TENS Units

Posted by bustrbrwn22 @bustrbrwn22, Aug 29, 2020

Does anyone recommend a portable, rechargable TENS unit for pain management? The easier to use the better, trying to go to the bathroom a dozen times a night and adjusting all the sticky nodes is very frustrating, too. I had one that helped with my sciatica pain but was too cumbersome to continue using and it wore out quite quicky.

@bustrbrwn22

Yes I’d like to hear more about what an EMS stimulator does.

I probably am using my TENS wrong then. I crank it up to as high of an electric jolt as I can stand on that particular day. I thought the idea was to distract you from the pain you were feeling by getting stimulated by something even more painful. Please let me know if I’m using it wrong

Jump to this post

@busterbrown You don't increase your pain it just relaxes the muscle so you nerve can be released also if it is affected . Just increase the amount to as much as you can stand dont go beyond this or you cause more harm them good . I use mine more on my back and legs I don't need it for feet but go only as high as you are comfortable with it . Am anxious to hear about this stimulator

REPLY

Hello Lioness – The one I have is from Massage Therapy Concepts model TE2017. It stimulates, then relaxes for about 4-5 seconds, then repeats, and is programed for 20 minutes, which you can increase by 10 minutes up to 60. It is gentle or you can increase the intensity. Some features it simulates is Acupuncture, Tapping, Cupping, Shiatsu, Deep Tissue Massage. It is portable, put the pads on, put the unit in your pocket and go for a walk. You can use it anytime. I do sometimes 3 or 4 times a day. I like it as it gives me relief of muscle tension.

REPLY
@lioness

@busterbrown How do you like them and do they help your feet? Just be careful at night I hold onto whatever is there to make it to bathroom my problem is balance my feet aren't as bad as others on here .

Jump to this post

@lioness my sciatica runs from my right lower back, right hammie, outside both shins, and the bottom of both feet. I try to walk 1/2 hr day and my feet feel like they are on fire, or being ice-picked, or large deep scabs breaking open again and again. My feet are like this every day even if I lie in bed all day although standing and walking really inflame my feet. I put the TENS on the bottoms of both feet and on the side of each shin and crank it up.

REPLY
@bustrbrwn22

@lioness my sciatica runs from my right lower back, right hammie, outside both shins, and the bottom of both feet. I try to walk 1/2 hr day and my feet feel like they are on fire, or being ice-picked, or large deep scabs breaking open again and again. My feet are like this every day even if I lie in bed all day although standing and walking really inflame my feet. I put the TENS on the bottoms of both feet and on the side of each shin and crank it up.

Jump to this post

@bustrbrwn22
Oh Jen, that is ridiculously horrible! I am so sorry to hear what you have to go through, and it is that severe EVERY day? I'm not sure how you can function, I'm really not. You, my dear, are the epitome of a trooper. No wonder you need all the opioids and benzos. They should NEVER hassle someone like you (or any of the others here) who has genuine god-awful pain. The arrogance of bureaucrats who make these decisions so casually. Really makes me P.O.'d ('scuse the French). Hank

REPLY

@jesfactsmon Thanks so much for your kind words. I do have people in my life (not many because I isolate myself due to agoraphobia) who believe I should not need pain medicine or benzo's, I am just weak. It is nice to have someone not judge you but try to walk in your shoes. I do sit on ice packs at almost all times as well, on constant rotations from the freezer. I really am trying to heal myself, it just isn't happening yet.

REPLY
@lioness

@busterbrown How do you like them and do they help your feet? Just be careful at night I hold onto whatever is there to make it to bathroom my problem is balance my feet aren't as bad as others on here .

Jump to this post

@lioness you are definitely right about being careful at night. I have taken a few spills that knocked the fan and beverages over. Really stupid.

REPLY
@rois4richo

G'morning – I have an adjustable tens unit. I Like it very much and it helps me with pain. I bought it on Amazon for $64.95. This is the brief description:
TENS Unit and EMS Combination Muscle Stimulator with 2 Channels, 12 Modes for Pain Management for Back, Neck, Arms, Legs, Abs, and Muscle Rehabilitation. You can use it for 20 minutes or an additional 10 minutes up to 60 minutes. The instructions coming with it are clear and I find it easy to use. Good Luck.

Jump to this post

@rois4richo Can I ask what the brand/model is for the TENS/EMS combo muscle stimulator? I'd like to look it up. Thanks so much for sharing.

