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tens machine ??

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,900
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:24 AM in Lower Back Pain
hi,i have bad lower back and leg pain,i had a lumber injection last week but is not working yet,has anyone tried a tens machine and are they any good ? there are so many i dont know which ane is the best ? hope someone can help ?. ~X(
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  • I think TENS units are awesome little gadgets. I used one for quite a while and it was a life saver for me. I had one issued to me from the PT Clinic that I returned once I no longer needed it. I know that with a doctors prescription you can purchase them. Since you are in the UK things might be handled differently.

    AS far as your ESI, most docs will tell you to give it a good two weeks before you will start really benefiting from the injection. Everyone is different, but 2 weeks seems to be pretty standard.

    I hope you feel better soon.

    "C"
  • thanks for your reply,you can buy a tens machine for about £20 over here but i dont know how good they are,i have got an appointment in jan at the pain clinic to see how things are going and to try a tens machine,i assume that the one that they will try will be better than the one at £20 ? was the one you had a expensive one ? are they really that good ? thanks again.
  • TENS units may help, but they may not. The only way to find out is to give it a try. I'm not sure how much difference cost is to how well a unit works.

    I am currently trying one out (renting). It is quite an expensive model US$500. So far though, I only feel like it masks my pain, but doesn't really help.

    Everyone is different though. If the unit you are looking at isn't too expensive for you, it may be worthwhile to give it a try. Especially since you aren't going to see PM until Jan. If it seems to help, then when you talk to PM you can ask them about a different model, and whether it would be better for you.
  • TENS units may help, but they may not. The only way to find out is to give it a try. I'm not sure how much difference cost is to how well a unit works.

    I am currently trying one out (renting). It is quite an expensive model US$500. So far though, I only feel like it masks my pain, but doesn't really help.

    Everyone is different though. If the unit you are looking at isn't too expensive for you, it may be worthwhile to give it a try. Especially since you aren't going to see PM until Jan. If it seems to help, then when you talk to PM you can ask them about a different model, and whether it would be better for you.
  • I wouldn't be without mine and my wheat bag that I heat in the microwave. I bought my TENS machine for about £22 and it was really worth it. Lloyds Pharmacy do one with 4 pads for about £19.99 - a friend has it and it's a good one.
  • im going to try it and let you know how i get on ? hope it works :< .
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