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   Posted 10/4/2007 2:09 AM (GMT -6)   
My physical therapist decided to do something different with me instead of hydrotherapy one day and did electrotherapy on me and it seems to help with the pain quite a bit, I am taking less pain pills than I used to. So, she wants me to get a TENS unit. Would Medicaid and Medicare pay for one or am I SOL?
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   Posted 10/4/2007 6:18 AM (GMT -6)   
When I was going to PT, the guy there said he *thought* they  might pay for it as long as the doctor gives you an RX for it. But you might want to check with your Pain doctor.

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   Posted 10/4/2007 7:03 AM (GMT -6)   
I've found relief from the TENS unit as well for my upper back. I hear they are expensive... but I think we're gonna save up for one... I think you're right, Robh about the Rx for it....though from what I've heard, lots of insurances don't cover it. Dunno though.
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   Posted 10/4/2007 8:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Insurance did not cover mine, but medicare I'm not sure about, sorry. It does help and I like mine a lot.........Good Luck to you, is there any way you could call medicare to find out if it is covered?
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   Posted 10/4/2007 11:58 AM (GMT -6)   
I do have one. It's great. Check on eBay, they have quite a choice on new ones. Best of luck to you.

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   Posted 10/4/2007 7:39 PM (GMT -6)   
I was suppose to go talk to someone about the tens unit on Monday Oct 8th, but I've decided to wait until the doctor at least tells me what my new MRI on my lower back shows. Before she starts a plan, I would like to know what we are dealing with. I'm not sure if I should try pt again or not, it didn't do alot the first time around but that was 3 years ago.

Do you know if the tens unit helps with sciatica? There is just so much I'm dealing with here, it's the migraines, the bone spur in my neck, and the protruding disc in L4/L5 along with a disc dengeration.

I have been walking 2 miles a day, that's all the exercise I can do and then I pay for that afterwards also with the pain. I just don't want to stop all exercise, at least the walking helps with stress.


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   Posted 10/4/2007 9:07 PM (GMT -6)   
I just got one for whiplash and my insurance paid for all of it, and it does help a lot.
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   Posted 10/5/2007 4:10 PM (GMT -6)   
i love my tens unit- it really helps a lot with tension and muscle spasms. i have regular insurance, but i was told by the rep for the tens unit that if for some reason my insurance wouldn't pick up the tab they would let me pay monthly and give me a discount. my insurance did wind up picking it up. i love it- it's fantastic! good luck! i have nerve damage and bulging discs in L4 and L5 and a few other thing that I really don't know how to pronounce. I don't see why you wouldn't be able to get one as long as the Dr seems to think you need it. My insurance did call me and ask if it was helping, of course I said yes- it truely does help. I am on a long cocktail of meds, and this helps with the spasms- great with the soma, i'm on those too. Have than done a test for nerve damage yet or do you have any symptoms?

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   Posted 10/10/2007 11:53 AM (GMT -6)   
I have sciatica really bad, feels like someone is jabbing in the buttocks over and over. Also terrible pain in my left leg, feels like a stinging pain going down my leg. I sometimes get sharp pains in my lower back.

I talked to my pain managemet doc yesterday, she just gave me a Few options, either pt, injections, or back surgery. how long after you have used the tens unit do you feel some relief? and how long are you pain free if there is such a thing?

Doctor gave me lyrica for pain, but I have only taken one pill so far, I know that's not going to do the trick. trying to read up on all the side effects first.


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   Posted 10/10/2007 11:57 AM (GMT -6)   
I am thinking Medicare does pay for a TENS UNIT. The therapist should be able to answer this for you. I have a very small compact unit and it is great for muscle spasms. Susie

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   Posted 10/11/2007 12:19 AM (GMT -6)   
I have a Tens unit and it does help that's for sure.medicade and medicare will pay for a tens unite as long as your doctor writes a script for one.

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   Posted 10/12/2007 11:58 AM (GMT -6)   
oh i am never without some type of pain. i have accepted that i will be living with this the rest of my life. i too have the lower back stabbing, throbbing and pain shooting down my leg and god help me if i am standing or sitting too long- i really pay for it dearly. the tens unit helps with muscle spams, helps to control them some. it won't help with the nerve pain. i have had a surgery to deaden the nerve, no success. though the lady next to me had said it worked for her for a year. i take neurontin for the leg pain. and really, it dosen't do anything either. but i have a huge tolerance to pain meds. basically, the tens helps relax the muscles... i love mine. i usually lie on my stomache- pop in a movie and have my tens rotated to different areas every 45 min. i love it. let me know when you get yours! -Shannon.

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   Posted 10/12/2007 2:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Shannon, they say not to lay on your stomach with back problems, I am surprised you are able to do so. You should lay on your side with a pillow bwteen your knees. Susie

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   Posted 10/13/2007 11:15 AM (GMT -6)   
honestly it is the only position i am comfotable in.... i don't sleep like that, i have always slept in the fetal position for well, i guess since i was a fetal lol... :) i have talked to numerous people who say they can't lie that way either.
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