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.

@catharbert

Your husband sounds a lot like mine when it comes to sympathy or empathy. I have come to the conclusion that men in general have a hard time dealing with other peoples' pain. Many men will not visit friends in hospital or even at home if they are sick or dying because they just don't know how to deal with it. My husband and I have been married 15 years and it was a second marriage for me and his fourth for him. I married him because he was and is a sweet person, affectionate, responsible, loyal, and up until recently hard working. He's 79 and I'm 76. In most respects our marriage has gotten better even as it has become more of a friendship than a love affair. I try not to say anything about my pain. He knows I have a lot of pain- sometimes it's under control but right now it's pretty hard to keep it that way. He suffers from terrible migraines so he knows about pain. he support me in the ways he can but he is not what I would call attentive. Probably 12 years ago I came to the conclusion that I needed to keep certain things to myself and in recent years that has included my pain. When he is having a migraine he goes to bed and takes pain medication and a sedative. When I can do something for him I will but for the most part there is nothing I can do to help him. I have become less sensitive to his pain, too. I think sometimes we expect too much from those we are closest to. Some people may be missing a gene that makes them more caring but others just don't have the energy to provide the kind os support we would like to have. I think it is a rare man who is able to give the kind of support we would like to have from them.

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@catharbert, I agree and I think most men feel that if they can’t “fix” something they are at a loss. Helen

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@bustrbrwn22

@jesfactsmon @lorirenee1 @avmcbellar my fingers move faster than my brain. Wish it were a code word. Murphy is my beautiful 13 year old red Doberman we rescued from Missouri when he was 1. He usually weighs more than me but I’m still at that Seroquel weight and he’s 120. He’s starting to stumble a little and roll down hills when chasing deer and chipmunks. New neighbors sometimes look twice and ask later if I have a pet deer. When I look out our back window I sometimes yell at Murphy but it’s a deer. Experience tells me we’re lucky if we have another year with him. My husband Tim is the alpha and Murphy spoons with him in our king sized tempurpedic, he’s glued to Tim head to toe with no body space. The only time Murphy is concerned about me is his midday poo. Happy hippo powder has knocked me on my butt twice now, deep sleep for hours, but I don’t know if it’s getting rid of pain. Today only the prescription would take away the pain (I iced and TENS’d and McKenzied and lifted light weights) and I waited all day until just now to take it. I’m waiting for it to kick in. If you know any people the Pewaukee WI area that are couch potatoes that might be candidates as friends for me, please let me know.
Love to you all. Maybe we should have a virtual game of something? Just tossing it out there. Glad I met you all!

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Hi @bustrbrwn22 you don’t need to have a lot people in your life to feel fulfilled. It is important to surround yourself with people who care about you. It is not about the quantity. It is quality you want to pursue. Throughout the years I have had friends who I often spoke to but it is with my closest friends that I remained in touch with. Thanks to technology it has made it even easier and much quicker for us to communicate.

I believe having a pet such as Murphy is very important. While we are providing care for our pets, they in turn can distract us from our pain or ailments. I support having rescue animals. They can mean so much to us by bringing joy into our lives.

As for my friends, they don’t need to be “couch potatoes “. It doesn’t matter to me as long as we share common interests. Most of my friends are older than me and that is because we lived and understand “the old way of life” i.e. before technology came about. Not many people can relate to living without plumbing and electricity. For that I am grateful to still be able to find people with similar life experiences. Unique people are out there. Mayo Connect has given us the opportunity to make such friends. You just need to find them. Be patient and best wishes to you. Toni

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@avmcbellar

Hi @bustrbrwn22 you don’t need to have a lot people in your life to feel fulfilled. It is important to surround yourself with people who care about you. It is not about the quantity. It is quality you want to pursue. Throughout the years I have had friends who I often spoke to but it is with my closest friends that I remained in touch with. Thanks to technology it has made it even easier and much quicker for us to communicate.

I believe having a pet such as Murphy is very important. While we are providing care for our pets, they in turn can distract us from our pain or ailments. I support having rescue animals. They can mean so much to us by bringing joy into our lives.

As for my friends, they don’t need to be “couch potatoes “. It doesn’t matter to me as long as we share common interests. Most of my friends are older than me and that is because we lived and understand “the old way of life” i.e. before technology came about. Not many people can relate to living without plumbing and electricity. For that I am grateful to still be able to find people with similar life experiences. Unique people are out there. Mayo Connect has given us the opportunity to make such friends. You just need to find them. Be patient and best wishes to you. Toni

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@avmcbellar smart words

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@bustrbrwn22 Remember you have to make the effort to find new people to mingle with. If it were easy everyone would do it, so hang in there. Toni 😄