REPLY
@rois4richo

Hello Lioness – The one I have is from Massage Therapy Concepts model TE2017. It stimulates, then relaxes for about 4-5 seconds, then repeats, and is programed for 20 minutes, which you can increase by 10 minutes up to 60. It is gentle or you can increase the intensity. Some features it simulates is Acupuncture, Tapping, Cupping, Shiatsu, Deep Tissue Massage. It is portable, put the pads on, put the unit in your pocket and go for a walk. You can use it anytime. I do sometimes 3 or 4 times a day. I like it as it gives me relief of muscle tension.

Jump to this post

@rois4richo I apologize I didn't see this post before I asked you to repeat yourself. Sorry for not being thorough and potentially causing you unnecessary work! Jen

REPLY
@bustrbrwn22

@jesfactsmon Thanks so much for your kind words. I do have people in my life (not many because I isolate myself due to agoraphobia) who believe I should not need pain medicine or benzo's, I am just weak. It is nice to have someone not judge you but try to walk in your shoes. I do sit on ice packs at almost all times as well, on constant rotations from the freezer. I really am trying to heal myself, it just isn't happening yet.

Jump to this post

@bustrbrwn22
Sounds like the people in your life that you are referring to need to wake up. It must be that they do not have an ability to understand what living with the dire circumstance that is chronic pain is like. I do not have chronic pain. But I live with someone who does. I know that she has never in our 42 years been the type to over exaggerate her problems. If anything she is pretty stoic and I often do forget because I can be sitting next to her for 2 hours watching TV and she seems normal outwardly. But when I ask her to describe what her pain is like for her various conditions, it can sometimes be that she has been sitting there with a pain level of 8 during that time. It's a real eye opener. And yet I still do forget. Regularly. A person not in pain has a hard time truly understanding what life is like for a chronic pain sufferer.

I do try to keep in mind what she is going through and I am very solicitous of her. But to really understand it, I believe I'd have to walk in her shoes. Literally. That is why I would truly love to live through one day of her worst pain days. Then maybe I could relate more and maybe not forget so often. Hank

REPLY

@busterbrown So sorry to hear of your pain ,ouch, I hope the tens helps . Just putting your feet on ice bags does this help ,my foot Dr told me when my feet hurt I have recommended this before it's Topricin cream for neuropathy ,have you tried this?

REPLY

Many nights I sleep with ice packs on my ankles. I have some that have a strap that allows you to wrap the ice pack around an arm or leg and secure it with Velcro. I have been using these for about 2 years and they hold up well. I keep 4 in the freezer until I need them. I usually go to sleep and when I wake up my pain/burning is gone. Sometimes I have even been able to walk short distances in the house with them on ThermiPaq Icy Cold Pack Pain Relief Wrap Cold Therapy, Large. I have bought these at Walmart. Cathy

REPLY
@jesfactsmon

@bustrbrwn22
Sounds like the people in your life that you are referring to need to wake up. It must be that they do not have an ability to understand what living with the dire circumstance that is chronic pain is like. I do not have chronic pain. But I live with someone who does. I know that she has never in our 42 years been the type to over exaggerate her problems. If anything she is pretty stoic and I often do forget because I can be sitting next to her for 2 hours watching TV and she seems normal outwardly. But when I ask her to describe what her pain is like for her various conditions, it can sometimes be that she has been sitting there with a pain level of 8 during that time. It's a real eye opener. And yet I still do forget. Regularly. A person not in pain has a hard time truly understanding what life is like for a chronic pain sufferer.

I do try to keep in mind what she is going through and I am very solicitous of her. But to really understand it, I believe I'd have to walk in her shoes. Literally. That is why I would truly love to live through one day of her worst pain days. Then maybe I could relate more and maybe not forget so often. Hank

Jump to this post

@jesfactsmon Hank. It’s so weird you should say this. Last year my husband and I were watching a very long movie. I’m a quiet watcher and it was hours long. At the end of the movie, more than 3 hours long, he saw tears out of the corner of my eyes. He looked at me and kind of asked what was wrong. I told him I hadn’t watched hardly any of the movie. I was having a panic attack the whole time. He then began to understand that I don’t move or complain I get very still when anxious, having a panic attack or in pain. Which makes me just a joy to be around! However now at least once a day he stops in by wherever I am and asks how I am and do I need anything. Thank you, Hank.

REPLY
Please sign in or register to post a reply.