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T.E.N.S. for spinal stenosis pain

Spine Health | Last Active: Apr 1, 2022 | Replies (35)

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Crockett here. I have tried virtually every known therapy -- steroid injections at the nerve root (spine), physical therapy, pharmaceuticals (tramadol and gabapentin currently), acupuncture, yoga, chiropractic, etc. I stay active, keep moving, and control my weight. I know a TENS unit can be a hassle to apply, wear, and recharge. But that's about it. So I would like to hear from anyone who has had significant experience with it.

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To @crockett I did the trial before having the wiring and battery pack<br>put into my back. I was with pain that often was at 9 level, so this was<br>my last resort. So with the trial for the NEUROSTIMULATOR by ST. JUDES I<br>psyched myself up that it would work, although it says it may help up to<br>50% of the pain. Went thru the surgery to put it in me, after a little over<br>a year I had it removed. Too many darn surgeries with 38 or so staples. It<br>did not take away my pain. A stimulator really is supposed to rumble in<br>your body at the spots you need and make the brain feel that instead of the<br>pain. Maybe some have a brain that it works with. Just my observation.<br> @ladyjane85<br><br>

installed, wow...am i behind...i didn't know they installed them also...that may be something i need to check out...

Sorry to insert myself in here @ladyjane85, @grammydove & @crockett , but I believe you are confusing a TENS machine which has sticky patches & wires/leads with a surgery known as SCS which is a Spinal Cord Stimulator in which they surgically insert leads along your spine & they are suppose to get your nerves to provide other sensations other than pain. They are in fact two different things.

I agree with you @overwhelmed.

When I worked as a paralegal in both personal injury and insurance defense, saw many examples of both forms--the most common was the portable TENS unit -routinely used after modalities (if treatment rendered by a chiro), or following exercising and stretching with a PT. My PT uses the TENS unit in conjunction with an ice pack.

BTW-My PT's use of the ice pack/tens unit was to increase my ROM. That was prior to the MRI that confirmed a diagnosis of adhesive capsulitis aka frozen shoulder. Once the frozen shoulder was confirmed, we knew there really wasn't any way to relieve the pain with the except of a Manipulation Under Anesthesia, so the TENS was stopped.

With having limited ROM in both shoulders, along with excruciating pain in the left, there's no way I could apply it myself. Heck, I can't hardly put on/take off a bra/blouse without assistance.

The hand held units with stickum electrodes are weaker units, when you get to the heavier type it is surgical. @ladyjane85

This is just to let everyone know that the TENS machine that I had offered has been taken by Crockett and
I am pleased to say that he says it is working for him!!!