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@bustrbrwn22

@jesfactsmon @lorirenee1 @avmcbellar my fingers move faster than my brain. Wish it were a code word. Murphy is my beautiful 13 year old red Doberman we rescued from Missouri when he was 1. He usually weighs more than me but I’m still at that Seroquel weight and he’s 120. He’s starting to stumble a little and roll down hills when chasing deer and chipmunks. New neighbors sometimes look twice and ask later if I have a pet deer. When I look out our back window I sometimes yell at Murphy but it’s a deer. Experience tells me we’re lucky if we have another year with him. My husband Tim is the alpha and Murphy spoons with him in our king sized tempurpedic, he’s glued to Tim head to toe with no body space. The only time Murphy is concerned about me is his midday poo. Happy hippo powder has knocked me on my butt twice now, deep sleep for hours, but I don’t know if it’s getting rid of pain. Today only the prescription would take away the pain (I iced and TENS’d and McKenzied and lifted light weights) and I waited all day until just now to take it. I’m waiting for it to kick in. If you know any people the Pewaukee WI area that are couch potatoes that might be candidates as friends for me, please let me know.
Love to you all. Maybe we should have a virtual game of something? Just tossing it out there. Glad I met you all!

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Jen, what a great post! Lots to smile about here. Hope it's a great day for you. Lift weights? Wow! Hugs, Sunnyflower

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@helennicola

@catharbert, I agree and I think most men feel that if they can’t “fix” something they are at a loss. Helen

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Absolutely, correct! @catahrbert

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@avmcbellar

Hi @bustrbrwn22 you don’t need to have a lot people in your life to feel fulfilled. It is important to surround yourself with people who care about you. It is not about the quantity. It is quality you want to pursue. Throughout the years I have had friends who I often spoke to but it is with my closest friends that I remained in touch with. Thanks to technology it has made it even easier and much quicker for us to communicate.

I believe having a pet such as Murphy is very important. While we are providing care for our pets, they in turn can distract us from our pain or ailments. I support having rescue animals. They can mean so much to us by bringing joy into our lives.

As for my friends, they don’t need to be “couch potatoes “. It doesn’t matter to me as long as we share common interests. Most of my friends are older than me and that is because we lived and understand “the old way of life” i.e. before technology came about. Not many people can relate to living without plumbing and electricity. For that I am grateful to still be able to find people with similar life experiences. Unique people are out there. Mayo Connect has given us the opportunity to make such friends. You just need to find them. Be patient and best wishes to you. Toni

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@busterbrown 22 Very well said and so true I enjoy my friends on connect

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@sunnyflower

Jen, what a great post! Lots to smile about here. Hope it's a great day for you. Lift weights? Wow! Hugs, Sunnyflower

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@sunnyflower

If I remember correctly, you mentioned a numbing medication you were given so a cortisone shot was less painful. Could you remind me what that was?

My spinal stenosis surgery went well yesterday. The nerves were being severely squeezed at L3-L4 and L4-L5. She cut notches in 3 bones to give a larger space in my spinal canal.

Jim

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@jimhd

@sunnyflower

If I remember correctly, you mentioned a numbing medication you were given so a cortisone shot was less painful. Could you remind me what that was?

My spinal stenosis surgery went well yesterday. The nerves were being severely squeezed at L3-L4 and L4-L5. She cut notches in 3 bones to give a larger space in my spinal canal.

Jim

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Hi Jim, so glad your surgery went well, hopefully you will have less pain now. I never realized the surgeon could do that, makes sense and since I have spinal stenosis that info may prove to come in handy in the future. I also had a steroid shot today for my persistent bursitis/tendinitis, the dr. said he was adding lidocaine to the steroid to help numb the pain plus the numbing topical, there was still some slight pain at times while he was fanning the needle but nothing bad. I hope it does the job! Helen

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@sunnyflower

Jen, what a great post! Lots to smile about here. Hope it's a great day for you. Lift weights? Wow! Hugs, Sunnyflower

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@sunnyflower afraid I let everyone down today. I did not lift any tiny weights today. I had coffee with my neighbor on her beautiful veranda then took Murphy on a walk and that was it for the day. I let the pain rule my brain and laid in bed. There was no excuse. I couldn’t bring myself to ice or TENS. Don’t know what happened. Last night the TENS didn’t stop the pain so up every couple hours. I just needed some support from you guys so decided to get up and read what’s been going on and ice and TENS. Hope to talk to you tomorrow

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@johnbishop I really enjoy my Tend for the relief it gives me This is my 2nd one Used since ,2005 I just used it on my neck and low back before sleep had a restful night

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@bustrbrwn22

@sunnyflower afraid I let everyone down today. I did not lift any tiny weights today. I had coffee with my neighbor on her beautiful veranda then took Murphy on a walk and that was it for the day. I let the pain rule my brain and laid in bed. There was no excuse. I couldn’t bring myself to ice or TENS. Don’t know what happened. Last night the TENS didn’t stop the pain so up every couple hours. I just needed some support from you guys so decided to get up and read what’s been going on and ice and TENS. Hope to talk to you tomorrow

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@busterbrown Hope you had a restful night I used mine on my shoulder,neck area and low back helped me sleep

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