total was around $100.00. You have to play around to get it just the right place but it works great. I also use it on my hands for the arthritis pain. Mine has four electrodes.
I've not tried the muscle stimulator but I have thought about getting one.
I ordered mine from I think that is the right name.
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   Posted 11/10/2008 11:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Jhawkfan, I have an ostomy and I was very concerned because I, too, am allergic to tape!  I break out in a rash and blisters.  But, the appliance I needed to wear used tape.  They told me to use a product called Skin-Prep Protective Wipes.  It's by Smith & Nephew and you can get this at a medical supply store.  They are little wipes that are individually wrapped and I put this on my skin first.  It dries very quickly.  Then I put on my appliance.  I have had my ostomy for nearly 19 years now and have never had a skin problem because of these little wipes.  They are not expensive either.  You might want to check these out.

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   Posted 11/10/2008 3:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Sounds really interesting, because pills only work for so long, and then all the side effects can be daunting ;)
Much Love, Hugs, Peace & Comfort :)
God Bless Each & Every One Of You :)

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   Posted 11/11/2008 3:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks everyone for all the great information! I think I am going to ask my doctor to start the process and see if maybe it will be covered by insurance. If not, I will look into the company you spoke of Marlee. I was doing so well and then this cold weather hit. I have to do something else to control this pain. I have been soaking in hot baths and using a heating blanket to sleep with, but I need something else. Thanks again all and I hope eveyone is feeling well today. God Bless,Sheri

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   Posted 12/19/2008 1:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, I have a TENS. I often have the fibro pain lodged in my back. Thank god my insurance covered it & the pads. I wish there was something I could use all over. Lololol!
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   Posted 12/19/2008 2:51 PM (GMT -6)   
I have this and I LOVE it! My insurance covered all of it!!! I was shocked because my insurance is pretty crappy - I have a $40 copay every time I go to the doctor, which will be raised to $45 next year. FINALLY my insurance has helped me out! The TENS unit is so freakin awesome!!! If you can get one, I totally would :-)
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